Sunday, 31 August 2014

Stitch From Stash August

finally this post title is an accurate one, why? Because I started something new from my stash!!!

Yes dear followers after 8 months of stitching (or lack thereof) on the projects I had languishing in my project bag (only green series after finishing Super mario) I bit the bullet and started something Ive had kitted up for years!

Tiger Lily by Nora Corbett.


I've been in love with this design since it first came out but I was always too nervous to start it, despite stitching her Halloween Fairy kit a few years ago. I even toyed with the idea of selling the chart and bead pack at one stage but I found myself unable to part with it.

Green Series is progressing a little this month albeit at a snail's pace.... maybe I'll get a few more stitches in to it in September.


I have also added a few more colourful hooky rows to my blanket :) Better get a shift on really, it'll soon be cold enough to use it!




And I cast on a new knitting project (my first ever garment!)

This is going to be a knit-in-one-piece jumper, very simple for a beginner knitter like myself but not using the recommended yarns (100% raw silks at £21 a ball!-no thanks!) Mine uses a very soft 100% bamboo yarn mixed with an angora/merino blend instead :)


And the reason(s) for my slightly more productive month?
1. I liked the comment someone in the group made last month that this is a stash diet not a new start diet.
2. It's started getting chilly this month which always has me reaching for the yarn based projects
3. New glasses!! I can finally see without looking through a very scratched/beat up pair of lenses!!!

So to sum up, still no spending to report (even with the temptation of a market bonus!) and thankfully a bit of stash busting going on!!

xX Fiona Xx

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Stitch from stash 2014 July edition

Hello friends (assuming anyone is still reading this blog)

I haven't disappeared off the face of the earth I promise, I just haven't felt much like blogging or stitching (my usual summer slump has struck again :/ )

Well July is almost over and with it comes another stitch from stash update, I fear my updates are becoming dull and almost monotone as once again I have spend nothing and started nothing new. While this is great from my stash pile, my bank account remains depleted as I seem to have switched to retro gaming stash buying instead....

Anyway this is a crafting blog and as such here is my overview for July

Amount Spend: £0
New Starts from Stash: None
WIPs or UFOs worked on: None
Money Banked: £175

I haven't even worked on the granny stripe blanket as the weather is just simply too hot for words!!!

Hope everyone is having more luck than me :)

xX Fiona Xx

Saturday, 28 June 2014

stitch from stash 2014 June edition

this month we got a bonus £50 to spend after spending our initial £25 and even with that I didn't give into temptation, Mel posting up a poll on whether she should buy Luna or Gigi didn't help!

Although I'm doing well at not adding to my stash I'm also not doing well at stitching from it! This month I haven't really stitched anything apart from a teeny tiny yoda because I wanted to see how well half stitch would work on 22ct over 1, turns out really well but the results are teeny!!

-i do have a photo but it's stuck on my phone and i can't find the cable-

Mostly this month I have been crocheting my blanket in an attempt to have it finished by the winter. The kittens aren't helping so I have to resort to working on it in my lunchbreak at work, I can manage 1 stripe in about 30 mins but I'll have pictures of my progress up on July 1st with Theme-a-licious 2014 so I won't post it now :)

so June at a glance

Amount Spend: £0
New Starts from Stash: None
WIPs or UFOs worked on: None
Money Banked: £150


Monday, 2 June 2014

Themealicious 2014: Menagerie May & June Jolt

Menagerie may has sadly come to an end and I have progress to show!

First I worked on and finished Autumn-ation by Lizzie Kate (see the little crow?)

I replaced the stitched leaves in the pattern with buttons and used french knots for the pumpkins eyes instead of the buttons that came with the kit.

Next I worked on the Green Series flipits also by Lizzie Kate, specifically 'be kind to animals' once that was finished I went back and finished 'keep our air clean'
only two more charts left to stitch!!

So onto June's theme 'June Jolt'. The theme for June is to work on Summer or brightly coloured projects, so with that in mind I have opted to work on 
  • June Stamp by Lizzie Kate (WIP)
  • Green Series by Lizzie Kate (WIP)
  • Summer-licious by Lizzie Kate (New project!)
  • Buzzy String by Lizzie Kate (New project!)
  • possibly Eeveelutions, a downloaded pattern from Sprite Stitch ('Jolt'eon was one of my favourite Pokemon growing up!)
The downside of 'June Jolt' is that it has made me realise just how many of my charts are Christmas or Halloween themed and although they are brightly coloured, it's just too early to be thinking about those holidays, Summer's only just begun!!


Monday, 26 May 2014

Stitch From Stash 2014 May report

Hello everyone and welcome to another stash free stitch from stash post :)

Yes we are 5 months in and counting & I've still not added (or reduced) my stash!

While I've not yet reduced the stash pile mountain, I have reduced the WIP mountain mole hill.

This month I have worked on Autumn-ation & Green Flipits, both by Lizzie Kate.


I have finished Autumn-ation & made a decent amount of progress on the Green Flipits.

Speaking of Lizzie Kate, I mentioned her new 'Tingles' Series in my April report and I've decided that actually I don't like them as much as I thought I did, I still have the Halloween (not so) mystery sampler, the Christmas 'Jingles' designs as well as the 6 fat men & 6 snow belles to stitch, along with countless other designs so I won't be buying them anytime soon (if ever!)

Lizzie Kate has also announched the lastest 'string' designs and they are cats & dogs themed ones, these I do like but again I have the seasonal strings from last year to stitch before I invest in another string to stitch!

I think this SAL hasn't stopped me from buying stash but it does make me think more about the charts I already have in my stash and for that I am greatful as I have many wonderful designs tucked away in there that I bought with the intention of stitching them and if I had continued to buy with the gusto that I used to I would never get round to stitching any of them. As it stands I have 2 projects in my WIP molehill at the moment and I'm thinking that when it's down to one (next month) I'll be looking through my stash for something new and exciting to stitch :)

So an overview for this month would be:

May
Amount Spent: £0
Stash Starts: None
WIP: Autumn-ation, Green Flip its, June Stamp
Finished: Autumn-ation
Money Banked: £125

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Pinteresting Poncho

Just occasionally I love designing my own pattern from an image...Allow me to explain myself

While browsing the Pintrest DIY & Craft board I stumbled upon this image for a Crochet Poncho & immediately fell in love (don't you just hate when that happens?!)  
The squares themselves are fairly easy to construct and join together (click here for a link to making the squares) but the problem I had was how to arrange the squares to create the poncho as pictured above. The link on Pintrest simply lead to someone's Flickr account, a quick Ravelry search proved unfruitful in finding any sort of pattern and I could find any other image apart from original image so what could I do except try and create one myself?

Which is where my cross stitch pattern maker came in! I used a 5x5 block of colour to represent a single square in the poncho and input the squares I could see from the picture then worked out the rest of the pattern layout from that. 

This is what I came up with (I've changed the colours to the colours I'm actually using rather than those used in the picture)

I'm really looking forward to making this poncho up, hopefully it shouldn't take too long but for now it's back to my May stitching goals!

xX Fiona Xx

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Furbaby news & a pattern :)

Twiglette had her kittens!! She went into labor on Thursday at around 11am and gave birth to 5 beautiful healthy kittens, 3 black & 2 ginger :)

Happy to say mum & kittens are all doing well, here they are at 2 days old :)


In honor of this lovely event I'm posting the companion piece I designed to go with Lizzie Kate's 'Dog's leave pawprint's' snippet. I used elements from various Lizzie Kate designs to put this piece together so I can't take credit for it entirely :) just click to enlarge the picture.

Threads listed are DMC however I'm going to use the following hand dyed WDW threads instead :)

DMC 740 = WDW Carrot
DMC 3340 = WDW Maddison Rose
DMC 731 = WDW Moss
DMC 334 = WDW Sky
DMC 321 = WDW Liberty
DMC Blanc = WDW Whitewash
DMC 801 = WDW Kris' Bon Bon

Please ignore where the black dot is I'm going to attach a small antique cat charm I found in my stash, I added the dot in to get the placement right.


I hope you enjoy my pattern & happy stitching!!
xX Fiona Xx