TUSAL – June Check-In

Late, late, late. Just like always. The little man finished up school on Friday, and I feel like everything has been a whirlwind since then. If things keep going at this pace, summer will be over before you know it! Anyway, on to this month’s Total Useless SAL (TUSAL) picture!

TUSAL - June 2014 ort collection

TUSAL – June 2014 ort collection

The colours for this month come from Lily of the Valley Fairy and from Child’s Heart.


If you’d like to learn more about the Total Usless Stitch Along, check out It’s Daffy Cat.

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Smalls SAL – June Check-In

It is the last Wednesday of the month, which means it is check-in time for the Smalls SAL!


I stitched another Teresa Wentzler design this month: Child’s Heart from the June 1990 issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine.

Child's Heart, designed by Teresa Wentzler

Child’s Heart, designed by Teresa Wentzler

The colours are very bright, and I think they are meant to bring to mind a rainbow (although, green is missing). And, while the rocking horse itself is very Teresa to me, the rest of the design isn’t something that would come to mind when thinking of her style. But, as I understand it, back in those days she designed on commission for Just Cross Stitch, producing pieces that fit tight requirements, whether or not they were her style.

Mencius, Chinese philosopher (image via Wikimedia Commons)

Mencius, Chinese philosopher (image via Wikimedia Commons)

The quote in this design comes from Mencius, who, despite his Greek sounding name, was actually a Chinese philosopher from approximately 372 – 289 BCE. Although I had never heard of him, when I asked my Chinese husband if he knew who Mencius was, his answer was an uncharacteristic “Hell, yeah.” So, apparently he is well-known by some people. ;) In fact, his dad gave us a copy of The Sayings of Mencius just last month. I, of course, forgot about that. This particular edition translates this quote as “An important man is one who has not lost his childlike heart-and-mind.” (The Sayings of Mencius, 4B12) I think the version in the stitched design rolls off the tongue a little easier.

So, on to you! What did you stitch this month? Please leave a your link in the form below, and don’t forget to visit some of the other participants. And, remember, for every month you leave your link, you get one entry into the end of the year draw. If you drop out of the SAL at any time, or miss a couple of months, all your previous entries still count.

Next month: July 30th will be our next check-in date. So, summer may be here, but keep stitching!

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Stitch from Stash – June Check-In

It is Stitch from Stash check in time again!

Stitch from Stash 2014 buttonThis month we had a special bonus of an additional $50 beyond the monthly allowance of $25. But, after having items sitting in various online shopping carts for the entire month, I ended up spending only $16.54. $2 of that amount was the Threadworx for Love (if you remember, I ran out), and I believe that doesn’t count. I also purchased the issue of Cross Stitch Collection magazine that I was featured in for $14.99. That brings my total for the year to:


To be completely honest with you, I am very surprised I’ve managed to control myself so well. I did have a bit of a knitting related splurge this month, thanks to a Knit Picks gift certificate that my lovely friend Erica gave me for my birthday. (Her birthday gift accidentally got packed up and is currently in my in-laws basement…) To get a deal on shipping, I had to spend a bit more money, but I did get some lovely yarn for a sweater for my little man, and some knitting needles. I also splurged on a knitting magazine and a sewing magazine. :/

June magazine purchases

June magazine purchases

So, what project from stash did I work on this month? Lily of the Valley Fairy from Nora Corbett.

Lily of the Valley Fairy by Nora Corbett (WIP)

Lily of the Valley Fairy by Nora Corbett (WIP)

I haven’t made as much progress as I would like since I kept making mistakes in the wings. (Have I mentioned that the whole selling the condo thing has me really stressed out?) But, she is finally coming along nicely.

Smalls SAL – Don’t forget, Wednesday is check-in day for the Smalls SAL. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on.

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Needlework News

It is time for another round-up of needlework news.

  • Stitching time – Eastern Daily Press has a short piece about Fine Cell, a company that works with British inmates to produce needlework for sale. Four hundred and fifty inmates take part, and approximately 97% of them are men. You can find their online shop here.
  • Saving stitches – The Pakistan Tribune has a profile of Shukrat Bibi, a 79-year old woman in Karimabad. She is trying to keep traditional embroidery alive by teaching local women and running a small shop. Sadly, the article doesn’t show any of her work, but a Google image search for do sutti kadai embroidery turns up many beautiful pieces.
  • Throne stitches – Metal band Throne has released a music video for their song Tharsis Sleeps that is fully embroidered. The song may not be to your taste, but it is worth watching for the really cool visuals.

THRONE – ‘THARSIS SLEEPS’ (OFFICIAL VIDEO) from Nicos Livesey on Vimeo.

And, in more personal news, I’ve been told by my doctor to lay off the knitting for a little while. She isn’t sure what is wrong with my elbow, and I am to take it easy until we figure it out. :(

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May Fairy

We still have our condo up for sale, which means that I can’t really get started on my packing. (There is no place to pile boxes except in the living room/dining room, and that is a bad idea when you are trying to sell your home.) So, in order to feel like I’m still trying to prepare for the move, I’ve been doing some more decluttering. The other day, I dug out my all-but-forgotten-WIP bin and gave it a bit of a stir. Nothing made it into the donation bag, but I did find some projects that I’d like to finish up now that I have an idea of where they might go.

Lily of the Valley Fairy from Mirablia (WIP)

Lily of the Valley Fairy from Mirablia (WIP)

The first one I rescued was Lily of the Valley Fairy from Mirabila/Nora Corbett. I started this back in 2009, and I probably haven’t worked on it since. I’ve made a bit of progress on her hair and wing, and I am so glad I found her. She is lovely and will look right at home in my new craft room.

Have you ever come across a WIP you forgot about or wish that you hadn’t packed away? I’d love to hear about it.

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From Bonnie

A little while ago, I won a giveaway from Bonnie at Bonnie’s World. And, it arrived earlier this week. Yay!!!

Giveaway gift from Bonnie

Giveaway gift from Bonnie

Bonnie sent me an absolutely wonderful package: beads, needles, fabric, a pouch (exactly what I needed), hand cream (I love this kind!), and a fabulous scissor fob that is perfect for one of my favourite pairs of scissors. Thank you very much, Bonnie.

A perfect pair

A perfect pair

And, speaking of giveaways, I am getting close to celebrating 10 years of blogging. 10 years! I’ll be running a giveaway next month in celebration. I hope you will stop by and check it out.

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Knit in Public

Today marks the start of World Wide Knit in Public Week.


According to their website, World Wide Knit in Public Day began in 2005, by Danielle Landes, as a way to for knitters to come together. Since then, it has grown into a worldwide event, with Knit in Public days taking place in over 30 countries. (Check out this page to see if there is an event near you.)

Knitting at the park

Knitting at the park

I’ve been known to knit in public on occasion. Usually, when I take the little man over to the park I will bring along a bit of knitting to keep myself entertained. I also like to take knitting along if I know I’m going to be stuck in a waiting room for a while.

Do you knit or crochet in public? Are you planning on taking part in any WWKIP Day events this year? Leave a comment; I’d love to hear about it.

If you stitch but don’t knit, don’t worry. There are Stitch in Public Days too. They don’t seem to be as organized as the WWKIP day, but I did find some information. For example, it looks like the EGA holds their Stitch in Public day in September, although no date has been set for this year as of yet. If you know more, please let us all know.

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