Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Sad News....

I was deeply sadden today when a stitching friend let me know of the passing of designer Lisa Roswell - http://morningjournal.com/articles/2011/03/01/news/doc4d6cf04830ff6655864007.txt. I always enjoyed receiving photo Christmas cards from Lisa, that showed a wonderful happy family.

My stitching friend and I were members of an on-line stitching group, going back to 2000, that Lisa was also a member of. We were a small group that all shared the love of stitching. We are a much smaller group today, and we keep in contact through Facebook now.

I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa in person, before she was a designer, at a market day event held at a cross stitch shop in Ohio. I'm so thankful that I was able to meet Lisa, and I'll treasure our get together even more after today.

I'm feeling the desire to pull out one of Lisa's designs and starting it today.

My thoughts and prayers are with Lisa's family.

Monday, January 17, 2011

A Crazy January Finish

I knew the project that I started on Saturday would be a quick, easy finish. I did all of the stitching on Saturday, but didn't sew the buttons on until Sunday.

Here's Gobble + Wobble by Bent Creek:

I've been working on Lizzie Kate's Jolly Holiday today. I tried to post a picture of my progress, but blogger wasn't cooperating for that one.

Off to stitch more on my LK!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Day 15...

The last day of starting new projects. Today's project, Bent Creek's Gobble + Wobble is a quick, easy project. I'm sure this will end up being my first finish of the challenge.

Off to stitch!!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Day 14...

Today's project is another that I hadn't planned on stitching for the challenge. I came across it when I was getting yesterday's project out. This is It's Here We Go A Haunting by Shepherd's Bush. I bought it last fall during the annual Shop Hop in September. I loved the box, but thought it was a little pricey, but I couldn't pass it up with the discount that each shop gives during the event. The picture really doesn't do the box justice. The fabric is a fabulous "blotchy" (for lack of a better term) linen too.
If I had planned on stitching this when I was pulling out projects, I would have sorted the threads then. I'm not sure how much stitching I will get done, because figuring out the colors will probably take most of my stitching time today. I love the fall colors though!

I can't believe that tomorrow is the last day of new starts. I'm going to stick with one of the projects that I had planned on for tomorrow. I have a pretty free day tomorrow, so I should get quite a bit done on my Day 15 project.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Day 13...

And, today's projects isn't one that I had planned on starting during the challenge. It's a freebie pattern, that goes with the book The Mitten by Jan Brett. Pam, had sent this to me for Christmas a couple years ago. My daughter loves the book, but I never got around to stitching the chart. The photo doesn't show the fabulous sparkle on the linen.

I help in my daughter's Kindergarten class on Wednesdays. Yesterday, while I was there, the teacher read The Mitten to the class for the third day in a row. The class is learning how to "retell a story, without having to read the book to someone", and they're learning the difference between a fiction and a non-fiction book. Kindergarten is so different than when I was in Kindergarten. I know that I didn't learn the difference between fiction and non-fiction when I was five-years-old. Jan Brett happens to be the favorite author of daughter's teacher. The month of February, the class is having an author study on Jan Brett. Again, I know that I didn't have an author study in Kindergarten. I'd like to have the project finished, so my daughter can share it with the class when they read The Mitten again next month.

I did find my skein of Weeks Dye Works Monkey Grass yesterday. I'd given up hope, and had planned on picking another up at my LNS later this week, if I could find the time to run into that side of town, so I was glad to find it.

It's hard for me to believe that it's already day 13 out of 15. I'm looking forward to next week, when I might actually have a couple of finishes to show!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Day 12...

I wish that I had today as a "me" day. I know if I did, then this would be a start and a finish today. With everything that I have going on, it's not going to get much stitching time on it. Another Lizzie Kate project, C is For Cure. I saw this finished at my LNS, and had to kit it up including the Stitch-A-Gift banner. The threads, beautiful springy colors, match the banner perfectly.

Off to start my day!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Day 11....

Today's project is another winter project but it's stitched with such bright colors, it almost feels like spring. This is also the project that I've wanted to stitch for a while, but for some reason, am always short one thread. And, it's always the same thread each time. Has anyone seen a skein of Weeks Dye Works Monkey Grass laying around? I know that I've specifically bought a skein of it on my last two trips to my LNS, but somehow, they're disappearing. I'm not sure how far I'll get on this today, if I'm not able to find a skein in my stitching bag or basket.

I didn't realize how many Lizzie Kate projects are in my 15 until today. Definitely one of my favorite designers.