Stitching Saturday 4.3.21

This is turning out to be my favorite “stitching” post to put together because this is the time of the month where I show off all the progress that I have made in the previous month. The first half of March was incredibly difficult for me and I was in an immense amount of pain so there were days where I barely did any crafting. It turns out that knitting is easier for me because the motion of knitting keeps the arms close to the body whereas cross stitching and diamond painting involve extending my arms. When my arms are feeling weak and it hurts to move/lift them it was almost impossible for me to do anything other then knitting. Which unfortunately means that I didn’t make much progress on anything other than knitting but the steroids finally kicked in toward the end of March so I’ve been able to do a lot more. I am excited that I have one finished project and I have my fingers crossed that I will have a few more in April. Also, I decided to scrap the hat that I was making for my niece and instead I’m going to make her another hat in the future with better yarn. I actually finished knitting her hat but I couldn’t get over how plastic feeling the yarn felt so I decided to just toss it. My husband doesn’t understand how I can restart and rip back things without it bothering me but I just really love the process of knitting so I don’t mind it!

Finished Object

I think this came out so cute and I’m so excited to hang it up this Fall. It took me two days of work but it should have only taken one. I have been reading up on how people finish diamond painting and I saw that many people use decorative washi tape on the sides before they put it in the frame so that’s what I’m going to do. I’m just not sure what color I want to use. I’m leaning toward a sparkly brown but I think I need to wait until the craft stores put out their Fall stuff before I can fully finish it.

WIP’s (Works in Progress)

Oslo Hat

This is three days of work on my husband’s hat. I’m about an inch away from turning my work and I’ll be honest I don’t see how this is going to turn into the hat it does but I’m just going to keep knitting away and trust the pattern. Although I have tried it on him and it seems to fit him pretty well. Its a brimmed beanie and I plan on making a bunch of people in my life this hat for Christmas. This is also the second project that I have ever done using the magic loop method and I love how meditative it is.

Pajama Cardigan

I didn’t take a picture of this last month so I thought I would just show off all the different pieces that I have made for this cardigan. This is my morning knit so it is the only project that I work on every single day. I also made it my focus piece for three days in March so I was able to get a lot done on it. I am working on the second sleeve and after that all I need to do is the button band and then sew it all together. The sewing together stage is the most nerve wracking part for me and I hope that I do a good job with it. The first sleeve is the first time I ever tried the magic loop method and it took me a couple of starts and restarts before I got the hang of it. I also struggled with the pattern with the sleeve and I did make a sleeve that fits me but I got confused by the wording in the pattern and inadvertently made the whole thing in garter stitch instead of having a section of the yarn over pattern. Overall, I’m happy with how it is turning out and I should have this finished by next month.

Christmas Snow cross stitch

This is a stamped cross stitch kit that I got of Amazon when I started to get back into cross stitch. I prefer regular cross stitch but it is nice to have a stitch where I don’t have to count or keep track of my stitches. It can be hard to see but pretty much all my work has been done on the top, particularly the top left side. I worked on this two days in March.

Uptown Cardigan

I’m more convinced than ever that this cardigan is going to be like a wearable blanket but I’m ok with that. I worked on this for two days but I didn’t get near as much progress on it as I wanted. I think after I finish my pajama cardigan that this will become my new morning stitch because it is my oldest WIP. I hope that by next month I have finished the first front panel and I’m working on the second.

Midwinter Socks

You can see that I made a lot of progress on this sock in March. I have never worked on double pointed needles before and I think it’s pretty obvious. This sock has a lot of tension issues and dropped stitches but I decided that I’m going to see it through because this sock has an afterthought heel (which is what the small blue line above the stripes is for) and that requires cutting into this sock once its off the needles so I figured it would be good to practice that technique on a wonky sock. Although, I do have a lot of love for this poor sock and I haven’t decided if I’m going to keep it or remake this first sock. The yarn I’m using is a set from Hobby Lobby so it’s very inexpensive and easy for me to get my hands on. I worked on this a total of three days.

Nutcracker Christmas Ornament

This is one day of work on this cute this ornament. I got this pattern from the Just CrossStitch June 2017 magazine. I use the Readly app to access a lot of crafting magazines. This one should be done with one more day of stitching.

Slipstravaganza

This one grew by a few more color sections. I worked on this one for two days and I should move onto the next section if this comes up in April.

Purl Soho Blanket

My cat, Fern, made an appearance for this picture! I love how you can see how much this one grew in March. This is the project that I worked on the most besides my morning stitch because it came up 6 times on my wheel app. I hope that when I show this off next month I will have added the next color to this blanket.

Those are all the projects that I worked on in March. My other cross stitches did come up on the wheel but it was at the beginning of the month so I didn’t work on them. So far in April cross stitch has come up two of the three days and one of them is a new start so I’m excited for you all to see that next month!

~Cassie

Stitching Saturday 3.27.21

Happy Saturday! Today I want to share what projects I’m adding to my wheel* for April. I like to add one knitting project, one cross stitch and one diamond painting every month. But because they are on a wheel that randomly decides it doesn’t always mean that it comes up. My diamond painting project I added for March still hasn’t come up although there are a few more days in the month so it might happen. Next Saturday I will be sharing all my progress I made in March with before and after pictures.

*I use the Tiny Decisions app if you are looking for something similar. I love every project that I’m working on so it is impossible for me to choose which one I work on each day.

Knitting project

Photo by Nicole McConville (www.nicolemcconville.com)

This sweater is called Pritchard and it is a free pattern on Ravelry. I just learned how to do magic loop in knitting and while I don’t know if this pattern calls for that on the sleeves I do feel confident now that I can make this sweater. I’m really looking forward to knitting my first sweater and if it comes out well then I can use this same pattern to make some sweaters for my kids if they want one.

Cross Stitch

I want to start working on these seed patterns from Stitching with the Housewives. I love all of their designs but I recently saw Made By Michelle McGraw finish these into seed packets and I really want to do that. This is an ongoing series from them so there will be more (I don’t know how many) that they release and I plan on stitching them all up.

Diamond Painitng

I bought this on Etsy from OurCraftAddictions because I had previously favorited it and it went on sale (it still is!). I think this picture is just gorgeous and I know exactly where I want to hang it in my house when I finish it.

~Cassie

Stitching Saturday 3.13.21

For today’s stitching update I thought I would share a cross stitching haul with you. I mainly order from 123 Stitch, Fat Quarter Shop and Etsy. I wasn’t sure how to get good pictures of the floss so I just paired some floss with each chart whether it went with it or not. As I share my progress each month I will try to remember to share the floss I’m using for each project.

“Bless Our Home” by Country Cottage Needleworks

“Liberty’s Welcome” by Plum Street Samplers

Miss Bingley’s Library” by Plum Street Samplers

“Winter Rose Manor” by Brenda Gervais


Hallow’s Eve Haunt” by Autumn Lane Stitchery

“Sweater Weather” by Plum Street Sampler

“Let’s Talk Autumn” by Hands On Design

Fabric

From Top Left to Bottom:

Black 16 Count Aida 13.8″ x 16.9″ Cross Stitch Cloth

28 Cashel Linen

Blackboard 10 Count Evenweave 17″ x 17″ Vintage Cross Stitch Cloth | Lori Holt for Zweigart¬†

36 Count Edinburgh Linen in Latte

“Bunny Bakery” by Stitching With the Housewives

Fairy Tale Cross Stitch “Anne of Green Gables” by PlatoSquirrel

Clue Board Game Vintage Board Game by PlatoSquirrel

Clue Board Game by PlatoSquirrel

Clue Board Game by PlatoSquirrel

Halloween Cross stitch by PlatoSquirrel

Clue Characters by TurtleStitchShop

Up on the Housetop by Stitching With the Housewives

~Cassie

Stitching Saturday 2.27.21

Since it is the end of the month I thought I would show all the projects that I worked on this month including progress photos and how many days I worked on it. I mentioned in a post this week that I took a two week break from my blog because of my health and that impacted my knitting and cross stitching as well. There were a couple of days where I didn’t work on anything which is a good indicator of how terrible I have been feeling. I still feel like I made a lot of great progress though and I’m hopeful that next month I will have a better month.

Purl Soho Blanket

I only worked on this blanket for one day but I am obsessed with it. It is so fun to work on and I love seeing it grow so quickly. You only cast on 5 stitches so I was able to make a lot of progress in one day. This is an easy garter stitch blanket with increases and decreases but what makes it special is that it is knit using different textured yarn. I ordered all the yarn from Knit Picks and I can’t wait to use up all these delicious yarns.

Uptown Cardigan

I finished the back of this cardigan and so I started on one of the front panels. I worked on this cardigan for three days this week but I feel like this is one that I could have made more progress on. I still think this cardigan is going to be way too big on me but at least I like working on it. And if it really does come out too big then I can still wear it around my house when it is chilly so it’s not a huge loss.

Slipstravaganza

This month’s progress is on the left and January’s is on the right. I worked on it for two days and I got a couple of rows of color in. I only have one more row of color to do after the pink I’m working on right now and I am done with this section of the shawl. I still have three more sections to do so this shawl is going to be huge! I enjoy working on it and I feel like I could have done more so hopefully next month I am able to finish this section. It would be amazing to be able to finish section 4 next month but I think that is being way to overly ambitious.

Pumpkin Farm diamond painting

I love that you can see how much progress I made on this during February especially considering that I only worked on this for two days. I obviously got really into working on it though and I feel like with one more day I can finish it. When fall rolls around I will frame this and hang it up somewhere in my house.

Dimensions Cat

I really love that putting these pictures next to each other it is easy to see the progress I have made. It is motivating for me and it would be awesome if I could finish it next month. Especially since I plan on starting so many things in May. I worked on this 3 days but it should have been 4.

Christmas diamond painting

I only worked on this one day this month but I made a good start.

Nora’s Hat

I am working on this one today and I am close to decreasing for the top of the hat. Then I will stitch it altogether and put the pom pom on. I don’t think I will ever knit a hat flat like this again but I think it is coming out cute. I have decided though to give this to my niece for Christmas which gives me a lot of time to make a hat for my nephew and other gifts for my family.

Spooky Cottage

This was my new cross stitch start for February and I worked on it for 3 days. It should have been 4 which is kind of disappointing since I could have finished the house and a few more details with an extra day. However I’m really happy with my progress since I have never stitched on linen before. I spent a lot the first day just playing around and figuring it out. I worked on it yesterday and I finished the border, the S and P, the grass and the bottom half of the house. I’m proud that I have mostly figured it out and now I can work on trying to make my stitches look better. I’m sure when I try to stitch on a higher count (this is 28 ct) that I will have a learning curve again.

Pajama Cardigan

This is another cardigan where I finished the back and I’m working on a front panel. This one is my morning knit so I was also able to start and finish the first front panel this month. I didn’t take a picture of it though because it very badly needs to be blocked but I’m not going to do that until I’m done knitting all the pieces. My goal for next month is to finish this panel, the pockets and one sleeve. My ambitious goal is to finish all the pieces so I can stitch it altogether.

Tomorrow is the last day of the month but I’m not sure what I will be working on. I should work on my socks that I started in January since they are the only project that I haven’t touched this month. I leave it up to my wheel app though so we will see what it lands on tomorrow. Also, I was planning on sharing my new starts that I’m adding to the wheel in March but I haven’t decided what I want my cross stitch start to be. I also have a haul to share next week with all the cross stitch patterns I have purchased recently which is probably why I’m having a hard time narrowing it down.

~Cassie

Stitching Saturday 2.6.21

I don’t have much to show off today so I thought I would start sharing what I am planning for Stitch Maynia. Stitch Maynia is a fun cross stitch event that takes place during the whole month of May (hence the name) and from what I understand each person can come up with their own parameters for participating. I have decided that I will be doing a new start every single day which seems very over the top but I’m drowning in things that I want to stitch so this will be a great way to start to make a dent in my wishlist. Some will be bigger and others will be smaller projects and I have no expectation of actually finishing them this year but nothing can ever be finished if its not started… at least that’s what I’m telling myself!

I did make a lot of knitting progress this week and I finished the back panels of both cardigans I am working on. So now I’m onto the front panels but I have barely started on them so it wasn’t worth picturing. I also got a couple of colors added into my Slipstravaganza shawl but I think I want to save showing a picture of that one because I am so close to the next (and last) section of the shawl. I also worked on my cross stitch cat for one day and I got one of the ears completely done and I love seeing her face starting to develop.

Stitch Maynia

1

Modern Folk Embroidery. I will probably do the version that is all in red.

2

Cross Stitching Lovers on Etsy

3

Balmy Spring Day by Heaven and Earth Designs. I’m a little nervous to start my first HAED because these patterns are full coverage humongous pieces but it will be so beautiful to have this hanging in my house. In about a decade!

4

Tiny Modernist on Etsy. I might play around with the colors of this one.

5

Winter Rose Manor by Thy Needle and Thread.

~Cassie

Stitching Saturday 1.30.21

I’m back with a fun post today sharing all my current projects and the three I’m adding to my rotation next month. I will link my first Stitch Saturday post here so you can see what all these projects will look like when finished.

WIPS (Works in Progress)

Cross Stitch Cat

I’ve worked on this one for 5 days and I love seeing her come to life. My husband and kids have also enjoyed checking on her progress which has been nice. I think she looks a little like a stormtrooper cat at the moment. I can’t wait to put her eyes in which is my goal for February.

Christmas Snow

I bought a stamped cross stitch kit on Amazon and I guess I wasn’t paying attention to what I was buying because I thought it was one of the dimensions stamped kits and instead I got this one. Once the stitching is done you have to wash it to remove all the ink and so I’m very suspicious of how this is all going to turn out. I’ve worked on this for two days and a tiny bit on the third day. It’s hard to tell since this is a stamped kit but all my work has been primarily on the top left corner.

Midwinter Sock Set

I started knitting my first sock! This is basically two days of work because the third day that I worked on it was not a good health day for me and it felt very heavy in my hands so I put it down and went to bed. But I’m so excited that I have accomplished this milestone and I really enjoy how meditative it is once I got the hang of it. The gift I made my mom had color work in it so I feel pretty comfortable with this pattern. The pattern actually comes with three different socks and I will link the Ravelry page here in case you are interested.

Uptown Cardigan

This was hard to photograph but this is the back panel of the cardigan. This cardigan is supposed to be oversized but I’m a little worried that it might be too oversized. But I can still wear it around the house if it is obnoxiously big. Other then the ribbing (that I messed up on) this is all garter (knit) stitch and it is very meditative and relaxing. I only worked on this one day this month but once I finish my current morning stitch this will take it’s place so I can work on it consistently until it’s done.

Slipstravaganza

This will one day be a beautiful shawl but this one is huge and it just keeps growing as you knit so I don’t anticipate finishing this one anytime soon. It’s also incredibly hard to photograph since it needs to be blocked but I won’t be doing that until I’m done. This was has a lot of new techniques in it and I’m so proud of myself for pushing myself out of my comfort zone and giving it a shot. Stephen West does amazing tutorial videos for each section that really break down each new technique and makes it easy to do.

Nora’s Hat

Today is the first day that I have picked this up all month. I’ve only do a couple of rows but I about to transition to the next color- pink. I’m not that thrilled about knitting this flat and then stitching it into a hat but I had this yarn in my stash for years and I’m relieved to be getting it knitted up. I don’t have any expectations for finishing it but it would make a nice addition to my niece’s Easter basket.

Diamond Painting

This is my first ever diamond painting kit and I am obsessed! I don’t know why it is so relaxing but something about sticking all the little bits onto the canvas is calming. I worked on this for two days and I got a lot of the bottom done. Once it’s done I will frame it and stick it with all my Autumn decorations.

Pajama Cardigan

Sorry this picture is blurry. This is also the back panel of another cardigan I’m working on. I started the month with on a couple of rows above the ribbing at the bottom done so I have put in a lot of work on this one this month. Which is no shock since this is my morning stitch and I also spent a couple of days only working on it. The pattern is easy but I did have a couple of mess ups with the yarn over section when I wasn’t paying attention and I had to rip back and fix my mistakes. My goal for next month is to finish the back panel and I would really love to finish one of the front panels.

Finishes

I forgot to take a photo of the blanket that I finished so I will have to share that next time.

Connor’s Scarf

I finished the scarf I was working on for my oldest son. I have never done fringe before but it was easy to do and I like the way it turned out. He was very happy with it and it looks good on him.

Home Sweet Home Cross Stitch

This is my first cross stitch finish since I got back into it and I’m pretty happy with it. I can already tell that my stitches have improved but I enjoy having something I stitched hanging up in my house. Since I took this picture I stitched in a key below the heart to take up some of the white space on the bottom. I used an alphabet and motif book that I had found at Goodwill to stitch the key.

New Starts

Christmas Diamond Paint

I found this kit at JoAnn’s and I’m excited to start it next month. I also want to see if there is any difference in quality since my Autumn one is a cheap kit that I bought off of Amazon and I feel like this is a proper kit.

Spooky House Cross Stitch

I bought this pattern off of Etsy and the designer is WhiteHouseStitchery. This will be my first foray into stitching on linen and I’m hoping I adjust easily to it. This is a tea dyed 28 ct Lugana which I feel is a good place for a beginner to start. I’m not sure how I will finish it yet but I don’t think it will be like the picture shows it. I still have some time though to figure it out and maybe while I’m stitching it I will come up with a great finish idea.

Purl Soho Blanket

My youngest really wants me to knit him a blanket and since I just finished the one I was working on I decided I might as well cast another one on. This is one is a free pattern I have had on my Ravelry library for awhile but I still need to order the yarn. I think I want to try a Knit Pick yarn since I hear so many good things about them and they are reasonably priced. One day I aspire to being able to purchase $400 worth of yarn (which is what the pattern calls for using Purl Soho yarn) but that day is not today.

~Cassie

Stitching Saturday #2

This is my first stitching update of the year! I had reviews that were already scheduled for the last couple of Saturdays but I hope to be more regular with these posts. I also won’t be sharing any progress updates today because I got caught up in cleaning and organizing our playroom today and I lost the sun. Next Saturday I will be showing pictures of all the things I’m working on as well as telling you how many days I worked on it. For today I thought it would be beneficial to share some of my favorite flosstubers (youtubers who cross stitch) so if you are interested in cross stitch you can get a better idea of what this community is about.

Country Stitchers

These ladies are incredibly knowledgeable about everything cross stitch and I also learn something new when watching them. The video that I am sharing of theirs is a beginning to cross stitch video that I think is incredibly helpful.

Modern Folk Embroidery

Jacob has the most beautiful cross stitch designs that I have seen. He is unique because he does these gorgeous pieces using only one color and they are stunning. All of his designs are on my wishlist and the only reason I haven’t bought one is because I can’t decide which one to get first!

Country Cottage Stitchers

Heather and Janet are a mother daughter duo and I love watching them. They have such great chemistry together and I love their banter.

Pumpkin Hollow Quilts

Olivia has such a nice calming way about her and I really enjoy her videos. She also has some beautiful pieces that she is working on and I look forward to seeing her progress in every video.

Darvanalee Design Studio with Nicole Reed

Nicole is from Queensland, Australia and she has such an outgoing and fun personality. She also does a great job of interacting with her subscribers and does a lot of livestream stitch with me’s along with preformed stitch with me’s. Which are my favorite videos because with Covid and not being able to hang out in person it really does feel like you are stitching with a friend. Nicole also does diamond painting so if you are interested in what that is then I highly recommend her channel because she also has diamond paint with me. I just bought my first diamond paint because of her because I want to try me hand at it and see if I enjoy it.

I follow a lot more flosstubers but I thought this was a great sampling of what is out there. I hope that if you were interested in cross stitching but weren’t aware of how big the community is that you found this post helpful.

~Cassie

Stitching Saturday 12.26.20

I know that my blog is named Books With Cassie but I have really been feeling the urge to share my other hobbies. I’ve been thinking of how I wanted to incorporate my love of knitting and cross stitching here and what I came up with is this weekly update where I can share what I am working on, what I have recently purchased for these hobbies, and anything else that is related to my stitching.

For today I thought I would share what I have currently on my WIP (works in progress) wheel. I have the tiny decisions app on my phone and every morning I spin it and see what I am going to be working on for the day. The only caveat to that is that I do have a morning project that I work on every morning until it is done. Which I’m not sharing today because it is part of my Mom’s Christmas present and I think she sometimes checks what I have been posting here and I don’t want to spoil the surprise. Also, we can just skip past the fact that I am posting this the day after Christmas and it’s still not done. My goal is to have it sent out before the year is over which I think is possible because I am so close to finishing it. I will say that it is a knitting project which most of my works in progress are because I only recently picked up cross stitching again after a ten year hiatus.

Next week I will share current project photos of what I work on during the week so you can see my progress but for now I thought I would just share what each project is.

All pictures link to where you can find the pattern. All knitting ones link to Ravelry. All cross stitch ones link to the store I purchased the kit.

Connor’s scarf

I don’t have a picture or a link for this since it is a pattern that I made up myself. I am using blue and black Vanna’s Choice yarn to do a striped scarf for my oldest son. I can’t remember how many stitches I cast on but I am alternating 14 rows of blue and 10 rows of black until desired length. He also told me that he wants me to add fringe to it when its done but I haven’t decided how fringey I’m going to make it. I love acrylic yarn for my kids since you can throw it in the wash if they get it dirty and it’s not a big deal.

Nora hat

I found a skein of Caron cupcake yarn in my stash and I remembered that long ago I tried to knit my niece a similar hat but the sizing was off and the finish wasn’t great so I am remaking it with a fresh ball of yarn. I am using a really pretty pink blend and I have just started the second stripe and I can already tell you that my knitting has improved so much since my first attempt and I’m loving how it is looking.

Cross stitch cat

Isn’t this one so sweet!! I bought a few kits when I decided to get back into cross stitching because I didn’t want to jump straight in and start buying all the patterns and fabrics without making sure that I still loved it. I’m happy to report that it is something I still fully enjoy and now I’m looking into buying all the things and I already have a hefty wishlist on my phone. I’m trying to show some restraint though but it’s hard!

Slipstravaganza

This is my first Stephen West design (although I have tons of his other designs saved to my favorites) and probably my most ambitious knitting attempt. I wanted to do it because there are a lot of techniques in this one shawl and he has amazing YouTube tutorials to guide you along. This was a mystery KAL (knit a long) and he released one part of the pattern a week for a month. I fell behind and I’m only on the second part but I love it so much. It is a HUGE shawl though and I currently have around 420 stitches on my needles and we keep increasing every row. I heard the last part is around 900 stitches per row so I don’t anticipate having this one done anytime soon.

Home Sweet Home

I thought this was so cute when I saw it in the store and I know exactly where it will go in my house. I don’t love the empty space at the bottom of the flag. Especially since I started mine a little too high so I will have more space at the bottom so I am on the lookout for some cute embellishment or something to add there.

Garden Path Blanket

I started this one when the pandemic started and I only have the last little bit of border to do before I’m done with it. I wanted a large project to do and I honestly don’t think I anticipated or thought that we would still be living in a Covid world when I finished it. It’s crazy to look back nine months ago and how naive it was to think Covid wouldn’t be as devastating as it is. I guess we had no frame of reference for it but at least with all the vaccines now we will hopefully have a better 2021.

English Roses

I have never done embroidery but I thought this was beautiful and I would try my hand at it. This is on my wheel but it hasn’t come up yet so I haven’t actually started it so I don’t know if I love it or not. Well, I think I will love it but I’m not sure how good I will be at it.

Uptown Cardigan

This is a very meditative knit because the whole thing is done in garter stitch (every row is knit). She has different versions of this cardigan depending on what weight yarn you use and I plan on making all of them. Probably more than once because this is a great project to have on the needles when you need some mindless knitting. I was even able to knit this on a car trip at night (my husband was driving) because I don’t need to see to knit this.

Pajama Cardigan

I am knitting this for the Cozy Acorn KAL that the Cozy Moth Knits on Youtube is hosting. We have until the end of January I believe and I have only done the bottom ribbing so I really need to hit the gas with this one. I plan on making this my morning stitch as soon as I am done with my Mom’s present and I probably won’t have it done in time but I should have some good progress on it by the end of next month.

~Cassie