Thursday, December 8, 2016

Election Projects

This election there were a number of knitting and cross stitch patterns available. I took advantage of a couple of them, knitting a hat while in line for Hillary's final rally in Raleigh, NC (we got in line too late) and the cross stitch was finished post-election, and I decided that I was only allowed to mope about the results until it was finished.

Pattern: I'm with Her (Ravelry mine)
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft in Grey Heather and Blue Mint
Needles: US5/3.75mm & US7/4.5mm
Timeframe: November 7 - 8, 2016
Mods: Did not increase after ribbing, made it a bit shorter so it wasn't so slouchy.
Problems: None!

Cloth: 14 count mint green Aida
Thread: DMC as per pattern except I used 826 for the blue
Finishing: 6" spray painted wooden hoop with a piece of cardboard holding in the edges of the fabric in the back. 
Timeframe: Early November 2016
Problems: None!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016


I got into the Halloween spirit early with this lovely little finished cross stitch (but am apparently in Nightmare before Christmas territory with the actual blog post)!

I started it sometime last year (and by last year, apparently I mean in 2014 based on this post), thinking it would be quick. It was not. The black design is quite intricate and on 18 count fabric. I LOVE the finished product, but a quick and easy stitch it was not!

Pattern: Nevermore
Cloth: 18 ct. Aida
Floss: DMC in 310/Black. Lots.

Sunday, December 4, 2016


One of the things I did finish in November was a crocheted camel.

This is the best camel ever. Just the right size for hugging!

It was not a particularly fast project, given its smaller size, but it worked out extremely well and I'm quite pleased with it. It's obviously a camel, it stands up on its own, and the eye shaping just makes it totally perfect.

Pattern: Gobi the African Flower Camel (Ravelry mine)
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in Butterscotch, Blaze, and Winter White
Hook: USD/3.25mm
Timeframe: October 9 - November 11, 2016
Mods: Larger hook/yarn, joined as I went rather than making all the pieces to join it all in the end.
Problems: None, though my end of round joins could use a bit of work.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hello December

In November, I didn't finish all that much. I worked on many things and finished a few, but no real high-mileage finishes. I also was given some yarn and was asked for a couple of last-minute holiday gifts in addition to taking on another high-yardage commission (where I was paid in yarn).

This is officially the most yarn I've ever owned. Looks like I will NOT be joining that Wollmeise Yarn Club this year...