Review – Beadpoint Kit

I’m always on the lookout for some new craft to try. I mean, I don’t already have lots on the go, right? 😉 Since I haven’t done too many projects with beads beyond little Mill Hill kits, I thought that giving beadpoint a try would be fun.

Beadpoint Kit

Beadpoint Kit

I picked up this beadpoint (bead embroidery) kit off of AliExpress for about CAN$20. It includes 11 count printed fabric, beads, and a big spool of thread, and instructions in Chinese. The printing on the canvas comes off with warm water.

Contents of beadpoint kit

Contents of beadpoint kit

It was pretty easy to figure out how to do this project, but I did make use of the Google Translate app to make sure that I knew exactly what to do. Essentially, you just apply the beads row by row using half stitches. I tie a little knot at the end of each row just to make sure everything stays tight.

Beadpoint progress

Beadpoint progress

It is a pretty slow process though. I’d say that this little flower took somewhere around 6 hours worth of work. I’m sure I’ll get faster with practice, but I don’t think I will ever become as quick at this as I am at cross stitching.

All the beads

All the beads

It can also be a little difficult to keep all the supplies neat and organized. I’m using a little container I picked up from the dollar store. I’m so afraid that I’m going to drop it or knock it and then I will never be able to re-sort the beads!

I do really want to finish this up since it looks really great, but the whole process takes so much time. It will probably be ages until I finish it up, but I am so glad that I gave it a try.

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WIP Wednesday – Still More Stocking

Happy Wednesday, Stitchy Friends! It is time for Work-In-Progress (WIP) updates! I will totally admit that I am really falling behind on this project, but at least I’ve made some progress.

All Hearts Come Home Stocking, designed by Dimensions (WIP)

All Hearts Come Home Stocking, designed by Dimensions (WIP)

The pattern is All Hearts Come Home Stocking, designed by Dimensions. I’m using both the floss and fabric included in the kit. I really would love to have it finished before Christmas Eve this year, but I’m starting to think that that will be impossible. :/ Oh well, onward!

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More Joyful Finishes!

Hello, Stitchy Friends. It has been far too long since my last post. I know I said I would be back to my regular schedule once the little man went back to school, but to be totally honest, I’ve enjoyed doing a whole lot of not very much for the past couple of weeks. I did, of course, manage to fit some stitching in, though.

Joyful World SAL - July

Joyful World SAL – July

Just before the end of August I was able to put the final stitches into the July chart for the Joyful World SAL. (More info here.) Like the previous months, I used DMC floss and stitched it on my very large piece of 28 count Lugana in colour Heritage (dyed by Laura of Enchanting Lair).

Joyful World SAL - August

Joyful World SAL – August

And, shortly after the little man went back to school, I was able finish up the chart for August. Yay! So that is eight of twelve charts done now. The September and October charts are now available, but I just haven’t had any time to get working on them. :/ Hopefully soon though!

SmallsSAL2016Smalls SAL – It is almost Smalls SAL check-in time again! The check-in post will go live early on the morning (Eastern time) on Thursday, September 29th. I’ve almost got two little designs all stitched up. I can’t wait to share them, and I can’t wait to see what you’ve stitched.

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Smalls SAL – August 2016 Check-In

Hello, Stitchy Friends! I apologize for my long absence. August was supposed to be one of the quietest months of my year, but this August has turned out to be very busy. School starts back up again in just under two weeks, which means it is back to the regular routine, and that means more time for stitching and posting. But, no matter how busy things have gotten, I did not forget about the Smalls Stitch Along. (Full details here.)

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Okay, to be completely honest I did almost forget to stitch something this month. But, then I remembered that I had a small that was almost done. I just need to take some time to pull a few colours, make a minor change, and actually sit down and stitch!

Love Summer, designed by Lizzie*Kate

Love Summer, designed by Lizzie*Kate

This month I stitched Love Summer from Lizzie*Kate, one of the limited edition designs from earlier this year. (I will finish it into a little pocket purse eventually…) I stitched it using DMC threads rather than the overdyed, and it is stitched on the fabric that is included in the kit. (The kit also includes fabric and hemp cord for a handle.) I changed out the American flag for a Canadian one, using the alternative flag for Lizzie*Kate’s Land That I Love as a starting point.

So, what did you stitch this month? I hope you had a lovely, slow August and were able to spend lots of time putting your needle to fabric and creating beautiful things. I can’t wait to see them all! Head down towards the bottom of this post to add you link, being sure to remember to link directly to your Smalls SAL post (not the front page of your blog) and use a picture of your finish. If you need any help, please feel free to email me. I am more than happy to help, and I am never too busy to answer emails.

The list will stay open to new entries until around midnight Eastern time on September 1st, 2016. Remember: for every month that you share a finish, you get one entry into the end of the year draw for a prize full of stitchy goodness.

If you are on Instagram, please consider posting your finish with the tag #SmallsSAL2016.

Next Month – The next check-in will take place on September 29th, 2016.

Thank you again, very much, for stitching along with me. If it wasn’t for all of you, I doubt I would have done any stitching at all this month.

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June Bear

I know it has been a little while since I’ve shared my progress, but I really am still working away on the Joyful World SAL from The Snowflower Diaries. I always have so many projects on the go, and so many more that I really want to do, and things tend to fall into the cracks.

But, look, I have actually finished June!

Joyful World SAL June, designed by Maja Matyas Szilagyi

Joyful World SAL June, designed by Maja Matyas Szilagyi

He is stitched on a giant piece of hand-dyed evenweave from Enchanting Lair in colourway Heritage, and I am using Maja’s suggestions for DMC. I love this little bear and his bee friends. He looks so content. (And I am so happy I covered up those spots where the dye broke. You can’t tell at all!)

If you are interested in joining the Joyful World SAL you can find all the details here. All of the patterns are free, and I promise that you can get caught up fairly quickly. There is also a lovely, supportive Facebook group as well.

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Review: Red Heart Scrubby Yarn

Socks may be my favourite project to knit, but I also love quick little projects that provide a big sense of accomplishment. I have a huge pile of dishcloths made with kitchen cotton, and they work great. But, when I learned about Red Heart’s new (to me, anyway) Scrubby yarn I knew I had to try it and put it to work in my kitchen.

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Red Heart’s Scrubby in colourways Royal, Coconut, and Grape

Don’t get this Red Heart Scrubby confused with Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Scrubby/Lily Sugar’n Cream Scrubby (now discontinued) or Mary Maxim Scrub It. They very different yarns. Red Heart Scrubby is 100% polyester with a very unique construction. The main body of the yarn is a chain, and it has all kinds of little twisted tendrils coming off of it. These are what provide the scrubbing power. The other yarns, all essentially the same, are more or less a ribbon with little loops along the side. After having used both yarns, I think that Red Heart’s Scrubby is superior when it comes to cleaning up in the kitchen. Its tendrils provide lots and lots of scrubbing power.

Clean in Stripes and Simple Knit Scrubby Washcloth knit in Scrubby Yarn from Red Heart, colourways Royal and Coconut

Clean in Stripes and Simple Knit Scrubby Washcloth knit in Scrubby Yarn from Red Heart, colourways Royal and Coconut

The wonderful people over at Yarn Canada we kind enough to provide me with three balls of Scrubby to take for a test drive. I chose the colourways Royal (a nice bright blue), Grape (a grapey purple that it hard to photograph), and Coconut (a nice bright white). To fully experience the yarn, I made a variety of patterns in both knit and crochet, pulling from the free patterns offered by Red Heart. I’ve included links to my Ravelry project pages at the end of this post.

Scalloped Edge Dishcloth crocheted in Scrubby Yarn from Red Heart, colourway Grape

Scalloped Edge Dishcloth crocheted in Scrubby Yarn from Red Heart, colourway Grape

Scrubby’s label says that is yarn weight 4 (worsted/medium), and gets a gauge of 16 stitches and 21 rows over 4″ (10cm) with a 5mm/US8 knitting needle or a gauge of 13 single crochet and 15 rows over 4″ (10cm) with a 5.5mm/I9 crochet hook. In working with it, I found this to be mostly true, although I preferred the density of fabric that came with working with 4mm/US6 knitting needles.

Ghostly Dish Scrubber knit in Scrubby Yarn from Red Heart, colourway Coconut

Ghostly Dish Scrubber knit in Scrubby Yarn from Red Heart, colourway Coconut

Knitting with this yarn didn’t really require any special considerations. The little twisted tendrils didn’t get in the way as much as I thought they might. Occasionally, when doing something tricky like k2tog, the tip of my needle got caught in a tendril, but mostly it was smooth sailing. Also, after working on projects with both garter stitch and stockinette, I prefer this yarn in garter stitch. The fabric is much springier, and it feels like it would scrub better.

Hexagon Crochet Dishcloth crocheted in Scrubby Yarn from Red Heart, colourways Royal and Coconut

Hexagon Crochet Dishcloth crocheted in Scrubby Yarn from Red Heart, colourways Royal and Coconut

It was a bit more difficult to crochet with Scrubby. The tendrils made it very difficult to find the proper loops when crocheting into a foundation chain. And, in cases where I needed to crochet into a chain 1 space in the row below, sometimes that space was a little hard to find. All of the dishcloths turned out really nice in the end, but I think I am likely to stick to knitting with Scrubby instead of crocheting.

Scrubby Bath Pouf (upper right) and mini Corner-to-Corner Scrubby (lower left), made with Red Heart's Scrubby yarn in colourways Royal and Coconut

Scrubby Bath Pouf (upper right) and mini Corner-to-Corner Scrubby (lower left), made with Red Heart’s Scrubby yarn in colourways Royal and Coconut

So, I’m sure you are wondering how the dishcloths perform. They are great! The tendrils really do make the cloths super scrubby, wiping away stuck on yuck on my dishes so quickly. Not only that, but they also dry so much faster than my kitchen cotton dishcloths. During these hot and humid summer days, I totally want a dishcloth that dries quickly and stays sweet smelling. And when it is time to clean these Scrubby dishcloths, they only need to be popped into the washer and drier with the rest of your kitchen linen. Easy!

Scrubby has now become my go to yarn for dishcloths and bath poufs. It it enjoyable to work with, has get scrubbing power, and still manages to feel soft on the skin. I foresee a lot of dishcloth knitting in my future!

You can purchase Red Heart Scrubby from Yarn Canada (free shipping in Canada if you spend $35!) or at other yarn shops. Give it a try for your next round of dishcloth knitting. I’m sure you will love it.

You can check out all my Scrubby projects on Ravelry:

And, finally, a big thank you to Yarn Canada for making this review possible by providing me with the yarn.

 

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Smalls SAL – July 2016 Check-In

Hello, Smalls Stitchers! Welcome to the July check-in for the Smalls Stitch Along. If you are new, you can check out all the details right here. And, please feel free to join in. If you are a regular Smalls Stitcher, than congratulations on finishing up yet another small. You are doing great!

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The summer here has been very hot and dry this year, and although I have been spending most of my time indoors, I haven’t been doing as much stitching as I had planned. To help keep me cool though, I dug out a little Christmas ornament to stitch.

Merry Christmas Reindeer, designed by Kathrin Ellison

Merry Christmas Reindeer, designed by Kathrin Ellison

This is Merry Christmas Reindeer, designed by Kathrin Ellison of Gitta’s (my sort of LNS). This was a little free kit handed out at Gitta’s annual Christmas open house last December. They distribute a little package for free charts, a small ornament kit, and usually a chocolate treat every year to all the shoppers on the first Saturday of December. It is such a nice way to say thank you for a year of patronage.

The design is stitched with one thread over one on 22 ct hardanger fabric in colour Delft Blue. The threads are a mixture of Anchor, DMC and PTB, and it has a lovely little star charm. Kathrin says she uses Anchor and DMC threads together to get a more complete colour palette.

What did you stitch this month? Did you go with a Christmas in July theme? Or maybe you are getting ready for Halloween. Were flowers your topic of choice, or maybe animals? I can’t wait to find out! Head to the bottom of this post to add your link to the list. Please note that I’ve made some changes this month, and the form will only accept permalinks. If you are having problems, please feel free to email me. Please include a link to your blog in the email.

The link list will remain open to new entries until about midnight Eastern time on August 4th, so you still have lots of time to stitch something up. Don’t forget, for each month that you share a finished small you get one entry into the end of the year draw.

Next Month: The Smalls SAL check-in for August will take place on the 25th. It is a little bit earlier than some months, so make sure you mark it on your calendar.

Update – Unfortunately, Julie of Julie’s Crafts and Hobbies wasn’t able to get her link to post properly. (InLinkz doesn’t always work correctly…) So, I’m posting her beautiful Smalls finish right here.

Julie's Pansy Ornament

Julie’s Pansy Ornament

Thank you again, very much, for taking part in my little stitch along. I love looking at all the finished designs and I’m always so excited when check-in day rolls around.

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