Smalls SAL – September Check-In

Welcome to the last Wednesday of September, stitchers! You’ve now made it through nine months of stitching smalls, and there are only three months left to go. I bet you are feeling pretty productive. I know I am.

Fire Dragon, designed by Teresa Wentzler

Fire Dragon, designed by Teresa Wentzler

This month I stitched Fire Dragon by Teresa Wentzler. It is the companion piece to Water Dragon by Jennifer Aikman-Smith of Dragon Dreams, and was taught as a class at the fall 2009 Creativ Festival.

Fire Dragon (designed by Teresa Wentzler) and Water Dragon (designed by Jennifer Aikman-Smith)

Fire Dragon (designed by Teresa Wentzler) and Water Dragon (designed by Jennifer Aikman-Smith)

Now that we are rounding the home stretch, I’ve been thinking about what to do next year. We’ve done ornaments and we’ve done smalls. And, if you are like me, you have a lot of little designs sitting around waiting to be finished. So, I thought I would ask all of you what you would like to do for a SAL next year.

What would you like to do for a SAL in 2015?

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Back to this month. ;) What did you stitch? Let me know by filling out the form below. Don’t forget, for every month you finish something and leave your link you get an entry into the end of the year draw. I’m still not 100% sure what the prize will consist of, but I promise it will be something stitchy.

October Check-In: The next check-in will take place on October 29th.

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Cowl Complication

It is amazing how much of a difference moving just 30 minutes north makes. The morning temperatures are about 2-3°C colder up here than in the city, and it sure makes a difference in the morning. Poor little man hates the cold, so the walk to school at 8am isn’t very pleasant for him.* And, since my in-laws still have all our winter gear, I decided to whip up a quick cowl that matches his fall jacket.

Chunky Cowl for little man

Chunky Cowl for little man

The pattern is Chunky Moebius Cowl from Planet June, and the yarn is Bernat Satin in Teal and Sunset. I’ve used the pattern before and made some good notes. But… I didn’t follow them.

Oh, I did a chain of 42 last time? Ah, 36 looks good. I’ll go with that. Yeah. No. So, the cowl is very difficult to get over the little man’s head. It fits well enough once he struggles into it, but he hates putting it on. Thankfully this week is looking like it will be warm. And hopefully I can get my act together and crochet a larger one before it gets cool again.

The lesson here: if you made good project notes for something that turned out well, follow them the next time.

* It has been chilly in the mornings on a couple of days, but still over 20°C in the afternoon. Later summer/early fall weather is very changeable around here.

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A Little Bit of Spring

Autumn is sneaking up on us here in Ontario. Thankfully, we haven’t gotten snow like out in the prairies, but it is getting colder and damper. I’m actually looking forward to the cool weather because I can sit in front of our new fireplace. But, in the meantime, I’ve been stitching something spring-y to help keep me warm.

Miniature Spring Sampler, designed by Teresa Wentzler (WIP)

Miniature Spring Sampler, designed by Teresa Wentzler (WIP)

This is Teresa Wentzler’s Miniature Spring Sampler, stitched on 28 count white Lugana (I think) using the called for DMC. I switched out the Highland Garden Gloriana for Victorian Garden because that is what I had in my stash.

Mini Spring Sampler - Violet

Mini Spring Sampler – Violet

This the third miniature seasonal sampler from TW that I have stitched. I was lucky enough to take the autumn one as a class.

Miniature Autumn Sampler, designed by Teresa Wentzler

Miniature Autumn Sampler, designed by Teresa Wentzler

And I bought the winter sampler when it was released.

Miniature Winter Sampler, designed by Teresa Wentzler

Miniature Winter Sampler, designed by Teresa Wentzler

I hope one day to have a place in my home where the appropriate seasonal sampler is displayed and updated as the year progressed. I haven’t found the right place yet, but I do have some ideas.


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Power of Moms – Making My Machine

I’m still working my way through the Power of Moms program, and I am loving it even more. I mentioned earlier how making use of the Someday folder helped reduce some of the stress involved in our move. (I’m one of those people who wants to do everything now!! It is nice to have a place to park all those plans–off my mind–and know that I will still get to them.) Now I’m digging deeper and working through the M.O.M. in Two Weeks program (which is offered as part of the M.O.M. Premium program that I am following, or as an add-on to the regular M.O.M. program.)

My planner and to-do list.

My planner and to-do list.

So far I’ve got a planner going, and, my goodness, I forgot how much I love having an agenda. I used one from middle school all the way through to when I went on maternity leave (~ seven years ago). I do regularly use Google Calendar through my iPhone (and a PalmPilot before that) I find having everything written down makes it much easier to visualize how my days are going to go. It is also easier to slot in my little to do list and cross things off as I go. (For more on the To Do list, check out free Master the Whirlwind series for the basics.) And, ladies, lazy ole me is getting things done. It feels so good to cross things off my list and know that there isn’t something else I should be doing when I sit down to pick up my needle and stitch.

My desk and laptop.

My desk and laptop.

I’ve also got the folder system up and going thanks to M.O.M. in Two Weeks, and I’ve started dumping all that junk that is in my brain (lots of goals and someday stuff in stuck in there) into the proper places. I have an inbox (e.g cubby in my desk) for papers I need to deal with (and some yarn I need to do something with), a system for handing email, and places to put things I don’t need right now but will need at some point in the future. No more piles of papers on my desk!

It is still early days, and I need to work on getting together routines and find time to review things, but I am so pleased with how organized I am becoming. I don’t just feel organized, I really am. Seriously.

I’m making big changes and I love it. The Facebook group for M.O.M. Premium is also a big help, as well as the monthly webinars, since it all helps reinforce what I am doing. I love it! I’ll share more about my Power of Moms journey in another week or two, after I’ve had a chance to finish up with M.O.M. in Two Weeks and live with the system for a while.


In the meintime, why not check out the Master the Whirlwind series (it’s free!), or check out a free webinar about the program.

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Catching Up on SALs

So, let’s see, I did manage to post the check in for the Smalls SAL during the move. (And I am very sorry I haven’t had time to visit very many of the posts.) But, I managed to miss out on a bunch of other SAL posts.

First up is the Totally Useless SAL (TUSAL). I managed to miss both July and August. :( But I have been collecting my orts. And, I’ve even managed to recover my large ort jar. Huzzah!

Little ort container

Little ort container

Large ort jar

Large ort jar

I also missed the August check in for the Stitch from Stash SAL. Can you guess what I spent during the insanely busy, anxiety filled month of August?

Stitch from Stash 2014 buttonYep, I spent exactly $0!! Yay me! Well, to be honest, I preordered something, but since it isn’t available yet and I didn’t have to pay for it, it doesn’t count. :P It will count this month, though and so will be Passione Ricamo chart that I may have bought…

turtlesI’ve also been missing the check-ins for Turtle Trot. To be honest, I haven’t had much to share. Nearly all of my stitching this year has been on older projects that fit within the rules of Turtle Trot, but I haven’t done a good job of keeping track or posting updates. So, you know, if you see a picture of just about any cross stitch project, just assume it is for Turtle Trot. ;)

I am doing my best to get back on track, and I should have SAL updates posted on time this month… except Turtle Trot since it was on the 10th. Oh, and don’t forget that the Smalls SAL check-in is on September 24th. I can’t wait to see all your projects!

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Needlework News

I’m getting back in the groove, ladies, and I thought I’d get started with some interesting and fun needlework news that I’ve been saving up.

  • Old Sweaters New Again – Mary Maxim and Roots have teamed up to sell remakes of vintage curling sweaters. You can also listen all about it on this broadcast from 610 CKTB (starts at 44:26). You can get yours in November from Roots (fully knit) and as a kit from Mary Maxim (in December).
  • Where There is a Will To Stitch… – Miss Yang Pei of Malaysia lost her arms in a tragic accident when she was a child. She has since learned to stitch using her toes and makes speaking appearances to encourage children to pursue their dreams.
  • Stitching Machine – Researchers have created awesome fabric circuits boards that can be washed, folded, and even shot! Just think of the applications! Maybe someday soon we can stitch on fabric computers.
  • Table Cloths for Charity – 95-year old Gertrude Treat stitches tables cloths for $100 apiece and donates her profits to HospiceCare in the Berkshires, Massachusetts. Her work is stunning, and you should click through to have a peek. I can only hope that I will be half as talented when I am her age.
  • Yarn Ramen – I have a soft spot of crocheted food, and I just love this video. It is in Japanese, but you can still marvel at his skill, and at how realistic the finished product appears.

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Stitching Nest

It’s been two weeks since moving day, and we are starting to get settled. The little man started school today, and so we are getting into our new schedule as well.

Mr. Pouty Face - Seriously though, he was okay. (blurry iPhone first day of school photo)

Mr. Pouty Face – Seriously though, he was okay. (blurry iPhone first day of school photo)

I’ve been busy with this move than expected. Last time things went very smoothly, even though I was two months pregnant and very sick. This time, with a small child, double space in the new place, and so much to be repaired/repainted/redone, it has been a much more difficult move. Add to that a week of day camp all the way downtown just after we moved (to far away for me to drop him off, come home, and then return), not as much as gotten done as I had hope. However, I did find time to work on a sock:

Part of a purple sock

Part of a purple sock

And, I’ve gotten started on my small for September:

September's Small. I wonder what it can be...

September’s Small. I wonder what it can be…

Hopefully we will get into a nice groove soon, and get the rest of the furniture for our living room. ;) I’m also eagerly awaiting the return of the rest of my crafting supplies. The sewing machine and serger are back, but all my tools and tread are still at my in-laws. Baby steps!

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