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December 26th, 2011 by Annette

A Productive Vacation

It’s been a fairly hectic vacation (for me) this year.

DH started work today (YAY!) so last week was a series of orientation meetings, testing and paperwork bits to put in place for today’s first day of training.  Z’s last day of school was Thursday, so the daily shuttle service for him to/from school was in play.  A few last minute gifts and errands to run, etc.

I decided on a couple of last minute hats for my niece and met a friend at a new yarn shop near my office to get supplies.

The red one is Blue Sky Alpaca (both yarn and pattern).  The pink is the Elf Hat from More Last Minute Knitted Gifts.  My friend had shown me several she had finished the last few weeks for various nieces and nephews and before I knew it I had the book on my Kindle app on my phone and was hunting for the yarn shop.  The yarn is Collinette Calligraphy in Fushia.  Each hat took about two hours from cast on to weaving ends and have been well received by their intended recipient in New Mexico 🙂

Next on the list was finishing off Homespun Elegance’s Holiest of Nights…

Fabric is Vintage Misty Rain in 40-count.  I did convert the Weeks threads to Crescent Colors (with the help of Ms. Heather on her recent trip to AZ).  The cover picture is lousy for colors…. I like my version much better 🙂  If you’d like the list of colors used, mention in a comment and I’ll reply…

Here are the coversions from Weeks to Crescent Colors (DMC and GAST were not changed):

  • Dolphin to Rain Shower
  • Straw to Ginger Snap
  • Bark to Brandied Pears
  • Collards to Steamed Broccoli

The corner angels are still in question.  I have two options in mind.  Option A has been ordered, we’ll see how that looks as soon as it arrives received.  I’m not loving it, so Option B is now in play.  That one will take some time to work out 😉

The last thing on the 2011 list is finishing my Mirabilia RR.  I left one final square to fill on the return.  I did start Queen Mermaid and given I’ve got a week of vacation left, there’s a good chance she won’t get added to the 2012 Wipocalypse list.

However…. I did find myself reaching for another newly purchased design last night after all the Christmas festivities were complete:

What can I say?  It was practically screaming…. (it’s on Smokey White Belfast.  Photography is not my strong suit).


December 12th, 2011 by Annette

December Pillow

December pillow is done 🙂


December 4th, 2011 by Annette

Final Round Robin

I finished the last of the Mirabilia Round Robins today


And the full piece:


It will be headed home this week (as soon as I find an envelope…..oops). I will have a final square to stitch on mine when it arrives home 🙂

November 25th, 2011 by Annette

A Special Day – and TUSAL Update

I’ve been on vacation this week with some grand plans for this week and next.

Of the three mentioned, I’ve managed to complete one.

This is the November pillow from Pine Mountain.

The picture has some significance this weekend.  It was taken fourteen years ago on the Friday after Thanksgiving (that year, falling on 11/28) that I married my dear husband 🙂  L-R: VJ (my brother), me, K, Mike (DH), Wendy (DH’s sister) and Susie (DH’s sister).

And finally, the Totally Useless StitchAlong (use this link to sign up for next year’s SAL!) for this month… brought to you by the aforementioned November pillow and a generous amount of caramel silk from my Chocolat class.

Back to stitching…

October 23rd, 2011 by Annette

Another Mirabilia RR Complete

Just a quick post with completed Bluebell square on this year’s Mira RR.


And the full piece with only one empty spot left….


Almost done. This year has flown by.

September 28th, 2011 by Annette

TUSAL for September

In case you couldn’t guess work is kinda crazy right now. And it doesn’t look to let up for awhile.

But nothing can stop the Totally Useless SAL!


The threads are from the Mirabilia RR (Poppy) and the Candy Corn Mill Hill magnet. See? I do finish now and then!

August 22nd, 2011 by Annette

Three Days…

In the last three days…. (Saturday, Sunday and Monday):

– I bought a little bit of new stash

New Stash!

l-r: Sept/Oct JCS, Blackbird Designs Casting a Spell, Blue Ribbon Designs Moonlit Midnight, Ink Circles Four Seasons Mandalas. front: Bent Creek Got Newt?



– I finished off two Pine Mountain Pillows (caught up!)

– I finished the latest Harry Dresden novel, Ghost Story (What a ride…)

And all before noon today 🙂  I love vacation!


August 7th, 2011 by Annette

Christmas in August?

When we last saw our intrepid stitcher, she was despairing over a seemingly incompatible floss and fabric combination (with good reason).

A dip into the stash turned up some promising blue linen, but sadly nowhere near as large as needed for the preferred design.

But inspiration struck. Why not stitch one if the smaller ones instead? A quick finish. Temptation satisfied. Then back to some of the other larger WIPs ever whispering for their time under the Ott.



And still a large enough piece left to do the second small design.

For when temptation strikes again.

Santa’s Night by Prairie Schooler on Nordic Blue linen (32-ct. I think.)

July 31st, 2011 by Annette


Two posts in one day… wow.

Don’t look for this to happen again any time soon!

Catching up on my blog reading, I realized it’s time for a TUSAL post.  But first, I must share the Mirabilia Round Robin I finished about an hour ago…

This is Mirabilia’s Christmas Elegance in a shadowbox style.  I filled in the lower left corner.  She is gorgeous!

Ok, time for the TUSAL jar….

Yes, this is a multi-purpose picture.

You see my TUSAL jar there.  Well, there’s a lot of green on the top from Christmas Elegance, but I won’t be detailing the other colors quite yet 😉

In the foreground, you see what I was hoping to be one of my next two starts (yes Kelly, Venice will get some stitches this week).  However, I’m not loving the floss on the fabric….

How about a closer look?

Yeah… just not liking that combination.  I was going for something similar to PS Christmas Eve I did a couple years ago:

The colors for Santa’s Night look a bit washed out compared to these.  Hmmm.

I’m seeing two options here:

  • Change floss colors to “cooler” versions to match the grey/purple/blue Thunderstorm linen better.
  • Go for darker fabric that works better with called for floss colors (white/355/646/830/841/3362).





June 27th, 2011 by Annette

Another Mirabilia RR Complete

This one was an exercise in persistence.

But it’s done… and in the mail.  🙂