New Finish and Joined Instagram

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My newest finish.  I actually finished it on 1/7/17, but only just got to posting this.  I posted an earlier progress shot of this:

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It’s so fun to see how these progress.  I have to remember to take more pictures as I work.

The official stats on this piece:

“Halloween Cat” by Satsuma Street.  Started: 9/1/16 Finished: 1/7/17 DMC floss, 2 over 2 on Weeks Dye Works 30 count linen in “Periwinkle”

I’ve bought a frame for this.  It’s waiting to be fully finished because I want to make this my first lacing project, and I still have to buy acid free board.  I’m nervous to attempt this, so I’m dragging my feet.  Though I do have some time before it will need to go up…

Also, I just joined Instagram, and you can follow me @stimpsonstitches

More Stash Minimizing

I have three more project casualties.  Boy, once I’ve made up my mind to get rid of a project, does it feel SO good!  It’s just such a weight off my shoulders.  I have really been delving into reading other craft blogs and watching YouTube channels.  I love to see what others are doing.  It’s interesting to see what people have on their to-do list.  But I would be insanely stressed if I had a fraction of the projects some crafters have!

Two days ago, I bought and started another cross stitch project, which I will post.  But that instantly added more weight on my mind.  It was finally time to make a couple of tough decisions I had been delaying.  And now that they’re gone, I’m super happy with my decisions.

First project to go:

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This is the finished design.  And here’s all the work I had done:

Obviously, this was not a hard decision, in the sense that I would be trowing out a lot of work.  But it was hard because it IS pretty.  My thought cycle about this project would go:

  1. I need to minimize my project stash.  Anything I just want to get rid of?
  2. Yes!  The lighthouse!
  3. *pulls it out and looks at it* …but the colors are so pretty…
  4. Well, maybe I will do this someday…

And around, and around we go.  Finally though, I had a thought which made me okay with letting this go.  I don’t have to hold onto something just because I think it is pretty.  It’s okay to go on gut feelings.  When I just go by my gut, I get excited at the thought of finishing my other projects, even the one I’ve had for 10 years!  Yet this project never excited me.  My honest gut feeling was that I would NEVER finish this.  Even if I finish all of my other WIPs, I would just buy more projects before doing this one.  Ultimately, I don’t need any *reason* to get rid of this project, other than that I wanted to.  It is now in my donate pile. 🙂

My next project to go:

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And my work:

This one I did much more work on.  I worked on this in early 2008, and I never really liked it.  I liked the perspective of looking through the arch, but once I got started on it, I didn’t like the colors, the tons of half cross stitches, or even the subject matter.

What made this difficult to get rid of, was that it was the piece I worked on while I studied abroad for a semester in Norwich, England.  I had hoped that one day I would put it on my wall, and remember my travels every time I looked at it.  But honestly, my gut is telling me I’ll never finish it.  I have pictures, a couple of other small stitches, and, of course, my memories with which to remember that time.  Goodbye Tuscany.

This was easy:

This is a Zenbroidery cloth I bought for a couple of bucks.  I thought it might be fun to mess around with learning new stitches and go crazy with colors.  However, I love cross stitch because making X’s is just so brainless.  I found this project to be too stressful; just bought it a couple of weeks ago, had no time to get attached, and chucked it!

Making Hedgehogs 2/13

My area has had 3 days of snow within the past week.  I’ve actually used those days to be productive.  I washed, ironed, and cut all of my fabric for the large version of Fancy Forest by Elizabeth Hartman.  Today I started sewing some of the pieces for the hedgehog block.  I was scared to start on the diagonal lines, because I have not had much practice.  What little work I’ve done has not been that impressive.  But I’m pretty happy with how these are turning out!

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And I’m still happy with my colors!  It’s one thing to lay the fabric out next to each other, it’s another thing once they’re sewn together.

Temperature Blanket: Month 3

Finally, here’s month 3.  I’ve really fallen behind here.  I don’t have any excuses, other than that my super enthusiasm has waned, and the task of adding a new row every day became a bit of a chore.  So, it stopped getting done regularly, until the blanket fell into my Black Abyss of Never Finished Projects.  But I’m still trying to pull this out of that abyss.

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It’s really starting to fill up my bed.  After 3 months, this project is a quarter finished.  This blanket is going to be huge!

Here are some closer looks.  Still loving it!  With the addition of the purple, these are all of my colors.  Really happy with my choices 🙂

 

Crochet Temperature Blanket

One day in July, Pinterest randomly threw me a pin of a crocheted Temperature Blanket.  My mind was instantly blown.  It was such a cool idea that I spent hours researching it.  It’s pretty basic, really.  Starting January 1st, add one row a day, with a color that corresponds to the temperature high in your hometown, for an entire year.  My problem was, it was July and I was not going to wait 6 months to start this awesome project! What to do?

Luckily, my birthday was in August, so I was able to make myself wait until then.  And behold, my temperature blanket, one full month in.

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These blankets, by their nature are VERY large.  You have to add 365 rows.  I found a small stitch that I still thought would look awesome- the Mossy Stitch.  It’s simply alternating a chain and single crochet.  I did a sample swatch for gauge with an H hook, and I figure I will end up with a blanket 87 inches long.  So I made it 65 inches wide for a good proportion.  As you can see, it hangs over both sides of my queen size bed slightly.

What’s fun about the temperature blanket design is that you can completely tailor it to your specifications.  You can include 5 colors or 15!  You can do a temp range from 32-90 or -20 to 110!  I live in New England, so I needed a broad temp range.  Originally I chose 12 colors.  1 color for each 10 degree range from 0-100, plus a color each for anything above and below that.  However, being super type A, I tallied the temps of the previous year, and it never once got over 100.  Hmm.  Then, I realized, that while we do get sub-zero temps, those are never the day’s high.  The lowest high we had the previous year was 7.  So, still using the 12 colors, I shortened the ranges to 7 degrees for each color, and created this chart.

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I’m using Red Heart Love yarn.  Most blankets I saw use a typical rainbow color scheme.  But once I chose my yarn, my local store only had one red and two pinks for “hot” colors.  I hate pink.  Therefore, I had to be a little more creative, but I’m super happy with these colors!

And here’s the close up of one month.

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Another WIP

AND to directly contradict my Minimalist post, I’m going to show another WIP!  Behold!

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Isn’t she beautiful?  I started her 9/1/16.  Since I started this, I’ve been doing well with project ADD.  My hope is that I can finish one of my four Halloween cross stitch project by Halloween.

This design is by Satsuma Street.  I bought an instant download here.

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I went with her suggested “Periwinkle” 30 count linen from Weeks Dye Works.  I was so excited when I bought the pattern (instantly!!) that I hopped right into my car and drove to my local craft stores for fabric.  The next best thing I could find was a light blue 14 count Aida fabric.  I bought it and brought it home.  But I couldn’t do it.  I just loved how the original looked.  So, I decided to be patient and #adult.  I ordered the linen from JustCrossStitch.com and waited for it to arrive.

My mother was kind enough to text me a pic at work that my package had come in, when I had just started a 9  hour shift.  Thanks!!  Several impatient hours later, I started this baby at 10:30pm!

I think I’m making good progress.  Though I wonder how fast I stitch compared to others…