Smalls SAL – October Check-In

The final Wednesday of October has arrived, and that means it is time for the Smalls SAL check-in. Currious about what the Smalls SAL is? Check out all the details here. There is still time to join in, and for every month that you complete a small and leave you link on the check-in post you get an entry into the end of the year draw. What’s the prize? It’s a surprise!

SmallsSAL2014I’ve had a busy month, as evidenced by my lack of posts and, unfortunately, I wasn’t able to completely finish my chosen design. I was doing pretty good at the beginning of the month, before things got hectic, but I didn’t have two colours that I needed and, so, I wasn’t able to finish.

Dragon Rampant, designed by Teresa Wentzler (WIP)

Dragon Rampant, designed by Teresa Wentzler (WIP)

This month’s design is a nearly-finishes Dragon Rampant from Teresa Wentzler. It is available as a freebie on her website. I stitched it as per the design, but left off the side borders. I intend to personalize it for my son’s room when I get the chance and find an alphabet that I like.

So, what did you stitch this month? Please leave a link to your blog post in the form below. And, if you have the time, leave a comment here too and visit a few other participants. We all  love to have visitors!

November Check-in: The penultimate check-in for the 2014 SAL will be on November 26th.

What about 2015? I’m still finalizing plans for the 2015 SAL. I’ve been running a poll for the past several weeks, and the results are pretty clear. However, the poll will remain open until October 31st. If you have voted for your preference yet, please do so. I will announce the results and the plans for 2015 in early November.

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I did it again, ladies. I disappeared for far too long. I’m back though! It has been a busy two weeks, with Thanksgiving, family things, the Creativ Festival and more. Over the next little while I’ll be share what I did at the Creativ Festival. But, for now, here are a few pictures I took.

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I had a great time even though Jennifer Aikman-Smith of Dragon Dreams was not there this year. I hope she comes back in 2015, beacuse the festival wasn’t the same without her.

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In other news, Wednesday is the next check-in for the Smalls SAL. My piece is almost done. I was short a floss colour or two, but my floss boxes have finally made their way to the new house and I should be able to find what I need.

And, lastly, don’t forget to vote in the poll for next year’s SAL. 2014 is quickly coming to an end and it is time to plan your stitching for next year! I see the way the poll is going, and I think I know what I will work on next year. I’ll reveal all the details in earlier November. Be sure to vote before Halloween!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends! (And happy Monday to the rest of you!)

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Reading Designs

I’m guessing most of you have already seen this year’s Just Cross Stitch ornament issue. And, like I say most years, I’m a bit disappointed. I think I just need to accept the fact that the kind of designs I enjoy doing really aren’t in style right now. But, as always, there are some designs in it I really love. Country Cottage Needleworks’ Give Joy is pretty, as is Tempting Tangles Christmas Stockings 2014. And, of course, I think the ornament from Dragon Dreams is very cute, even if it isn’t very Christmas-y.

The Best Gift of All, designed by Dragon Dreams (from the Just Cross Stitch ornament issue, 2014)

The Best Gift of All, designed by Dragon Dreams (from the Just Cross Stitch ornament issue, 2014)

Seeing this design put me in mind of a class I took from Jennifer Aikman-Smith at the Creativ Festival in 2012. And, since I have most (but not all) of my craft supplies back, I dug out You Add Magic and got to stitching.

You Add Magic, designed by Jennifer Aikman-Smith of Dragon Dreams (WIP)

You Add Magic, designed by Jennifer Aikman-Smith of Dragon Dreams (WIP)

I haven’t made too much progress, but it is already starting to shape up nicely. It is a fairly small design, so it should go quickly. Once it is done, I will hang it in my son’s bedroom, near his bookshelf, as a reminder of our shared love of books.

As for the ornament from this year’s ornament issue. If I get my chests of floss back in time (yep, they are still MIA), I think I will stitch it up for his teacher.

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Dye Lot Socks

We all know dye lots are important. Sure, DMC has stayed fairly consistent throughout the years (for most colours, anyway), but fancy threads like Gloriana or even Crescent Colours (aka Classic Colorworks) can change drastically between dyelots. And, the same is true in yarn. Which brings me to these socks.

Diamond Shreddies - no foot

Diamond Shreddies – no foot

You may remember that I finished one of them and then ran out of yarn partway down the foot on the second. No problem, since I was sure I had a second ball of the same dye lot packed away. Well, my yarn has returned and there is no second ball. In fact, I traded away that second ball 4 years ago. Yeah…

On the bright side, this yarn, On Your Toes Bamboo, is still made and the colourway, Dusk, is still available. Yay! So, I found a shop with a good price (and a free shipping coupon!) and ordered another skein.

I have to admit that when I was opening the package I was hoping the dyelots would match. I mean, it had only been 4 years, and the shop I ordered from, loveknitting.com, didn’t even exist back then. But, you know, hope springs eternal. No go, though.

Two shades of grey

Two shades of grey

Still, I’m hoping the yarn is close enough. The new ball is darker for sure, but I think that the join point of the two yarns will be high enough on my foot that it will be mostly covered by my jeans.

Now I just need to convince myself to finish the socks since I am so worried they are going to look awful.

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September SALs

Yep, still behind. I’ve been busy getting (what feels like) a million things done that blog posting had to be delayed for a little while. But, thanks to my Power of Moms lists and folders, I’m caught up and ready to move forward!

Stitch from Stash 2014 buttonFirst up is my check in for September’s Stitch from Stash. I spent $26.45, which included Just Nan’s Miss Witchy Mouse (who was missing her tail!) and a hard copy of the Just Cross Stitch ornament issue. (I have a digital subscription, but I like having hard copies of the special issues.)

I’m planning to take October as my “free” month, and have so far pre-ordered two charts. So, yeah, I haven’t taken advantage of it, really. Although, the Creativ Festival is at the end of the month. :) But, then again, I doubt there will be many cross stitch vendors.

tusalI missed the TUSAL check-in for September as well. It was the same day as the Smalls Check-in. Oops! (BTW, if you haven’t done your Smalls check-in for September, it is still open!) My little ort container for the month looked like this:

September's orts

September’s orts

And my big jar is looking nice too.

Big ort jar

Big ort jar

I will most likely skip WIPocalpyse and Turtle Trot check-ins through to the end of the year since I’m not really following along right now.

And, staying on the subject of SALs, have you voted on what you’d like to do with me next year? Shall we continue the Smalls SAL, go back to ornaments, or work on finishing? Please vote in the poll below. I’ll be closing it on October 31st. (If you have already voted, you shouldn’t be able to select another option. You will see the results instead.)

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Little Wooden Butterfly

I’m pretty sure at some point not too long ago I said I didn’t like stitching on wood. But, well, when I saw the cover kit on the August 2014 issue of The Cross Stitcher… well.

Butterfly, designed by Angela Poole, The Cross Stitcher

Butterfly, designed by Angela Poole, The Cross Stitcher

This time things went much better. I didn’t run out of floss (which is amazing in cover kits!), the wooden piece was a little nicer, and I didn’t have to fight my ends to get them buried.

Butterfly wing

Butterfly wing

The piece is intended to be worn as a necklace, hence the two larger holes in the tops of the wings. I’m not sure if that is what I will use it for though, since it isn’t something I would wear. But, I have been contemplating finishing it with black felt on the back and giving it as a gift to a friend’s daughter. I think she would like it. Unfortunately, attaching the felt can’t happen until I have my scissors back. (Yes, my in-laws still have some of my craft supplies. Mainly tools for all my crafts and cross stitch fabric.)

Have you stitched on wood? Did you enjoy it? How did you use the finished piece, and was it durable? I’ve been eyeing some blanks at Red Gate Stitchery

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