Dienstag, 18. Juli 2017

July Gifted Gorgeousness

Can you believe it's July already? More than half the year is officially over! As usual, my plans are not half as finished as I would like them to be - mostly because I'm way too easily distracted - but that's okay, progress is happening and that is good enough for me.
Now it's time for another Gifted Gorgeousness post, and for a moment I thought I didn't have anything to show, but then I realized that, while I didn't make any new progress on my to-be-gifted projects, I still have quite a few things that will fit!

First, I got this wonderful box from my friend Magical, stuffed with all sorts of wonderful stuff!

The majority of the contents here (the tea, delicious stroop waffles, Jodyri threads, those cute 'shows' (it's a magnet) and plate as well as the coloris pattern) were a prize for a content on dA I won a while ago and both of us had almost forgotten about, then there are the beads and sequin-candidates for my Lizzie Wallet SAL (she had the right beads in stash and generously offered to send me some) and then this adorable little pair of scissors that she got a bunch of and included one - they are sold as phone charms, but are working scissors nevertheless, and so cute and tiny that it should be no problem to take them on a plane too! (the blade is less than 1cm I think).

I then went on and used those beads to fully finish part 2 of the Lizzie Wallet SAL (which I couldn't do the week before dues to the missing beads). I also have the Coloris thread and a few more options on the sequins now, so I can dive right into part 3 and 4 and get caught up!

I also finished the second part of the Steochalong last week (and still have no idea what it is going to be!). As I think I previously mentioned, the pattern is pay what you want, and I will probably donate a little at some point, but it still feels more like a freebie(two way gift than actually buying the pattern so let me just shoehorn that one into the GG ;)

Now for the non-GG part, we were at Felix' parents last weekend, spending most of the time outside camping with a campfire and friends and lots of foods and games. It was quite relaxing most of the time, so I made the most of the daylight I got and worked on page 13 of the Fire and Ember SAL. I was hoping for a page finish actually, but that didn't quite work out - there just wasn't enough stitching time, and I also ran out off a few colours on my thread card and didn't bring extras! Still, I made some nice progress, and I'm looking forward to finishing this page, as it already looks quite cool.

Last but not least, I also brought some knitting along with me - Viajante, a big shawl-loop-hood thingy I started last year and never really got into much. I have done about 35 rows, finishing the triangle start and am now working in the round, which seems to go faster and also looks reallyreally need. Now I just need to continue like this for a looong time, and since the look won't change spectacularly, it will probably be a while before I show her again!

Mittwoch, 12. Juli 2017

Two SALs and a finish

While I was still a little busy last week (not gaming...definitely not gaming...maybe), I still have some progress to show. First up is the next part of the Lizzie Stitching Wallet SAL - I finished the backstitching and French knots, but I'm still missing the beads (as well as supplies for the third part), so I'll have to pause a little until everything arrives. I still really enjoy this, the colours are so nice and soft and the design is so delicate :)

And since I don't have enough on my plate yet, I started another weekly SAL, the Steotchalong by Steotch - they've done some fun and geeky patterns in the last years, but I have no idea what it will be this time, which is half the fun! It's pay what you want and doesn't need a lot in term of supplies, though, and the parts are really small, so it's worth the 'risk' for me. Here is part 1 all stitched up, I really like the colours used :)

Over the last week (and then some on the weekend) I finished my baby blanket I worked on in Cyprus. It was just a few more rows, but at this stage, one row took me almost an hour! I got it all nice and blocked to, so it's now nearly quadratic in shape and measures about 90x90cm (or 36", if I'm not mistaken).

I've also worked on my second security blanket bunny - the blanket part has been finished for a while, but I finished the head last week and the ears over the weekend. Now I only need the arms before I can sew everything together.

This coming weekend, we'll be at Felix' parents, and mostly outside too - I still hope to make some decent crafting progress to show afterwards!

Freitag, 7. Juli 2017

The Alphabet Club - X

And again we are back with another installment of the alphabet club...this time, in time! We have arrived at 'X', so only two more to go after this post...I'm getting excited for the new 'thing' starting at the end of TAC that Jo has been teasing about. Of course, this is not an easy letter (unless you 'cheat' and count 'x stitch', then it gets really easy!), but I looked through my finishes and found those two. Don't the just look like big, elaborate X's to you?

Finding a word for 'X' isn't any more easy than finding stitching - I think all German words starting with an 'X' are Greek in origin and thus almost the same as in English. But we actually have a town (well, at least the one that I know of) with an 'X' name - Xanten. For me it was just one of those towns whose existence I was mildly aware of, without actually knowing much about it, but I did some reading about it - Xanten is in the middle-west of Germany, near Düsseldorf. It plays a prominent role in the Nibelungen-legend (the one that all the operas by Wagner are about) and has a history as a Roman settlement and military camp around the year 0. Maybe I will visit some day!

Montag, 3. Juli 2017

June WIPocalypse

So...I'm a bit late on the WIPocalypse for June, but I do have excuses! Firstly, I was...distracted last week (okay, they opened a new server for Ragnarok Online, which I played a LOT up until a few years ago, and a few old friends and me started playing again for nostalgia), so I needed to finish something to actually show you, and second, I needed to do some cleaning so I could take pictures for the monthly question!

So let's just start with that question...Show us your stitching space!  Where do you sit, and what is going on around you while you stitch (TV, audiobooks, etc)?

This is my my main stitching space - my corner of the couch in the living room, in front of the TV as I like to stitch while watching shows and movies (mostly with Felix, sometimes alone). As you can see, I have arranged my recent projects around me (and in that pink bag at my feet) and I also have my laptop nearby to pull up digital patterns. I only use that stand for a few of my projects, so it's not always there - I put it behind the couch when I don't need it.

This is my desk in "my" corner of the bedroom - as you can see, I have my sewing machine there and I also use it for everything that needs a bit more surface. Or rather I will be using it now, since this hast been the first time in quite a while that it has been tidy enough to actually use for anything!

Last but not least, this is my shelf for my stash (amongst other things). You can see two cubes of books and patterns, some knitting/crochet WIPs and my DMC boxes, but most of the boxes and drawers also hold craft stuff: the red drawers are needles, beads and specialty threads, the blue ones are for my knitting needles, crochet hooks and small sewing supplies. Then we have the top right yellow box with my (sewing) fabric stash, one of the orange boxes with stitching fabrics, the other orange and one of the white boxed hold kits and kitted up projects, one of the blue boxes is WIPs, the other thread storage (project specific, additional skeins, and leftovers), the second white box is frames (at the bottom) and finished projects (on top), the white box above it has various craft supplies and then the remaining three boxes in the lower right are my yarn stash.

Now for my stitching update, due to the reasons stated above I don't have much to show now, but I did finish this:

Part one of the Lizzie Stitching Wallet SAL by Faby Reilly Designs. And just in time, because today part two was released! I really like this flowers, and part two will add the backstitching, so it will look awesome, but still be finished quicker.  I'm looking forward to it!

Dienstag, 27. Juni 2017

The Alphabet Club - W

You might have noticed that the 'Catch Up' is now missing from the title of these posts - that is, because, even if there are only a very few days left in June, I have finally managed to catch up and will be presenting this post to you in time! Woo!
And to celebrate, there will be not only one, but two pictures of cute little Witches today:

...and also two words, that both are kind of from the 'intranslatable' category: The first one is 'wanderlust', which you probably know since the English language has 'adopted' it - it's the feeling of joy when you are out hiking, or the longing to go hiking when you are not, or, less literately, the longing to travel or to move and not stay in one place for too long. In German, 'Wandern' can not only refer to 'hiking' as a past time, but also famously to the 'Wanderjahre', the 'wandering years' - it's something that, in old times, all people of trade had to go through after finishing their apprenticeship: For some years, they had to leave their village or town and travel around, work for masters in different place and learn from them. They were not allowed to come within a set distance from their home. Some trades, especially carpenters, still practice those 'Wanderjahre' or 'Walz' today, although it's no longer mandatory to go.

The second word I want to talk about (although it's less interesting maybe) is 'Waldeinsamkeit' - being alone in the woods. Historically, it's mostly used for monks and ascetics who chose to live alone in the woods, but in modern times it can also relate to seeking out the soltitude of the forest to calm down from a hectic modern life.

So that's it for the 'W' post - I'm looking forward to July, when I will hopefully be able to get my 'X' post up right away (if I can think of anything with that letter at all!)

Donnerstag, 22. Juni 2017

Two pages done

Just a quick post to catch up with my progress before I disappear for the weekend (four days of Paris with Felix and my best friend!) - as I told you, I've been working on some non-gift projects as well, and I have progress to report on both.

I have finished the June page of the Fire and Ember SAL - getting into the dragon again, so I think the next page might be interesting!

And then I have also finished another page of black on The Puppeteer - page 4, for a total of about 6.500 stitches now!

Dienstag, 20. Juni 2017

June Gifted Gorgeousness

Hello, lovelies! A few days late, but still in time, I think, to show you some progress on my GG projects. There are a few more this month than last time, so let me get right into it!

I've been working on Sophie Sheep the last time we visited Felix' parents - on the car ride. She is slowly becoming my favourite travel project, and she's recently been promoted to 'gift stitching' - a friend of my grandma and me loves sheep, so she'll get this when done (I also have the other two kits in the series - and another friend who will love the cow, I think. The pig I will keep for myself once I get to it.) I've been stitching more on the frame section, fixing a few small mistakes as I went along, and I think I will soon be ready to start the actual sheep.

For the same trip, but the time not actually spent in the car, I also brought Fans of the Far East for a wonderful Saturday afternoon stitching session on the balcony (that was before temperatures soared and I started feeling like melting into my seat all the time...). I realized it's been a while since I showed it - not just in terms of time, but also in progress, since I used to add a thread here and there and it added up, so here are the before and after pictures.

As you can see I finished the pink band and tassels (as far as they fit the hoop) and worked more on the gold background. I really need to work more on this - there is so much more left to do, and my new goal is getting it done by Christmas, but I'm not sure that will work out if everything else I still want to work on...

Another thing I worked on (mostly in the week before our visit, but I only finished it afterwards) was this bunny comfort blanket. A coworker of mine had his second son (or rather, his wife had their second son) last winter and is going to introduce us to him soon, so of course I had to make something. For the first son, I made one of my baby jackets, but this time I wanted to try something different (they still have the jacket, after all!). The parents are a little...let's say environment-concerned and he once made a comment (I'm not entirely sure he was joking) about how I should use something more natural when I make something for his kids again...so I thought, that I can do, and I went for all natural un-dyed sheep wool. There's still a little hay in it! It's very interesting to work with, but so scratchy and stiff that I thought making clothes from that would be a little cruel, hence, the blanket-thing. I made a few changes to the pattern that brought it from pretty bunny girl to cute and sleepy bunny, and I am pretty pleased with the result - so pleased I am now making a second one with the colours reversed so both brothers can have one.

I also worked on Cut Thru' Cottage, but still not as much as I'd liked. Felix' sister and her boyfriend have now moved into their house, so I really need to get it done now! So I guess this will be my main focus for the next month or however long it takes to finish.

Last but not least, I had another finish yesterday - a pair of socks I have been knitting for Felix! I really like those colours, so my next goal is another pair of wristwarmers with the remaining yarn. I really hope they fit, but with the current heat he is refusing to try them on!

So, that's it for GG relevant projects this month! I've worked on a few other things, but I'll keep those for another post - hopefully a bit sooner this time. Just one more picture - a bit of a teaser for a new SAL I started.

It consists of several parts, and this is the outline of the first of them. I'll tell you more about it once I have a bit more to show!