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SAL – Crazy cat lady #1

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and A whole lotta latte has temporarily been retired. After not stitching for a few weeks, mainly due to being on holiday, I got Latte back out with every intention of getting lots done for this update. I put a couple of colours into the stripey cup and when I went for the next colour, there was none left. After checking to see how much was left to do in the rest of the colours, I realised that another colour had run out and two didn’t have enough left either.

Not good. After checking online, it seems that Dimensions do not use DMC so although you can find conversion tables, they’re really only useful if you’re converting the whole project. I managed to track down an email address for Dimensions and asked if they could supply the missing threads. I got a reply quickly enough and they promised to send what I needed, but explained that it would take about four weeks due to international post.

I didn’t want to sit twiddling my thumbs for four weeks so I thought I’d start a new project and go back to Latte later on.

This is the new project.Don’t you just love it? And isn’t it so me! I’ve been waiting to start this for ages.

I’ve got a bit done to it already and I’m loving it.That doesn’t look much but it took hours with all the partial stitches in different colours. Notice that I’m doing the backstitch as I go? I have no plans to do all that at the end *shudders*.

It’s a bit more interesting to stitch than Latte as not only are there normal full crosses, but there are straddled crosses too, which feel wrong as normally you’d avoid moving the crosses over half a stitch. There are also diagonal half-crosses, horizontal half-stitches and vertical half-stitches. It gives much better detail but you need to concentrate a bit more. I like it. I’m glad I replaced the aida fabric with evenweave though. Doing those half-stitches and straddled crosses on aida would be very tricky.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:

AvisClaireGunLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristina Kathy,
 MargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherine,  Mary MargaretTimothy, Heidi, Connie, Jackie

Look how many of us there are now! Do allow for people being in different time zones, so not posting all at the same time, but it’s well worth doing a bit of blog hopping to see all the lovely projects that are being worked on.

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SAL – A whole lotta latte #12

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and A whole lotta latte is not yet finished. I was really hoping to get it done for this update but just haven’t had much stitchy time. Still, I have done some so it’s a little bit closer than it was.

This is how it looked last time. I’d just done the first few stitches of the last cup.


This is where it is now. 
Not a lot done, but I did manage some. I won’t have a chance to do anything for the next update so I’ll be skipping one, but this will be finished before the end of the year. I have a lot more projects waiting impatiently for their turn.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:

AvisClaireGunLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristina Kathy,
 MargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherine,  Mary MargaretTimothy, Heidi, Connie, Jackie

Look how many of us there are now! Do allow for people being in different time zones, so not posting all at the same time, but it’s well worth doing a bit of blog hopping to see all the lovely projects that are being worked on.

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SAL – A whole lotta latte #11

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and A whole lotta latte is getting closer to a finish.

This is how it looked last time.

My plan was to do the saucer for the latest cup and I’ve done that, plus all the backstitch that I can, and a couple of drops of coffee on the side.


The fabric has been rolled around the frame a bit more so the top has vanished now. It won’t be seen again until the project is finished, which hopefully won’t be too long now. The last cup and saucer don’t look too fiddly so I’m hoping to get them done for the next update.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:

AvisClaireGunLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristina Kathy,
 MargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherine,  Mary MargaretTimothy, Heidi, Connie

Look how many of us there are now! Do allow for people being in different time zones, so not posting all at the same time, but it’s well worth doing a bit of blog hopping to see all the lovely projects that are being worked on.

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SAL – A whole lotta latte #10

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and A whole lotta latte is coming on nicely now.

This is how it looked last time.


The plan was to try to finish the stripey cup and saucer but technical issues meant that I’ve had difficulty stitching over the past couple of weeks. I use a freestanding magnifier/light which I can’t stitch without, especially on black fabric. I’ve had this particular one for about 18 months and recently the flexible arm has got a bit too flexible and has not been able to hold the weight of the lamp. The only way I’ve been able to use it is to rest the lamp on my collarbone and peer down through it. Not ideal, as apart from being an uncomfortable position, it kept slipping off.

I was reluctant to replace it as the lamp part was working perfectly so I’ve come up with an ugly, but effective solution.

Ta da! What would I do without duck tape? Ribbon is removable so the cats don’t think it’s a new toy for them to play with.

So, the stitching. I managed to get some more done, once the lamp was fixed, and have got the cup done but not the saucer. I love this cup; I think it’s my new favourite.

The plan for the next update is to get that saucer done and make a start on the final cup & saucer.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:

AvisClaireGunLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristina Kathy,
 MargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherine,  Mary MargaretTimothy, Heidi, Connie

Look how many of us there are now! Do allow for people being in different time zones, so not posting all at the same time, but it’s well worth doing a bit of blog hopping to see all the lovely projects that are being worked on.

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SAL – A whole lotta latte #9

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and A whole lotta latte is on page two now.

This is how it looked last time.

I’d finished page one and I was ready to scroll round to start page two. I decided to try to finish the purple cup, with its saucer for this update and this is how it looks now.

I even finished the backstitch on it so I’m rather pleased with that. There’s a lot more of the stripes cup to do than there was of the purple one but I’m hoping to complete that before the next update. Wish me luck!

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:

AvisClaireGunLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristina Kathy,
 MargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherine,  Mary MargaretTimothy

Look how many of us there are now! Do allow for people being in different time zones, so not posting all at the same time, but it’s well worth doing a bit of blog hopping to see all the lovely projects that are being worked on.

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SAL – A whole lotta latte #8

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and A whole lotta latte is onto page two now.

This is how it looked last time.

It didn’t take too long to finish off the rest of page one, complete with backstitch.

At this point, it was ready to scroll the fabric round a bit. I just did one turn as I find it easier to work at the bottom of the fabric as my arms get tired if I have to stretch to the top half.

I have done a little more to it since,  but haven’t had time to take a photo. For the amount I’ve done, it’s probably not worth it to be honest. I keep meaning to get the cross stitch out of an evening but I had the bright idea of re-reading one of my favourite sci-fantasy book series and I’m completely engrossed in it. It’s a 14 book series and the books are definitely on the chunky side. I may be some time yet as I’m currently on book five, so don’t expect too much from the next update either 😉

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:

AvisClaireGunLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristina Kathy,
 MargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherine,  WendyMary MargaretTimothy

Look how many of us there are now! Do allow for people being in different time zones, so not posting all at the same time, but it’s well worth doing a bit of blog hopping to see all the lovely projects that are being worked on.

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SAL – A whole lotta latte #7

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and A whole lotta latte is growing nicely.

This is how it looked last time. I’d made a decent start on the purple cup by doing some of the orange and green swirly patterns that are on it plus the steam.

The plan was to carry on with that cup as far as the end of page one, and then make a start on the cup on the other side. I think I managed that nicely.

This is the purple cup now.


There’s still quite a lot of cup to do but that’s all there is on the first page and I want to finish that page off before moving down any further as I’ll also need to move the fabric round on the scroll frame.

I’m quite pleased with how much I got done on the other cup too.


I just need to do a bit more on that to get to the bottom of the page.

This is what it all looks like now.

I’ve just got to finish that bit of cup and do the backstitch and then scroll round and carry on down the second page. I feel as if I’m really getting somewhere now.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:

AvisClaireGunLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristina Kathy,
 MargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherine,  WendyMary MargaretTimothy

Look how many of us there are now! Do allow for people being in different time zones, so not posting all at the same time, but it’s well worth doing a bit of blog hopping to see all the lovely projects that are being worked on.