Midwinter Stitching

A little progress (and I do mean a LITTLE.)


Quaker Gone Tropic.  On the left is the latest update.  You can see that I didn’t really get much done on this one.  There was an error in the green section on the right, and I ripped that back and re-stitched it.  The county fair is coming up this month and this was to be my entry.   That isn’t happening this year!

It is still a fun project to work on.  I just haven’t been stitching much.  I’ve had a subluxated wrist and a bout of tendonitis in my left wrist, and I am a lefty stitcher.


Heartland Sampler, updated version on the right.

There is definitely some improvement there.  It’s encouraging at least!


Paul Revere, updated version on the right.

With 29 stitches to go for the finish…  I ran out of floss in that color.  Of course it is overdyed, and I don’t have a shop nearby.  Thankfully my order with Stitches n Things has not been completed as of now, so Deb was able to add the skein of Muddy Puddle.  Hopefully one skein is enough to finish the whole project.


Mary Burgess.  A little progress here too!  🙂  Somewhat embarrassing to show you how little I have done this year, but I’m human, and definitely NOT perfect.

I had burned through (or sold off) my entire yarn stash, minus one skein of cotton for dishcloths and two for a shawl (someday.)  I picked up a big skein of baby yarn in white to make these for charity.


These are burial sets for babies and one burial blanket by itself.  I have made hundreds of these sets over the past ten years (though not many at all for the last six years or so.)

I also tried some of the scrubby yarn and made a scrubbie for my kitchen.  I am not too happy with how it turned out.  The pattern was designed for regular cotton yarn.  Mine is very hard where I sewed in the ends.  I knit the scrubbie, and I knit continental style.  My first two fingers are missing some skin because of it.  I had to switch to English-style knitting which is painfully slow.  The yarn was hard to work with too (due to the nature of the construction) so I won’t be making any more for a while.  Too many wrist and finger problems here to want to struggle with that.  Been there, done that, and ended up in wrist braces for 6 – 8 weeks, sometimes longer.  The crocheting also triggered the carpal tunnel I have in both wrists.  My wrists and hands are just so bad!  I have to take it easy because I want to be able to stitch for the rest of my life.

Plans?  Uh…  I guess I will plod along on UFOs/WIPs for a while.  I would really like a finish!  I contemplated starting something smaller, but do I really want another project hanging around?  I won’t be knitting or crocheting for a little while until the tingling/pain/tendonitis calms down.  I still can cross stitch as long as I use a bigger needle (26 or 24.)  I am thankful for that.  I have only a few projects using that needle size going right now.

My UFO/WIP list currently:

Heartland Sampler, 40 ct lambswool linen  (13″ x 7.25″)

Quaker Gone Tropic, 32 count lemon whip lugana  (11.5″ x 28″)

Loara Standish, 35 ct linen (11.5″ x 33.5″)

Cardinal Points, 18 ct Aida (12.5″ square)

Emmanuel’s Song, 32 ct linen  (4.5″ x 18.5″)

Our Lady of Guadalupe, 28 ct jobelan (11″ x 15″)

Paul Revere, 32 ct lambswool linen

Mary Burgess reproduction sampler, 35 ct linen (7.5″ x 17.5″)

Samplers, 36 ct linen  (4″ x 11″)

Betsy, 36 ct linen  (4.5″ x 12.5″)

A Right Spirit, 35 ct linen

Hopefully I’ll finish SOMEthing soon!

Wishing you happy, pain-free, mistake-free stitching!




August Stitching

August has been a tough month.  I haven’t felt much like stitching at all.  When I have, I have been working on Quaker Gone Tropic.  The last time I touched it, it looked like this:


Now it looks like this:


It is stitched entirely in silk.  It is a fun, cheerful project.  The fabric is actually a soft yellow.

Needing a change of pace, I decided to try embroidery.

bunnies embroidered

I dyed the fabric to create the grass and sky.  I used Rit Dye and a sponge brush.  Not bad for a first effort.

I finally received my ring splints for my fingers.  The problem is, my floss and needle get caught on them.  I really need to wear the splints, as they help so much with the pain.  Unfortunately they make stitching next to impossible.  There isn’t any point in stitching to relax if it only has the opposite effect!

Next up:  I have had a punch needle kit since 2007.  I brought it out to try it and promptly broke the needle tip.  It had a burr on the end.  So I bought another needle, and put a burr in that one, too.  My husband hammered out the burrs somehow.  This wasn’t fun at all either, but I could see it as fun if I wasn’t breaking needles constantly.  So I decided to buy a better needle and some fabric.  And there was the issue — the fabric that came with the kit was 100% cotton of some type, so of course it was breaking the needle!  Once I had the right fabric, I found a free design and started working it, using the threads from the cheap kit.


Not bad for a first effort, and it’s really a lot of fun!

Next up:  I have always wanted to try rug hooking since I first saw it back in Asheville.  I liked it so much that I bought a hook there.  (We’re talking 2004!!!)  So I ordered two beginner kits, took the price tag off my hook, and got to it.

bee day 1

The day it came, I got this much done.  Fast forward three days, and I have finished it:

rug bee

Not bad for a first effort.  I love it!  It is as fun as I thought it would be.  The sad thing is that it is probably too expensive for me to take up seriously.  I know people get wool from thrift store clothing, but how much woolen clothing would be found in Central Florida????  I did order a second beginner kit and it came missing the wool.  The wool is “out for delivery” today and I’m sure I will start it this afternoon.

I’ve been knitting lots and lots of washcloths.  I am trying to use up my yarn stash, which is mostly cotton yarn.  I can knit a washcloth during the school day easily, with lots of time to spare.   I tried crocheting a shawl with some of the fancy sparkly cotton that I have and it hurt my wrist so bad that I took it apart.

knit wash

My fabric stash was all cut up into strips, except for a few pieces I hoarded for ???  I made a crocheted rag rug and didn’t really like it.  I threw the rug into the garage and put the strips into balls and stuck them in the yard sale pile.  😉

This is what I have been up to this month.  Not much for cross stitching, but plenty of other things!

On the agenda:  nothing set in stone.  I’m just going to play it by ear.

Happy stitching!