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Sunday, 29 November 2020

Slow Stitching

 There hasn’t been a whole lot of anything happening in the stitching department in the last week or so. I’m in the middle of my annual November fibromyalgia flare up. It seems to always happen at this time of year. Probably a combination of the time change from daylight savings back to regular time and the resulting lack of day light. Add to that seemingly endless days of overcast grey clouds and here we are. So energy for doing anything other than watching stuff on TV or computer is sorely lacking. 

At some point I did get the colour work on the yoke of my The Night Forest sweater designed by Casapinka finished and the sleeves divided off. But nothing has been done on that since. 

I also got a little more done on the Noah’s Journey camels block. But again, that has stalled too. All that’s left to do is the ribbon on the camel’s hat, the monkeys and a little bit of grass.

Oh yes, I also made myself a new winter hat. I had some Aran weight 100% wool in a couple of complementary colours. Enough to do a hat and a pair of mittens. I really feel the cold, especially in my fingers, so I think I am going to do a pair of thrummed mitts. I already have the roving here, purchased years ago and discovered while cleaning out my yarn boxes.

I’m going to link up  to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching.

Sunday, 15 November 2020

Slow Stitching

 How did another Sunday come around so fast? It seems like each week goes by faster and faster. It’s the middle of November already. Didn’t we just start the summer a week or two ago? It’s quite disconcerting how fast our days go by. It’s good to have these blogs to keep track of just what happens from week to week and see what is accomplished. I got the fourth of the Noah’s Journey blocks all coloured and the stitching started. 

I’ve also done some more on my The Night Forest sweater. The colour work for the yoke is almost finished. Six more rounds to do and then I’ll be able to separate off the sleeves at which point it will go faster. 

I’m planning on changing the colour of thread in my sewing machine to white so I can sew up the seams for Abbie’s Paw Patrol sweater. Then I’ll be able to pick up the stitches for the zipper band and do the duplicate stitches for the Skye picture on the front of the sweater. I really do have to get that done before she grows out of it.

So with that in mind, I’ll post this and link up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and then get at the sewing machine.

Saturday, 7 November 2020

Slow Stitching

 I gave in this past week and started a new sweater. Is anyone surprised? Somehow I doubt it. And no, I haven’t finished Abbie’s Paw Patrol sweater. I did get the shoulder seams sewn, if that counts as progress. After I did that I tried it on her and it seems to be long enough, so I can go ahead and get the rest of the seams sewn. Then I need to pick up stitches to do a button band and also do the duplicate stitches for the figure of Skye that she wants. I think I need to start alternating projects again so that it will get finished. I’m also going to try and sew the side seams and the arm seams using the stretch stitch and walking foot on my sewing machine. 

So the sweater I started is by the designer Casapinka and it is called The Night Forest. I am totally enjoying this one. I love doing colour work like this.

I’ve also finished up the 3 little stitcheries for the third month of the BOM Noah’s Journey, just in time for the release of this month’s pattern. I traced out this month’s release on Saturday and got a start on the colouring. Another day should finish that portion of the process. 

Not much else to tell about what’s happening here. I’ll post this and link up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching.

Sunday, 25 October 2020

Slow Stitching

 I got a little more stitching done this week on the Noah’s Journey BOM. I’m about halfway through the last of this month’s stitcheries - the very cute pigs.

I’m also slowly continuing to work on Abbie’s sweater. I’ve started the second sleeve. However, I got a bit side tracked. I have new yarn sitting here waiting for a new sweater start. While talking with Gail one evening last week on FaceTime, I started digging around in my various baskets looking for the 2.25mm needles and the short cable that I use when casting on and doing necklines in the round, thinking that I would cast on for the new sweater. While digging in one of those baskets I found a sweater that I’d started last winter and had almost finished. There was about an inch left on the second sleeve and the ribbing to do before it could be counted as finished. I’d totally forgotten about it. So, instead of finishing Abbie’s sleeve, I finished up on that sweater. It’s a pattern called GrenadineI have a few ends left to weave in and it will be ready to wear. The colour fades on this project didn’t work as well as some of the others I’ve done. But it is still soft and warm and cozy to wear and will work quite well for casual kicking around and being comfortable while staying home and not going anywhere.

I’m going to link up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and then do some more on Abbie’s sweater. If I put it off too much longer it won’t fit her. As it is I think I am going to have to get creative and add some length to it. I think it is already too short but it’s hard to tell while it is in pieces. 

Sunday, 18 October 2020

Slow Stitching

 I haven’t been doing a lot of stitching this past week. I’m too tired by the evening to focus. I’ve been working a little bit on Abbie’s Paw Patrol sweater but it isn’t all that interesting at the moment for photo shoot purposes. The back and the 2 fronts are finished. One sleeve is to the decrease portion of the top of the sleeve and the other is yet to be started. I much prefer doing seamless in the round type sweaters than those that are done in pieces. I’m doing the Skye version of the sweater, a picture of which can be found here

I’ve done a little bit of embroidery for Noah’s Journey. These two little turtles measure less than 4 inches square. I’ve started The grass under the geese. I’m leaving the pigs until last, just because they are so cute.

I’ll link up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and perhaps at least finish that first sleeve.

Sunday, 11 October 2020

Slow Stitching

 First off I want to wish everyone in Canada who may be celebrating thanksgiving this weekend a very happy and safe one. We have scaled way back and are only meeing with the people here in the house. I am continually thankful for our happy multi generation household here. 

I have 2 slow finishes this week. I participated in Casapinka’s mystery knit along that began a couple of months ago now. It had 6 sections of clues all written from the perspective of one of her cats, named Sharon. It was so much fun to do, not only because of the wide variety of stitches but also because of the way it was written. It’s hard to tell the size of it from the picture. It blocked out to 20 inches wide by about 72 inches long. Wide enough and long enough to make a nice shoulder wrap type shawl.

The second finish is the second block of the Noah’s Journey BOM by Crabapple Hill. The third block has been released. I have it all coloured and the colour fixative applied. It is drying now before it gets heat set and I can start stitching on it.

In the meantime I started a new embroidery project since I know the smaller ones from the Noah’s Journey BOM will only take a week or two. I am on a quest to make myself some seasonal pillows. I have one for spring/summer and one for Christmas so I decided I needed one for fall. Actually, I should clarify that statement to say that those stitcheries are finished. The actual pillows have yet to be constructed out of them. I found a lovely colouring page that I transferred over to fabric and then coloured in. I’ve started the outline stitching. The apples, pear and peach are finished.

I’m also working on a little Paw Patrol sweater for our grand daughter, found here on Ravelry. It’s still in pieces so there isn’t much to take a picture of as yet. And if that isn’t enough, I indulged and bought myself some more yarn. I love Casapinka’s designs and while working on the mystery found another sweater design of hers that I fell for. It’s called The Night Forest. These are the colours I’ve chosen. Close but not exactly the same as the designer’s.  I love the dark purple. I’ve done the tension swatch but past that I have promised myself that I will get Abbie’s sweater done first. So with that in mind, I will post this, link up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and then get back to working on Abbie’s sweater.

Sunday, 27 September 2020

Slow Stitching

 I finished off the last stitches in the main Noah’s Journey block last night at about 10. I am so pleased with it!

 It needs a good pressing. Here’s a close up of the front of the elephants and some of the bunnies. 

Next up are some kangaroos and more bunnies. As soon as I’m finished here I’m going to get the next block cut and traced and coloured. 

Since there isn’t a whole lot new going on around here, I will post this and link up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and then get started on that next stitchery.