Saturday, December 31, 2011

An Inventory of Finished Objects 2011

Knitting:
1. Noro Socks--Generic Sock pattern--Noro Kureyon Sock
2. Ribband bracelet--Ribband--Socks that Rock
3. Reflection Hat(Diva)--Reflection hat(Ravelry)--Lamb's Pride Worsted
4. Reflection Hat (Rage)--Reflection hat (Ravelry)--Lamb's Pride Worsted
5. Socks--New Beginnings Socks for the Family--Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock

Crochet:
1. Snake--Amigurumi Toy Box--scrap yarn c/o Cynthia
2. Little Kitten with Bed--Amigurumi Toy Box--Lion Brand Wool Ease

Reading:
1. Ghost Town(Caine)
2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix(Rowling)--reread
3. How to Knit a Love Song (Herron)
4. Blood Trinity (Kenyon/Love)
5. Friday Night Knitting Club (Jacobs)
6. Game of Thrones (Martin)
7. Any Man of Mine (Gibson)
8. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince(Rowling)--reread
9. Retribution (Kenyon)
10. Bite Club (Caine)
11. Just the Rules! (Reno)
12. Eternal Rider(Ione)
13. The Proper Care & Feeding of Husbands (Schlessinger)

Stitching:
1. QS Swimming with Dolphins (HAED)--finished one page
2. Eternal Promise(Stewart-retired artist)(HAED)--finished one page

Sewing:
1. 4 zippered pouches--Free online--various novelty fabrics
2. Birdie Sling--Amy Butler--novelty fabric
3. 2 zippered pouches--free online--novelty fabric(teacher gifts 2011)
4. 3 pillow cases--Free from Snappy Quilts--quilting fabric
5. 5 pillow cases--Snappy Quilts pattern--quilting fabric(blues and hockey)

Writing:
1. Finished Nanowrimo for the fourth time! 50,000 words, baby!

Fitness:
1. Finished 20 weeks of Turbo Fire
2. Finished 17 weeks of Turbo Fire(pre knee injury)
3. Finished 5 Day Inferno Plan with Turbo Fire--twice
4. Finished 12 weeks of Chalean Extreme

Project Me:
1. Chalene Johnson's 30 Day Push--October, November
2. Chalene Johnson's Push Jump Start 11-11-11

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Year in Review 2011

Year in Review 2011

1. your best FO of the year:

My Birdie Sling--it was my first sewing piece since 8th grade and I love it!

2. best FO of the year made by a blog you link to:

I can't say that I remember anything offhand that really blew me away. Knitting blogs have kind of slowed down and stitching blogs seem to be revving up. I am looking forward to seeing some amazing things in 2012!

3. best yarn you tried:

Lion Brand Cotton Ease. I have always disliked cotton yarn but I love the way this feels, I used it for a baby blanket and I loved it.

4. best book/mag/pattern of 2011:

Book:
PUSH by Chalene Johnson--it isn't just a fitness book, it's a get your life together book. I love it!

Magazine:
HGTV magazine--LOVE it!
Country Living magazine

Pattern:
Cambridge

Website:
Pintrest
Chalene Johnson

5. best new technique or gadget you tried in 2011:
Pintrest--love it! I guess I would classify it as a gadget :)

6. top 5 inspirations--what five things inspired you the most over the past year?
1. Amigurumi--it got me to get my act together with crochet
2. The Royal Wedding--I love Kate's style, what an icon.
3. Fabric--I have taken tentative steps into sewing and I love all the inspiration out there.
4. Chalene Johnson's 30 Day Challenge--I did it in October, November, and December and it has been a life changer.
5. Heaven and Earth Designs--I did not do a lot of stitching this year but I lurked on the message board, the site, and the blogs and I am getting my stitching mojo back!

7. designer who most amazed & inspired you throughout the year:

Amy Butler and Heaven and Earth designs

8. Challenges for 2012--what's next for you and your blog?
2012 will be the year of productivity for me. I am going to be working my way through what I have and hopefully I can keep new purchases to a minimum. Working through the Stash will be my motto in 2012.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

2012 WIPocalypse

I have decided to get my stitching groove on in 2012 and in order to maintain motivation I joined the WIPocalypse.

The current WIP/UFO list:

1. Ink Circles The Bramble and the Rose
2. Ink Circles Blackstone Fantasy Garden
3. HAED QS Swimming with Dolphins
4. HAED I Love Thee
5. HAED Eternal Promise
6. HAED Storykeeper
7. HAED TTK
8. HAED Misty Weniera
9. HAED Mini Home is Where the Magic Is
10. HAED QS Lovers (BB SAL) **new start in 2012**

Since all of these are multiple page projects, I will be working on one piece until I finish a page and then moving on to another. The only exception to that will be HAED QS Lovers, it is the my HAED freebie SAL piece and in order to finish it by the end of the year I am going to try and put in at least 500 stitches per week. So most of my updates will consist of two pieces: HAED QS Lovers and whichever other piece I am currently plugging away on.

Posting Progress on the full moon dates for 2012:
January 9
February 7
March 8
April 6
May 5
June 4
July 3
August 1
August 31
September 29
October 29
November 28
December 28

Monday, December 19, 2011

IHSW--December Edition--Before & After

International Hermit and Stitch Weekend:



It's a new start for me this weekend. I can't wait to fit in some stitching time!

After:

Homeiswherethemagicis(mini) 19dec11

Stats:

Name: HAED Home is Where the Magic is(mini)Spangler
Fabric: 28 count white evenweave
Stitched: 2 over 1, tent

I had more time to stitch than I thought. This is my first "mini" and there is a noticeable loss of detail which is interesting to me because the piece still has 90 colors. I am interested to see how this stitches up. I like that it is fewer pages but I think I'll miss the detail.

Happy Holidays, IHSW Stitchers!