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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Stitch From Stash - May

Month: May
Spent: 0

Carryover: 75.85

Those who remember my May 6 shopping spree may be wondering why I'm claiming 0 expenses... That's because it turns out that SFS has an exception for birthday gifts or gifted cash for stitchy stuff. I received cash for my birthday and was told to "treat yourself to something fun". So I spent a chunk of it on stash, put some in savings, and bought a lovely sweater (yes, in spring. I guess I'm ready for next winter?)

So how much did I actually end up spending? $305.82 on enough fabric, Kreinik and beads for 13 projects and 4 new charts. I have no excuses for not sticking to the budget for the rest of the year!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hello Mermaid

Following my recent shopping blitz (not all of which has arrived yet), I started one of the things I kitted up.

This is Mediterranean Mermaid. She's actually pretty small. I was very surprised when I went to cut the fabric because I always had this idea in my head that all Mirabilia mermaids are huge, but she's only about the size of the Nora Corbett flower fairies.

Mediterranean Mermaid
32 ct Summersky Lugana

Looking at the chart her tail and fin are almost entirely Kreinik and beads. She's stitching up so fast (especially after Cindy's Dress) that I'm tempted to keep on working on her.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Never-ending Dress

I've been plodding along on Cindy's dress when I haven't been working on this month's Mill Hill. That's ready to be cut out, so hopefully I'll have that to show soon.

But until then, here's another fold in the never-ending dress:

Cinderella
32 ct Charcoal Lugana

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Making Extravagant Plans

Remember when I said I was going on a mad shopping spree this month? It didn't turn out quite as grand as I imagined. First I decided to go through my charts to see what projects I really, really, really wanted to stitch in the next few years. Then I did a lot of math (there were spreadsheets involved!) and looked at all my leftover fabric to see whether I had any that would work for the projects. And then I went through all the Kreiniks and Mill Hills required for all of them to see which ones I already had.

I narrowed it down to 13 projects and was able to assign fabrics for 9 of them.

So this was everything I picked up: That's fabric for 3 projects and most of the Kreinik and Mill Hill for the rest of them. Archangel was an impulse pick-up I won't get to for a while.
What do I need to pick up: a bunch more Kreinik, Mill Hill, another glow-in-the-dark DMC, 2 charts, fabric for 3 designs and whatever else I feel like randomly grabbing.

For the curious, the tentative projects are:
AAN - Recipe for a Magical Night
Papillon Creation - Alphabettisimo
Lizzie*Kate - Boo Club (yes, several years after everyone and their cat have finished their version)
Victoria Sampler - Canadian Hearts
Jim Shore - 12 Days of Christmas
Joan Elliot - Summer Fairy, Autumn Fairy, Fire Goddess, Swirling Peacock
Teresa Wentzler - Peacock Tapestry, The Castle
Mirabilia - Mediterranean Mermaid
Ink Circle - Cirque des Coeurs
Samsarah Designs - Steam Punk Sea Serpent
Patricia Ann - Romance

And I already have Ink Circle's Cirque des Carreaux and Teresa Wentzler's Tradewinds fully kitted up. And I have Mirabilia's Cinderella, MAIA Misaki, HAED Autumn Winds and PINN Ganesha as WIPs.

Wish me luck?

Thursday, April 30, 2015

April Achievements and May Goals

Goals for April:
1. Finish a Mill Hill ornie. Yep. Mandolin was finished at the start of the month.
2. Finish-finish a small from the Drawer Where Things Go To Wait (Forever). No. I completely forgot and didn't even look at my finishes.
3. Put 20 hours into Autumn Winds. Only 10 hours this month.

Unexpectedly This Month:
1. Taught myself to knit.
2. Finished a ruffle scarf.
3. Started a cable scarf.
4. Finished Celtic Autumn.

Goals for May:
1. Finish a Mill Hill ornie.
2. Start something big.
3. 20 hours of Autumn Winds.
4. 20 hours of Cinderella.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

April Small

This month's small is Mill Hill Mandolin, as previously posted here.
Next up is either Violin or Trumpet. Probably Trumpet.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Stitch From Stash - April

Month: April
Spent: 9.95

Carryover: 50.85

This month's expenditure was for the Kreinik to finish off Celtic Autumn. I also spent about $26 on knitting needles and yarn, but I'm not counting that since SFS is cross-stitch only :)

I think next month might be when I spend the carryover since my LNS is having a sale and I want to pick up some fabric for new starts. I've only got three projects I'm actively working on (and three on the backburner) and it feels strange.