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10 projects in 2 months

Thursday, 30 May, 2013

Hi, is it August yet? It’s not? UGHHHHHHH.

I am so excited about our upcoming move that I get downright giddy at the thought of starting to pack boxes and clean the house. And don’t even get me going on my plans for how I want to decorate my new craft room. OMG. Having my own space to do the things I love. I’m not going to be working once we get to Kansas, so also having the time to focus on doing the things I love. Excuse me while I express my feelings in gif form.

bluth

birthday

kermit

I have all this energy to do THINGS for our move but since I can’t do any of those things for a couple more weeks I’m trying to focus on my crafts. And by crafts I mostly mean cross stitch because I have been bitten by that bug hard.

woodland creatures

These forest creatures were stitched up over the span of a few days back in April. It was my first time using hand-dyed floss, and while I like the color variegation, I’m going to stick with standard DMC for most of my stitching because I think it works best for the projects I’m interested in doing. The patterns are from Slipcover Your Life. When I finished I decided to frame them in their embroidery hoops, simply hot gluing the excess linen to the back of the frame.

woodland

The April and May squares have come out from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery’s Woodland Sampler, and I’m trying to make keeping caught up on it a top priority. I didn’t make any modifications to the May square, and only a small one to April: I turned the raindrops in the grass into spring clover for my little jackalope to eat.

springtime sampler

I started and finished the entire Springtime Sampler from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery! This is by far the largest cross stitch project I’ve ever made, and I love how it turned out. Here’s a close up of it, week by week:

week one

Week one: I am a sucker for mushrooms! They’re my favorite from this week.

week two

Week two: I made modifications to two of the squares: I changed the flowers to look more like daffodils, and I made the umbrella in colors more my style.

week three

Week three: I love the sprouts! So simple but so sweet. I changed the color of the mouse (the original was all brown) and I made the rainboots into a check pattern instead of the solid pastel the pattern called for.

week four

Week four: The caterpillar! This is one of my two favorite squares from the whole sampler. I made color modifications to the first two and the fourth squares, but nothing major.

week five

Week five: The dandelions are my other favorite square. I made the egg in a color combination I like better, and I turned my drink into a mint julep. I’ve never actually tried one before, but they seem very springy to me.

starbucks

This little mushroom pattern from Wall Work came along with me to Lawrence, and in the mornings I would go to Starbucks (where I like to give fake names!), relax with a drink, and do a little stitching. It seemed so luxurious, having time to hang out downtown by myself. Such good memories.

mushroom

It too was made with hand dyed floss, which I SWEAR I will only be using for small, single color projects. I should go ahead and show you this right now:

floss

Every single color of DMC floss. Wound onto bobbins, and put in numerical order. I think it’s safe to say cross stitch is going to stick around.

summer sampler

And finally, my current project: the Summer Sampler from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery! The chart for the frames came out on Friday and I want to be finished with them before the rest of the pattern starts coming out late next month. I am being realistic though. I know July is going to be super busy and the likelihood of staying caught up on the sampler is remote. But I’ll try!

hitchhiker

And now, onto knitting! I finally finished the Hitchhiker I started in March. The yarn is Twisted Fiber Arts Arial Evolution in Antique Shop. It is So. Freaking. Pretty. Places other than Houston I have knit this shawl: In Austin, TX and College Station, TX, and on the roads to and from both places. The airplane on our trip to Lawrence. At my new knitting group in Kansas City, MO. All over Lawrence, but perhaps most important place was outside my husband’s new lab at the University of Kansas.

ku

Looking back, I’m so glad I took this picture. This was my first time knitting in Lawrence, and it is a memory that deserves to be preserved.

space dust

So now that I’m finally done with Hitchhiker, I cast on…another Hitchhiker. What can I say? The pattern is super addictive, and completely mindless. In a few weeks, when I’m up to my eyeballs in boxes, I’ll be thanking myself for choosing a simple project. I’m making it out of a single skein of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight in Space Dust, but even so I have a feeling it’s going to take me most of the summer to complete.

Phew! Looking back, I’ve been super productive! With everything going on in the next couple months I know it’s not going to last. My final day at my job is at the end of June, so hopefully with the extra time I’ll have because I’m not working I’ll be able to get some crafting done in July while I prepare for our move.

house

I can’t wait!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Thursday, 30 May, 2013 10:54 am

    Such exciting times! I love that you finally did a run-down of all your cross stitch – I’ve been following your progress on Insta, but it’s great seeing it all in one place! Oh, man, and I am JEALOUS of your perfectly organized bobbins. Mine are… less… organized…

  2. Thursday, 30 May, 2013 1:11 pm

    Great post! Definitely could feel your energy, and love LOVE the happy dance – gifs. Dude, this hitchhiker pattern is apparently all the rage. Just one more thing to juggle into the summer to do. Too much, I’ll never learn to knit socks at this rate. Happy crafting! The samplers are adorable.

  3. RatiganKnits permalink
    Thursday, 30 May, 2013 4:02 pm

    Super cute! So exciting… Congratulations.

  4. Thursday, 30 May, 2013 6:20 pm

    I love seeing all your cross stitch stuff on instagram =)
    so exciting to have something awesome like moving to look forward to!

  5. Mom permalink
    Friday, 31 May, 2013 7:39 am

    Love all your projects! An exciting time for your family. Love you!

  6. Friday, 31 May, 2013 6:09 pm

    Excited for you!

  7. Jodi permalink
    Friday, 31 May, 2013 6:42 pm

    Congratulations on the upcoming move! Sounds like a lovely place. I am a huge fan of farmer’s markets as well 🙂 I absolutely love all of your cross-stitch. My favorites are the first ones you hung in the loops. Thanks for the link. Happy crafting!

  8. Sunday, 2 June, 2013 6:51 am

    Wow, what a lot of productivity! Nice! And your house is fantastic, enjoy the planning!

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