Friday, July 30, 2010

Cross Stitching Stash

Just wanted to share some charts I have picked up in the past few weeks.  Two are Black Bird Designs Series Anniversaries of the Heart - I  have Charts 4 and 5 out of 12 - one for each month - they are about 5 X 5 in design size - may do them all on one piece of linen once I get a few more charts.

This is Pink Hill Manor - chart 4

This is Farm House - Chart 5  They are so adorable - cute and fun!

Last but not least is my favorite designer as well LHN - Love One Another!  I love sheep and the fact that God promises one day soon the animals will live in peace with one another along with humans.  Isaiah.

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

198 Yards of Heaven

Here is the spun / plied yarn I dyed in the 'purples' colorway - now working its way into the 198 Yards of Heaven Shawl  .  A free pattern on Ravelry

Here is the fiber plied.  I did not wash it to set the twist. I just knitted as it was.  I quite liked it.  Knitting with the lanolin still in the fiber made my hands so soft.  A new experience for me.  My daughter, who is 20 yrs old saw this fiber dyed and she loved it.  So this may end up going to her knitted up as a shawl.

Here is the shawl.  I am doing 3.5 repeats of the main section before working on the edging.  I am onto the third repeat.  The pattern calls for 2.5 repeats - but I have enough yarn and I want it to be bigger than a shoulder shawl.  I am using size 8 needles

Here is a closeup of pattern :  still hard to see but I am not a professional photographer by any means - ha
but I think once the shawl is blocked it will show up beautifully!  If I do say so myself :) 

On a second note:  I have also started a cross stitch project - yes, I have my hands into all sorts of needlework.  
This is LHN (little house needleworks) "Rose Hill Plantation"  
I am using fabric I had in my stash so instead of 28 ct fabric I am using 32 ct fabric  Belfast linen in Country Mocha - quite pretty.  So this makes the design a little smaller and the need for me to use my Mag Eyes to help me locate where the stitch needs to go :) haha - over 40 now so need the extra help for my eyes but it allows me to continue to work on linen which I just love!


As you can see I just started this.  But I will have you know that I had the door and the two windows on the right all stitched, till that is I went to put in the panes on the window there next to the door only to find out I was two rows short of the width - so I had to rip out both windows to make it right.  It took a while but it was so worth it!  I want everything to line up properly!  Now I can stitch in peace !  Well, that is if I do not make any more major errors :)  gotta love it!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Spinning Away

I have been busy spinning the past few weeks and my most recent spin project was a pound or so of natural colored washed coopworth lamb fiber I purchased back in Jan 2008.  I know as I wrote the date on the back of their business card when I received it.  I divided it up and dyed them three different colors one shades of blue, the other shades of green and then this one - shades of purple

this fiber was so amazing to spin with , it still had lanolin in it even though it was washed and I washed it as well during the dye process.  Love this stuff.  I have most of it spun and plied in into a 2-ply dk weight / light worsted weight .

Here is the fiber on bobbins
Later I will post the pictures of it plied and the shawl I started with it.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Awesome Giveaway

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