Monday, September 23, 2013

New cross-stitch project.

New cross-stitch project as of September 22, 2013
So last week I sat down and pulled most of the threads that I needed for my new cross-stitch project. I didn't have all the threads and not sure why so went out yesterday and picked up the last 14 colours for this project.

Of course I was so excited to start this that I had to put some stitches in the fabric to see what it was going to look like. Now this project has three parts to it so I decided that I wanted to see what it looked like so am doing one part of the project on a different fabric and over two threads. This gives me the opportunity to make small changes to the pattern before I work on the large piece over one thread. Now the one part that I am doing is going to be 12.5”x5.5” on 28 count even-weave over two threads. So you can imagine if I had of decided to do the entire piece over two threads it would have been 21.5”x12.25” so as I didn't want it that large I decided to do it over one thread.

The picture is where the cross-stitch ended last night. I am going to be very busy with work over the next couple of weeks so not sure how much work I will actually get done but am going to try and put little bits of time into this project as I want to see what it looks like.

Now can you figure out what this pattern is of? Two people who read by blog know what the project is but it still looks interesting right now because you can't tell what it is of.

It is now time for me to get some work done so that maybe tonight I can put a few more stitches in this piece.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

No crafting time

So you ask what I have been working on and that is simple, not much.

I am very busy with a couple of projects for work and they have been taking a lot of my time and by the time I finish them each night I don't have the energy to pick up a needle or hook.  I am hoping that by the beginning of October I will be back to being able to spend some time crocheting or knitting.

Now, the exciting news is I have a brand new cross-stitch pattern that I cannot wait to stitch.  It arrived last night and of course had to spend some time looking at it and deciding when I was going to start it.  I will be writing more about this cross-stitch pattern because it has been years in the works and finally have it.  I have the fabric all ready for this piece so now just need to pull all the threads and sit down and start it.  The completed piece is going to be 11" x 6" and that is going to be over one thread on 28 count evenweave. 

So now I  need to focus on the project again today and then maybe tonight I can sit down and pull all the threads for the project.  Can you say I am excited about this project.  Yes I am.

I do have to say a big thanks to Silverlotus for helping me get this cross-stitch pattern.  She has heard my excitement about this new project.  I haven't stopped smiling since getting the email.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


I know I haven't been writing for a while and that is because I have been very busy with work so put my crafting aside so that I could get the work done.

This weekend I ran into something that really bothered me so am going to write about it here.  I was shopping at a craft store on Saturday and rounded a corner only to almost fall over a box that was stock that was being put onto shelves.  The box was only about 8 inches high so of course something that most of us wouldn't see while walking around a store.  How many of us walk around looking at our feet?  Of course, I tripped over the box only to be told that I should watch where I am walking.  That comment was made by a staff member and possibly the manager.  A lot of the stores when stocking shelves have a cart that they put in the area so that people can see something and avoid the area. 

Now, this wasn't the only time I ran into an issue this week. We went to a different store, same chain and I found that I couldn't look at the knitting needles or crochet hooks because they had a bunch of shopping carts blocking this section.  The shopping carts were full of product that was going to be put in a different section.  Why do they think that someone on a Sunday wouldn't be trying to buy stuff.  After moving to the next aisle I ran into one of the wheeled step ladders blocking the end of the aisle. 

Yes, I am very frustrated because it seems that the yarn and needles get blocked way too often because there is product that needs to be put in other sections.  Now if the stuff belongs in the other sections block part of that section instead of blocking the yarn section.

Thank goodness I have a nice yarn store that I go to where I don't have issues of tripping over stock.  The staff is also very friendly and helpful.  I now will be going back to Sew 'N Knit when I need some yarn, needles or hooks and avoid the frustrations that I had this weekend.