Fluffy Meringue

Caron Cakes, a new-ish yarn from Yarnspirations, was created last year in celebration of Caron’s 100th anniversary. It is a beautiful self-stripping yarn (20% wool/80% acrylic) that was meant to be available exclusively at Michaels for only a short time. But, people fell in love with it (me included!), and new colours were released this spring.

Caron Cakes in Funfetti (top) and Rainbow Sprinkle (bottom)

The Crochet Crowd is a big booster of Yarnspirations yarns, and they have been sharing tons of projects made using Caron Cakes. Now, I have trouble with wool, even with as small amount as 20%. My nose runs, my throat itches, and in some cases I have a lot of trouble breathing. But, when I saw the Fluffy Meringue Shawl crocheted in the Bumbleberry colourway, I knew I had to make one of my own.

Fluffy Meringue Shawl, designed by Laura Jean Bartholomew (unblocked)

The Fluffy Meringue Shawl was designed by Laura Jean Bartholomew of the Crochet Crowd. She based it on the Yarnspirations Fluffy Meringue baby blanket. The pattern is free and there is even a nice long tutorial on the Crochet Crowd website.

Working with the yarn wasn’t as bad as I feared it would be, but it probably helps that I was completely stuffed up with a cold for most of it! The pattern work up very quickly, and I love the final product. I did the larger version, using almost two full balls of Caron Cakes. Unblocked, the shawl as about a 152cm wing span and is about 76cm long along the spin. It is huge! And I adore it!

I’m not sure what I am going to do with my other three balls of Caron Cakes. But, I’ve got time; I just need to wait until I get another cold. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Smalls SAL – January 2017 Check-In

Hello, Smalls Stitchers! Welcome to the first check-in for the Smalls SAL 2017.

If you are new the Smalls SAL you can find all the details right here. Simply put, the Smalls SAL is a monthly stitch-along for stitchers who like to stitch little designs. Stitch something small and then head over here on the last Friday of the month to share your finish. That’s it! If you don’t manage to get a small finish one month (or two, or three…), don’t worry! Participate when you can, as often as you can.

I decided to start off the year with something that will something that will serve as a great reminder for me: Time to Stitch by Needle Work Press.

Time to Stitch, designed by Needle Work Press

I stitched it on Dijon Lugana from Enchanting Lair using two shades of Sampler Threads from GAST: Royal Purple and Hyacinth. I finished it by placing it inside a Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Assemblage Alarm Clock. I removed the glass because I prefer that look.

So, what did you stitch this month? I honestly can not wait to see all the wonderful finishes! Please go to the bottom of this post, click on the “Add your link” button, and leave your link in the little form. If you have any problems just leave a comment or send me an email. I’m very happy to help you out. Please remember to use the permalink for your post and to use a picture of your small as the thumbnail.

The link list will remain open to new entries until about midnight Eastern time on February 3rd, 2017.

There will be another end of the year draw. For each month that you leave a link to your finished small you will get one entry into the draw. I will pick the winner in early January 2018 and share the results in a blog post here.

Next Month – The next Smalls SAL check-in will take place on Friday, February 24th. The post should be up on my website by about 7am Eastern time. I know that that will actually be very late in the day for some of you, but do remember that the link list stays open for around a week. Take your time and check-in when you can!

Thanks again, very much, for stitching along with me this year.


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WIP Wednesday – Parliamentary

Hello, Stitchy Friends! Where has the week gone? We’ve had some very unseasonably warm weather, so I’ve been out walking rather than stitching. Of course, when you love stitching, it is hard to resist the siren call of the needle. ๐Ÿ˜‰

O Canada Sampler, designed by Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler (WIP)

I’ve finished up the parliament building and the wheat row. Our parliament building is the home of our federal government. It is located on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, our capital city. The parliament buildings are actually three separate buildings. The centre block (pictured in the sampler) is the home of the House of Commons and the Senate chambers, as well as many offices and the beautiful Confederation Hall. Construction began in July 1916 and was completed in July 1927.

Unfortunately, the colour on this picture is pretty far off. My fabric is much more yellow, and the colours are a bit brighter. I shouldn’t have waited until after dark to that the picture. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Smalls SAL – The first check-in for 2017 is just around the corner! Be sure to come back on Friday to leave your link. I can’t wait!

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WIP Wednesday: Sesquicentennial Edition

Hello, Stitchy Friends! Three posts in one week! I’m on a roll. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And, because it is Wednesday, I thought I would share with you the project currently under my needle.

O Canada Sampler, designed by Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler

This is Victoria Sampler’s O Canada. It is quite an old design, originally released in honour of Canada’s 125th birthday. In fact, I’m stitching from one of those early charts, with the hand-drawn symbols and the Lamplight Designs branding and all. This original chart has the number 125 in the alphabet (following the world Canada), but I will be changing it to say 150 in honour of our sesquicentennial this July.

This is a pretty special year for Canada. I know there are lots of countries much older than us, but then again Canada has actually been around as a thing since at least the 16th century. (Of course, First Nations people were here well before any Europeans.) To simplify things, we were part of British North America, and then became the Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867. In 1931 we more or less became independent from the UK, with the final ties to the UK parliament being removed in 1981. However, Queen Elizabeth II is still our monarch (one of her titles is indeed Queen of Canada), and on her death (she will never die, shame on you for thinking she might!) her heir will automatically become our monarch.

I have a couple of other Canadian-themed projects I hope to get to this year, and lots more Canadian trivia to share!

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SALs and Mental Health

Oh, the best of intentions. Back in December I wrote about what I was planning to stitch this year. And, now that we are just over two weeks into the new year, my plans are already changing. I started stitching Liz Almond’s Sublime Stitches, but I ultimately decided it wasn’t for me. ๐Ÿ™

Good news, though! I’ve found a new (almost) yearlong SAL to stitch! Stitchrovia’s Quotes to Live By is a 9-part SAL in support of the UK charity mind, which provides advice and support to anyone experiencing mental health issues. Each chart costs just ยฃ1.99 (well within my $25/month Stitch from Stash budget), with proceeds going to mind.

You can find out more information on the SAL Facebook page right here.

And, speaking of supporting mental health, this coming Monday (January 25th), is Bell Let’s Talk day in Canada. Bell Canada is one of our largest telephone/Internet/cable companies, but they also support many charities like Kid’s Help Phone. On Let’s Talk day, Bell donates 5ยข for every tweet, Instagram post, etc with the tag #BellLetsTalk. You can find out all about it right here.

If you need help, check online for a program like mind or Mental Health Helpline in your country.

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Smalls SAL 2016 Wrap-Up

Hello, Stitchy Friends! Long time no talk. The year started out great, but I’ve spent the last week terribly under the weather. Unfortunately that meant that I haven’t had time to take care of the last few things required to wrap up the Smalls SAL 2016 until today.

First, I want to say thank you again, so very much, for taking part in the Smalls SAL. We had 376 different check-ins, that means at least 376 different finishes. Actually, there were many, many more than 376 finishes since a lot of you shared more than one small each month. Congratulations! That is a whole lot of stitching!

Like last year, there was an ebb and flow to participation. We started off the year strong with 56 check-ins, and then there was a slow decrease all the way through to August with a low of 20 check-ins, and we bounced back through to the end of the year.

Okay, now I know you are all waiting to hear who won the end of the year draw. The winner is:

Brenda of Time 2 Xstitch

The random number generator selected her check-in for her two beautiful finishes from April. Congratulations, Brenda!

And now on to 2017. The Smalls SAL is returning, and will take place on the final Friday of every month. The first check-in will take place on January 27th. I can’t wait to see what everyone has been working on!

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Flat Diamond House

My first love is cross stitch, as I’m sure is pretty obvious. But, I do love to knit, crochet, and sew when I have some time. I also like to try lots of other weird little crafts and, of course, I love to share cool and interesting things with all of you. I’ve shared “diamond paintings” before, but this one is a little bit different.

Square diamond painting of a snowy house

Most diamond painting come with circular gems and the printed pattern shows through between the diamonds. And, while that doesn’t look bad per say, it isn’t a look that I really like. The newest kit I picked up comes with little faceted squares. They butt up right next to each other completely covering the background.

The resulting picture looks very much like pixel art or a cross stitched picture that was converted from an image. Because I wasn’t sure how much I would like this style of diamond paintings, I picked a small picture with very poor “resolution”. Larger pictures, like larger converted cross stitch pictures, look much clearer and nicer. Nonetheless, these little square pieces make a really pretty picture that catches the light and sparkles.

Close-up of square diamond painting

The little gems are attached using a small stick with a divot in it that comes in the kit. The gems for the colour you are using are dumped into a tray with ridges. Give the tray a shake and the gems (mostly) flip over the right way. You need to place a little bit of sticky stuff on the end of the stick in order to pick up the gems, but it is really a pretty clever system. The stick lets you place the gems exactly where they need to go. The background is printed with a colour code and covered in a thin adhesive sheet. All it takes is a little bit of pressure to get the gems to stick.

I am curious about how well the adhesive will hold the gems as the years go by. It would be a shame to have them all fall off. But, in the meantime, my picture is shaping up pretty nicely.

Square diamond kits like this are available in lots of places. You can find them on Amazon, AliExpress, and elsewhere.

Have you tried a diamond painting? If so, I’d love to hear about it. I’d also love to know if you have tried any other unusual or interesting crafts. Please leave a comment below.

 

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