Tuesday, February 6, 2024

New Start: Full Coverage February

 In honor of Full Coverage February, I started one of my planned birthday starts on February 1. I guess that technically makes it a birth month start. LOL I've made some great progress on it putting in 3400 stitches on it in the first three days of the month. 

The design is Stained Glass Bee by Luthien Art Shop on Etsy. I'm stitching it one over two full cross on 32 ct Silvery Moon Lugana using the called for DMC floss. Here is a pic of what the finished design will look like.

Here are my daily progress photos.

February 1 - 1,000 stitches

February 2 - 1,000 stitches

February 3 - 1,400 stitches

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Two Finishes

 I'm back with two more finishes. I finished the Ukrainian Solidarity piece during last weekend's 24 Hours of Cross Stitch Marathon. I finished Bee Sampler this morning. This brings my finish total for 2024 so far to six.

Design: Ukrainian Solidarity
Designer: At the Point Studio
Fabric: 32 ct White Jobelan (Wichelt)
Fibers: Called for DMC
Started: 26 Feb 2022
Finished: 20 Jan 2024
Stitch Count: 56w x 56h

Design: Bee Sampler
Designer: Lila's Studio
Fabric: 40 ct Vanilla Latte Verdal from BeStitchMe
Fibers: DMC conversion included in chart
Started: 21 May 2021
Finished: 27 Jan 2024
Stitch Count: 188w x 84h

Saturday, January 20, 2024

24 Hours of Cross Stitch Marathon - Time Blocks 2 & 3

I forgot to post here when I completed the second three hour time block for the current 24 Hours of Cross Stitch Marathon. Instead, I'm going to include my photos for time blocks two and three in this post. Here are my starting and finishing photos for these two time blocks.

Start of Time Block 2 (8pm-11pm PT, Friday 19 Jan)

End of Time Block 2 and Start of Time Block 3 (12am-3am Saturday 20 Jan)

End of Time Block 3

Given I only have 189 more stitches to go on this piece, I definitely don't have enough remaining to fill another three hour block of stitching. I should definitely have a finish during my next time block.

Friday, January 19, 2024

24 Hours of Cross Stitch Marathon - Time Block 1

I'm participating in this weekend's 24 Hours of Cross Stitch marathon hosted by Jen Lee of Quirks & Stitches. The goal is to complete 24 hours of stitching time beginning today and running through 11:59pm Sunday night. I've decided to break my marathon up into eight blocks of three hours each with a break of at least one hour between each block.

Block #1 (2-5pm PT)

For my first block of time, I decided to work on Ukrainian Solidarity by At the Point Studio. I'm stitching it on white 32 count Jobelan fabric using the called for DMC. During this three hour block, I put in a total of 433 stitches which averages out to 144 stitches per hour. It would have been a bit higher, but I had to do a couple of rounds of frogging (ripping out stitches) due to counting errors. According to Pattern Keeper, I progressed from 35.28% complete to 50.93% complete. Overall though, I'm happy with the progress I made during this block of stitching.

Here are my before and after photos for my first three hour block.

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Create Every Day Finish

This adorable design was a freebie at the 2020 Nashville market from Teresa Kogut. I decided to stitch my version in rainbow colors of floss. This is my fourth finish of 2024.

Design: Create Every Day (Nashville 2020 freebie)
Designer: Teresa Kogut
Fabric: 32 ct Vintage Country Mocha Lugana (Zweigart)
Fibers: Classic Colorworks
Started: 28 Jun 2023
Finished: 18 Jan 2024
Stitch Count: 122w x 42h

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Pere Noel Finish

 I'm back again with another finish. I started this adorable little guy on January 1 and finished him up tonight. This piece coordinates with the ornaments from the Oh Christmas Three series, also from Hands On Design.

Design: Pere Noel

Designer: Hands On Design

Fabric: 32 ct Charcoal Lugana (Zweigart)

Fibers: Called for

Started: 1 Jan 2024

Finished: 17 Jan 2024

Stitch Count: 48w x 57h

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

BBD Easter Parade Finish

 Woo hoo! I have my second finish of the year. This poor little thing had been sitting on my WIP pile for far too long. Thanks to my goal of three days of stitching on this piece for WIPGO, I was actually able to get it finished. Now I just need to decide how I'm going to FFO it.

Design: Easter Parade

Designer: Blackbird Design

Fabric: 32 ct Limestone Lugana (Zweigart)

Fibers: Called for GAST & WDW

Started: 12 Mar 2020

Finished: 15 Jan 2024

Stitch Count: 92w x 110h

Friday, January 5, 2024

New Year New Dishcloths!

 I love making and using handmade dishcloths. Over the years, I've made them in both crocheted and knitted versions. In honor of the new year, I've crocheted a couple of new dishcloths for use in my kitchen. I thought I would share photos of each of them along with the pertinent information and links to the free patterns. 

Pattern: Pebble Beach Dishcloth
Designer: Daisy Cottage Designs
Yarn: Lily Sugar'n Cream Cotton
Color: Soft Ecru
Hook: 5.0mm (US H)
Started: 2 Jan 2024
Finished: 2 Jan 2024

Pattern: C2C Waffle Stitch Dishcloth
Designer: Raffamusa Designs
Yarn: Lily Sugar'n Cream Cotton
Color: Country Stripe
Hook: 5.5mm (US I)
Started: 4 Jan 2024
Finished: 4 Jan 2024
Technique: Corner-to-corner crochet

I hope everyone is having a very safe and happy new year so far!! 

Monday, January 1, 2024

First Finish of 2024

 Happy New Year, everyone!! I just thought I would hop on for a minute to share my first cross stitch finish of 2024. It's a small I actually started back in December 2022 and only worked on for one evening. I picked it up again today to work on while watching my beloved Tennessee Vols play in the Citrus Bowl and actually managed to get it finished.

Design: Oh Christmas Three: Noel

Designer: Hands on Design

Fabric: 32 ct Charcoal Lugana (Zweigart)

Fibers: Called for Colour & Cotton

Started: 23 Dec 2022

Finished: 1 Jan 2024

Stitch Count: 45 x 45