This evening the last French knot was put in the center of a flower and DD’s stocking was declared an FO. Now my happy dance can truly begin. In the last week or two I have been putting lots of time into finishing the backstitching, lazy daisies, and French knots so that I could put this project aside as a finished object (FO). Here is where I was when last I posted:
February 15, 2017
This was the middle section and I rolled it down to the bottom and toe to finish up:
February 21, 2017
Unfortunately the picture had to be taken inside at night and so the colors are not showing as rich as they are in reality. Here is a picture of the stocking in its entirity:
FO as of February 21, 2017
There was a lot of pleasure in putting the last few French knots in this stocking and seeing it finally finished. I will still have to turn it into a fully finished object (FFO) but that can come later after I purchase fabric, cording, ribbon, and work towards sewing it all together. DD’s name has been obscured for privacy but you can still see how it looks. It seems strange that it is all done, but I am pleased with the outcome.
Next will be loading more fabric on the frame to start DS’s. I am going to alternate work on it with stitching on ornaments, stitching on DH’s characters (which need to also be loaded on very large dowels to go in the scroll frame, knitting, and making a WIP roll and a project bag or two. For now I am off to organize projects and perhaps even load fabric. If I don’t load it tonight, it will be worked on tomorrow.
Happy belated Valentine’s Day to all my readers! This day is not celebrated overly in our household because DH and I have our anniversary a few days prior to Valentine’s and my mother’s birthday is on the 15th. However, we always try to at least get candy for the kids even though they are 16 and 21 now.
So a short post is in order to apprise you of the latest progress on DD’s stocking. This is where we were on the middle section:
January 24, 2017
I have been watching Flosstube as I stitch and got the bee in my bonnet to get moving on this again. After three days of stitching around housework, chauffering of kids and yes, a nice long chat with my mother this morning wishing her a Happy Birthday, I have reached the point of being able to roll to the bottom section:
February 15, 2017
The detail is really popping now. I think ofo this section my favorite part is the Raggedy Ann on the bed with the orange French Knot hair. She reminds me of Raggedy Ann dolls in my childhood and teenage years and those memories are very pleasant.
The bottom section is not even really one third of the stocking so I am hoping that if I dedicate myself to getting this project finished, I still have a chance to have it completed by the end of February. Once it is done, I will get started on DS’s stocking as well as spend some time frogging and/or evaluating a cross stitch project that I started several years ago for DH. I want to put together my 3-4 foot scroll frames to put DH’s on so I can have a wide area to stitch and see with minimal crinkling of the fabric.
The end is getting close, though of course I will need to then FFO the stocking but I have to say it is starting to feel really good about this. I have also started another Christmas ornament today as it is the 15th and I need to have it finished by the end of the month. Hopefully I will be able to find some pearl-colored blending filament to complete the third one, but I am moving along for now so that I continue to make progress.
Happy stitching to all those who have been putting in many a stitch. I love seeing your projects and between those and Flosstube I have received lots of inspiration to continue on my own work!
What you may ask, is this crazy blogger talking about today? In an effort to track with pictures my progress on things, I took a few moments to grab some pictures of progress on projects and FOs as well as a yarn pictures. So without further ado, here goes:
- This is ornament #1 for this year, finished right after January. The design is by Sweetheart Tree for the 2008 Special Christmas Ornament Issue by Just CrossStitch. Fabric is 28-count MCG evenweave in white–a scrap from another project. Beads are not from Mill Hill and not necessarily the exact color or size, but I like them. The only part left off is a small white heart charm just above and centered over the “o” and the “e”.
- Ornament #2 for the year is from the same source, but designed by Val’s Stuff and called Christmas is a Time to Share. The fabric is again 28-count MCG evenweave in white. Unfortunately that makes it hard to see the edges of the snowman and I may need to go back and outline them. The threads are all as charted except for the scarf. I did not order a skein of specialty thread but chose a DMC variegated thread to fit in. The present was supposed to be a charm, but again I chose a DMC variegated thread and then used the red DMC in the chart for the ribbon and bow.
- Ornament #3 from the same source is on 14-count Fiddler’s Cloth (Aida). The design is by Mosey ‘N Me and called Frosty Friends. While this project is not complete you can see the progress. Threads are as charted but original project was on a blue fabric so I will need to add outlining around the snowman. I hope to have this one finished by the 15th as I need to start #4 which is Let It Snow by Country Cottage Needleworks. Here is my progress:
On the knitting front, my order for sock yarn and other items came in a week ago yesterday. It seems that I have 4 pairs of socks to knit in my rather immediate future.
The above skeins are Knit Picks Chroma Twist in the following colorways from left to right: Pegasus (mine), Weather Vane (DH), Fog Bank (DS), and Surf’s Up (DS). The 3rd colorway has been cast on for DS in size 13 men’s socks using the Earl Grey pattern by the Yarn Harlot. This pattern fits snug while having a bit of ribbing on each side of the foot to allow for a better fit. Like DH’s I am using fixed Sunstroke circulars from Knit Picks size 0. I am hoping to get these finished by the end of the month but with crazy schedules, only time will tell if I succeed. Here is a picture of the cuff and first few rows of repeat:
This yarn is photographing a bit lighter than the nice brown shades it actually is.
And last but certainly not least is the scrap cowl:
It is hard to tell, but I am switching back and forth between the two shades by repeat as to which color is “on top”. That means a bit more concentration than the original cowls which were done in the individual colors. These aren’t my favorite colors to wear, but I just hate to see yarn not get used up so a quick cowl it will be.
Unfortunately there has been no progress on the stocking, but I hold out hope for getting it done. I just need some large pieces of time where I can sit down and concentrate. Until then, I will continue to put in time on these projects.