Sunday, 26 October 2014

Sheep #1.8 and TUSAL (october one as I missed september)

Hello all,

Life is still extremely hectic. I am still moving (sigh). How long could it possibly take?! as well as the fact that most of my stuff is still up North! So I just don't understand. I am back in my old place for some pre-moving out cleaning, a shower and laundry.  So hence a post on time.

Internet in my new place will most likely take an extra 2 weeks to sort. Oh well the next update might be from my phone, and will be a massive failure.

800 stitches
Photo taken by my phone as my computer refuses to recognise the memory stick with the camera chip in it. Well annoying. So now I am wondering what all the pink is about. Last time I complained about grey, now its pink. 

Also my TUSAL update on all the orts I collected since moving down South:

Sarah, Anne, Kaye ... sorry girls I will need to catch up with your updates soon, but I am struggling at the moment with lack of internet (even on the phone ... signal is quite patchy at my new place) and also lots of work. I love my new job, and so excited for the overtime ... I just can't believe how the time flies. I was working along to the usual buzz of the office just to realise that it went dead quiet, no photocopying, no phones no chatting or typing. Everyone left for lunch! and I did not even notice.

Also thank you all for your wonderful comments, sorry for no replies or blog visits. Promise to try my best to improve.

Till soon I hope.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Sheep #1.6 and #1.7

Dear all,

Sorry for missing last Sunday's update ... but with this moving houses still on the go (yet again sigh) I end up spending more time at my new place, tidying, constructing furniture, and not enough time at the old place (where the internet is).

As I need to catch a train soon. This will have to be quite a short update. So here are the pictures...

600 stitches

700 stitches

Sarah's latest update could be found here. The quality of her photographs always puts mine to shame.

I still need to check Anne's and Kaye's progress. I better run for train. I will try to come back to my old place during the week ... so I can update on my other progress.

Till soon (I hope),

Monday, 6 October 2014

Wipocalypse - September 2014 report...

Oh dear ... almost October post time (2 days time!). So what I will do is post only one update for now (a photo I took before moving at the end of August ... that way it is fair and all the progress that belongs to October will be hopefully up soon.

Christmas Candle (HAED):

July 2014

September 2014
 I have essentially worked on filling in more hair.  And you can see most of it done here:

September 2014 closeup
Unfortunately I had to leave this wip behind up North due to its size. I will try to work on it the next time I visit, but not much progress will be done on this one for some time.

Till soon,

P.S. Who is your favourite person to stitch for, or do you prefer to keep your stitching yourself? I tend to mostly stitch for me or rather my box of finishes, but I do also stitch for mum (remember the Fizzy Moon bears, and attempt at Sara Moon for 2 birthdays ago that is still in progress), and also for selling (remember the gingerbread man?). 

Click HERE to see it on Etsy

Isn't he cute ... all ready for Christmas. Albeit it was last year that I stitched him (but a little too late for Christmas). There are some biscornus also available.  And just one more picture down the memory lane of my favourites (with the Snowflower Diaries design on that sold last October):

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Sheep #1.5

Dear all,

Today is just quick check in for my sheep progress. You can definitely see where I went wrong in this project [sigh]. I don't normally start out - in, but as I wanted to see how badly placed it would be I ended up stitching the boarder before anything else.

500 stitches

Sarah's progress can be found HERE. Somehow hers looks a lot more bright and cheery (I blame the sad positioning of mine).

I have had yet another adventure by the trains this weekend. I went to visit my sister. I got so excited that the train journey was meant to be 2.5 hours (from a station about 20 minutes away) - last time was 4.5 hours with the slower trains and minor delays. As if. It ended up being more like 7 hour trip there! I have been at about 6 or 7 different stations (sent from one to another in view of cancelled trains). To summarise there was a signal failure near Chichester (reason behind the 1st lot of trains getting cancelled), then electrical failure (the reason behind the rest of the trains to where  I was going getting cancelled), and how exciting when I got to the last directed station that was meant to have bus replacement services ... we were told no bus replacements were coming. In the end I had to get an exciting 2 hour something odd trip on the local bus ... squashed with my suitcase and legs criss crossed. The worst part was that as I was not settled for any part of the journey I didn't get any stitching done. But I made up on the way back, which for most part was direct and only had an hour wait till the next train along... I just popped into town and bought a lot of candles.

Anyhow I better disappear. Watch out for the progress on the 'Harmony' coming up soon.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Sheep #1.4

Dear all,

I am a little late with this report. And the picture is not great (as it is getting dark oh so early):

400 stitches

I was away up North for the weekend, departure just after 5am on Saturday, arrival back at about 11pm. And back to work on Monday. Promise to be better next weekend. It was nice few days regardless. And I have done loads of stitching on the train. 'Harmony' is coming along really well, it is my train project for long distances as I find it a lot easier to stitch in one colour and not to worry about changes on a moving transport. And seeing mum and little brother was lovely too.

Anyhow I am off to sleep. Since it is a school work night.

Till soon,

P.S. You can see Sarah's progress HERE.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Stitch from Stash - September 2014 and I have a new start ...

Dear all,

I am not certain about this month's report ... or rather whether to weep or be proud. I spent ... a total of zero pounds/ dollars/anyothercurrency (a first since I embarked on this challenge). I was way too busy with the move, and poor with spending all that hard earned cash on letting agents, rent, additional rent, and even it seems now going to be overlapping rent. It's not that the money went to  something nice (like a brand new printer for which I will need to start saving again soon) but hey ho that is life, and a girl needs a place to call home. And things should settle down soon, deposits and fees are a pain, but they tend to attack suddenly at the start.

But on the even brighter side ... I made a start from stash! Perfect!  And I have £/$45.03 to carry to the next month (or whenever I will actually have money). For the hardcore addict that I am it is sooo nice that I managed to resist the urge.

It is 'Harmony' by the amazing Nancy of the Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe. I bought the chart from her in June (the spree month to be precise ... and if I am not buying any time soon I am planning on starting plenty from stash!). Fabric is evenweave (28 count I think although might be 32), it was bought and accounted for in August (and still for some reason coming out grey when it is more cream/peachy).  

latest threads won - featuring 1840 red violet in which I am stitching

The threads that I am using are of course hand dyed by Nancy herself, which I won awhile back and forgot to share photos of. I wish I could afford the entire collection (as do many others no doubt) ... one day. Nancy is soo generous, and this was actually a second time I won a giveaway from her. And this is my entire collection so far:

after a few projects stitched already there is still plenty!

Till soon,

Monday, 22 September 2014

Sheep #1.3 and belated Smalls SAL august report

Dear all,

My third report on the 'Hope' of the Sheep SAL is a bit of a disappointment. This count is way too small for me! Maybe I am just blind as a bat and was an idiot to start with the snowflake (very symmetrical) ... well I must have when started and finding the centre counting from it picked the wrong reference starting point on the chart. Because check this out:

300 stitches

as you can see the entire design is too low ... snowflake meant to be top right. I think though I'm gonna just leave it as it sorta fits on the fabric.

But hey ho that is another 100 stitches done with some variety of colour (I really really needed to know if it would fit ... so went downwards).

The SAL is being stitched with Sarah. And we also have two new participants: Anne and Kaye.

Also an extremely late update on the Smalls SAL (August ... I know just 2 days before the September sign up opens).

I have finally finished Winter Witch by Maja of The Snowflower Diaries. There was lots of sunshine when I took the picture on Sunday, so I have taken it both in sun and in shadow and can't decide which one is better so I have included both.

It is a free design available on Maja's blog and is stitched in all the recommended threads on Zweigart 28 count Quaker Linen in Confederare Grey.

I do have an exciting new start to share but I will add it to the Stitch from Stash update due this coming Sunday (though will try to post earlier as I am away up North to visit family).

Till soon,