Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Who Stole My..........

Hello Friends!

"Mojo" that is!  It got up and walked away a few weeks ago and hasn't been seen since.  Not only did I lose my stitching mojo, there has been very little knitting and no reading that has been happening either.  Add to that my blogging mojo flew out the door too.  I have very little to share with you.

My Mum did have a finish I would like to share............


Nora Corbett "Lilac"
32ct White Lugana

I did a little bit of knitting, thought I'd try a simple cable pattern (Braided Headband).....


If I'd have known it was that easy I would have tried it sooner.  I haven't done anymore since starting it though.

My Mum & I have had a really big stash clearout.  If you are interested in anything please visit my Stash for Sale page and email me.  I have them posted on a FB group too, so first come, first served and to keep things fair I will use the time/date stamp. Please send me an email at apxstitch at gmail dot com and I will let you know if it is still for sale.  I will try to keep that page up to date as sales happen.

Thanks for stopping by today~

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Outlander inspired finishes!

Hello Friends!


I know I promised you a stitching update but I was browsing on Ravelry (Sassenach Cowl), found this Outlander inspired Cowl and the rest is history!  Everything else was put down so I could knit one.


I went out that evening to buy some wool and the needles and this is my version :)  I used Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick in "Sequoia", cast on 12 stitches on Size US 50 needles and knit 2 strands together for about 30 ridges in total.  To finish I tried the simple mobius twist and sewed it together with a blanket stitch using a crochet hook.


In fact, I loved it so much I knit another one!  This one was originally for my Daughter but she doesn't like the feeling of having it around her neck so I get to keep this one too.  For this one I used a Bernat Chunky wool in "Dark Green", cast on 14 stitches, 2 strands together, with the Size US 50 needles and knit for about 28 ridges.  I didn't do a mobius twist this time, I just sewed it together with a blanket stitch using the crochet hook.

I see more of these in my future!  I bought some more wool in a dark blue and some US 35 needles to try a different variation of the same pattern (Outlander pattern for Claire's Cowl).  Outlander was my favorite new TV show in 2014.  I am anxiously awaiting it's return on April 4th!  I haven't read the books but they are in my "to read" pile.

Next time I promise a stitching update!  I have finished my small for February and started another one. Violet is almost finished :)

Thanks for stopping by today~

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January Smalls SAL, First Knitted Finishes and Book Challenge Update

Hello Friends

I joined Stitching Lotus 2015 Smalls SAL in hopes of encouraging me to stitch an ornament each month for my tree.  I bought this chart in November from my LNS, it was pure joy to stitch!  As I was finishing I took pics of the steps and will be creating an Ornament Tutorial, if you have any questions please feel free to ask.

CCN Snow Love
28ct Pearl Grey Lugana
DMC Floss as charted

My Mom has her first finish of 2015................



Nora Corbett "Daisy"
32ct White Lugana

Garter Stitch Scarf
Loops & Threads Charisma Yarn "Forest"
Size 6.5mm Needles
Approx Size 5w x 68h

I finally finished my hubby's scarf and he is very happy with it.  I'm just happy I'm finished with it!

Leisure Arts "Knit Dishcloths"
Left:  Annie's Choice  Right:  Split Nine Patch
Berocco Vintage "Aster"
Size 5mm Needles
Approx Size 7.5inches x 9.5 inches

I managed to knit a couple more blocks for my Lap Blanket challenge.  I have some yellow and white yarn that I will be using to knit more squares next month.

My Flu bug turned into a nasty bout of Bronchitis which I am still recovering from!  I am still exhausted, everything I do is an effort but hopefully this is the end of it all.

I'll be back next month with a stitching update :)

Thanks for stopping by today~

Monday, January 12, 2015

Not the best start........

Hello Friends!

Well, it's not been the best start to 2015!  Just after New Year's Day I started to feel really tired, I got the stomach flu and then that set off a bout of Vertigo.  Not long after I got a sore throat which has turned into a really nasty case of the Flu!  This is the worst I have felt in years!  Now I have head congestion, chest congestion and if it's not gone soon I will have to go to the Doctors.

To top it off my Daughter is having some issues at School, my Husband's glasses broke and he finally got his results from the MRI/CT scan for the back pain.  He will now have to see a Neurosurgeon as the CT scan has shown something else on top of the Arachnoiditis.  Hopefully it is nothing too serious.

But you came here to see some stitching right?  The only good thing to come out of me being sick is that I am stitching & knitting & reading while watching some movies :)  I am trying to rest as much as possible, only because I have no other choice :)

So I picked Violet back up and here she is................



The whole bottom of her dress is done, the blank parts are for the beads.  I'm almost done!  I'm going to stick with her now until she is finished, then I'll go back to Petal Fairy.

I am knitting too, I've nicknamed this the "world's most boring scarf ever"............


But my husband loves it and that is what matters.  I can't wait to get it done and get back to my Lap Blanket squares.

Hopefully I will be feeling better soon and I will be back to share my first Happy dances of 2015 :)  I did already finish a project but want to wait for the Smalls SAL to share that one.

Thanks for stopping by today~

Thursday, January 1, 2015

First Post of 2015!

Hello Friends!

Happy 2015!  I can't think of a better way to ring in the New Year than with Disney...........



Skip to 21:05

Absolutely no-one does fireworks like Disney!  A perfect way to start the New Year minus the crowds :)  Of course if I could have been there, I would have ;)

My first stitching start of the New Year...


2015 Mirabilia SAL
Petal Fairy
32ct. Lugana "Iris"
Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie



Started at Midnight, I stitched for almost 2 hours :)  I struggled a bit with the 32ct but with my OTT lite it was manageable!  I am in LOVE with her already!

My first Knitting project of 2015 is another scarf for my Husband.............

He wanted something simple but to be honest this is really boring me!



Garter Stitch Scarf
Loops & Threads Charisma "Forest"
US 10.5 Needles
Started Dec. 31, 2014

And now to wrap up 2014, I can share my last finishes of the year.............


 Heartwarming Knit Scarf (approx 7 x 70)
Loops & Threads Charisma Yarn in Royal Blue
Gift for a Friend :)

My last exchange.......................


Christmas Joy Exchange
Sent to Melanie (The Patchwork Robin)


Christmas Joy Exchange
A lovely pouch finished to perfection :)

My Mom's last finish of 2014............


Nora Corbett "Sweet Pea"
32ct White Lugana
Mom's favorite finish of 2014

That brings me to the end............for today!  This post only took me 2 hours and a bit to complete :)  That's just one of the reasons I love Instagram so much but one of my personal goals in 2015 is to persevere and keep blogging.  Now I'm off to stitch!

Thanks for stopping by today~


Monday, December 29, 2014

2014 Year In Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and were spoiled by Santa.  Now that it's almost New Year's Eve it's time for me to take a journey back through my favorites of 2014.

Stitching


My favorite finish of 2014 has to be Mirabilia "Stargazer", although technically stitched in 2013, the beading took place in early January.  I love, love, love her!  Easily the most difficult project I have stitched but well worth all the time :)  I lost my stitching "mojo" numerous times throughout this year and that is why I only had 13 finishes.

In 2015, I have joined the Mirabilia SAL and I plan to stitch an Ornament each month for my tree as part of the Smalls SAL.

Knitting



I finally had the courage to learn to knit this year.  I'm so glad I did!  I honestly didn't think I would be able to do it but I do love a challenge :)  These are a few of my favorite finishes this year.  I mostly knit Washcloths and Scarfs.  I had 26 finishes for the year.

In 2015, I plan to expand my knitting knowledge by learning to knit lace patterns and cables.  I'm also going to be continuing with my Lap Blanket squares and have it finished by the end of the year.

Reading


I only read 19 books this year which has to be my worst year ever!  I completely lost my reading "mojo" and it never really returned.  My favorites were:  Blood Line by James Rollins, The Martian by Andy Weir and The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.

In 2015, I plan to complete my personal A to Z Challenge and read a yearly total of 40 books.

My favorite TV shows in 2014 were:  The Walking Dead, Hannibal and Outlander.  My favorite Movies were:  Maleficent, Mockingjay Part 1 and Gone Girl.  My Favorite Film Scores were:  Interstellar by Hans Zimmer, Maleficent & Mockingjay Part 1 by James Newton Howard and TMNT by Brian Tyler.

That wraps up 2014, I'll be back next month with my Mirabilia SAL!

Happy New Year ~

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mail Time

Hello Friends!

The Mailman has been very busy delivering to my home for the past few days.  So many lovely gifts/cards have arrived and now I get to share them with you too!

First I had a lovely ornament arrive from Shirlee @ The Easily Influenced Stitcher


Then the gifts from my wonderful friends.........





Then my private exchange/gift arrived from Lisa and I absolutely adore the "freebie" design she has stitched for me!  I know exactly how I want to finish this.  I have to find some matching trims and as soon as it is finished I will share it with you all.



A whole bunch of lovely cards arrived..................


Thank you to Shirlee, Grace, Debbie, Heather, Kathy, Connie, Gale, Michele and a couple from families in the USA through a FB Swap group (I want to keep there names private).

I am going to post to both Instagram and my blog but I don't know how often I will be able to post in 2015.  Partly due to time issues/workload/no time to even think about a hobby :(  My inbox got swamped with mail and I will try to reply back to you all soon (this was quicker).

Thanks for stopping by today~



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

December Update

Hello Friends!


My Mom has finished and framed another Nora Corbett design, "Fern" is stitched on 32ct Antique White Lugana with the recommended threads.  She started Sweet Pea next and I'll share that when it is finished.


A lovely ornament arrived for me this week from Gaynor (Gale) at Stitchers Anon. She stitched me one of her very own designs :)  I absolutely adore it :)  My kids both love it too!  Gale also sent me some goodies but I didn't get a picture of them. Thanks Gale for exchanging with me :)  It was a lot of fun!

A few more of my Ornaments have arrived...........


I sent this one to Lisa as part of our yearly exchange.  We also stitched each other a "freebie" design that we sent unfinished and we get to decide on our own finishing.  I am excited for mine to arrive.  Lisa & I have been exchanging for a few years now and it's always fun :)  It's kinda become a yearly tradition :)


This one went to Lesleyanne.  I know she loves the LK Tiny Tidings series as much as I do so it was an easy decision.  


Progress on Violet is going slow but I did manage to get a little bit more done.  I was hoping to have it finished by the end of the year but that isn't going to happen.  I do hope to get it finished soon.


I decided to try something new, arm knitting.  I had started a Knitting group at the Library I work at and we had a lovely lady come in to offer a class on how to create one.  I missed out on the class so I went over to her shop and she told me about her video online and was kind enough to answer my questions.  It's not perfect but I do love it and I would like to knit more of them.


Now that I have a great Samsung tablet (that I love) you can also follow my updates on Instagram  @
instagram.com/hookedonstitches/
I really enjoy posting there too!

The thing that has been a bit stressful and is keeping me incredibly busy :)  I began to Homeschool my 14 year old Son at the beginning of this month.  It's a long story that I won't go into in "public".  Starting in the New Year I will enroll him in an online school so he can work towards getting his diploma and we will continue to work together on important Life/Social Skills at home.

Thanks for stopping by today~