Sunday, June 15, 2008

Yay stitching

I've just about recovered from last weekend's stitching GTG and now its the weekend again. The GTG was lots of fun and I really don't think I've laughed so much since the same time last year. During the weekend, I dyed a couple of pieces of linen which I'll share pictures of once I've managed to get around finishing rinsing them and ironing them. Ironing is really not my favourite thing to do but I'l force myself lol. I also made a small trip to Wye needlecraft but I didn't go mad - I only bought a small piece of linen plus two mirabilia charts which were a particularly good price. We also had a stash giveaway in which I managed to give away a good amount of used charts and I gained a couple of pieces of fabric and two chart. All in all, it was a good weekend.

Anyway being around lots of stitchers certainly helped my stitching mojo, especially with all the finished pieces and WIPs that I saw. It helped so much that I actually finished a fairly long term WIP Happy Haunting by Shepherd bush.

Happy Haunting


I actually finished it on the train whilst the train got very close to Glasgow. Its one of the only good things about public transport - the ability to stitch on trains.
This was the retreat project from the 2006 Shepherds Bush retreat. I had planned to go again this year but being off work and still having back pain, I had to email to cancel. I'm a little disappointed but I had to be sensible.

Inpsired by one finish, I decided to pick up one of the numerous small projects that was waiting to be started and so I started, finished and finish, finished the Purrfect Bookmark from Cat's Whiskers. Its stitched on 40ct.

Purrfect bookmark

I'm off now to try and finish my multicoloured monkey socks. Next weekend sees the start of the Summer of socks KAL. I've joined in to try and use up some of my frankly too large sock yarn stash but I need to try and finish some of the socks currently on my needles as only socks started and finished during the time of the KAL count towards it. Currenty I have 3 pairs of socks at various stages of completion on the needles and it would be nice to start the KAL with none on the needles. That hasn't happened in a while.

22 comments:

Teejay said...

Happy Haunting is so cute and charming, congratulations on an excellent finish!

Lindsay said...

Congratulations on your finishes Paula, they both look great

shakatak66 said...

I have to say I'm not a 'huge' SB fan, but every now and then a design really takes my eye - this is one of them! I haven't seen that one before, but you've done a wonderful job of it ... and your wee bookmark is really cute :)

Daffycat said...

The Shepherd's Bush chart is darling; great stitching! I love your Cat's Whiskers bookmark too!

Leslie aka zoeandcooper said...

Ohhhh how beautiful!!

Cindy said...

Congratulations on finishing Happy Haunting! I really like that piece, and have just started it recently. I haven't gotten too far yet, though.

I'm not going to the retreat this year, either. But, I am definitely going to try to catch it next time around!

indystitch said...

I love the colors in Happy Haunting - congratulations on your finish. I'm glad you had fun on your retreat...

Miss 376 said...

I love the bookmark, it's really beautiful. Good luck on finishing the socks

karenv said...

Your SB finish is lovely Paula, very cute! The bookmark is really sweet too, nice finish.

Joyus said...

Lovely finishes Paula :)

Concetta said...

Congrats on finishing Happy Haunting, it is absolutely gorgeous!

Carol said...

Your Happy Haunting is gorgeous Paula! Congratulations!

Flavaknits said...

The cross-stitch is really beautiful, love them! Good luck with the sock knitting (she whose only ever knitted two pairs!!)

Deanne J said...

Sounds like you had a good time and congrats on the finishes

Susan said...

Congratulations on your finish! It's really lovely. I haven't finished any of my pieces from the retreat yet :(

natacha said...

Congratulations for your Happy haunting,I love it. I think you didn't use the fabric in the kit. Which fabric did you take ?

Seahorse said...

It was so lovely to finally meet you at the gtg, after all the years we've known each other!

And now I also know that your stitching is even more beautiful in real life! Happy Haunting looks great :)

gilraen said...

Beautiful stitching!!! I love the little cat :) So sweet :)

How did you do with the socks. Did you get to clear the decks??

Sonda in OR said...

Happy Haunting looks great!! love the kitty bookmark, too!

stitcherw said...

Wonderful finishes both. The bookmark is adorable, love the colors, and Happy Haunting looks fantastic all finished up. Looking forward to seeing pictures of the fabric you dyed.
Sue

tintocktap said...

Happy Haunting is gorgeous - well done on your finish!

Probably Jane said...

Gorgeous work - and don't worry about the socks in progress - I have even more than that on the needles right now....