Donnerstag, 1. Februar 2018

WIPocalypse - January

Ah well, I was so happy to read, that the WIPocalypse posting date for this year has moved to the last Sunday of the month, so I can finally be on time for it. But look at me now, it is February and I am posting, lol. Well, it's the thought that counts, right ;-)
Anyway, here we go with my lousy update for this month. Work has been so stressful, I have often no energy left to stitch in the evening. But the semester is getting to an end now and I hope things will get better soon.
As I said, this SAL is usually taking place at the end of the month and is hosted by Measi. You can find the monthly link-up here.

I haven't made to much progress since last time, I only have two projects to show:

The first is my new year start called "The Silence After" by Chris Ortega, I added two more columns since last time. I went from here:
To here:
As you can see, I have a new needle minder, I thought it quite fitting for a viking :D This brings me to a total of 4 000 stitches on this piece. I must say, that in the end I got quiet tired of all the dark stitching and was rather happy to move on =)

The second project I worked on is my Kreimhilds Revenge, after taking a break on her during December, she is back in the game now. I only did one and a partial column, less then I wanted, but it's better than nothing. I went from here:
To here:
I hope to catch up on her for next month and I think I will stitch one or two more columns on her before I move on, so that is ensured. I am a bit tired of her dress, you know the fabric color is ivory and those light colors are not to easy to stitch on it. But you can see, that some of the background will appear in the next column and I think it will make a nice change. I will do my best to finish page 30 for the February update =)

This months question is about out goals/plans for the Olympics challenge, but I don't think I am joining this one. I like to watch the Olympics, but I don't have the head to do any SALs right now. I am entirely happy if I can survive the month of February without loosing my nerve over my students ;-)

Happy stitching =)

Samstag, 20. Januar 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL - January

The GG SAL also continues in 2018 and once again I will do my best to post every month =) This SAL is (still) hosted by Jo from Serendipitous Stitching (fun fact: Serendipitous is a word I always have to look up, I just can't remember how to spell it). I will put up the link to the link-up here ever month, so you can join the ride or look at the other stitchers progress. Since I am usually quite late for the SAL, there is plenty to see there when I post about it. For example, if you follow this months link-up, you can already find a bunch of entries ;-)

Anyway, for those who don't know about this SAL: Its about sharing your work on projects that were a gift to you (the pattern was a gift, the fabric was a gift, you use gifted threads or so, the whole kit was a gift and so on) or that are meant to be a gift for someone.

My first project I share here is my Map of Middle Earth, the pattern was gifted to me several years ago. I fear I don't remember by whom, but it was part of those Haed Appreciation events on Facebook several years ago. Since I love Lord of the Rings, this was a perfect gift for me and I am working on this since August 2014 now (didn't know it was so long...).
Here is what the design is going to look like:
And here is my starting point for 2018, 43.000 stitches in:
And here is my current progress, 44.000 stitches:
The plan is to add at least 1.000 stitches per month, it doesn't sound like much, but I think it will add up. I did 11.000 stitches last year, so this should be an improvement and to me it sound much more doable to go for 1.000 stitches every month than to go for 2.000 every other month ^^

Then I am also stitching a Christmas stocking for my fiance , which didn't get any love since last month (mostly due to a pair of socks I had to knit for Christmas, which I finished late on the 23rd and gave away early on the 24th - I wrapped it up that morning and didn't get a chance to take a picture - and after that I had just so many other projects). But I hope to share something for next month.
Here is what it should look like - Candy Cane Santa Stocking by Dimensions Gold:
And here is where I currently am:
For those who don't know: My fiance is actually called Alexander, so the picture of the stocking if very accurate ;-) The next goal is to fill in that window section and then move to the section with the rest of the tree =) 

The next project I want to share for this SAL is another gift for my fiance, since he really loves wolves (me too). It's another Dimensions design called "Wolf Kiss":
And here is my starting point for this one:
The pattern has two pages and the line you see indicates how far the first page goes (just did a few stitches on the second page when I had a bit of thread left over). I would be super happy if I could finish that first page this year =).

Which brings us to the new starts for this year.
First is not a real new start, it's a restart. Stupid me managed to start in the wrong direction and so the fabric was to short. I didn't have a heart to restart last year, but I will do so this year! Another wolf design called "In the Moonlight" by Tilton Crafts:
The fabric is already cut and surged, I just need to reprint the first page. I did 3500 stitches last year before I noticed my mistake, so the goal is to catch up to those 3500 and add a few more to it.

The second one is a kit I got for my birthday in 2015 (gift from my fiance). I always said "ok I will stitch this once I am done with wolf kiss" but by now I still not done with wolf kiss and I feel sort of guilty for not starting this, since this is such a beautiful design.
It is a kit by Eva Rosenstand, I am not sure it has a name. I think the kits only have numbers and no names, which is weird (I have a couple of her designs). The thing with Eva Rosenstand is, that the pictures on her kits really don't so the design justice. You look at the picture and you go like "nah, it's okay" and then you look at the price (they are fairly expensive, her kits are easily above 60 Euro (a Dimensions Gold of equal size but in full coverage is mostly about 45 Euro)) and you go like "ok, for this amount of money, I expect something better". I came to really stitch one of her designs by chance, I was looking for a gift and found a small kit featuring a robin, it was on sale and not expensive. you may remember it:

And here is what it looked like when I did it:

I am no expert when it comes to taking pictures, it still look way better in real life, it's really really pretty, the threads the fabric are of high quality, you can feel it and you can see it (in real life), but my crappy picture still looks better than the one on the kit... I think it's a shame...  
Anyway, where I am heading is that I am really looking forward to stitching the owl, my robin sort of prepared me, that it will look amazing. I am sort of excited about the outcome for this one ;-) 

The list might grow - actually, it's my birthday today (another fun fact) and I got a voucher for stitchy stuff from my fiance and my mil (I already call her that, I don't always want to add the "to be") and we will make a trip to a craft shop soon =) so there would be more things to qualify for this SAL!

Big question is: I plan on stitching a ring cushion for our wedding, would this qualify as a gift? I mean it's a cushion for my fiance and me, so it's half a gift :D 

Well, those are my plans for 2018 so far, I am looking forward to a wonderful stitchy year and hope the same for all of you =)

Happy stitching =)

Sonntag, 7. Januar 2018

WIPocalypse Kickoff 2018

Hey everyone,
I hope you all made a great start for 2018 and I hope that this year will be full of love, laughter, health and stitchiness for all of us =)

The WIPocalypse - the great quest to finish our projects before the end of our days - continues also in 2018. It is hosted by Measi from Measis Musings and you can find the monthly link-up here.

This post is the kickoff post, where we are to introduce ourselves, projects and goals. After this, the posting will move to the last Sunday of the month (so the next one is on the 27th), instead of moving with the full moon date. I actually like this new schedule, I tend to loose track of the full moon date and the last Sunday is easy to remember und plan. So I hope to be more in time for the posting this month (better not make a goal out of it - I'm sure I'm going to fail sooner or later).

Anyway, I'm going to start with a few words about myself. My name is Johanna and I'm 26 years old (turning 27 this month). I live with my fiance in Kamen, Germany. I am working at the university in Bochum and I am doing my phd in mathematics there. I spent most of my free time stitching, but I also enjoy reading (I go to work by train and spent the time reading). Since I can't read while I stitch, I also listen to audiobooks. I am mostly interested in (high) fantasy and crime novels, but I am always open for new books and I basically read everything ;-)

I did a recap for 2017 in my previous post, therefore I am not going to show pictures of all my projects in this one. I am going to focus on my goals for this year and I think I will also add a new page for WIPocalypse 2018 (if I don't forget about it).

So the first goal I have is one for my focus piece, Kreimhilds Revenge by Howard David Johnson. Actually, there are several smaller goals.
Here is where I will start, at 129 170 stitches:
The first goal is to finish the fourth row of pages. The second one is to hit 150 000 stitches and the third one will be to reach 155 600 stitches (Kreimhild has a total 255 600 stitches, so it will be the 100k-left-to-stitch-mark). I guess I will be happy if I meet goals one and two, but the third one would be great =)

The next goal is for my Supersized Iris Keeper by Josephine Wall. I am currently at 20 080 stitches and there are 4 080 stitches left to finish the first row of pages. I really want to do that. Here is where I currently am:

Next up is my QS Trapped by Melanie Delon:
The first row is not done and that's what I want to do in 2018. It's a half page and a partial page to do, it adds up to 5 200 stitches.

The next goal is for my Gecko Rouge project Sloth by Eya Claire Floyd. The first goal is to finish the first quarter of the design - that's 3560 stitches and should not be to hard to meet. The second one is finishing the top half of the designs - 9 523 stitches. I'm not sure if this will work out, but I will do my best =) here is where I am starting:
Next up are a few projects I want to finish this year:

Hydrangeas by Mill Hill - I already did a few more stitches on it. here is the starting point for 2018:
And I added a few green stitches in the meantime:
Cliffside Beacon by Dimensions Gold petite. I am more than halfway done with this and I think a finish for this one is realistic.
Embroidered Morning by Dimensions - I found it in my cupboard, lol. I absolutely forgot about this WIP! Here is where I am and what it is going to look like:

Since this is not a full coverage, I hope to be able to whip this off the list by 2019. After all, it is really pretty.

I think those are enough specific goals for this year ;-) I have a bunch of other projects, where I just want to spent some time stitching them (so every projects gets a few stitches done). The projects on which I am going to show my progress for WIPocalypse are the following:

Aurora Cabin (Dimensions Gold)
Crossing the Stream (Golden Kite)
Danielle by Sarah Butcher (Haed)
Das Rheingold by Kinuko Craft (Haed)
Miss Christmas Eve (Nora Corbett)
Paris Market (Dimensions Gold)
QS Paddys Luck by Joanna Bromley (Haed)
Starlight by David Hoffrichter (Haed)
Supersized Ride of the Yokai by Ruth Thompson (Haed)
The Eternal Promise by Matt Stewart (Haed)
The Potting Shed by Aimee Stewart (Haed)
Whispers by Melanie Delon (Haed)
Wolf Variant by Bente Schlick (Haed)
Yule Angel by Anne Stokes (Haed)

Which brings us to the plans for 2018! I plan some new starts (not that I need any more projects).
First up is my annual new year start, I started a new Haed on the first of January. It is called "The Silence After" and is by Cris Ortega. I love viking motifs, but they are not that common in case of stitching patterns, so I was extremely happy when this was released last October.
Here is what the pattern is going to look like:
And here is where I am so far - 2 400 of 283 500 stitches:
I am stitching this on 28ct grey Lugana, as you have noticed by now, this is my favorite count ;-)

I must say, that I haven't so carefully planned my new starts this year. I have a few ideas what I want to start, but I didn't fix dates for them.
The first is another Gecko Rouge project: Across Winter Lake by Jo Grundy
I have chosen 25ct Magic Guide for this one, I think I will start this around February because it's a pretty winter design.

I think about starting another Haed, but I am not sure which one.
One would be a Max Color from Heaven and Earth Designs - Birds and Blooms Garden by Aimee Stewart. I think her designs really benefit from the color expanding, they are so full of detail. I'm not sure if I will like so many colors, so I decided to go for a "smaller" design before starting one of her supersized bookshelves (I have the secret garden one). Here is what it should look like:
The second choice might be one Wisdom by Cherie Gerhardt. I love Harry Potter and since I own a bunch of Harry Potter themed needleminders, I feel like I should start a matching project ;-)
I think my house would be Ravenclaw, so this would be the first one for me to start (I own all four designs).
The third choice is another Lord of the Rings/Hobbit shart: Bilbo Baggins by Kate Powell:

I might also start a non-Haed, I have a lot of kits (Dimensions, Marejka, Geckos,..) in my stash and I feel like I should work a bit more on them. But as said above, no concrete plans here, I will keep you up to date =)

The last project I want to show here is no stitching, but stitching related. I finally got around to sewing some covers for my scroll rods. I have done four so far (I need to do one more) and I took a photo of one:
I think the fabric is really pretty, I bought this at Ikea and I am super happy =) I'm not so much into sewing, so I am actually proud that I managed to stick with my sewing machine for a whole day =)

Wow, another super long post, but I think I am done now =) Now I am off to do some stitching on the silence after =)

Happy stitching =)

Sonntag, 31. Dezember 2017

WIPocalypse - December and overall progress report for 2017

First of all, I hope all of your spent a lovely Christmas with your family and friends and that you got a bunch of sttichy things ;-) I got the tin with the 35 new colors from DMC, yay! And a couple of books :D I took some time off from work (have to go back on 8th January, so another week left) and I even got a few stitches in. Christmas was nice, but it is also always stressful. I knitted a pair of socks from my fiances mother - yes, that is correct, I am now officially engaged and I am sooooo happy about it =) We don't have a fixed date yet, but we are aiming for 2019, early spring or summer. We will start looking at locations and so on next month.

Anyway, back to topic! I finished those socks on the evening of the 23rd, so just in time for Christmas and my fingers hurt from so much knitting. So there has not been to much stitching before Christmas, but I spent the last two days in front of the TV watching the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings and stitched.
Since this is the last WIPocalypse for 2017, I am going to do a recap - this is going to be very picture heavy! You can find the link-up for this month here.

The first thing I want to show is a project I actually finished this year - you know this doesn't happen very often! I am referring to my Sheep in the Meadow.
At the beginning of 2017 it still looked like this:

And here is the finished project:
So cute and pretty - but still not framed... I am so lazy.
Yeah, so much for the finished projects... Let's move on to the WIPs I carried over from 2016.
Here are few WIPs that got some love since you last saw them:

First is Kreimhilds Revenge by Howard David Johnson (Haed). Beginning of 2017:
And now:
Since last time I only finished page 29, but every stitch counts, right? Most of all, I managed to meet my goal of getting her past the halfway point. I have a total of 129 170 stitches done now! So I did 23 870 stitches on her, Yay!

Next is my Supersized Iris Keeper by Josephine Wall (Haed).  Beginning of 2017:
And now - I finished page 4 since you last saw her. I added 4 080 stitches in 2017:

Number three - Wolf Variant by Bente Schlick (Haed). Beginning of 2017:
And now - I did 4 000 stitches in 2017 (1400 since you last saw it):

Number four - The Eternal Promise by Matt Stewart (Haed). Here is where I started in 2017:
And now:
As I mentioned, I decided to watch the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit and stitch. While I was still finishing the section on Wolf Variant while watching the first part of the Hobbit, I spent the rest of the time working on Eternal Promise. It's a huge amount of confetti and it really doesn't stitch up fast, but it is soooo pretty. I did two more columns, which puts me up to a total of 3 200 stitches in 2017.

So much for this months progress, let's look back to my other WIPs from 2016:

WIP number five is The Potting Shed by Aimee Stewart (Haed). It was barely started in 2016:
And I finished the first page - 4 200 stitches added this year:
Absolutely gorgeous - all those lovely colors =) A perfect project for summer =)

Number six is a winter project - Yule Angel by Anne Stokes (Haed), here I left of in 2016:

And I finished the first row of pages this year, so I added 4 000 stitches:
I think I will work on this in January, I wanted to in December, but I didn't get that far.

Number seven is more of a summer project again - QS Paddys Luck by Joanna Bromley (Haed). Here I left of in 2016:
And here I am now - for some reason I only added two columns aka 1 600 stitches to this:
It's such a pretty and cute design, it always makes me happy to work on it.

And number eight on my List - Supersized Ride of the Yokai by Ruth Thompson. At the beginning of 2017:
And now - I added 3 130 stitches:

Number nine - Starlight by David Hoffrichter (Haed). Here I started in 2017:
And here is where I am now:
Another of those projects I absolutely love, but I don't spent enough time with it - I added just 1 600 stitches to it.

Number ten also didn't get to much love - it's Das Rheingold by Kinuko Craft Arts (Haed) and here is where I started this year:
And here I left of - also just 1 600 stitches added:
There are only two and a half letters left, maybe I will make it a goal for 2018 to stitch them.

Number eleven - Danielle by Sarah Butcher. Here I started this year:
And here I left off:
Also one of those amazing summer projects - so lovely and colorful, it's a shame I only got 1 600 stitches done.

For a change, I am happy with my progress on number 12 - QS Trapped by Melanie Delon:
I went from here:
To here - 7 800 stitches added to it during one of the Haed Challenges:
There are a half and a partial page left on the first row - I will try and close that gap in 2018.

I didn't count my stitches on the following two projects.
Number Twelve - Paris Market by Dimensions Gold - here at the beginning of 2017:
And now:
Sometimes I wonder if I will ever finish this - it's my oldest WIP and most of the time I forget that it exists...

The same goes for number thirteen - Aurora Cabin by Dimensions Gold. January 2017:
And now:

Number fourteen is also a Dimensions Gold - Cliffside Beacon:
To here - I hoped to finish this in 2017, I am going to try again in 2018:

The next projects are new starts for 2017.
Project fifteen - Whispers by Melanie Delon (Haed). I am super happy with my progress, I got 8 000 stitches done! Here she is:

Number sixteen - Crossing the Stream (Golden Kite), I did 6 767 stitch and here is what it looks like:

Number seventeen is my first Gecko Rouge project called "Sloth" by Eya Claire Floyd - I did 2 400 stitches on it and got as far as this:

Number eighteen - a new start which you have not yet seen because I started this on Christmas day! It's Miss Christmas Eve by Nora Corbett, stitched on hand dyed opalescent Lugana (28ct) (Crystal Skies by Polstitches) which is pretty hard to catch on photo. It's not much, but here she is:
She has an upper body and one (half) arm. I am doing the skin 1 over 1, so it takes a bit longer. I hope there will be further progress in January.

Another new start is number nineteen - Hydrangeas by Mill Hill. I was also hoping to finish this this year, but I think I will do so in 2018. This is where I am now:
Since last time you saw them I only added a bit of green - I didn't touch it at all in December.

I also started the Cloudsfactory SAL for 2017 - I don't know why, but I am not enjoying this at all and I don't feel the slightest urge to go back to it, so I decided to stop working on it.

So those were my 20 WIPocalypse projects for this year. As this is an overall progress report for 2017 - I am also adding pictures for my GG SAL here.

My main project was my Map of Middle Earth - I added a total of 11 000 stitches to it and went from here:
To here:
Next up is my Wolf Kiss by Dimensions - I didn't count the stitches, but I went from here:
To here:
I am pretty happy. the male wolf now has an eye and I will try to finish the first half in 2018.

Also a focus piece for the GG SAL was my Candy Cane Santa Stocking. I went from here:
To here:
I am always motivated at the beginning of the year, thinking he will be done my Christmas, but you know me - finishing is not so much my style :D But one day he will be done and given to my fiance :D

I also started In the Moonlight - but those who remember the drama when I managed to start this in the wrong corner know that I am going to restart this in 2018. A shame that I did 3 500 stitches before I noticed it - but better late than never.

Wow, that's a lot of pictures and a really long post! If I calculated correctly, I did about 87 000 stitches, considering the projects where I didn't count my stitches, I am well above 90 000 I would say. So I am pretty happy with my year in stitches and hope that 2018 will be another stitchy year for me.

I hope to see you all happy and healthy in 2018 =)
Happy stitching =)