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SAL – A whole lotta latte #5

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and prepare to be completely unimpressed by my progress this update. Oh yes, once again the speed at which three weeks can go by has surprised me again leaving me with just a few stitches to show you. Still, at least there are some stitches and not none, so I’m thankful for that.

At the last update I had two teacups with the top one being backstitched. The plan was to start the next two cups that join onto the blue/brown cup, so that I could backstitch it, and then roll the frame up so I could carry on working my way down.

That didn’t go entirely to plan. I’ve done enough of the cup on the right to be able to backstitch the blue/brown cup but didn’t get around to starting the left side cup let alone any backstitch.

Hopefully there’ll be backstitch done and some more pretty cups for the next update.

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

AvisClaireGunLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaSusan,
 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 #4

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and I’ve finally got back to doing some cross stitch. It was close though. I’ve spent most of the past three weeks trying to decide whether to get the other Dance on the beach blanket finished or do some cross stitch. And, if it was cross stitch, should it be a new start – something small to tempt me back, or an existing WIP?

Then I got the email from Avis letting me know that the update was due in a few days. Yikes! Where did three weeks go?

A decision needed to be made quickly if I was going to have anything to post today, which ruled out a new start, so I grabbed the cross stitch project that was most ready to go and got cracking.

This is what it looked like back in May when it last got some attention.

It’s a bit hairy. I don’t know if the black fabric just shows the cat hair more or if there’s more of it about these days. I’ve taken the lint roller to it a few times but I keep having to pick hairs out of the way as I stitch. I suspect a lot of hairs will get worked in to the design. Lets call them speciality threads, eh?

This is where I’ve got to now.

I managed to finish the top teacup and even did the backstitch on it as I’d much rather get it out of the way a bit at a time.

I haven’t made a great deal of progress, but considering how late I left it to pick it up, you can at least see what I’ve done. Hopefully there’ll be more done for the next update, especially as I’ve bribed myself by promising myself a new start on Crazy cat lady once this one is finished. (and I really, really want to stitch Crazy cat lady)

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

AvisClaireGunLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaSusan,
 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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2016 roundup

Working full-time has definitely stopped me from doing as much crafting and reading as I wanted. That and tending an ever-expanding vegetable garden. I did find some spare time though – this is what I achieved.

Cross stitch:

I had four finishes, Douceur de vivre, African sampler, Rose boudoir and Garden cat. I still have several in progress but as crochet seems to have taken over at the moment, they haven’t seen the light of day for a few months. Maybe soon.

Crochet:

I have no finishes this year,  but I did make some progress on the Ripple blanket before putting that away to work on two Last dance on the beach blankets. Progress on those got stalled when I fell in love with a new CAL – Carousel. The good news is that both of the Last dance blankets, plus Carousel, are very close to being finished. Once they’re done I can hopefully carry on with Ripple and think about starting Log cabin, which I bought the kit for. Then I need to use some of the huge stash of yarn that I’ve bought at Aldi whenever they had some in. I have about a dozen 400g balls of Aran plus some DK. I really mustn’t start any more CALs with kits until I’ve got my stash down a bit.

Sewing:

No finishes this year but I did make good progress on a small quilt for Rosie. I’ve started quilting it so there’s a good chance that I’ll get it finished this year. I’ve got several sewing projects to do so I’m hoping to find the energy to make a start on some of them soon.

Rosie's quilt - 06

Reading:

My Goodreads challenge for 2016 was to read 100 books and I just beat that with 106. Mostly they were on the Kindle plus 12 audiobooks and apart from two library books, the rest were from my TBR pile. I averaged 339 pages per book so even though there were quite a few shorts in there, the chunkier books balanced that out.

Some of my best finds were on Audible. I listened to the Silo trilogy by Hugh Howey and loved them. I also listened to Ready player one by Ernest Kline. It was narrated by Will Weaton, who did a brilliant job, and I really enjoyed the book. I shall definitely be looking out for more by both authors.

Apart from those and maybe a couple more, I stuck to familiar ground and comfort reading. I’m hoping to challenge myself a little more this year and read some contemporary fiction and maybe a couple more classics.

Gardening:

This year there will be very little in the way of gardening, which will hopefully make time for some more crafting. Although I enjoyed having a vegetable garden, my health isn’t up to the work involved at the moment. As well as needing a knee replacement, possibly two, my back isn’t great and I’ve just been diagnosed with sciatica. People keep telling me how painful that is. Oddly enough, I do know 🙂

I have plans to make the garden a lot less time-consuming and we’re starting by clearing most of it in order to have a new cat enclosure built. (when I say we, I do mean Stephen of course). The new enclosure is being custom-made, will be attached to the house and will be like an adventure playground for the cats. I cannot wait to see their reaction to being able to stroll out the back door and play.

I’m very grateful to the SAL which is run by Avis and Claire as it gave me a nudge to get some crafting done on several occasions lest I have nothing to post. We have lots more SAL members now too, so every three weeks there are lots of lovely projects to look at. It’s a great idea and super fun.

So, the plan for this year is to finish some of my existing projects and hopefully start some new and exciting ones. Yes, cat quilts, I’m looking at you!


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SAL – Garden Cat #6

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and I have a finish!

GardenCat-06I was a bit concerned with the white flower to the right of the cat. As the fabric is quite pale, I thought that the flower didn’t really stand out very well. I decided to do the other two white flowers in pale yellow to make them stand out a bit more and I’m really happy with how they look. I was thinking about frogging the one that I’d already done but decided that it was just about ok so left it.

I loved stitching this one and am looking forward to doing one of the other designs by Satsuma Street at some point. I have several in my stash 😉

I’ve no idea what I’m going to do next for the SAL. I seem to have very little spare time at the moment, which may have something to do with juggling three CALs, but we won’t mention those.

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

Avis at Sewing beside the sea
Claire at Claire93
Kate at Tall tales from Chiconia
Gun at Rutigt
Wendy at The crafter’s apprentice
Lucy at Lucyannluna
Sue at The Magpie’s nest
Constanze at Textile Dreamer
Jess at Ever the crafter
DebbieRose at Sew Rosey
Christina at Petals and Pins
Susan at SusanPblog
Kathy at Sewing etc

Not everyone does an update each time, but their blogs are always worth a visit.


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SAL – Garden Cat #5

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and page four is now finished, as well as some of page three.

GardenCat-05I just have the rest of the flowers to do on this page and then it’s done. I think I might get that done for the next update and I’m already plotting what to work on next.

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

Avis at Sewing beside the sea
Claire at Claire93
Kate at Tall tales from Chiconia
Gun at Rutigt
Wendy at The crafter’s apprentice
Lucy at Lucyannluna
Sue at The Magpie’s nest
Constanze at Textile Dreamer
Jess at Ever the crafter
DebbieRose at Sew Rosey
Christina at Petals and Pins
Susan at SusanPblog
Kathy at Sewing etc

Not everyone does an update each time, but their blogs are always worth a visit.


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SAL – Garden Cat #4

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and page four is well under way.

I haven’t done page three yet, but I wanted to do the page with most of the cat on it first. He straddles the lower two pages so it was easiest to do him and then carry on with the flowers.

GardenCat-04

I just need to finish his tail, put his face on and do the last few flowers on that side, and then page four is complete. I hope to have that done for the next update and maybe some of page three as well.

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

Avis at Sewing beside the sea
Claire at Claire93
Kate at Tall tales from Chiconia
Gun at Rutigt
Wendy at The crafter’s apprentice
Lucy at Lucyannluna
Sue at The Magpie’s nest
Constanze at Textile Dreamer
Jess at Ever the crafter
DebbieRose at Sew Rosey
Christina at Petals and Pins
Susan at SusanPblog
Kathy at Sewing etc

Not everyone does an update each time, but their blogs are always worth a visit.


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SAL – Garden Cat #3

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and I’ve now finished page two. There was only one small area to do for that as I’d already done part of it when doing page one, but even so, it’s a page finish.

GardenCat-03I think I shall work my way down the cat next, as he straddles pages three and four so that seems the most sensible way to proceed. I’m quite excited to stitch him so hopefully will have him mostly finished for next time.

Rosie has now discovered that when I’m stitching, there are lots of lovely things for her to explore. There’s the wire to the maglight, the pot of cut threads, the folder of stitchbows and of course, the inviting fabric with threads dangling from it. I’m having to just get the stitching out when she’s asleep at the moment as she’s very persistent when she wants something.

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

Avis at Sewing beside the sea
Claire at Claire93
Kate at Tall tales from Chiconia
Gun at Rutigt
Wendy at The crafter’s apprentice
Lucy at Lucyannluna
Sue at The Magpie’s nest
Constanze at Textile Dreamer
Jess at Ever the crafter
DebbieRose at Sew Rosey
Christina at Petals and Pins
Susan at SusanPblog
Kathy at Sewing etc

Not everyone does an update each time, but their blogs are always worth a visit.