Friday, March 16, 2018

Let's Make Baby Quilts! {3/16/18}

Let's Make Baby Quilts Linky Party Rules: 
Link directly to your post or specific Flickr photo. Your post can be about a baby quilt that's finished, or in progress, or you can be writing about what you have planned,  as long as it's about baby quilts. You're welcome to link to baby quilt posts that aren't brand new, but please don't submit the same post or picture more than once. I'd love it if you linked back to my site, either with a text link or the Let's Make Baby Quilts! button.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Quoth the Raven

Just look what you can do with a skein of black floss, a free download, a hunk of cheap cross stitch fabric, and six evenings of stitching time...

Pattern: Quoth the Raven, Kincavel Krosses (free on their website) 
DMC 310 on 18 count aida 

One of the online groups I'm in is doing an Edgar Allen Poe stitch along. I kind of wanted to play, but wasn't excited enough about any of the suitable patterns I already have in my magazine collection to commit myself to that much stitching. 

Then someone posted the pattern for Quoth the Raven and my mind was made up. Look at that border! Look at all of the details and little crosses! (Don't look at the mistakes I left in because picking out black floss at midnight is really, really hard.)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


wind hundred of skeins of DMC floss onto little cardboard bobbins

"Michelle has spent days bobbinating her floss collection."

I've been going through all of my floss with a DMC checklist, working to put together a master set of floss. When I took the picture, I still had the 3800s left to wind and had run out of bobbins.

I've gone through all of my floss stash and UFOs and partially kitted up projects and seem to be twenty-two colors short of a full set, not counting the last two releases of new colors. I think there are about fifty-one of those, but since all of the charts in my stash pre-date those sets, I'm not in any hurry to rush out and buy them.

There was another floss sale a couple of days ago, with even better prices than the last one, but I found out about it a couple of hours too late. That's okay. The next time there's a sale, I'll have a list of exactly which colors I need to fill in my collection.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Early Morning Knitting

That old shale shawl is a few days from being finished so I decided I'd better cast on whatever the next shawl is going to be. Lately, it takes me a couple of tries to settle on what pattern and yarn combination I'll be happy with, so I wanted to get that out of the way while I still had a project to keep me busy in the evenings. 

So, early this morning, I cast on for Close to You. I think it's going to work! 


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