Sonntag, 23. April 2017

April Gifted Gorgeousness - and a TON of catching up!

Hello my lovelies...I won't go into a long introduction now and right into the post, since I have tons to show! That's what I get for already being late with my update when the internet goes out for over a week. Thankfully our landlady is sharing hers with us now, so I can finally post. I hope you'll forgive me for just mashing everything into one update, even though not everythings qualifies for GG - I'll indicate in the text what does and what not :)

First (and non GG-relevant) I finished the April page of the Fire and Ember SAL -  my 10th page in total. This is doubly nice, because a) I'm done with the fixing of my mistake (this page was especially easy to fix with all the black) and b) it left me with two (one of which is still to go) weeks to work on everything else before I have to start the next page.

 This is what the design looks like right now. The whole size is visible now, and even though I'm stitching on 18ct, it's quite a bit smaller than I thought it would be - just makes it easier to frame! I'll continue in the upper left with the second row, so officialle page 8, next month.

Next, I finished stitching the Bunny Biscornu over the Easter weekend. Aren't all those bunnies super cute?

I was a little nervous about the finishing because I had never done a biscornu before, but it turned out to be much simpler than I thought it would be, and also really really fun! I'm seeing more biscornus...biscornue? in my future. This is even relevant for GG, because Felix loves bunnies and I decided it should be his.

I took the bunnies to the hospital to stitch on, and I also finished my secret crochet project (that will stay secret for a while longer, but I will show you eventually!). So I could have been working on Felix' socks (and I did work on them...for a while!) but I also really wanted to start something new, so for the last day I took my first 'big' Mill Hill kit with me - Sophie Sheep. I really like how I don't need a hoop to work on those! I only got a little but done now, but I bet the next business trip will see some progress.

At home I started working on the 8th page of Cut Thru' Cottage. Felix' sister is already to starting to move into her new house, so I should really try to get this finished! I got a lot of the blue stripes done, and will soon start filling in the other colours.

But the most work in the past few weeks went into the Mermaid Tail blanket...I think this is about 20 balls since you last saw it (I had to order some more), but the body of the blanket is finally finished! 120cm long and 110 wide at the upper end, but pretty stretchy (Felix can spread it with both arms and I think it can still go wider than that). It still needs a bit of work to be fully finished, but it should be managble now.

I also did get a few gifts! First, there is this lovely little Smile chart that I won in a giveaway by the lovely Tiffstitch in March. I think I'll stitch it up sometime soon, which is why I already got the little button that goes with it.

 Of course, one can't order only one button, so I also got a few more things I needed, and since sewandso is having an offer at the moment where you get a suprise kit with any order over 25GBP, I got enough for that and a really awesome suprise gift! I never stitched a Kustom Krafts kit before, but I'm really looking forward to this.

That should cover everything that happend...I don't know what will happen until the next update though, being almost finished with the blanket I want to work on everything at once!

Donnerstag, 20. April 2017

Alphabet Club Catch Up - P

Hello everyone! I know I am terribly behind with posting, but this time, it's not so much my home Internet has been down since Friday evening, so I haven't been able to post or read. I can do a little bit here and there from work, but I don't have my pictures here, so my GG post will be a little more late still, until Internet operation resumes. For now, have another TAC catch up post and a quick health update: I'm feeling a lot better, thanks for your good wishes, and Felix, who seems to have caught the same cold-bug as me, just a few days letter, is getting better as well. Grandpa came home on Tuesday and is very happyly hopping around on his crutches, looking much better since he's out of the hospital - soon we will be hard pressed to keep him from doing too much too early again!

Now for 'P', some stitching I can share with you is this Pusheen the Cat I made on an apron for a friend a few years back. I made the pattern myself, using the facebook-sticker-gif and gimp.

I can't think of a good unique 'P' word, so again I'm going with one that is 'typically German' - one cliché about Germans is that we are always on time, and the German word for 'on time' or 'punctual' is 'pünktlich' - with our own fun 'ü' sound (we also have ä and ö - those three are called 'Umlaute' - you can also write them as ae, oe and ue, and following German pronunciation, that is also pretty close to how they are supposed to sound!)

Freitag, 14. April 2017

Easter Treasure Hunt 2017

Es each year, Jo vom Serendipitous Stitching is hosting her famous Easter Treasure Hunt, were you just follow through one blog after another, collecting letters and looking at pretty stitching on the way!

I was stitching Joan Elliotts Bunny Biscornu for this event, but sadly, with my grandpa being in the hospital and me being sick (he's getting better all the time and will hopefully be home on Tuesday, thanks for all your well wishes!) I didn't quite made it. I did finish the first on the bunnies yesterday so I'll have something to show, and I hope I will get it all done over the Easter weekend so I can update later, but for now there is one really cute bunny!

~ My letter to share with you is A ~

Now the next stop of the Treasure Hunt is over at ! I wish you a happy Easter weekend, and happy hopping!

Donnerstag, 6. April 2017

March WIPocalypse

Hallo, lovelies...I know I am being terribly late, but when I though my life would become a little quieter now for a few weeks, I was obviously wrong! We did spend a wonderful weekend with my best friend to visit the zoo and the book fair, and after that, things did return to normal for about a week (and a wonderfully lazy weekend at home!), and until here I might just have been to lazy to post. But then on Monday, my grandpa had a nasty fall and is in the hospital for about 10 days (hopefully a bit shorter), and grandma is alone at home, so we were kind of rotating between work and hospital and her home those last few days. I do have a few things to show, and I want to, just keep in mind that those picture are not all up to date, but have been taken at various stages throughout the last few weeks when I thought I was going to post them!

First, the question of (last) month: What stitchy blogs, groups, or flosstubes do you follow and why?
I follow a ton of blogs of people I enjoy reading from, way too many to list, and also a few 'official' blogs from designers. On facebook, I'm in a few general cross stitch or crafting groups, but mostly, I follow along with designers and SALs there. I do not watch a lot of flosstube, mainly because I don't have the time to (and way to many shows to catch up on as it is!) but I do try and follow my friend Carla on hers to support her!

No for stitching. On our weekend trip, I took Joan Elliott's Freebie Bunny Biscornu which I had kitted up (the pattern can be found on her facebook group), and I did finish the back (minus the beads which I didn't bring with me) and quite a bit of the front. I hope to finish and finish-finish this for Jo's annual Easter bloghop!

I can now also show you this iPhone case I have been working on for my best friend - she found the empty case in a craft store before Christmas and asked me to stitch something for her, and as she loves otters, I took this baby cub (and the reed) from a pattern by LittleBeachHut and also added a few waves to the empty looking background. I finally gave it to her and think she liked it! The phonecase was much easier to stitch on than I thought, but I still want to do the whole pattern on fabric eventually.

This last weekend (that I spent at home), Jody from Unconvential X Stitch called out a SAL to see how much we could stitch, and I participated by catching up on the Puppeteer for a a bit (about 300 stitches - I have now finished the first 10 metres of black, but I'm still quite a bit behind, and didn't get to work on him all week).

I also started the April page of the Fire and Ember SAL - which was also just black for now! But it's going quickly and soon I'll be done with the fixing all together, so I'm not complaining.

I also have some progress on the blackwork to report. Maybe, if I'm not finding much time for anything else, I can at least use the extra time at grandma's to make more progress here!

Freitag, 31. März 2017

Alphabet Club Catch Up - O

Another week, another letter to catch up on - I feel like i'm getting a bit closer now, but then it's almost April and everyone will be another letter ahead of me then. I better had get to it, right?
Here are a few Owls I worked on in the last years - I really do enjoy owls, sorry, Carla! Actually, in German it's 'Eule', but I just couldn't find something I had stitched that worked in both languages.

Now for ma word of the week, I think this is again something uniquely German, and as I just spent a wonderful weekend in Leipzig (which is in the former 'East Germany' or DDR), I think it is quite fitting - 'Ostalgie'. This is a combination of 'Ost' ('East') and 'Nostalgie' ('Nostalgia').
Now, as you probably all know, from 1949 until 1990, Germany was devided into a West (BRD) and East (DDR) part. And of course, quite a few things were different 'over there' - apart from politics, there were different products, different TV shows, even the people on the traffic lights looked a bit different. And while lots of stuff (again, politics...I don't really want to get into that here) weren't exactly handled 'well' in the DDR and I don't think many people actually enjoyed living under those conditions, nostalgia tends to shed a softer light on things, and today, many people who lived in the DDR (and even some who didn't!) are getting nostalgic for the positive aspects - and so we have a huge market for 'DDR products', shirts with the distinc traffic light guy, revivals of certain brands that were sold only there, TV shows on get the picture. For me (being just born about the time of the reunion) it's quite interesting to get this kind of 'living history' today! 

Donnerstag, 23. März 2017

March Gifted Gorgeousness

Hello my lovelies...I know it's been a while since my last update, and I'm especially late for Gifted Gorgeousness by more than a week, but I've been terribly busy at work - we had a paper deadline Tuesday morning, and I was working late hours and almost all weekend. Then it also was my birthday this week, and of course a bit pf celebration with my grandparents was due (Felix is out of town on a business trip...we'll get to celebrate together this weekend when we are going to Leipzig with my best friend) and after all the work and stuff, I needed a bit of time to myself to get back down to earth yesterday, so no is honestly the first time I can sit down and write this post - although I don't have that much to show either because, you know, busy!

Anyways, a bit of crafting did happen after all. For Gifted Gorgeousness, I've still been working on some gifts I can't show you just yet (but soon, I promise!), and also on the Mermaid Tail blanket. I think this is about four, maybe five, skeins since the last time I showed it. So, progress is being made, but I feel like it's much to slow...I can't take this with my this weekend (it's just gotten to BIG!), but I will have some serious crocheting to do next week.

I've also got some stichty presents for my birthday! I forgot to take pictures of the titles, but I'll link you to them. From Felix, I got the Japanese Garden kit by Dimensions, and my grandparents gave me the Blackwork Water Lily kit from Bothy Threads. I've wanted to try blackwork for quite a while now, so of course I had to start it right away, and it's so much fun! I've left it at my grandparents' house, though, so it won't mess up my rotation at home (I just know I couldn't keep my hands of it) and also because I like having something to work on for when I visit them. So I'll still have a little progress to show almost every week. Here's how far I got on Tuesday evening:

Now on the non-gifty side, I have finished the March page (page 21 in the pattern, page 9 for me) on the Fire and Ember SAL. There were less colour blocks on this page, so it was more difficult to line up both sides for the fixing, and it does show a bit more, but I still really really hope it will be okay in the end. The next page (and last page of fixing) is mostly black, so it will be easier to get is back to lined up and keep it there, I'm hoping.

Last but not least, I've also been working on my Puppeteer. I'm behind by a few days though, so I only added about 400 stitches. I'll catch up next week, hopefully.

Dienstag, 21. März 2017

Alphabet Club Catch Up - N

My last post has been a while, but I am back now with fun stuff, and madly trying to catch up before the end of the alphabet! This week, my letter is N, and since I didn't find a proper 'N' picture among my stitching, here is the November Ornament from the series my friend Magical did a few Years ago.

My word of the month is 'Nesthäkchen'. Literally, it means something like 'nest hooklet', but I've been told it actually originates from 'hocken' as in 'sitting' - so something or someone small, sitting in a nest. 'Nesthäkchen' means the youngest of a group (usually the youngest child of a family) and often, but not always, means being spoiled as well (as often happens with youngest children when everyone dotes on them).