Smalls SAL – May 2015 Check-In

Happy end of May! It is time for the Smalls SAL check-in! (Wondering what the Smalls SAL is? All the info you need is here.)

2015SmallsSALIf you read my post yesterday, you may have noticed that the picture I shared was missing a kit. That’s because I was saving that particular one to share today!

French Horn, designed by Mill Hill

French Horn, designed by Mill Hill

The kit is Mill Hill’s French Horn from the Holiday Harmony collection. It is stitched as per pattern with the kit contents. And, this also means I’ve now stitched three of the six designs. Yay! I have the kit for one more, and I’m sure I will break down and purchase the remaining two one day. πŸ˜‰

So what did you stitch this month? A Christmas ornament? Something for Halloween? Or did you stitch something in honour of the month of May (my favourite month, btw)? Please leave your link to your blog post (not the main page of your blog) using the form below. And, please be sure to use a picture of your finish when you post your link. If you need help, feel free to contact me or check out this handy tutorial.

Also, please consider visiting some of the other participants. We all love having visitors to our blogs. πŸ˜‰

The link list will close at around midnight Eastern time on June 3rd. That gives you just over a week to get your link in.

June Check-In: The next Smalls SAL check-in will take place on June 24th. That’s a bit earlier than normal, but I’m sure you will be ready. If you’d like a reminder email you can sign up for one here.

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Stitch From Stash – May 2015

First, yet another apology for not posting for a while. We had an elderly family member who was ill, and it was quite hard to concentrate on taking pictures and writing. She passed away peacefully yesterday evening, and, as much as it hurts, life must now go on without her.

Stitch from Stash 2015AMonth – May
Spent – $55
Earned – not tracking

So, Stitch From Stash. Well, I managed to go to the stitch night at my (no longer at all) LNS this month and pick up a few things I’ve been wanting to purchase: a pattern for a chair necessaire, three Mill Hill bead kits, a few skeins of fibre, and the beads to finish up the baby sampler. And, somehow, I lost the receipt… But, to the best of my recollection, I spent no more than $55. Which, yes, is over the monthly limit. However, I have enough banked to still be okay. Thank goodness!

My little shopping spree.

My little shopping spree.

Smalls SAL – Tomorrow is check-in day for the Smalls SAL! I’ve managed to finish up a little small, and I hope you have too! I can’t wait to see them all.

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Why Do You Stitch?

I just came across this cute little article (via a post from a friend on Facebook), and I think it hits most of the marks as to why it is great to cross stitch: Umpteen Great Reasons to Cross Stitch.

Okay, cross stitching isn’t really all that cheap once you really get into it. We all know that kitting up a new Mirabilia can set you back $200, and just buying a Chatelaine chart is somewhere around $40 now. Yikes! But, at its simplest level, cross stitching can be pretty inexpensive: a small kit; or maybe a free chart, a piece of Aida (cheaper if bought off the bolt at a fabric store believe it or not), and some floss.

Stitching is very easy to learn. I bet you either learned as a child from a family member or later in life from a book. And, I bet you managed to figure it out in a matter of minutes. But, like many skills, mastering cross stitch (e.g. getting your stitches to look perfectly uniform) takes patience. Speaking of patience, you need a whole lot of it to finish those gigantic designs that can take more than 400 hours. They are worth it, though, aren’t they?

So, what are your great reasons for cross stitching? Is it because you are carrying on a tradition, making gifts, or just keeping your hands and mind busy? I’d love to know!

Me? I cross stitch so I don’t hurt people. πŸ˜‰

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I have finally finished my most favourite knitting project ever.

Phil the Hermit Crab

Phil the Hermit Crab

This is Phil, named after a friend’s continuous line of hermit crabs named Phil. The pattern is Hansi Singh’s Hermit Crab, and the yarn is Bernat Satin in Silk, Lavender, Teal and Crimson.



This was a super tricky pattern with lots of Kitchener Stitch, short rows and other funky things. And, to be totally honest, I set it aside for a while (umm, like a year and a half) because I was a little frustrated. But, after only about a days more work I was able to get him all put together. I even added pipe cleaners to all his limbs so he is poseable.

And, goodness, does it ever feel good to have him done! I think he looks great and I feel really accomplished for managing to pull it off! I’m also so happy to have an old UFO finished. Maybe I should dig out another old project to work on.

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Baby Still Keeping

You know, backstitching is actually pretty quick to do, but it always feels like it takes soooooo long.

Vintage Baby Sampler

Vintage Baby Sampler

I’ve made a bit more progress since I took this picture, but I still feel like I’m stuck in an endless backstitching nightmare. And there isn’t even that much backstitching in this piece, well, if you ignore the letters.

I had to made some adjustments to the top section, moving the vine down a row and leaving out a couple of flowers, and also moving the name and date lines down a row. The cute little girl I am stitching this for has a very long middle name (honouring her aunt and also keeping alive a slightly unique family name), and it took a bit of work to make it fit.

The design is Vintage Baby Sampler from issue 225 of World of Cross Stitching magazine. And, I am hopeful that it will be done very soon. πŸ˜‰

SMALLS SAL – If you haven’t checked in for April yet, you have until midnight tonight (Eastern time) to do so. You aren’t required to check in every month, but you do get one entry to the year end draw for every month you check in.

May’s check-in will begin on the 27th.

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Creativ Festival Shopping

Just over a week ago, I went to the spring Creativ Festival. It is a pretty different experience than the fall Festival. For starters, it is held in a different location and is on for just two days (Friday and Saturday, oddly). The spring Festival also mainly consists of a (smaller) shopping area as well as a few classes and lectures that are filled on a first-come-first-served basis. This is in contrast to the five days of classes/three days of shopping at the larger fall Festival.


I headed over on Saturday morning with my mom. She beads and makes lots of lovely jewellery and was hoping to get some seed beads and other pretty things. My main goals were chainmaille supplies and something from Quilt-a-Bag. I think I succeeded. πŸ˜‰




I bought two kits and some additional supplies from HyperLynks. I’ve made up the kits already (the scale bracelet and the star pendant) and made one of the bracelets I bought supplies for (the “bicycle chain” bracelet). There are a few other weaves I hope to learn, and I have enough rings that I can make several more things. (And then I can buy more in the fall!)

Celtic Star Necklace from HyperLinks

Celtic Star Necklace from HyperLinks

I also bought three kits from Quilt-a-Bag. I’ve started (barely) working on the first, which is why I only have the pattern in the picture. I love their kits because the bags are always very clever. But, their instructions are a little tricky. They are definitely written for someone who knows a bit more about bag construction than I do.

I didn’t buy anything related to cross stitch. There were only two cross stitch vendors that I noticed, and they are the same ones that are always there. Nothing jumped out at me. I was a bit disappointed, but that is the way things go. (To be honest, there may have been smaller vendors there and I just didn’t notice them.)

We ended up being in and out in under 2 hours. My mom wasn’t able to get most of what she wanted because a few regular vendors weren’t there. (Hopefully they will return for the fall Festival!) All and in, I was satisfied, but only just. I got what I wanted, but saw little else that interested me.

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Smalls SAL – April 2015 Check-In

Hello, Smalls Stitchers! It is the final Wednesday of April and time to share our smalls! We had a great turnout last month. If you haven’t had a look, you can check out last month’s post here.

2015SmallsSALThis month I decided to continue with the Christmas theme. The little kit I pulled out first was actually missing its perforated paper. I don’t remember stitching it, nor do I remember where I got the kit, so I was more than a little confused. It’s a good thing that I have a stash with, oh, just a few things I can stitch. πŸ˜‰

Reindeer - Christmas design from Gitta's in 2011

Reindeer – Christmas design from Gitta’s in 2011

This is a little freebie design that I got from my LNS’ Christmas open house back in 2011. It was a complete kit, including a full skein of Anchor floss. Longtime readers may remember that I’m not a fan of Anchor, but this time I was pleasantly surprised. It stitched very smoothly, contrary to my past experiences. The metallic is PTB, which is always nice to stitch with, and the fabric is a 20 count Lugana with gold flecks. I stitched it with two stands over one thread for nice, dark coverage.

What did you stitch this month? Fill in the form below and share your small with all of us! And, please, take some time to visit other participants to see their smalls and leave comments. We all love comments! πŸ˜‰ The link list will stay open until about midnight Eastern time on May 6th.

Next Check-In: The next check-in will take place on May 27th. If you’d like to receive a reminder email, click here. Since we are worldwide, please be patient. The link list usually opens up early in the morning my time (Eastern time zone, GMT -4) on check-in day.

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