Friday, 30 September 2011

A Non-Stitchy Meme...

You get to answer with one word. (One word was harder than I thought - I always feel a need to explain myself!)

  1. Where is your Cellphone?  Kitchen
  2. Relationship? Married
  3. Your Hair? Blonde
  4. Work? Everyday
  5. Your sister? Bestest
  6. Your favorite thing? JacobandLily (That counts as one word right? LOL)
  7. Your dream last night? Good
  8. Your favorite drink? Coke
  9. Your dream car? F1 
  10. The room you’re in? Lounge
  11. Your shoes? Jandals (thongs/flip-flops)
  12. Your fears? Earthquakes
  13. What do you want to be in 10 years? Happy
  14. Who did you hang out with this weekend? Kids
  15. What are you not good at? Sport
  16. Muffin? Chocolate
  17. One of your wish list items? This
  18. Where you grew up? Kaiapoi (New Zealand)
  19. Last thing you did? Read
  20. What are you wearing? Jeans
  21. What aren’t you wearing? Makeup
  22. Your pet? Cat
  23. Your computer? Netbook
  24. Your life? Crazy
  25. Your mood? Blah
  26. Missing? Chocolate
  27. What are you thinking about right now? Chocolate
  28. Your car? Tarago
  29. Your kitchen? Blah
  30. Your summer? HOT
  31. Your favorite color? Blue
  32. Last time you laughed? Today
  33. Last time you cried? Yesterday
  34. School? Montessori
  35. Love? Mykids (it's that one word thing again, ok?)

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Hear, Hear!

Had to post a link to this blog entry at An Eye for Threads  - in light of what has happened this week to Heather of Stitch in Thyme...

Stop over at Heather's blog, leave her a message.  Let her know that the vast majority of stitchers really are the nicest people in the world!

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

A Shout-Out for Tangled Threads On-Line Launch.

Hop over and check out Rhona's latest blog post.

She has just launched her business Tangled Threads on-line.  Beautiful charts - check out her gallery and why not give her a shout out on your blog.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Fast Cars and Stitches...

Sat up late last night - or rather early this morning - as is my weekend habit, watching the Singapore Grand Prix.  Two hour race, lots of excitement and importantly, lots of (mostly) uninterrupted stitching time...

Thus, here is my LK ABC:


I realised not long after I started, that I had miscounted the stitches between the basket and the 'n' to the right.  I'd decided to leave it and bluff my way around it but the more time has passed, the more it annoyed me.  Part of yesterday's stitching effort inevitably became a frog session.  The basket is now correctly placed and I am much happier.  Frogging is always a worry when the project is purchased in kit form but this time, I managed to unpick the thread without damage and restitch the basket without thread wastage.  I'm a bit of a stinge when it comes to my threads.  I regularly stitch with an "empty needle" and use my needle threader to catch the tails at the end, so I shouldn't run out but I didn't want to take the risk.

Are you a Thread Stinge?  What about fabric?  I like to keep my scraps, you never know when they might come in handy!

xxx K

Sunday, 25 September 2011


Got a little bored with my fishies.  Felt like something different, so out came Lizzie Kate's ABC's for Parents.

I am loving stitching this!  It's so easy but not so easy that it's a no brainer.  I keep forgetting that I'm using the variegated Crescent Colours and end up having to frog a half dozen stitches each time I pick it up.  LOL.

I'm definitely going to be asking for  LK's in my letter to Santa!


The fish will be finished in another week I think, then I'll finish Mum's June sampler and probably do bits here and there on LK - Did I mention how much I'm enjoying stitching it?  LOL.

xxx K

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Another Week has Flown...

Alive without breath,
As cold as death; 
Never thirsty, ever drinking,
All in mail never clinking.


For those of you who guessed, yes, they are fish.  My Dad has been a mad keen angler all his life and I just could not resist stitching this piece for him.  The fabric, as you would have seen in my previous posts, is a soft mint green Belfast.  Weird how in the photo, it looks off white or creamy...

The empty spaces on the two top fish will be filled with Kreinik #4 and #8 Braid.  I had to order the braid from 123stitch and lucky for me, I got in a few days before our soaring Aussie dollar dropped dramatically.  I'm guessing the package will arrive by the end of this week, so if I can get the rest of the stitching done before then, I'll be done by the end of next weekend!  A two week stitch - that's a record for me!

Oh, the chart can be found here.  It's a Kreinik freebie. "Freshwater Fish."  The chart calls for braid but you could just as easily substitute plain DMC.  I'm loving the realistic look of the scales that comes from using the braid.  I already had the pearl #4 but there are four others too.

And the quote?  

Gollum's fish riddle from The Hobbit.

Happy weekend stitching everyone.

xxx K

Monday, 19 September 2011

More Hermitting...

Sunday's progress on my IHSW piece...

(Saturday's progress can be found here)


Very happy that this is stitching up so quickly.

I hope you have all had a successful IHSW weekend.  Enjoy the coming week.

xxx K

Sunday, 18 September 2011


Progress photo for Saturday...

Started the day with a floss toss (see previous post). Almost went with a 32ct wedgewood lugana but decided the mint green Belfast suited the piece much better.


Ed to add:  Oooo, have just spotted I have some new followers!  Welcome!  It's lovely to have you here.

xxx K

Saturday, 17 September 2011

September IHSW.

Can you believe a month rolled around that fast?

I can't!

If you don't know about IHSW, click on the cute little "Hermie the Crab" button on the side bar, down a little to the right hand side.
You'll find yourself at Joyce's blog where you'll find all the information you'll need.

I've got another new start for this weekend.  Yes, yes, I know.  I'm not supposed to do that but this time it's for my Dad.  You can't hold that against me, surely?

Dad's turning 70 in November.  Seeing as I'm stitching the Sweetheart Tree Sampler for Mother, I figured Father might be somewhat upset (and rightly so) if his darling oldest daughter (That would be me) didn't do something special for him, too.

Ok, here's the floss toss... I wonder if anyone can figure out what might be going on here?


Oh, and I've suddenly realised I didn't update my progress on the LK ABC  earlier in the week, so here's a pic of that one too:


Alright, I'm off.  Time to stitch!

Looking forward to seeing everyone's progress over the weekend.

Happy Stitching :D

x K

Sunday, 11 September 2011

I Didn't Mean to!!!

Really, I didn't.  It just sort of happened...

I mean, they're such pretty colours and I could hear them calling my name...

I just had to start the Lizzie Kate ABC's of Parenting!

This is my floss toss from a couple of weeks ago


. . . and this is my start from last night.  


At work on Friday, I finally finished the last advent calendar piece - Happy Dance!!!  Now I can get started on the actual calendar.   (yeah, yeah, I know - the eyes aren't done yet.  Haven't decided whether to bead or french knot.  For the record, I hate FK's... )


And after several months of neglect, I put in some stitches on Mum's June sampler... it's not far off finished.  I should have done some more work on it instead of starting the Lizzie Kate but, well, you know, I didn't mean to start anything new...  


Monday, 5 September 2011

First Happy Dance of Spring!

I finished my scissor case today!

Happy Dance, Happy Dance!

It's all finished except for a button to close the flap.  I'm off to find one tomorrow. After that, it'll be a trip to the post office.  I still can't post photos until after the exchange but please join me in a very happy dance around the room.

Also hauled out the Sweetheart Tree "June Pearl and Roses" Sampler, tonight.  I've got photos but I'll post them in the morning.  I've got to go to bed - Have an early piano lesson in the morning.  Early, as in "sparrow fart", as in 6:45am.  Yes, there are people out there mad enough to want a piano lesson that early in the morning... and yes.  I am mad enough to agree to teach said piano lesson...

This is what we call "burning the candle at both ends."

Enough said.

Good night.  Sweet dreams.

Photos tomorrow.