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!


  1. Beautiful stitching, and great stash!

    Hope you feel better soon.

    1. Thanks! Hoping to do more stitching this month so I can get to some of my stash! Feeling good today, went to bed at a reasonable time and got up early to stitch! The grass and eyelets on the top half of the right side are done now. :)

  2. Beautiful! Any progress is good progress in my opinion :D

    1. Yes! I keep posting so I can look at the pictures and see the progress, even if it doesn't feel like much.

  3. It's beautiful, I look forward to your updates on this as it is stunning !!

  4. Great stitching and lovely stash too! Just wondering what Drawn Thread's Autumn Arbour has done to offend you. Or do you already have that one? I find seasonal series hard to resist...

    1. Hi Jo! Autumn Arbor HAS offended me, actually, but I did stitch it! :) I had a lot of problems with the kitted materials, so this time I opted for just the charts and I'll supply my own threads so they don't run out! *sob*

  5. Little progress is better than no progress. Well done! The project is coming along very well. And your new stash is mouth watering.

  6. Your stitching is absolutely fabulous! I love the colour combinations. Enjoy all your new stitchy goodies...that should keep you busy for a while!

  7. Spring Knotgarden is so beautiful! You should be so pleased with your gorgeous stitching. I know what you mean about feeling groggy after naps - the same thing happens to me, too.

  8. Stunning work on SK. You have a very cool dad to know which website you like to buy craft stash from. Hope you feel better soon and good luck with your next bout with SK.
    Alicia xo

  9. Knotgarden is looking beautiful! What a great stash pile you have there - sound like you have a wonderful dad :)


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