Happy Easter

I hope everyone is having a lovely Easter, full of chocolate, good food, and nice spring weather.

Full-Color Holiday Vignettes - 11

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Sock Madness Round 2 – Cable Madness

Oh, Sock Madness, why do I keep signing up for you? My poor hand doesn’t like being forced to knit socks so quickly. Thankfully, in the early rounds, there are enough slots that I can take a break between socks and still have a chance to make it to the next round.

Cable Madness socks

Cable Madness socks

The pattern is Cable Madness, designed by Karen Buhr. It was released on the afternoon of Friday, March 20th. I had finished the first sock by the following Sunday afternoon, but took a few days off before being the second sock. That one was completed on March 26th, and I was able to move through to round 3 with no problems at all.

Cable close-up

Cable close-up

The yarn is Berroco Comfort Sock in colourway 1763 Navy Blue (the first picture is more true). The sock is a wee bit narrow, and fits a bit tight, so I think once everything is done, I will be ripping out the toes and knitting them a little longer. (A narrow sock can fit short because of the way the fabric pulls up.)

This round finishes up on April 3rd, or sooner if all the spots are filled. I’m looking forward to the next sock and really hoping I can get through to at least round 4, which would be a personal best.

 

(I know today is April Fool’s Day. I am ignoring it because I don’t like it and because I am no fun. 😛 )

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Trying Something New (again)

I’m pretty sure most of you are needle workers. (Except my dad and my husband, who read my blog once in a while to keep an eye on whatever trouble I am getting into now.) Even with all my knitting, sewing, etc., I still identify as a needle worker first. But, once in a while, I do like to try something new. This past weekend I went up to That Bead Lady with my mom, and avid beader and a maker of all sorts of wonderful things, and picked up a few supplies so I can try something different.

Pearls, charms, keys and more!

Pearls, charms, keys and more!

I got some closures for my experiments with chainmaille bracelets, two beautiful Swarovski keys (75% off!) that may make nice earrings if I ever figure out wire wrapping, pearls for an idea I have for a necklace (further supplies are coming from ArtBeads), lotus charms for simple earrings, and some cupped flower-shape sequins for needlework embellishment. I may never get around to using any of it, but I didn’t spend much (under $25) and I feel very inspired!

Speaking of trying something new, the Ultimate DIY bundle is available again for a very, very short time. You can read more about it here and here. I have had a great time with it, and I am super glad I bought it back in January. I’ve sewed some cool things, tried pastels with my little guy (a huge hit!), worked on my writing, printed off mandalas to colour (I love colouring!), and a lot more. It is totally worth the price ($34.95 US), especially since you get a free Craftsy class. I picked Essential Techniques Every Knitter Should Know, and I have learned so much! That, in itself, was worth the price to me.

The complete bundle includes 69 ebooks and ecourses as well as 4 awesome bonuses, worth over $150. That’s 4x the price of the bundle alone! These include a free $15 Store Credit PLUS 8×10 Art Print from Hope Ink ($43 Value), a free online class from Craftsy (up to $71.95 Value), a free sewing pattern PLUS a Premium Video Class from UpCraft Club ($19.99 Value), and free, full digital copies of Where Women Create Magazine and Greencraft Magazine ($20 value) from Stampington and Co.

Like I said,  The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale for 2 days – from 9am EST on Monday, March 31 until 9am EST on Wednesday, April 1. (I really should have posted about this yesterday…) And this time, when it is gone it really is gone. You can buy with complete confidence because you’re covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day money-back guarantee. That means you have a full 30 days to enjoy all the eBooks and eCourses in the bundle, and if you don’t think they provided enough value, you’ll get a full refund. So, if you want to get in on this fabulous bundle, do it now! The DIY Bundle is going away in…

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Little Hedgehog

Spring is very slow in coming this year. We actually made it up to 6°C today, but the wind made it feel so much colder. We still have pockets of snow hanging on in all the places the sun doesn’t quite reach. The only hint that spring is actually on its way is the two fat little robins I’ve spotted and the bird song we have heard while walking to school. That isn’t enough. So, I set the cold, wintery stocking aside for a little bit and worked on this little cutie for a few days.

Hedgehog - wip

Hedgehog – wip

It is the cover kit from issue 225 of World of Cross Stitching magazine. It doesn’t seem to really have a name, and I have no idea what brand of floss it comes with. It has stitched up nicely so far, and I think it will look adorable when I add the back stitching. The daffodils are a lovely bit of spring colour when the outside is still all dull, muddy, and a wee bit snowy.

Smalls SAL – If you haven’t check-ed in for March yet, you still have some of time. The link list will close to new entries around mid-night Eastern time on April 1st. April’s check-in will take place on the 29th. Hopefully we will finally be having some spring weather by then! 😉

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Smalls SAL – March 2015 Check-In

Welcome to the last Wednesday of March and to the check-in day for the Smalls SAL.

2015SmallsSALI hope you’ve managed to have a productive stitching month. I know that in many places around the world the weather has been a bit crazy, leaving lots of time to stay indoors and pick up your needle.

Santa's Night, designed by Mill Hill

Santa’s Night, designed by Mill Hill

This month I stitched Santa’s Night from Mill Hill. It is a kit from their 2005 series Charmed Mittens. It is stitched as per instructions with the included threads, except I didn’t attach the petite beads with an X, using a half stitch instead. Even though I was using a thin beading needle, I had so much trouble with the small beads. I think I have been spoiled by Delicas.

So, what did you stitch this month? I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone’s smalls. Please leave your link using the form below. Also, please be sure to link to your actual post, not to the main page of your blog, and try to select a picture of your small. The list will remain open to new entries until April 1st at about midnight Eastern time. Remember: for each month you share a finished small you get an entry into the end of the year draw.

Also, please consider visiting some of the other participants and leaving comments. We all love visitors!

April Check-In: The next Smalls SAL check-in will take place on April 29th. If you’d like to receive my reminder email, you can sign up on this page.

Thanks for taking part in the Smalls SAL!

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Stitch from Stash March Check-In

Oh, March. The most changeable of months. We began the month with several feet of snow on the ground, and it looks like we will be ending it with clear lawns and lots of rain. And, personally, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Of course, April is still a week a way and a snow storm could blow up out of anywhere between now and then. 😉

Stitch from Stash 2015ASince it is the end of the month, it is time for the Stitch from Stash check-in. Yay!

Month: March
Spent: $13.99
Earned: Not tracking

My only purchase this month was an (overpriced) magazine. It has a birth sampler in it that will make the perfect gift for a baby that is almost one! (Yes, I am very behind and I feel terrible.) I hope to get it kitted up and started very, very soon. I did purchase some other crafting supplies this month; about $42 worth of scrapbooking and related supplies from Michaels. I really wanted to get a circle punch, an embossing board, and a scoring board. But, oh my goodness, scrapbooking supplies are way too expensive! I couldn’t justify the cost when all I plan to do is work on a couple of kits from Craftsy. (Festive Fall Leaves and Halloween Decor.) I’ll just have to make do with what I have. I also bought some beads for a necklace idea I have. That brings my crafty total for the year (leaving out gifts) to $134.75. Yikes! That is way higher than I am comfortable with. :/ And, I think I’m also leaving out a February trip to FabricLand for interfacing. :( Ugh.

Anyway. As per nearly always, my stitching was all from stash this month. There was this month’s small, which I will share for the Smalls SAL check-in tomorrow, and I also put a little bit of time into Santa’s Journey Stocking. Stitching has been slow going this month because of Sock Madness. (Which it self is going slow because of my sore hand/arm. When will I learn?!)

Santa's Journey Stocking - WIP

Santa’s Journey Stocking – WIP

I hope all of you who are taking part in Stitch from Stash had a successful month. If you feel the itch to buy something, may I make a suggestion? I’m a big fan of craft magazines. I used to buy piles of them. Then I discovered that my local library system carries many of them through Zinio. I can download them for free and keep them forever!! They don’t carry every magazine I like, but they do have a great selection, and downloading new magazines every month often helps scratch that itch.

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Stitch and Connect

Since you are reading my blog (and most likely have one of your own), you know how great the internet is at helping stitchers connect. Well, the most recent issue of Cross Stitch Collection (April 2015, #247) has a great article about stitchers on the internet, and it is well worth a read.

Stitch & Connect (Yes, the text is blurry on purpose. Sorry.)

Stitch & Connect (Yes, the text is blurry on purpose. Sorry.)

Okay, I’m featured in this article so I may be a little biased. Also, I don’t live in the Prairies. I live just above those lakes where the two dots from the American ladies are. 😉

If you read the article, please let me know. And, if you’ve found me because of the article: Welcome! Please leave a comment and let me know. I’d love to stop by your blog in return.

Also, why not share with me how you use the internet to connect to other stitchers? Do you take part in online SALs (like my Smalls SAL), do you belong to a group on Facebook (should I belong to it too?), do you have a blog, or maybe you take part in exchanges? I’d love to know!

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