Gifted Gorgeousness 2018: April Edition

It's the 15th of the month again and time to post about our Gifted Gorgeousness! What we're stitching, what we've received, anything we can shoe horn into the theme. Check out everyone's posts over at our fabulous host, Jo's blog

Fishing - for my uncle
28 ct Tempest by Chromatic Alchemy with charted threads
This is getting really close, I think I'll try and stick with it until it's complete. One reason I'd like to is this uncle also recently had bypass surgery. He came through it fine, but makes me think I should just finish it and get it sent to him. I started the backstitch too, and I do like the effect so far. 

Full Moon - DD
28 ct Lazurite by Chromatic Alchemy with charted threads
I really love this pattern and have been enjoying stitching it. I need to actually pull all the colours and have it set, but I keep getting pulled back by older WIPs I need to finish too.

Kiss for a Snowman - DD
14 ct white Aida with charted threads
I decided to pull out a diffe…

Zodiac SAL: Aries

This past weekend was the first weekend in April and that brings us to the Zodiac SAL hosted by Jo. 

This month's sign is Aries and I've been having some trouble figuring out if any of my projects fit. But then Jocondine mentioned sheep and wool, and I thought of a shoehorn.

My local yarn store, Must Love Yarn is having a KAL for the Jodi shawl. I decided to give it a try since it's DK weight and a little easier than another fingering weight shawl. 

My yarn is from Great Adirondack Yarn Co. and is organic cotton. It's really soft and was surprisingly easy to work with. Sometimes cotton has no give, but this was pretty easy. 

The finish! how it looks on: It was really warm and comfortable even though we had another day of 32F/0C weather here. I enjoyed the Jodi shawl so much I started another one in a different colourway: I'm still on colour 1 so far:
This was the finished Skagen shawl I sent to my Grandma:
How it looks on:

I got it sent out before Easter and I believe it was…

WIPocalypse 2018: March

March has felt like it flew by, and I only posted a couple times. It was pretty busy with hockey tournaments, a conference and Easter right at the end. I'd like to post a bit about my WIPocalypse projects, my 18 in  '18 as Jo calls them. If you haven't heard of WIPocalypse, you can check out all the info at Measi's blog, and basically it's about finishing projects before the inevitable(?) apocalypse. 
This month's question is: What newer designers and product creators (fabric or floss dyeing, etc) out there have you discovered and recommend?
If you're a follower of my blog, you know I love Chromatic Alchemy fabrics. They're so soft and the colours are amazing! I've also joined Jodyri's threads of the month club for a whole set and I mentioned a new designer, Maria, in my last post. 
On to my 18 in '18!
First, although I finished Covered Bridge in January, I bought a Mill Hill frame with a GC from 123 stitch and it's fully finished! Fishing is…

Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop 2018

It's that time again for the Easter Hunt Blog hop, hosted as always by the indefatigable Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching. If you're just starting out on the hunt, you may want to go to her page here and start at the beginning. If you're on the hunt already, here is your letter:

And your next letter can be found here:

I don't stitch many spring related things, but one of my favourites was this little one from last year:
Hop by LK on 28 ct Realgar by Chromatic Alchemy with stash threads
Happy Easter everyone!

Happy Stitching,


Gifted Gorgeousness - March Edition

It's the 15th and I'm actually posting on time for once! Check out all the action at Jo's blog, there were a lot of us last month and I hope there are even more this month. Everyone has been working on so many different and exciting projects and my wish list is growing....

I had a lot of projects out last month for the Olympics and posted about them a little already. Here are some of them yet again just because. :)

See Ya Later Alligator by Jodyri - for DD
stitched on 28 ct Nuriel's Forest with some charted threads and wording in stash threads 
Maple Leaf by AAN - for SIL  on Silkweaver? 14ct with WDW Blaze
Monochrome Link from Sprite Stitch - for DH  2 over 1 on 18 ct? with charted threads Tribal Dragon by WWS - for DD   stitched 1 over 1 on 25 ct pewter Lugana with Caron Wildflowers and Kreinik blending filament
Ballerina Dreams by Dimensions for co-worker
 stitched 2 over 1 on 18 ct Petra by Chromatic Alchemy
New start! Full Moon by Cute Patterns by Maria stitched 2 o…

Zodiac SAL - Pisces

It's time again to catch up on my SALs. First off, we have the Zodiac SAL hosted by the exuberant Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching. Check out all the information on this month's sign, Pisces, at her page

I dated a Pisces for a while and the description on Jo's blog doesn't really fit that person at all. I married a Sagittarius and that one does align really closely with DH's personality. I'm a pretty solid Virgo beyond the extreme cleanliness, although maybe someone that knows me well is a better person to ask about that.

I stitched on a lot of things last month, so let's see what I can shoe horn into fitting with Pisces, a Water sign represented by 2 fish. 

Snow Rules - because what does snow turn into when it melts? 
Fishing - naturally
Ocean Curiosity - I'm detecting a theme...
Yesterday stitched on Eye of Newt - newts live near and around water
Fabric from Chromatic Alchemy called Poseidon ;)
And the new shawl has these ripples which look a fair bit lik…

WIP Wednesday and a Difficult Decision

I've been wrestling with a decision over the last week or so. I thought I'd give it a few more days to see if I really needed to make the choice, and now I have. I've decided to give up on Ballerina Dreams for a finish by mid-June. I'm just not close enough to a finish. But I will post my update as this will go away for a bit. 

End of January
End of Feburary
and now:

There's definitely progress and it's somewhat sad to put it down before I even got to the Ballerinas, but I think it's for the best. 

So if anyone has any ideas on what to stitch for a 50 year old man who likes to wear bowties, works in the eye care business, has an English degree and loves theatre and has, an amazing singing voice, plus he has 2 awesome girls and an awesome wife, please let me know!

As far as other WIPs, the Skagen shawl is moving along as well:

But that's all I have to show for now!

Hope everyone is having a good week. We were supposed to get a nor'easter (read blizzard of ma…