Thursday, March 31, 2016

March Small

I finished Heart of the Northwest Territories this month. Next month is recharting Yukon. I guess I should dig out the graph paper...

March Achievements & April Goals

I can't believe it's the end of March already. I feel like this month was terribly unproductive :(

Goals for March:
1. Start and finish the next Heart. Heart of the Northwest Territories is done.
2. Finish all the stitching on Cinderella.I didn't even touch it.
3. Finish one mitt. No. I think I'm done with this for now. Knowing me, I'll probably pick it up again in the summer.

Unexpectedly This Month:
1. Started my new project that I can't post until it's finished because I was asked not to. All I can say is that it's not cross stitch, but it is counted work and I'm enjoying it so far.

Goals for April:
1. Start and finish the next Heart.
2. Finish all the stitching on Cinderella.
3. Finish the "secret project".

Saturday, March 26, 2016

More Colour

Taking a break from Venetian Opulence to stitch something I'm not sure I'm allowed to post a picture of. I'll have to check if it's ok.

This is what she looks like going back into the WIP pile.

Venetian Opulence - Mirabilia
32 ct Ivory

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

A Touch of Green

I stitched some more brown on Venetian Opulence and now am going to stitch a more colourful part. See that smidgen of green I've started.

Venetian Opulence - Mirabilia
32 ct Ivory

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Venetian Brown

I was going to work on Cinderella but I decided I needed the brighter colours of Venetian Opulence.

And then of course I end up stitching the architecture, which is brown! She went from this:

Venetian Opulence - Mirabilia
32 ct Ivory
to this:

I'm hoping to finish at least the swirly thing this rotation.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Go (North)west Young Man!

I finally put the last few stitches into Heart of the Northwest Territories. It took longer than expected because I ended up doing the specialty stitch completely wrong and had to frog it.

Heart of the Northwest Territories
32 ct white lugana

The Northwest Territories was originally all the parts that weren't Ontario and places further east. Now it's mostly the northwestern part of the country (but not the most northern-western part; that's the Yukon). Over the years bits of it became Manitoba, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Yukon and finally Nunavut. At the same time it was expanded north all the way to the North Pole, so it's still the third biggest part of Canada.

It's actually "Northwest Territories", there's no "the", but in practice it's weird to say/write so everyone just calls it "The Northwest Territories". Despite being over a million square kilometers has a very small population. Less than 50,000 at last census. It has oil, diamonds, and gold. And it can get to -50C in the winter.

I switched out the charted red because it seems much too pink compared to the model. I'm planning on going back to Heart of Newfoundland and Labrador and frogging that red too. The specialty stitch is the Burden Stitch which was annoying because it was non-symmetrical and I kept miscounting the blue stitches so I had to frog it multiple times. It wasn't difficult, just annoying. This province's bird and flower are the Gyrfalcon and the Mountain Avens. Because it's such a large landmass you can find forests, rivers and mountains as represented in the design.

Next up are Yukon and Nunavut, which I have to rechart since they're incorrectly named in the designs, so that might take me a little longer to get around to. (For the curious: they're charted as "Yukon Territory" and "Nunavut Territory" but their names are "Yukon" and "Nunavut". There is no "Territory" in their official names".)

TitleHeart of the Northwest Territories
DesignerThe Victoria Sampler
Start dateMarch 1, 2016
Finish dateMarch 12, 2016
Total time6.75 hours
Fabric32 ct white lugana
FlossDMC 817 instead of 3721, others as charted

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Territory One

I'm finally on the first of the three territories of Canada. This is the oldest but not largest territory of Canada (the largest is Nunavut, which will be my final finish).

I was hoping to have this finished for today. But alas. And tomorrow doesn't look good either. Maybe Thursday?

Heart of the Northwest Territories
32 ct white lugana