Leaves are turning red, orange, and yellow, providing a bright array of colors against deep blue skies and a few green trees. Autumn is definitely here. Temperatures are dropping with a low of 28° F last night. The next round of canning and preserving will commence this afternoon with the picking of rose hips for jelly, tomatoes for tomato sauce, tomatillos for salsa, and peppers to dry. Before DH returned from further north yesterday, he woke to a bit of snow on the car. That explains why the squirrels and chipmunks were scurrying around stuffing their cheeks with last minute bits to store away against winter.
Other than needing to complete more canning, I have been tempted to knit and cross stitch in the warmth of the house, creating more goodies for gifts and decorating. It has also been nice to have a moment here and there to put into crafting.
On September 30, my needle came out and I decided I really wanted to work on my September 1st ornament. With a few hours of stitching, this project was finished, or so I thought:
Project: “Wish Upon A Star” by Wildflower Stitchery & More from the 2008 Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament issue
Fabric: 14-count light lavender Aida
The wrinkled fabric was driving me nuts, so this last week I decided to carefully iron the whole project through a towel on the back of the project. Slowly the wrinkles disappeared and I finished ironing them out. When I turned the project over to see how it looked, this was the view I had:
All of the beads and charms were gone. You can see them on the towel at the top of the picture. Apparently the beading thread that I used from a previous kit, disappeared and did not hold the beads on. The wrinkles were gone and so were the beads! So I made sure that there was no melted thread on the project, finished ironing my project, and then re-attached the beads.
Lesson learned: When beading, either wait until project has been ironed before attaching beads, or use a different thread to attach beads. For this project I used the same beading thread AFTER I had completed the ironing. After this mishap, my project was finished again on October 4.
Project #2: “Heartfelt Harvey” by Imaginating Inc. from the 2008 Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament issue
Fabric: 18-count white Aida scrap
This was to be my September 15 Christmas ornament and was not started until October 3 when I thought I had the other ornament finished. Here is my progress:
This ornament has not gone as quickly as the last one and I am finding that I am not particularly fond of stitching a lot of DMC #321.
However, despite not liking a lot of red, I kept at this because I liked the snowman. My progress the next day was here:
At this point, I was able to enjoy the pattern even if I didn’t like the color. Progress has been made since this picture. Over the weekend when DH and I made a quick trip north of here, I finished the boot on the left foot and began putting the outlining in the tree. Hopefully there will be a finish soon and a picture showing said progress.
This leaves me the October 1 and October 15 ornaments to start and finish this month to be caught up. We will see how that goes.
Additionally this weekend, I started, ripped back, and restarted crocheting a baby blanket for a friend at work who is expecting. I have some Bernat Baby Sport yarn in a pastel blue–yes very traditional, but that’s just the way it will be–restarted in a zigzag pattern. So far I am very pleased, but again have no picture. I am sure that there will be another picture before I post next time.
Until later, these are the projects that I am working on this month because I need to catch up on ornaments and finish the baby blanket before baby comes. I still have the two socks that I am working on from the last post that I hope to finish as I need to cast on another pair of socks for a Christmas gift. Plus, plans are moving forward on the Pathfinder event for next March and DH is trying to figure out the best option for our vacation next year. Lots of fun and excitement ahead so keep tuned.