Leo’s Mane Sew Along

Sunday 12 June 2022

Slow Sunday Stitching.

 It’s been raining a lot this week so I’ve had some more slow stitching time. That means I’ve made some good progress on this new Grenadine sweater. The yoke is finished and I’ve split off the sleeves. From here on until I get to the bottom it is straight knitting. I’ve started to add in the blue/orange yarn. Right now I’m doing two rounds of blue and then one round of blue/orange. I’ll continue this for another inch or two and then go down to alternating one round each and then go onto just the blue/orange towards the bottom of the sweater.

I’ve also pulled out my Harbour Village cross stitch. It’s been on time out because the lighthouses in the section I’m working on are fiddly and have lots of colour changes. I think I have figured out a way to handle keeping track of the threads for the colour changes. Right now all the threads for this piece are on thread drops that are on two rings. They keep getting tangled up and it is driving me crazy. I don’t mind the thread drops as opposed to thread bobbins, but the tangling is an issue for me. For reference sake                                     this is a thread bobbin                                                               and this is a thread drop.                                                         Here are some on the ring. You can see how tangled they are at the bottom. Going forward I am going to take the thread colours I need for each section and keep then separate from the rest that are on the rings. Hopefully that will restore my stitching mojo on this and future cross stitch projects. I really do want to get back to them. This is what the finished piece looks like. I’m halfway there. It still reminds me of the lakes and hills here in Muskoka.

I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching before I start sorting the threads for this lighthouse section. 


  1. Hi,
    Beautiful pieces your working on. I totally understand the tangled thread thing. I use one pin cushion for needles of tread that I'm working on. This seems to help.

  2. I'm excited to see the progress on your sweater! Thanks for explaining how you've solved your floss issues. I'm still working on my 2021 sampler, so no tangling issues, but I have a piece that I started about 10 years ago, that I abandoned. It's next in the queue - and your tip will help!

  3. Your knitting is pretty! The texture looks yummy.
    I have cross-stitched for decades (self-taught) but never heard of thread drops until last year. I prefer the bobbins for the reasons you give!

  4. Your cross stitch project looks wonderful. Hope you get your thread concern sorted so you can do some stitching on it.


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