IHSW: February 2018

I like working for the state. This was a 3-day weekend! So, I incorporated Monday into my stitch weekend. As it was, my pup had a class on Saturday, and we went shopping Monday for food (finally), plus I had to get caught up on Doctor Who, so I didn’t get as much stitching done as I would have liked.

I did get some done on my A;tLA piece:

Did that whole boat tip there. Only about 2,500 more stitches left on that boat.

I did kind of get a little bored of row after row of 19 tiny blue stitches…so…my hand slipped…

These are destined to be velcro patches for my ThinkGeek Bag of Holding, which has a soft velcro front. Frank also has a similar backpack from BlizzCon, so I’m making some for him too, though he is disappointed that it takes me away from A;tLA.

The goal now is be finished with the boat at least by the end of the month…

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Chrismakkah Presents Part 8: Dog-Gone Cute

All the siblings between me and Frank have children. So far, Frank and I are the cool, artsy, jetsetting aunt and uncle. We’re okay with this.

Our niece on my side of the family belongs to my older brother and is cute as a button. She is smart, and knows that dogs are the best animal 😉

So

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My brother says she likes Old English Sheepdogs (their new puppy), but I couldn’t find a pattern that I could do in the time frame.

So now a doggy nameplate hangs in her room.

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Chrismakkah Presents Part 7: Music Blanket

I don’t know why I’m taking so long to post these this year lol. It’s not like I’m on a ship or anything…

Anyway

My mother and her husband have a shared love of music. Their cakemaker for the wedding made fondant sheet music for the decoration! Imagine my happiness when I found the perfect pattern, but frustration when I couldn’t find a second fabric for the backing. Frank came to the rescue with an eye for plaids, and we got the blanket made.

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My mom is ALWAYS cold, so even without the fabulous Joann’s sale, this would have been a sure thing.

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All my SALs for January 2018

I am very far behind on my SALs. I will be posting both Smalls SAL and WIPocalypse in this post, along with my TUSAL ort “jar.”

So, lets start with the progress of my A;tLA piece, which I’m also considering my Small because its just a tiny part, but it’s a little piece on its own.

Here’s what it looks like so far:

This is what I completed this month:

The little ball counts for my Small this month. Because I said so.

Remember in my WIPocalypse intro I said I was going to focus on my WIPs? Hahahahahahahahahahaha…..

I also stitched up this little sampler this month:

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So, the temperatures where I live (upstate NY now…) were hovering around 0° F for a while, so I got inspired to pull out the old loom knitting kit, and buy some yarn. I’ve only made hats before, and last weekend I made my first Pussy Hat:

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So I branched out the other night, and made an ear warmer headband with matching fingerless gloves.

I want to make a matching scarf! I followed this video for the head band (but I added four rows because the original pattern was too skinny for my big ears), and I think I’ll make it again in different colors. This video was for the gloves.

Obviously, since I didn’t just cross stitch, my ORTs include yarn, but not that much, because I think the pup got into the yarn scraps lol

So that was my month. Hopefully I’ll do a little better with posting in the future 🙂

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Chrismakkah Presents Part 6: A Lion Among Babies

Getting back to the Chrismakkah gifts. There are only a few more left, I swear!

I’m not super good at babies. I have a niece on Frank’s side, and a nephew and niece on my side, so we’re in the clear for a minute. My nephew is almost 2, and I basically just asked what animal he’s into at the moment, and stitched something for his room. Apparently, he likes all animals (and the movie Zootopia, which I think my sister has memorized…), but lions best right now. So I found the cutest pattern I could, and personalized it:

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I forgot the little mouth, but it’s kinda cute without lol

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IHSW January: Pussy Hat

International Hermit and Stitch Weekend. The weekend that I meant to set aside to stitch. My A;tLA piece was properly ready and everything.

But the Women’s March 2.0 was this weekend! And….we had to deposit-clean the apartment to give it back. So…I didn’t stitch very much.

But I did manage a Pussy Hat…but in black! You know, for lady techs! Excuse the dog hair…I can never really get it off anything I own. Also I hate every selfie I’ve ever taken lol

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I can’t knit with needles, so I made this on the loom. I do plan on making the pink version at some point.

So this was my “Hermit” weekend. Out with millions of other people, and cleaning my no-longer-mine apartment!

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Chrismakkah Presents Part 5: Star Wars Blanket

Back to the holiday gifts!

One thing I’ve noticed about the holidays, is now that I’m older, and my interests remain mostly constant (I’ll always love Harry Potter or Pokemon, for example), I’ll keep receiving gifts of that nature for years to come. Mostly it’s great, and I build a nice collection of stuff (they’re putting growlithe stuff out now!!!).

Frank’s sister has her interests, too, and one that we all remember at this time is classic Star Wars. What luck for me that Joann Fabrics carries Star Wars licensed fabrics, right at the end of an aisle!

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This blanket will probably not end up in the possession of the person I gave it to, either, once her daughter gets a look at it.

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WIPocalypse 2018: Introduction!

Last year, while I had more time to post because I’m not on ships anymore, I didn’t really participate in any of the SALs that I usually participate in. Part of it was because the first part of the year was dedicated to a new job and physical therapy from my 2016 injury. Then I got a puppy. Then we bought a house. 2017 was personally, pretty good, though pretty…ah…not good sociopolitically. But some things fell to the wayside…like SALs.

Anyway, I’m jumping back into all my SALs in 2018: WIPocalypse, IHSW, and maybe Small SAL, just to break things up. I’m settling into my job nicely, and our house is mostly moved in. I still need to make my craft space in the basement, so that’s one of my goals lol. I have a solid idea of what I want, but my budget has to be in place.

If anyone has been following my Instagram or Tumblr, you’ve seen the Avatar: The Last Airbender piece I’ve been working on. My last WIP I posted back in July:

It was put on the backburner for the two Mystery Stitchalongs I did, and then of course, I had the holidays. This picture is 9,292/85,483 stitches. So I clearly have a long way to go.

I also have a couple of other WIPs that I need to work on, such as my Portal Blanket (that I only have one panel completed on…holy crap it’s been 4 years??), and the LOTR stitch I’ve been working on for a few years. Both of those are about 30,000 stitches.

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I’m anticipating that I won’t get as many projects done as I usually do every year, but I’m hoping that ditching smaller projects for a while will allow me to finish these larger projects. I’m trying to stitch a few hundred stitches every day. I know there are going to be months that I’m going to be working more and I won’t probably stitch on 15 hour days. I have a smaller project that I haven’t posted anywhere yet that’s slow going because I only work it during slow times at work. But I don’t think I’m going to work on it very much while I focus on these 3 projects.

So, all in all, it’s a pretty tall order, but I’d like to have at least one large finish by the end of the year, and my husband hopes it’s the A:tLA one.

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First finish of 2018!

We’re taking a short break from the 2017 Chrismakkah posts to bring you the first finish of 2018!

This one was inspired by Q2Q Comics. It’s not the first one I’ve done based on the technical theatre comic strip. Specifically, I was inspired by this comic. The idea is that you shouldn’t fall into the “exposure” trap and work for free just because you haven’t worked a lot.

I came up with a couple different designs, but ultimately stitched up my favorite (but I’ll still post the other patterns later).

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It’s pretty theatre-specific like this, but it goes for other gig-type work as well.

I’m pretty pleased with the way this turned out.

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Chrimakkah Presents Part 4: Dog Blanket!

I was not going to go out on Black Friday. And I didn’t. But Saturday, I saw a deal I just COULDN’T pass up: 70% off fleece, and 20% off your whole purchase at Joann Fabrics. So, I dragged Frank along so he could help me pick patterns for his family, because fleece on sale means people are getting no-sew blankets!

First up, was Frank’s mom, who loves dogs (almost as much as me?). We found two cute patterns that went together:

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Originally, I was under the assumption that I’d made the blanket for her. This was not the case.

Joey seems to like it though 🙂

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