Friday, July 31, 2015

July Achievements and August Goals

Goals for July:
1. Start and finish the next Heart. Heart of Nova Scotia is done.
2. 10 hours of Autumn Winds. Yes. And I'm almost done this year's goal of one page.
3. 10 hours of Cinderella. 4 hours.

Goals for August:
1. Start and finish the next Heart.
2. 10 hours of Cinderella.
3. Start Boo Club.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

July Smalls

This month's Small SAL piece was Heart of Nova Scotia. Strangely, I thought I had another Heart finished as well, but apparently that was just in my dreams.

Heart of Nova Scotia - The Victoria Sampler
32 ct White Lugana

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Stitch From Stash - July

Month: July
Spent: 0

I can't believe it's already the second half of the year! Time flies so fast that it's ridiculous.

Nothing much going on this month. I've just been plodding away at Autumn Winds and am almost done the first page.

Autumn Winds
25ct white Lugana

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Winds of Progress.

I was looking at my recent progress pictures and thinking that I really haven't done any stitching worth showing and preparing to post anyway when I realized that I haven't posted a picture of Autumn Winds in ages.

My last picture of her was back in March,

Autumn Winds
25ct white Lugana

And now she looks like this:

Autumn Winds
25ct white Lugana
I've only got the rest of this column and another entire column to have one page finished! Not bad for something that was languishing in the UFO pile until I restarted her.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Twists Everywhere

It's so hot and sticky this summer. I haven't wanted to do anything other than lie in the dark and drink ice tea.

In between wallowing I've been knitting a scarf, because of course I would. This one is Cables and Columns. The pattern is pretty simple, an eight row repeat, and it didn't take me long at all to memorize it.

I actually knitted about 6 inches worth but it was very tight so I frogged it and restarted. The only problem I'm having is that one of the cabls looks flat and isn't as nice looking as the other. I'm not sure if it's even out after I wash and block it, or if that will just stay. I don't think it'll be noticeable unless someone is staring very closely though.

The lifelines have been a life saver. I actually had to go back 7 rows at one point and I was so glad I had them. Admittedly I started using them after I noticed a mistake about 2 cable twists prior. It's pretty visible if you look for it lol

Monday, July 6, 2015

Ocean Playground

Nova Scotia is one of Canada's Maritime provinces and its licence plates call it Canada's Ocean Playground.

It's the second smallest province by size and its name means New Scotland in Latin. It's mostly known for excellent seafood, perpetually terrible rainy weather and a long history of shipbuilding.

Pictured are the provincial flower, the mayflower and the provincial bird, the osprey. At the bottom is the Bluenose, a famous fishing schooner from the province. It is also on our ten cent coin.

The specialty stitch is the Quodlibet, which I had never even heard of, but was pretty easy to stitch.

TitleHeart of Nova Scotia
DesignerThe Victoria Sampler
Start dateJuly 3, 2015
Finish dateJuly 6, 2015
Total time5.75 hours
Fabric32 ct white lugana
FlossAs charted

Sunday, July 5, 2015

En Français

I just realized that I forgot to post this last month!

Quebec is one of the other original provinces of Canada. It's the only one with a majority French-speaking population. This is because originally Canada was colonized by the British and the French; when the British defeated the French in the Seven Years War they were worried that the French-speaking population would support the US colonies that were quarrelling with Britain, so they let the French colonists keep their language and culture. So Quebec is majority French. The current day politics between Quebec and the rest of Canada, and within Quebec itself, are complicated and people can get pretty hotheaded about it.

Pictured are the provincial flower, the blue flag iris and the provincial bird, the snowy owl. At the bottom is the fleur-de-lis, which is the first symbol that comes to most Canadian minds when you say Quebec.

The specialty stitch is the French Stitch. I struggled with the instructions and the Internet wasn't helpful since I kept getting directed to French Knots and French Seams. I think I figured it out, but if not at least it looks alright XD

TitleHeart of Quebec
DesignerThe Victoria Sampler
Start dateJune 24, 2015
Finish dateJune 27, 2015
Total time6.5 hours
Fabric32 ct white lugana
FlossAs charted