Annette's Acre

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December 31st, 2012

2012 – The Stitching Year in Review

As noted earlier, the WIPocalypse was a definite success and allowed me to make great inroads on the WIP pile!

I started 2012 with 47 (!!) WIPs and finished 14 of them.

This includes a couple in the last week while on vacation:

Mary Garry’s Sew & Sew – on white 25-ct evenweave, 1-over-1 with DMC & GAST threads.

Textile Heritage’s Tower of London

I also started & finished an additional 13 pieces for a total of 27 cross stitch finishes.  I have six pieces that I started this year and are being carried over 😉

I did a bit of knitting this year, finishing 11 pieces.

One wool sewing project was also completed..a pocket for my new lucet 🙂

That’s a grand total of 39 finishes for 2012!

Taking into account the finishes, new starts and a half-dozen pieces that are going to be relegated to the “retired” drawer, I’m starting 2013 with 32 WIPs.

My goal of having fewer at the end of 2012 than at the beginning?  DONE!


December 10th, 2012

One Down…

Finished last night… Mill Hill’s Winter Wonderland (Bead & Button kit)

(crappy pic… it is blue & white.  There’s no yellow or pink…the price for non-sunlight pics!)

Next will be Square #2 on Stars of the New Millennium and then on to Christmastide 🙂

November 23rd, 2012

A Fine Day

At 3pm yesterday (Thanksgiving Day), I finished off Mirabilia’s Lilac Pixie

She’s on 32-ct white Belfast.

I didn’t realize quite how crusty with beads she was going to be…

This is definitely one of the beadier designs I’ve done

But she is gorgeous and will look quite nice on the wall 🙂

I also started my Christmas piece for this year..

This is Christmastide at Holly House by The Scarlett House.  It’s on 40-ct, 1-over-2 using Belle Soie and NPI silks.

October 19th, 2012

Spooky Stuff

The finishing frenzy is still going strong here…

Mill Hill Goblins Welcome ornament

The stitching had been done on this for awhile… only needed stuffing, hanger and tassels. Done!

Elizabeth and Darcy are having a grand time at the Zombie Ball:

(Crappy pic, I know…ugh).  Platinum Cashel.  I did make the goblets metallic and switched a couple colors (CC Muddy Puddle to WDW Onyx and CC Smoke to WDW Dolphin Grey – most of the rest is DMC)

Next up is a true “Obligation October” piece 🙂

October 14th, 2012

The Finishing Fun Still Going!

Hopefully, my two week absence will be worth the wait…as I’ve got two finishes to share!

First, a very quick stitch – Lizzie*Kate’s Cross Stitcher in Residence

This is on platinum Cashel and I changed up most of the colors 🙂  I still need to find a small charm for the house, but I will take care of that on my next LNS visit.

The big finish is my Lizzie*Kate Mystery Sampler!  I put the final touches on yesterday afternoon.

Fabric is the recommended Tin Roof in 35 count.  No intentional changes 😉

I’m staying with the Halloween theme for one more design this month and heading off to a Zombie Ball thanks to The Sampler Girl.

Maybe I’ll see you there? 🙂


September 1st, 2012

Hello?? (TUSAL, et al)

Yikes.  August kind of got away from me!  It was definitely a busy month and I’ve got a few things to share….

First up, the monthly TUSAL post:

There’s a mix of yarn (keep reading for the project pics), floss and some “guest” orts from a weekend “Soiree.”

I had two knitting finishes in August.  First is a red scarf that is now living on the east coast and will keep a bear named Matthias warm this winter.  I fully expect his owner to “borrow” regularly (or I certainly wouldn’t have put in the time to make it… LOL).

It’s Yarn Harlot’s One Row Scarf using Lion Brand Tweed in Red on #10 needles.  This is a great pattern for both solid and dyed/patterned yarns.  I think I’ve made at least six versions with different weights/needles.

The second knitting finish is a Multnomah-inspired Shawl.  This was my third Camp Loopy finish for the summer and just in the nick of time as I cast off on the 26th and the deadline was the 27th!

It is purple and oyster grey using Loopy Ewe Solid Series.  I made the garter stitch section larger (the purple) to use up one full skein and enough of a second to get to an appropriate number of stitches to start the feather/fan repeat in grey.  One full skein of grey and a final thin garter border in purple to meet the 500 yard requirement for the project.  It’s my first true lacy shawl and I really like how it came out 🙂

I hav also been stitching a bit.  I spent the third weekend in August at a Sampler Soiree put on by my LNS, Attic Needlework.  Three days of food, fun and new projects with great gals (and one gentleman).  The centerpiece project is a box.  We covered the box (with Attic’s signature tissue paper), made the insert and added ribbon as part of the class Sunday morning.  The stitched piece will be added to the top…. I may actually finish that this weekend.  Only the partial line of verse to finish and then “To the Ladies” to add above:

It was a great project!  There’s a small monogram design to stitch for inside the top to put  on the finishing touches.

I managed to complete one other small project – a simple sampler on perforated paper:

We received a small piece of sampler print material for the back so one of these days I’ll get it finish-finished.

I also finished a wool pocket for a Lucet and learned how to braid using the tool.  I’ll catch a pic of that next time…

I’ve got three more projects from the weekend to do and yes, this non-sampler person will be doing them all.  LOL.  If you’d like to see pictures of the other projects, check out the Attic newsletter from last week found here (link to a PDF).  The pics from the weekend start on Page 4 and you may spot me in one of them 🙂

I’m sure you can see how August got away from me for blogging!

July 26th, 2012


Two “shoulds” knocked off the list!

First, I finished off Tribal Penguin from White Willow Stitching:

He’s stitched on an unknown dyed opalescent aida from a long ago grab bag.

This is a Travelling Pattern and is ready to travel on!  Please add a comment if you’d like to host this guy for the next leg of his journey and I’ll select a name on Tuesday, 7/31.

Second, I finished off my second Camp Loopy project before the deadline!

This is my moderately willing model, Z.  The shawl is well over 5′ wide and about 4′ at the longest point.  It will be perfect in the winter when I need just a little something over my shoulders in the office or at home.  The pattern is “Simple Shawl for Fancy Yarns” [Ravelry Link] and the yarn is four skeins of  the definitely un-fancy Cascade 220 in Midnight Blue.

This is the largest knitted project I have ever completed!

Next… time to solve the Lizzie*Kate Halloween Mystery 😀

April 21st, 2012

The (Fluffy) Tale of Two Bunnies

It started with a kit….

The one on the bottom left there…

He stitched up quickly.

But he got me thinking…  I like to stitch larger Mill Hill designs on fabric.  What if I stitched this guy on some light green even weave?  I certainly had plenty of floss left and most of the bead colors (had to raid the stash for more white and something to replace the heart on his hind quarters).  I did have to adjust the flower on his rear as I was *not* going to try to finish off the tiny flower and attach to the bunny.  That works great for perforated paper… not so much on the fabric.

I think he came out pretty cute.  I finished him with a clear heart bead (the benefits of a copious stash) and a simple pillow finish.

But there was something else he was whispering…. he needed to travel to a new home.

Given I already had the address of his chosen destination… he’ll be off next week.  Watch this space for where he lands 😉

March 17th, 2012

Finish Photo Shoot

As I’ve mentioned a few times, I finished Liberty Lane by Country Cottage last month:

I started this not long after it came out in 2009 using the included Crescent Color fibers and Magnolia 32-ct Lakeside Linen

It’s a sweet piece and I’m so glad it’s complete…


Last night, I finished my third piece this year.  It’s from Mill Hill’s Christmas Village collection:

I’ve done a few of these Bead and Button kits and have found working them on 28-ct fabric is MUCH better than working on the stiff perforated paper.

With all the beads on this it came out quite crusty 😉  This piece did make a brief appearance in the last UFO RR I participated in a couple years ago, but the majority of the stitching and beading was done by yours truly.  It took 18.5 hours to complete this year…

That makes four finishes this year, three from my WIPocalypse list!  Woohoo!!

February 12th, 2012

The Traveling Pattern – Ready to Travel On

I was very fortunate to be the lastest stop for the traveling Lizzie*Kate Life’s A Stitch pattern. I quite literally dropped my current WIP and stitched it up in just a couple days.

It’s on Light Blue Jobelan using Dinky Dyes silk. The border is Kiah and the rest are picked out from my Oops stash.

My version joins the ten fabulous versions that came before me:

Since this is a Traveling Pattern, it now needs to move on to another stitcher.  And so it’s time for a drawing.

If you would like to be a part of the Stitcherhood for this Traveling Pattern, here are the rules:

1. Comment on this post, saying you would like to be part of the Stitcherhood.

2. You agree (if you are chosen) to stitch the design and send it along to the next person in a timely manner. If this means dropping everything in your rotation to concentrate on this project…so be it. If you can’t bring yourself to do this ~ don’t sign up.

3. You must have an active blog to participate. If you have a blog but never post to it ~ you won’t be chosen to be the next stitcher.

4. This is a giveaway-type Travelling Pattern. That means you must follow it from blogger to blogger to enter each time it is ready to send along. Commenting on this post doesn’t make you a guaranteed part of the Stitcherhood.

Just for fun – also tell me the one design you would love to finish in 2012 if time weren’t a factor!

If you want to be considered, act fast – I’ll only take names until Friday, February 17th.  I’ll do the drawing on Saturday, and hopefully have the piece en route to its next location early next week!

**edit to put in a date that hasn’t already passed!