Saturday, December 08, 2012

Year in Review 2012

I'm getting the ball rolling on some end of the year things and decided to post this now rather than later.  I love having a record of what has caught my fancy over the previous year.

Year in Review 2012

1. your best FO of the year:
Color Affection--I love the way that turned out.

2. best FO of the year made by a blog you link to:
Truthfully I haven't been reading many knitting/stitching blogs in the last 6 months.

3. best yarn you tried:
Twisted Fiber Art Tasty--it's an amazing wool/cashmere blend.

4. best book/mag/pattern of 2012:

Book:
Push by Chalene Johnson

Magazine:
Oxygen, Vogue Knitting, Country Living, Where Women Create, and People

Pattern:
Simple Skyp Socks

Website:
Runs for Cookies

5. best new technique or gadget you tried in 2012:
My To Do list app on my phone, I would be lost without it.

6. top 5 inspirations--what five things inspired you the most over the past year?
  **My daughter--she is growing up to be such an incredible young lady and she's been bitten by the fitness bug just like her mom ;)
  **My son--he is growing and changing right before my eyes, he has a good heart, and he always makes me laugh
  **Ravelry--my 'go to' place for knitting inspiration
  **Pinterest--it's a huge time suck but wow can you find some good stuff there.
  **Runs for Cookies--that blog is inspirational every day.  Katie is my hero!

7. designer who most amazed and inspired you throughout the year.
I don't know that I have a specific designer who has stood out for me this year.  I'm all over the place with my likes and dislikes lately.

8. Challenges for 2013--what's next for you and your blog?
**for my blog--I'm going to shoot for at least two posts per month.  Things have gotten pretty hectic around the house and that has taken up most of my time--leaving crafting time to a minimum unfortunately.
**for me--continue to improve my fitness and my diet, continue to improve my mind, and continue to be mindful of how my action/inaction affects those around me.
**start and finish a quilt. . .possibly Swoon or a T-shirt quilt
**continue to try and find balance in my life.

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Summer Knits

I finished a few projects over the last couple of weeks. Some, like Baktus, have been on the needles for quite some time(I know this is only a close up but the color was not reading when I shot from a distance):
  Baktus
 Color Affection was one I actually cast on at the beginning of the summer. It was something I worked on while my kiddos where at their martial arts class.I love the colors in this one. Three shades of Socks that Rock from my stash(my rather obscene STR stash). STR Color Affection close up
 Finally, I have Chickami from Chic Knits. It took me all summer to knit it and I'm pleased with the results although I would make some moderations next time. I would probably do it about a size smaller and use shaping.
Chickami
 Now that autumn is in the air I have been bitten by the sock bug. I am halfway through a pair for me then I have pairs on deck for both kiddos and DH.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Still Here

I'm still around.

It's been a busy summer--family trips, company in town, ups & downs, life in general, and lately some Olympic viewing.  My kiddos head back to school in a couple of weeks so things should start to return to a normal schedule.

I have not had much crafty time at all.  I have been knitting randomly on one project all summer.  I have been looking for inspiration on Ravelry and I have some yarn that I think MUST have in my stash. . .Twisted Fiber Arts.  One of my friends finished a shawl in some of this yarn and WOW it is stunning.  If you go check out the site, make sure you look at the Evolutions yarn. . .amazing stuff.  If I can decide on a colorway, I will be ordering some for an Ene from Scarf Style.

I cross stitched briefly in July.  I am still redoing page one from the HAED Freebie SAL.  I think that I may need to just put that piece aside because it makes me angry every time I have to work on that page. . .I have never had to restitch an entire page and it really gets to me.

This fall I am hoping to get into a groove with my usual chores, decluttering my house(specifically, cleaning out the basement), my workouts(I have some weight loss goals I WILL hit by the end of the year), stitching, knitting, and other crafting I have been wanting to try, and I can't forget reading--I have quite the back log of books I am trying to get through.

There is never enough time in the day for everything you want to do.

Enjoy the last big month of summer!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

WIPocalypse 2012--May Edition AND IHSW

International Hermit and Stitch Weekend:




I am going to be doing a combo of IHSW AND WIPocalypse for May because this is literally the only stitching I have done in about 6 weeks.  I will be focusing on HAED QS Lovers(BB SAL).

Here is the before:
QS Lovers(revised) 19March2012

As usual, I did not have a lot of stitching time BUT I did stitch which hasn't happened in over a month!
Here is the after:
QS Lovers v2 23may12





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)

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, April 23, 2012

IHSW--April--A Bust

I had zero time to stitch this weekend.  Between nice weather, hockey playoffs, and general life things, I did not have time to look at my stitching much less get it out.  My apologies.  I'm hoping to have much more time next month :)

Happy stitching everyone!  I can't wait to see what everyone did this weekend.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I'm Honored

Ronjja gave me the Liebster blog award.  I'm honored that she thought enough of me to do it.  Thank you :)

Here are the rules:

1.  Link back to the person who awarded it to you.
2.  Post the award to your blog.
3.  Give the award to 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers.
4.  Leave a comment on the 5 blogs to let them know that they have been offered this award.
5.  List 5 random facts that people don't know about you.


Here are my five(I have no idea how to tell how many followers a blog has, so here are 5 I read on a frequent basis):

--Starspry

--Sticks, Strings, & Crafty Things

--Jioya's World

--On My Needles

--Just Let Me Change That

5 Random facts about me. . .hmmmm. . .

1.  I love the beach and water.  I get mesmerized by waves, waterfalls, and running water.
2.  I love cupcakes--the fancier the better.
3.  I love to write stories just for me to read.
4.  I keep a daily to-do list on my cell with short and long term goals and I check it frequently.  It helps me reach goals and get things done.
5.  I love learning.  I am constantly trying to learn new things whether it's about crafting, writing, life, personal growth, fitness, etc.  If it interests me I spend a lot of time learning all I can.



Monday, April 09, 2012

WIPocalypse 2012--April Edition



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)
11. The Drawn Thread 12 Houses Sampler--DONE

I finished 12 Houses Sampler(Drawn Thread) and worked on QS Lovers(see previous post for pictures--I didn't want to post the same thing twice).

I have also been knitting and even though this is a SAL I figured I would share what has been taking up most of my time.
Mitered Blanket--9April12
As you can see I have a TON of ends to weave in before I put this thing together then I have to get some backing fabric on it and mail it out to my cousin.  That's what has been taking up my crafting time over the last month.

Over the next month I am going to pull out one of my Ink Circles pieces, I think.

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, March 19, 2012

IHSW--March Edition--After

International Hermit and Stitch Weekend:



I finished 12 Houses Sampler from The Drawn Thread:
Twelve Houses Sampler(Drawn Thread) 19March2012
I'm not sure about the chain stitch (on one of the trees), it looks good on the front but the tension is messed up on the back. I redid it a few times and I'm sticking with it as is. Now I need to get it to the framers :) This piece was just what the doctor ordered after my battle with QS Lovers. Speaking of. . .
QS Lovers(revised) 19March2012
I also brought HAED QS Lovers out. I am doing the Revised chart. I'm getting closer to the girl's face, in a week or so I should see how the changes look, so far the chart is exactly the same which is good because her face was the only problem.

Friday, March 16, 2012

IHSW--March Edition--Before

International Hermit and Stitch Weekend:



Before:

12 Houses Sampler--almost done! Just the border to go.
12 Houses Sampler--16March12


HAED QS Lovers--restarted with recharted version

IMAG0119

Thursday, March 08, 2012

WIPocalypse 2012--March Edition



In the last month I have started a new stitching project, 12 Houses Sampler from The Drawn Thread. That's the only stitching I have been doing because I have some obligation knitting to get done--God willing I will have pictures of THAT to share for next month :)

This is where I am at in 12 Houses:
12 houses 26feb12a
I haven't done anything on it since I last posted on it, so I'm just recycling the picture.

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)
11. The Drawn Thread 12 Houses Sampler

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

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

5 Pet Peeves

1. Mothers who dress like street walkers when they pick their kids up from school--thigh high boots, black shorts, black tights, leather jacket--I'm not kidding and said mother wears this ensemble frequently--although looking at the description maybe she's a pirate, or a pirate wench?

2. People that refuse to drive the speed limit, especially in the left lane.

3. People that HAVE to get around you on the highway only to pull in front of you and slow down by 20 miles per hour.

4. Men in the grocery store, okay this may be a generalization and my apologies to any man who knows what they are doing there. If you don't know what you're looking for, either ask or get out of the way.

5. People who are ordering food and have to ask about EVERYTHING, then keep changing their mind, then order something really basic after playing 20 questions and holding up a large line of customers who probably know exactly what they want.

Okay, just had to get those off my chest.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

March Challenges--February Recap

March Challenges:

Knitting:
**Finish baby blanket

Stitching:
**Finish 12 Houses Sampler
**Finish 25% of HAED QS Lovers redo

Health/Fitness:
**Finish TF/CLX hybrid
**Lose 5.6 pounds--I have a weight loss goal I want to reach by the end of June

Writing/Journaling:
**Start a Smash book

Reading:
**Finish 25% of Clash of Kings(Martin)--Game of Thrones book 2

*****************************************************************************

February Recap:

Reading:
**read one fiction book--DONE--Immortal Rider(Larissa Ione)
**read one non fiction book--DONE--Push(Chalene Johnson)

Knitting:
**Finish baby blanket--No, a couple squares away
**Make progress on gift blanket--No, didn't get it out

Stitching:
**Finish page one of QS Lovers, again--started didn't finish, worked on a sampler instead.
**Participate in IHSW and WIPocalypse--DONE

Health/Fitness:
**Continue CLX/TF Hybrid--DONE
**Lose 5 pounds--No, gained 1--ugh, I have been pretty burnt out fitness wise this month
**Try one new healthy recipe per week--No, I tried 2 for the month.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

More Houses

I worked on the 12 House Sampler again this weekend and I got a few more houses added. This has been such a relaxing stitch.

12 houses 26feb12a

Monday, February 20, 2012

IHSW--February Edition--After

International Hermit and Stitch Weekend:



I spent Friday and Sunday working on the 12 Houses Sampler. It's been a welcome break from my HAED stitching. Just enough specialty stitches to keep it interesting and I like breaking it into easy pieces. I work through one house or tree at a time--seems to go quicker for me that way :)

12 Houses Sampler--20Feb2012

Friday, February 17, 2012

IHSW--February Edition--Before

International Hermit and Stitch Weekend:



I was going to work on my redo of page 1 of HAED QS Lovers BUT I decided to take this weekend and start something new. . .something without confetti stitching. . .something to cleanse the palette as it were. . .

My local cross stitch shop, Fancimats and More, had a trunk show a few weeks ago for The Drawn Thread, I may have picked up a few charts when I went over to check it out. One of them may have been 12 Houses Sampler and that will be what I am starting over this IHSW weekend.

Stats:
Fabric: 28 count "Summer Khaki" Cashel Linen
Thread: 2 over 2

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

WIPocalypse 2012--February Edition



In the last month I have:

**Worked on my #9 piece, Home is Where the Magic Is, during IHSW.
BEFORE:homeiswherethemagicis(mini) 24jan12

Here is where I ended up on it before I switched up:
AFTER:HiwtmiMINI 5feb12

**Finished the first page of my #10 piece, QS Lovers; of course, I have since had to restart the page due to the fact it looks like someone slapped this girl in the face. I should have more progress on it next month.
Qslvrs 16jan12-completed page

Happy Stitching!!

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)

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

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Challenges--February 2012

In the interest of making myself more accountable to myself, I am going to start posting monthly challenges I have for myself.

Reading:
**read one fiction book
**read one non fiction book

Knitting:
**Finish baby blanket
**Make progress on gift blanket

Stitching:
**Finish page one of QS Lovers, again
**Participate in IHSW and WIPocalypse

Health/Fitness:
**Continue CLX/TF Hybrid
**Lose 5 pounds
**Try one new healthy recipe per week

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

IHSW--January Edition--Before and After

International Hermit and Stitch Weekend:




I did not get a lot of stitching time this weekend, a sick child tends to take up a lot of time. I put about 200 stitches in last night. Sorry the picture's a bit dark--it's dark and snowy here today.

Before:
Homeiswherethemagicis(mini) 19dec11

After:
homeiswherethemagicis(mini) 24jan12

I was going to restart QS Lovers over the weekend but I just don't feel like it yet. Maybe in February.

Happy Stitching!

Monday, January 16, 2012

It was going so well. . .

BUT, clearly something has gone wrong. I finished the first page of QS Lovers and there is a glaring problem. Can you spot it? Does it look like this chick has a screaming case of rosacea or has possibly been slapped hard in the face?

Qslvrs 16jan12-completed page

I have done a million things to try and figure out what went wrong with her face--bought new floss, took everything to the cross stitch shop to have another pair of eyes look at it, posted it on the HAED BB--all my floss is the correct color and the only thing that makes sense right now, if it is not a charting error, is that I did something wrong. I think I have pinpointed it to a specific color(DMC 224). There is NO WAY I am frogging over 1 stitches on 28 count SOOOOOO that means I get to restitch the ENTIRE page all 7,840 stitches. Right now I am too angry to redo it and therefore I will be letting it set until February.

Onto other things for a couple of weeks.

Monday, January 09, 2012

WIPocalypse 2012--January Edition

I have been focusing on my #10 piece on the WIP list. It was a new start on January 1. I am loving the big blocks of color at the top, I credit that for my progress so far--who knew you could get so far when the confetti monster isn't around ;)

Qslvrs 9jan12
Stats:
Fabric: 28 count, antique white evenweave
Stitched: 2 over 1, tent

If I can keep at the pace I'm going on this one, I should finish this page by Thursday which will let me move on to other things on my list :) I actually I have two deadline knitting pieces I need to work on so that's why I'm pushing so hard with this one now--I really want to be able to finish this SAL piece by the end of the year.



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)

Speedy stitching, everyone!