Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Stitching the Weekend Away!

This past weekend was International Hermit and Stitch Weekend...and for the first time in ages, I actually was able to do some stitching! The weather cooperated...it was a rainy, gray weekend...and both hubby and I decided the time was right to just lay back and relax. So that's just what I did!

I made a few very small starts as part of Debbie's Challenge, finished off two Valentine exchanges and got them ready to mail today, and finished my monthly block for  for Stitchers' Timeout. I also did a tiny bit of organizing in my "craft room"...tiny being the operative word!

I didn't hear about Debbie's Challenge until right before the first of the year, so I didn't have time to kit up all my projects. I've kind of just been picking and choosing a I go. I decided to work on new starts, as well as maybe some WIPs. Technically, I guess I have already failed at the challenge because there were two days last week when I was not able to put in even a couple of stitches. I had two really long days and nights at work, and was just too tired to do anything when I got home. But I did double up on starts this weekend, so I will still have 31 new projects started in January, just not one for each day.

Anyway, since I haven't posted any of my starts yet, I thought I would start off with the first five today and then move on from there over the next few days...I think I'll catch up to the right date eventually! So....here we go...and I apologize in advance for the very minimal starts on most of these!
  • Jan 1 - Stitcher's Resolution from Heartstring Samplery: stitched on....with overdyed threads. I am having to substitute some of the colors because I want to use what I have in my stash.
  • Jan 2 - Letter S from Jardin Prive: this is my bit on Gillie's round robin as part of our round robin group at Friendly Stitchers. She chose to do the piece in all one color, and she picked out a beautiful multicolored thread. It is gorgeous in person!
  • Jan 3 - Life Is Not Measured from Lizzie Kate: this was gifted to me by DJ, my Secret Santa (again from Friendly Stitchers) This is another piece where I am substituting some of the over dyed threads with colors from my stash.
  • Jan 4 - Hearts Unite Valentine Pillow Keep from Primitive Stitchin' by Shelly Auen: I fell in love with this cute little design the minute I saw it and caved and bought the pattern, even though I am trying to only stitch from stash again this year. Oh well...it's worth it!
  • Jan 5 - Stars and Stripes Mitten from Cross-Eyed Cricket: We are having a mitten SAL all year at Stitchers' Timeout, and Cross-Eyed Cricket is the designer for our January block exchange as well, so I decided to do this one. These mittens are addictive. And this is actually a  piece that I finished this weekend as well.
That's probably enough pictures for one post...I'll post the next five tomorrow! Off to make some hot tea...I'm freezing here in my little cubby...something is wrong with the boiler in this old building! Brrr!

Thanks for taking the time to visit...hope everyone is having a great day!


  1. All wonderful starts! Nice that you got a good stitchy weekend!

  2. Love your new starts and the mitten is darling, Lynda :)

  3. Great pieces! Love your fabrics!
    The mitten is adorable!

  4. Great new starts Lynda. Congrats on the cute finish.


  5. Lay back and stitch is the best thing to do when the weather is gray and cold. Your first starts for Debbie's Challenge are reall great pieces, I particularly love the Hearts Unite one. I think it doesn't matter in this challenge to actually start a new project each day - it's just to start our 31 projects. I start them only on weekends, that's how I changed the rules for me, lol.

  6. You have some wonderful new starts there and a finish. Looking forward to seeing your progress on them.

  7. I love your first 5 starts especially the mittens:)
    Hugs xx


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