Thursday, May 29, 2014

Stitch from Stash - May report!

This is going to be a boring post with no pictures.  Sorry about that, I really don't have any progress to show this month as I've been too sick to concentrate on stitching.  Or anything else, really.  Hopefully things will be resolved soon and I can get back to making progress posts every few days!

New starts from stash:
- none, sadly!

WIPs or UFOs worked on:
- Bluebeard's Princess (Mirabilia)
- Spring Knotgarden (Chatelaine)

Amount spent:
Nothing this month, too busy with medical dramaz to do any shopping.  So that's $25 added to the $1.28 I had left over from last month, giving me $26.28 to carry over into June.

See, I told you this would be boring. :p

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Rahenna vs. Spring Knotgarden - round two (& bonus stash!)

aka Slow Progress is Still Progress!

I haven't stitched too much in the last few days, to be honest.  I've been feeling a bit blah for a while and today I finally caved in and took a nap.  I know that doesn't sound special, but I'm SUPER resistant to naps because I always feel like my brain has turned to cotton when I wake up.  But this time, the nap actually left me feeling pretty good, so I made some nice progress today!

Once the over-one is done, it's pretty easy to get the minor colors finished.  Then it's just a bunch of two different main background colors.  I still have the background to finish, but it's going relatively fast!

Again, sorry for bad pics.  I always take pictures when it's already getting dark outside...

Here's the whole thing so far!  The new additions are the top right (eyelets and beads), the flowers in the top right corner, and the greenery on the right side.  I also started adding the large crystals to the center portion, since it looks like I can finish parts 5 & 6 without ever moving the q-snap, so there's no danger of the crystals getting in the way now.

Closeup of the sections with progress.  Hoping to finish the grass along the right side tonight!  I might even try to do the eyelets if I'm feeling ambitious...

It's tough to stay focused on such a complex piece, especially since I'm stitching the same thing eight times in a row, but I won't be defeated!  SK will be my focus until I finish, or until my head explodes!

Oh, and I did get some stash!  I had a $200 gift card from 123Stitch that my dad gave me for Christmas.  I'm pretty surprised I managed to hang onto it for four whole months before caving in!  I spent those months constantly updating and rearranging my wishlist on the 123 site, and I'm pretty satisfied with everything I chose to get in the end!

Here's what I got:
- Drawn Thread - Spring, Summer, Winter Arbor
- Ink Circles - Upstairs Downstairs, Blue Morpho
- Jeannette Douglas - Bee Stitches, Seaside Stitches, Once Upon a Tree
- Just Nan - Finchley's Summer House
- Lizzie Kate - Buzzy String, Merry String
- Mirabilia - October Opal Fairy
- Needlemade - Gather Ye Rosebuds
& a full yard of 40ct cream linen (for Rosewood Manor ABC Tapestry)

Some are missing from the pic, but some charts were on backorder and will be arriving later.  I'm hoping that will keep me from whining about wanting stash for a while.  I've been sorely tempted by hand-dyed fabrics lately.  I've entertained myself by putting stuff in the cart at Crafty Kitten, but I haven't pushed the button!  I'll have a birthday club discount in July, so that will be my cheat month for sure...

Okay, enough blabbing!  Time for a shower and then I'll show SK who's boss!