Turtle Trot – April 2014

It is Turtle Trot time! I’ve been sidetracked by My Needle’s Work, so my progress on Turtle Trot projects was minimal this month.

Here is Tradewinds before I worked on it:

Tradewinds by Teresa Wentzler

Tradewinds by Teresa Wentzler

And here is my progress:

Tradewinds as of April 2014

Tradewinds as of April 2014

It is the first attention it has seen in maybe eight years! o_O At this rate it might be done before the end of the century!

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Little Lighthouse

I know I’ve been working on a lot of smalls this year (heck, I’ve got a whole Smalls SAL going on!), but sometimes you need something even smaller!

A little lighthouse

A little lighthouse

The kit was a gift from a knitting friend who was getting rid of some of her cross stitch supplies. I think is was from the DMC mentor program (which apparently they still do). It was a very quick stitch, but I think the kit would have been confusing for complete beginners. Not only do two of the reds look almost identical, the colour names don’t really help you figure out which should be the darker one and which the brighter one. (I was too lazy to get out my colour card, so I guessed).) And, for a couple of the stitches, you actually need to pierce the adia cloth. That isn’t something I would get a complete beginner to do.

If you like this design, DMC has a freebie that features a more detailed version of this lighthouse. Check it out here.

Were you ever part of the DMC mentor program? If so, did you use the supplies to teach anyone? Which kits did you have? (I had a flower, I think.)

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Kitty Hat

I’ve been taking a break from knitting for the last little while because of the pain in my hand. But, thankfully, I can still pick up a crochet hook and doing some hooking for short periods of time.

Kitty Earflap Hat

Kitty Earflap Hat

I made this adorable Kitty Earflap Hat as a baby gift. The yarn is Paton’s Canadiana and Mary Maxim Starlette, both of which are very washable. In keeping with my goals, they came from stash. ;) And, bonus, the pattern was free! (You can find it here on Ravelry.)

Hopefully I can get back to knitting shortly. I have three shawls that are at least 3/4 finished, and I really want to get them done!

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New Stitching

Oh no, I’ve been talked into starting another piece. It doesn’t take much, does it? And, again, all of it comes from stash!

A little chicken

A little rooster

This is my progress on Little House Needlework’s My Needle’s Work. I’m stitching it on hand-dyed linen from Enchanting Lair, in the colourway Heritage.

I have to admit, I get a big chuckle out of the rooster. I mean, don’t we spend a lot of time telling people we don’t cross stitch things like ladies wearing doilies and ducks on their heads? And yet, here is a design showing a girl stitching a rooster. Still, it is cute, and I have been meaning to stitch it for ages. I’m also toying with the idea of changing the colour of her dress. We shall have to see how that works out.

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TUSAL – March 2014 the 2nd

Oh, late again. Same old story every month, isn’t it? Somehow the Totally Useless Stitch Along (TUSAL) entry on my calendar disappeared. Every other one is there, except this one. *sigh*

TUSAL - March 2014 (the second)

TUSAL – March 2014 (the second)

This is what my ort container looked like at the end of March. I knew that I had missed the correct date, so I’ve been keeping aside my orts from the past couple of days.

Orts for the year

Orts for the year

And these are all my orts for the year. As you can see, it is another dull early spring day, but at least there is snow in the background! ;)

House hunting update: one we wanted sold, another one we wanted is just too small, and a third one we wanted sold before we even got to see it. Hopefully things improve. :(

Want to know more about the Totally Useless Stitch Along? You can find all the information you need right here.

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Stitch from Stash – March Check-In

It is Stitch from Stash check-in time again!

Stitch from Stash 2014 buttonMy total for this month is:

$0

Yep, I didn’t buy anything cross stitch-related at all. Not even a magazine. (Given that the two bookstores closest to me have closed within the past month, that isn’t much of a surprise.)

A rainbow of yarn!

A rainbow of yarn!

I did splurge and buy myself some yarn for Sock Madness, though. Without shipping, it came to CAN$28.80. That is a bit dear, but it is lovely hand-dyed yarn, and exactly what I was looking for. That brings my total for all craft purchased to around $60. I have to admit, I’m sort of impressed with myself. I wonder if I can keep this up all year.

And speaking of Sock Madness, I had to drop out earlier this week. The pain that I had in my arm and hand has returned, making it too painful to knit socks. It seems that I can knit with larger needles with little to no issues, but if I knit with smaller needles and a tight gauge, I’m in for problems. I didn’t have much pain when I knit Brucie, but casting on a second pair of socks so soon afterwards was clearly a bad idea. I’ll let my hand recover, and then I will finish up the pair of socks I’m currently working on, Diamond Shreddies. I’ve got one done so far, and the second one is partly down the leg. Check out the cable, it is beautiful!

Pretty Celtic Cable

Pretty Celtic Cable

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More Happiness

I’m still working away on La Pensée Positive from Les Marottes de Nathalie when I’m not busy knitting socks, looking for a new house, or doing any one of a hundred things that aren’t stitching. ;)

Happiness - WIP

La Pensee Positive – WIP

I’ve finished up section one and two, and I’m happily ;) working away on section three. There is a row of wee sheepies at the bottom of this section, which I think I will stitch using some fuzzy thread.

A pretty, happy lady

A pretty, happy lady

While I’m stitching this, I am trying to bring to mind things that make me happy. I’m also thinking about how I can do things differently in order to follow the advice of this piece. I’m not the world’s happiest person, but you could almost say that striving (and failing) to achieve happiness is a hobby of mine. I’m a big fan of Grechen Rubin, the author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. I also enjoy reading other books about happiness, and I do things like journaling in an attempt to discover what makes me happy.

Speaking of journaling, you may remember that I had a giveaway for some guided journaling goodies from Adventures in Guided Journaling a while back. Well, Christie has just released some new journaling packages in her etsy shop, and moved her blog to a new URL. Why not check it all out? (She is a really lovely lady, and her journal pages are super great too.)

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