Monday, 23 January 2012

A frogging IHSW and TUSAL

Hi there!

First, welcome to my brand new followers!

Here I am with the progress of the IHSW: as the title says it involved some frogging... but this is bound to happen since it seems I lost the ability to count to four!
This is Red Thread before the IHSW:

I had to frog all the pale blue xxx because they were misplaced, just one thread over the border, not two. I had already started to stich the snowman when I realised so it had to be frogged too! And I also misplaced one of the eyes, so frogging again!
Anyway in the end I managed to get rid of all those frogs, and I finished the block.

But with all this frogging going on HOAN didn't see the light in the weekend!
While at boyfriend's I stitched on Floral Posy

Finally a picture where you can clearly see where it has been already stitched and where not.
When I showed the picture for the Theme-a-licious I said that all the dark green has been already stitched last year (I had frogs in my mind when I wrote it), because as you can see in that pic, lots of dark green stitches were still to be done!!!
Now, they're all done, along with some olive green.

That all for the IHSW, sorry I've been really wordy!

My first TUSAL pic!!!

Full of pinks and oranges from JGF.
If you don't know about TUSAL, take a look here, you can still join the fun!!
I remember that I promised two crochet HD, I try to squeeze them during the week!

Saturday, 21 January 2012

IHSW weekend

Here we are at the first IHSW of 2012!
This weekend I'll be working on Red Thread while at home: it saw a little progress since last time.

If I finish the square before the end of the weekend I'll stitich on Home of a needleworker, that now looks like this.

While at boyfriend's I'll stitch on Floral Posy:

Hope to put lots of stitches during the weekend.

Happy Hermit to all!!

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Cats and cross stitch

As you know, I'm a cat lover! Cats are by far my favourite animals! And I've seen that this seems to be something quite common amongst all the crafty ladies here in Blogland.
So I've come up with this idea: a blog to share all our work cat-related: stitched cats, amigurmi cats made with crochet, a quilt with cats, anything!
I've created this little blog: Cats and cross stich where we can share all our cat-creations!! I hope you'll like this idea and if you're doing something cat-related, or you've done it in the past, I'd love you to join so that you can share your work. And if you've never done anything, but you're a cat lover just the same, come and see, maybe you'll get inspired!

Monday, 16 January 2012

Theme-a-licious: Jardin January

Here it's my check-in for the theme-a-licious: for this month's theme, Jardin January, I'm stitching this tapestry kit by Vervaco: Floral Posy. Here's my wip so far:

I' m sorry I can't take a better picture of it, I know it's hard to see what has been already stitched and what not. So far I've stitched all the dark blue and dark green already last year.
In the last days I've stitched all the yellow and the orange and almost all the bright red.
I'm making slow progress on this because I keep it at boyfriend's so I stitch it only when I spend the evening over there.
Off to see the other check-ins, I'm sure I'll see wonderful projects.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Progress on JGF and a new start

I've been madly stitching of JGF to finish her dress and here I am:

How cute is that, I love it!!! I almost can't believe that I've done it!!! You see all those little holes? The're all for the beads!!!! I think I'll go mad attaching all of them! This fairy calls for 8 different types of beads, and of 2 colours 2 packages are needed... I think this is one of the most heavily beaded Mirabilia.

And here is a look at her from head to feet:

As you can see all the white in her wings is still to be stitched, but I prefered to leave it until the end, to avoid the white to get dirty.
I'd love to keep stitching her, but I've planned to stitch many other things in January so I had to put her aside.

One thing that I'd wanted to start is the Bent Creek series "The red thread". I decided to stitch it after seeing it all done by Michelle.
So this is my start on it:

I'm planning to stitch a block a month, hoping to have it finished by the end of the year.

I've got 2 crochet ta -dah (happy dances) to show you in the next posts, hope you'll like them.

Monday, 9 January 2012

January Wipocalypse

Full moon tonight, so time for the first wipocalypse post!
I've been madly working on JGF lately, here it is her back in December

And here she is now

The dress is almost finished!!! Then I'm back on the upper part to stitch the white of the wings and finish with backstitch and then it'll be beading time!!!
I've got other things I've got to work on in January, so I think that or I finish her within a week or I'll have to put her aside, and I really don't want to, so I'm back to stitching her tonight!

Hope everyone has having a good start of the new year, full of stitches!!

Friday, 6 January 2012

Theme-a-licious and Wipocalypse

I decided to sign up for these two SALs beacuase they look quite fun, and I think they'll give me the opportunity to reduce the number of my wips!

Theme-a-licious is hosted by Heather at It's geek to me: the idea is that every month is dedicated to a theme, and your stitching have to match it.
Now is Jardin January so I've decided to work on Floral Posy a kit by Vervaco that I've already done once. I started it last year but I put just a very few stitches on that.
I'll post a picture of the wip on the 15th and on the 31th of January.
I'm in another two SALs on an italian board, and for those I'm stitching La balancoire and Home of a needleworker, both calls for a wip update at the end of the month so I'll stitch on those two also. If I could dedicate the entire stitching time of the month to Floral Posy I think I could finish it.
But I've got to admit that right now I'm stitching on January Garnet Fairy, I'm back in love with her and I really can't put her aside.

The other themes are:
Fangirl Febrauary: stitch something of your favourite designer
March Madness:stitch something different everyday
Amazon April: work on you biggest project
Jumanji June: work on a project that involves animals
Jolly July: work on Christmas designs
Altius Augst: learn something new or achieve a goal
September Smalls: stitch some smalls
Obligation October: work on some gifts
Nail it November: work on something close to its finish an turn it into a HD
Delightful December: work on what you prefer

As for Wipocalypse, is hosted by Melissa at Measi's Musings: the idea of this is really simple: since it looks like the world will end at the end of 2012 we can't leave our wips unfinished, so this year we have to concentrate on them to try and finish all of them by December 21th,2012!!!

Here are the wips that I'm planning to work on:
1 - January Garnet Fairy - Mirabilia (more then half done, I'll finish it!)
2 - Royal Holiday - Mirabilia (just a few stitches - I'd like to finish it)
3 - Calendar Cats - Margaret Sherry (11 out of 12 cats already done, I'll finish it!)
4 - La balancoire - Nimue (just started but it's not a big chart, I think I can finish it)
5 - V is for Valentine - Victoria Sampler (same as above)
6 - Tree of stitches - Abi Gurden (halfway through, I'll finish it!)
7 - Home of a Needleworker - Little House Needleworks (still a lot of stitches to be done, but I'm confident it'll turn into a HD!)
8 - Spot of - Drawn Thread (I really want this to be finished, I think it'll be my goal for Altius August!)
9 - Paradigm Lost - Long Dog Sampler (the goal here is to finish page 3 and stitch both pages 4 and 5!!!, it'll be on air on Amazon April!)
10 - Christmas Rules - Lizzie Kate (new start)
11 - The red thread - Bent Creek (new start)
12 - Season Kittens - Dimension (I start this after finishing Calendar Cats)
13 - Degree - Tatty Teddy (I stitch this after I graduate, don't know yet if it'll be in March or July)

All my other wips aren't a priority so I'm not putting them on the list, but I'll ty to put some stitches on them too, maybe on March Madness!

So as you can see I have a lot of stitches to do, but this year I'd like to stitch more and crochet less, since this last year I crocheted so many things!

Can't wait to see the progresses of everyone else on these SALs!

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

2011 recap! very pic load post

I've been so busy during the holidays, that I've been away both from blogland and from all my works. I've just finished reading all the post that I'd left behind (when I've opened Google Reader it was saying 83 unread post!!!)

I wish you all a Happy New Year.

Welcome to my two new follwers: Leonie and Shebafudge.

For the 2012 I've signed up for many SAL, but more on this will come later, because now I'd like to make a little recap of everything that I've worked on this last year. You'll see many things that I've never shown before and that I'll show you better in a dedicated post.

As for stitching:

Two bibs and two pacifier carriers - Finished July 2011

Forest Goddes by Mirabilia - Finished October 2011

January Garnet Fairy by Mirabilia - WIP

Calendar Cats by Margaret Sherry - WIP still the December cat to go

La balancoire by Nimue - WIP

V is for Valentine - Victoria Sampler - WIP

DMC color card - WIP

Tree of stitches by Abi Gurden - WIP

Home of a needleworker by LHN - WIP

Other WIPS that didn't see a single stitch in 2011

Forest Snowfall - CCN

Winter welcome - CCN

Spot of - The Drawn Thread

Paradigm Lost - Long Dog Sampler

C'è una strada nel bosco - Permin

Royal Holiday - Mirabilia

Herbs & Spices on an apron - Jeremiah Junction

As for crocheting:
Granny Square Scarf - Finished January 2011

Square basket - Finshed August 2011

Cell phone pouch - Finished August 2011

Scarf - Finished Augst 2011

Granny Square Blanket - Finished Spetember 2011

Little bowl - Finished September 2011

Place mat 1 - Finished December 2011

Place mat 2 - Finished December 2011
I've actually made 8 of these, while I was planning to make 13: 12 to use as place mats and 1 to gift, along with place mat 1, the 2 star decorations and the heart decoration to my boyfriend's mum for Christmas

Little Mitten decoration - Finished December 2011

Little Star decoration - Finished December 2011 looks more like a flower

Little Star decoration - Finished December 2011

Little Heart Decoration - Finished December 2011

2 Little Angel decorations - Finished December 2011
Forgotten to take a picture before bringing them to boyfriend's house

Little Christmas Socks - Finished December 2011
Sorry for the blurry pic!

Little shamrock brooch - Finished December 2011

Wrist warmers - WIP
Little flowers for a brooch - WIP

Patriotic flower for a brooch - WIP
Don't remember where I've found the pattern

Alpine Shawl - WIP

Ladybug amigurumi - WIP

Little granny square scarf - WIP

Granny square spike cushon cover - WIP

Granny sqaure flower pacth cushion cover - WIP

Blooming flower cushion cover - WIP

12 Little flowers for a watch

Some flowers from here

Some squares from here

As for knitting:

A hat fit for a boyfriend no.1 (for boyfriend) - Finished October 2011
A hat fit for a boyfriend no.2 (for me) - Finished November 2011
Safire cardigan - WIP

That's all folks! I have to tell you that I didn't realize that I've crocheted so many things! This new year I'd love to stitch more, but I need to have a fresh mind to do that or frogs are granted, while I can crochet even if I'm quite tired.

See you soon!