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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Snow, Smalls SAL, Stashbuster #3 and Starts #55-56

We woke up to falling snow this morning.
So we took advantage of the situation and ran outside to play. Hope and I made a couple of snowmen.
 Alex joined in the fun. She thought the snow not only felt interesting but also warranted a taste.
But we're true Florida wimps at heart. We only played outside for a little while. We decided it was nicer inside with some hot chocolate.
Wet clothes were changed and slippers were put on. Hope's wearing her new ones I made for her on Monday.
I used Red Heart Super Saver in Light Blue and Grape Fizz. I used this pattern and I'm linking up with the February Stashbuster Link Party at Linda's Crafty Corner.
Today's the check-in for the Smalls SAL hosted by Heather of Stitching Lotus. I already showed my finish on Monday, but here it is again with the link to the free chart by Erica Michaels on Rainbow Gallery. There are a lot of free charts on this page, so just scroll on down to find the square monthly charts.
And here are starts #55-56 for the SDUCJFC. They're both free charts from Kincavel Krosses; you can click on the titles and it will take you to the site.
I'll be joining Linda of Stitchin With My Furbabies in continuing my starts through March. I just have too many charts I want to stitch. Most of my March starts are fairly small, so I should be able to finish a number of them this year.
Thanks for reading and looking.
Blessings :-)

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Monday, February 23, 2015

SFS February, IHSW, New Yarn and Starts #52-54

It's check-in time for Stitch From Stash hosted by Epic Stitching. I spent more this month but have two finishes to count.
Month: February 2015
Spent: $29
Earned: $8
Total: $21

My two finishes are my smalls for January and February.

I bought two charts
Calvin and Hobbes Making Faces from Hornswoggle Store

and Hooties 12 Days of Christmas from PinoyStitch

and I bought some Aida fabric.

I enjoyed my first IHSW hosted by Random Ramblings. I was able to finish my smalls SAL early as well as make progress on three charts.
I worked on start #46 the most, Calendar Girls January from Little House Needleworks.
I started out here:
and ended up here:
I worked on one of my Turtle Trot pieces, and I worked on the Castle SAL I'm doing with Linda for A New Stitchy Start.
Here's where I was last week:
and where I am now:
I honestly didn't think I would be able to make as much progress as I did. Our church had a yard sale Saturday morning, I had a jewelry show Saturday night, and I spent half of Sunday sleeping off a bad cold.

I'm also making progress on start #14, Socks and Underwear by Lizzie Kate.
Here's where I was when I started:

and where I am now:
Today, we woke up to this.

Since we homeschool, we rarely take days off due to bad weather, but I made an exception today. It's a good day to curl up with some yarn and hooks. I have a couple of pairs of slippers to make, a scarf to finish, and a couple of blankets to start for new babies being born into the family.
When I was at Walmart buying groceries, I wandered over to the yarn aisle (of course) and found this delightful new color.
It's called Panther Pink. I have no idea what I'm going to do with it, but I had to have it.
Wherever you are, I hope you're happy and warm.
Thanks for reading and looking.
Blessings :-)

Starts #52-54 for SDUCJFC (all online freebies, just click the title to take you to the chart):
#54: Tea For 2

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Mini Rings of Change CAL Week 9 and Starts #50-51

I took advantage of baby nap time and tween school time this morning and got caught up with my blanket.
Rounds 26-29
Round 30
Here are some progress pics from our other stitchers, including our newest, Jacqui:
I'll be updating the CAL page this weekend with any pictures I missed. If you're behind, don't worry about it. This isn't a race to the finish. We're just enjoying the drive.
For this week, let's do rounds 31-34. Round 31 is similar to round 30. Linda posted a tip today about rounds 30 and 31 curling, but don't worry about it. It will flatten out as you keep stitching. 

I have two more starts for the Super Duper Ultimate Crazy Challenge:
I'm participating in the International Hermit and Stitchers Weekend today, tomorrow and Sunday. 

My goal is to make as much stitching progress as possible over the next two days. Today, I finished my Smalls SAL for the month, and I've started working on start #14, Socks and Underwear by Lizzie Kate. I'll post pics on Monday.
Have a safe weekend and stay warm!
Thanks for reading and looking.
Blessings :-)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

TUSAL, Blanket and Bread, Starts #48-49

It's TUSAL time, the new moon when we take pictures of our saved yarn and thread ends (called orts) and post them. This is being hosted by It's Daffycat. Why do I do this? It shows progress; if I don't have any finishes for the month, it shows I'm still plugging away at projects.
Here are my orts for the month:
The thread orts are mostly from my new starts each day for the Super Duper Ultimate Crazy Challenge, but there are a lot in there from my Turtle Trot projects (finally found a good rotation for those), my Smalls SAL project, and any other WIPs I'm working on. The yarn orts are mostly from my 2015 blanket. I'm up to row 4. Here it is stretched out on my bed:
I'm very happy with it so far. It's made entirely of scrap yarn, and I'm trying to be random with the color placement. 
Hope and I made chocolate chip banana bread today. We used this recipe. It's a little overbaked; I should have checked it sooner than it called for. But no matter; it still tastes good.

Starts #48 and #49 are freebies found online; if you click on the title, it'll take you to the page.
This is the mate of number #47. The thread is more of a brown not orange.
I started January sometime last year; these are very pretty but have a lot of confetti.
I did all of the very dark avocado green stitches.
Thanks for reading and looking.
Blessings :-)