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A busy... spring?

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Looking back, I grumble about the spring delay every year.  To be fair, hail and snow were not in the brochure for March when we moved to the Northwest.  I was told tales of wearing sweatshirts on the patio in February and all around mild winters.  Mother nature seems to have changed her mind. 
On the upside I'm getting a lot of work done on the afghan I started to go on the couch.  Yes, I started yet another project when I have several dozen things to keep me busy. It was a necessity to get the white/pink/pale green blanket stolen from the dogs that is currently covering it to protect it from dirty dog feet.   I'm not really sure where my brain was when I was shopping for a new couch, the one I liked that fit the space and budget came in chrome and dark grey or I had to wait many weeks for a custom made one in another fabric for more money of course. Knowing it would be against a darker wall and the chairs in the room are dark, I went for chrome which it turns out is a bit of…

WIPocalypse February update

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Only a day late and that is because I was fussing with yardage for starting another afghan yesterday and booing at the weather forecast that kept promising a lot of snow which I know will never materialize. If it snows, it really needs to be enough that I get a snow day or at least a work from home day.


Finish it in 2019

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After the last WIPocalypse post, I did stumble upon another Stitch along to join that would not cause me the need to start anything new but instead work on what I have already so I could possibly reduce that list of works in progress.  Magical's Finish it in 2019.


I suppose this means I should pick a few, but honestly I will be excited to see the completion of anything on the WIP page so I'll share a few I believe are achievable here.

Ripple Afghan -  This one is done with Caron cakes and I have 1 1/2 cakes left.  With the cold weather we've seen the past few weeks, I should be able to make some good progress towards completion. 

Bird of Happiness Pin Cube - I'm not sure how this one isn't finished? Oh no, yes I do, its over 1.  Only 2 squares have any significant stitching so there still isn't a good reason why this one has sat unfinished so long. 


Twister - I really debated on this one. Ambrosia Honey is more enjoyable to stitch but I really want to see the e…

Winter chill

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Today, I am pleased I no longer live in Michigan. The weather I'm seeing through the local news there is beyond words. Wind chill readings below zero, blowing snow, I do not miss any of it.   Out my window I see a lovely blue sky with the sun shining, and its the coldest day of the week, so I'm not loving the weather but we're above freezing.  My feet feel like 2 blocks of ice despite extra warm socks that I would prefer to be curled up in a warm blanket to help them stay warm.   Despite all the cold, the plants remain confused on what to do.  I spotted daffodils on Sunday that are already putting up leaves from the otherwise mild weather here



First finish of 2019

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Another year, and another great start with my needlecrafts. To be fair, there wasn't a lot left on this piece but it's done and that is the part that counts.


The Main Street Train Station is #2 in the series that I am way behind on but this is also the small project that I usually work on in the car and at work so my progress is not always consistent or fast.  This one will now be banished to the finishing pile until I get a few of them that I can finish all at once.



Next up will be the Caroling Quartet, maybe.  I'm not really loving this one that I am considering skipping to something I like better like the sweet shop or the toy store, its difficult to find motivation when the project isn't speaking to you. I have 15 of these so far, it really doesn't matter what order they're done it.


While I ponder this I hope to finish up the Old Italian Sewing set by GPA.  I have all the cross stitch in, I just need to do the blackwork stitching in green that is left and i…

WIPocalypse 2019

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And another year begins.  Perhaps this might be one where I don't stop blogging mid-year as has been the trend past years.  The past few years have been a journey in more ways than one and I'm finally at a point where I have a sense of peace with it all. My WIP page is linked in the banner, there are seriously too many for me to repost them all here.


Some ripping done recently on Hometown Holidays.  I had the wrong color in for the siding around the wreath and while it was fine, I annoyed me because I knew it was wrong.  That aside there isn't much left on this one and I can move on to the third piece in the series.




Not a lot to finishing up on the Old Italian Sewing set from GPA, I have that out to work on when my arm needs a break from the afghan.  The high thread count makes this difficult to take anywhere, I need my ott light and magnifiers to see properly without straining my eyes.



Ambrosia Honey from the EGA member magazine.  I needed another project started right?  …

Keeping warm for winter

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Despite my absence I have been stitching, I've even been starting more things that I can add to my mile high pile of works in progress.  It all started with the additional stash from my mom and aunt that came into our home.  I did manage to re-home a lot of things, but some I wasn't quite ready to part with.  Like this book of crochet.  I haven't done anything in crochet since I was 12 and even then it wasn't that amazing.


I wasn't even born yet, this was my mom's first class to learn how.  The book included the patterns I knew because they were the afghans that covered the furniture in the house growing up. They were also the afghans that covered me when I was sick and spent the day on the couch and something mom made look so easy because she could do just about anything while working on one.


When I was visiting my brother I noticed he had a few of my mom's afghans in his home and I suddenly wanted one.  I knew those were among the few remaining and she ma…