Stitching Saturday 8.21.21

I’m back for the first time in practically a month to do another Stitching Saturday post. I have quite a few projects to update you on and a few new starts. I found out in late July that there is an event in the cross stitch world called “arbitrary August” which means everything you work on is randomly chosen for you. Well, I already do that everyday since I use the tiny decisions app every morning to figure out what I’m going to focus on for the day. But I was inspired after watching Needlecraft Dani to throw in some randomly chosen starts during August. Since I work on both knitting and cross stitch I decided that I would get to have a new start after I worked on my cross stitch projects three times. So the morning after my third cross stitch project I spin a wheel comprised of most of the charts that I currently own and have a new start.

WIPS

My six month old kitten, Simba, decided to “help” me take the pictures for this post and I don’t take the best pictures usually but these were taken as quick as possible since he was very interested in putting everything in his mouth. I will include a picture of him at the end so you can see how beautiful he is! Since it has been so long since I posted one of these I will only be sharing pictures of my progress unless I have something that I want to share with you about it.

I ran out of a yarn I needed for the blanket I’m knitting in the mornings so I made this my morning project after I finished Spooky House (which I will share next week) and I worked on this until I received the yarn in the mail.

Every time this one comes up it is always a day with hardly any time for stitching.

I decided to restart this one since I last shared it. I was originally stitching it on a 10 count fabric and I wasn’t enjoying stitching on it or the way it was looking. I’m now stitching it on a 14ct Aida and I’m liking it a lot more.

This project never photographs well. The fabric is a bright blue and the colors are all more vibrant than it shows up.

This is my new knitting start for August and it took me a while to figure out what yarn I wanted to use for this one. I decided to go with an oatmeal Lettlopi yarn and I can’t wait to actually start this.

I am doing each block as an ornament and I’m almost done with the first block. I wasn’t going to stitch the square border around each one but I think it might make it look nicer to do it so we will see if I end up putting it in the next time I work on this.

My first full coverage piece! I barely made a start on it because I was experimenting with whether I wanted to stitch 2 over 2, 1 over 2 or 1 over 1 and I ultimately decided I liked 1 over 1 the best on this 28ct Cashel linen.

I completely frogged out the bat that I had started on the left because I was using a thicker dmc floss and I wasn’t liking how it was stitching up. I’m happy that I have made it over to the witch and I hope next time I work on this to also make a start on the house.

This was another new start this month. I want to stitch pretty much everything in this magazine so I plan to go through this magazine in order until I have stitched everything. You can’t see it too well in this picture but I’m stitching the tiny broomstick brigade pattern towards the bottom of the cover. This is also the first time I’m stitching on 36ct and I caught on a lot faster to working with it then I thought I would so I’m pretty pleased with myself.

Rectangular Colorblock Bias blanket by Purl Soho

I love this blanket so much and I’m so proud of how it is turning out. I might have to place another yarn order for the current color that I am on but I’m going to wait until I get to the end of my ball and then measure it to see how much more I need. This blanket is huge and pretty much everyone in my family wants their own so as soon as I finish this one I will be casting on another one for my niece. This is my current morning stitch until it is finished (or I’m waiting for yarn to work on it) so I will finish this next month.

My second full coverage! I’m stitching this with 2 threads on 18ct easy grid Aida. I realized that we had an old kindle fire that my youngest was previously using as a tablet before he got his iPad and so I asked my husband to put pattern keeper on it and it was a lot of fun stitching with it. It is pretty similar to the Silk app which is an IOS app and I wish they could just make the both of them cross compatible. This project was added to my wheel for my July new start and it finally came up this week!

This was my new start yesterday and he is so small that I am confident that I can have him done by Thanksgiving. Which might give me the motivation I need to spend a day or weekend fully finishing some pieces.

This is a freebie that comes with the Bless this Farm pattern by Stitching with the Housewives

This is my project for today so the only new progress I have made so far is the white in the cow. I plan on finishing my audiobook tonight and working on this.

Some notes: The Oslo hat that I was knitting for my husband got completely frogged and I have bought new yarn to make him a Buffalo Bills inspired beanie. I also have a few Bills patches saved on Etsy that I will be buying to put on the hat when it’s done. I’m also knitting on a Christmas present for my mom and she sometimes reads my blog so I won’t be sharing it to keep it a surprise. I will share my new August cross stitch and diamond painting starts next week.

~Cassie

Stitching Saturday 7.24.21 Cross Stitch Mid Year Wip Parade

I’m back today to share all of my cross stitch wips (works in progress). Some of these I haven’t worked on since you last saw them but I thought I would still share them so this is a comprehensive list. I have 25 current wips and two planned start that I haven’t gotten around to yet so there will soon be 27. Unfortunately, the area where I live has been hit hard by fires in the surrounding areas and the smoke isn’t great for anyone and it has caused me to have a few rough days but I still really wanted to get this out today since I haven’t posted a stitching post in awhile. For that reason I won’t have any details listed but if you have any questions about a chart or fabric then let me know.

Unfinished Object

Before we get into Wip’s I want to share my one Ufo (unfinished object). I have decided that I don’t wan to work on my stamped cross stitch anymore because I don’t really enjoy working on it.

WIPS

I ran out of yarn for the section of the blanket that I am knitting as my morning stitch so I have been using this as my morning stitch until the yarn comes in. I am hoping to have this done by the time it does but if not then I will be a lot closer to a finish then I was.

I finished the Christmas ornament that I was working on so I recently started a new one. I am using a pattern from the August 2016 Just Cross Stitch magazine.

This is the Fourth of July cup from Stitching with the Housewives on Etsy. I haven’t worked on this at all since starting it in May.

This is another Stitching with the Housewives pattern.

This is yet again another Stitching with the Housewives chart.

This is another one that I haven’t touched since I started it.

This is the 12 days of Christmas freebie from Plum Street Sampler. It is comprised of 12 different blocks and I think I will finish each block as a separate ornament or pillow.

This is a freebie from Little Stitch Girl. The fabric is more of a bright blue than the picture is showing.

Can you tell yet that Stitching with the Housewives are my favorite cross stitch designers?

I feel like you know by now but this is a Stitching with the Housewives pattern.

I have worked on this one day this month and I have worked my way down to starting the cup. And for the sake of being receptive this is a Stitching with the Housewives pattern.

We all know who this is by so I won’t say it. I will say that this is stitched on Lori Holt’s black 10 count and in the future I won’t be buying it because the holes are so big and the pattern is going to come out so large. I have a few more projects started on this before I knew a lot about fabric so I will use it all up since I bought it. I have learned that I prefer 28ct fabric or linen and 16-18ct Aida.

I only worked this once when I started it for Stitch Maynia.

This is one that I want to get back to soon since I plan on framing it for the gallery wall in my bedroom.

This pattern also comes with two smaller patterns that I will also be stitching when I finish this big one.

It is hard to see the white stitching in this picture but it is definitely easier in real life.

I’m stitching this using the Silk app which is an amazing app that I highly recommend. You can buy pattens from select designers and mark off your progress. This is a Modern Folk Embroidery design that I have worked on twice and am 0.7% complete.

I’ve worked on this pattern twice and I am obsessed with it. I love owls and I can’t wait to stitch this one. This pattern is from the October 2020 Just Cross Stitch magazine.

This is another one that I am stitching on the Silk app and I am 0.8% done.

This is my favorite Aida to stitch on. If you are looking for buttery soft Aida to stitch on then you need to buy Fiber on the Whim fabric. I get mine from Fat Quarter Shop and I buy more every time I order something from them.

I randomly did a middle start for this one even though I usually start in the upper left. And of course this is another Stitching with the Housewives pattern.

Sorry this picture is blurry. Farm Sweet Farm is a freebie pattern when you purchase the Bless this Farm pattern from Stitching with the Housewives.

This is the last Stitching with the Housewives pattern I have started.

I have only made a tiny start on this one. The more I look at this one the more I think I might finish it as a pillow.

This is my last Silk app start. This is a Galliana cross stitch and she also has an Etsy store where she has more charts then what is currently on the app. I want to stitch pretty much everything that she designs. I worked on this two days and I have 1.2% completed.

This is a pretty long post and I’m a little nervous for how many wips I will have by the end of the year!

~Cassie

Stitching Saturday 7.3.21 (Mid Year Knitting Update)

I definitely failed on these posts last month so I have a lot to share. I thought I would do things a little different this month though since we are officially in the second half of the year. I want to break down all my different crafts (knitting, cross stitching, and diamond painting) and share updates on where they were when I first started them and where they are now. At the end of the month I will be sharing my finish parade because I have actually finished quite a few things so far this year.

Pritchard Sweater by Christina Danaee

I restarted this sweater last month because I wasn’t liking my yarn choice and I knew that if I spent the time making this sweater I wouldn’t wear it. So I went on Knit Picks and bought six skeins of Wool of the Andes bulky weight yarn in the color Gosling. I’m using the called for needles which are size 8 circulars. I think it looks way better in the new yarn and I’m excited to work more on it. Although, now that I’m writing this I’m realizing that I didn’t make a gauge swatch so I hope that it fits me by the end!

Midwinter Sock Set by Summer Lee

I am sharing this picture of version 1 of these socks from when I last worked on them in April because I have decided to start over on these socks using 9in circulars. I was watching an old Fiber Tales video on Youtube and she mentioned that it’s easier to knit color work socks on them the short circulars so I thought I would give it a try. I am going to keep this sock on the DPN’s though so I can practice putting in an afterthought heel on them before I try it on my *hopefully* nice sock. I was using a six ball set of yarn from Hobby Lobby but I am considering buying a bunch of Filcolana Arwetta Classic yarn to make these socks and the other versions as well so we will see what I feel like doing when I start these up again.

The Oslo Hat by PetiteKnit

I am making this hat for my husband but unfortunately the only work that I have done on it since April is to rip back. I was knitting the wrong way after making the turn and I didn’t catch it until I was a few inches in. If I remember correctly I only have to rip back another row or two but I have put this away in the naughty corner for awhile and I didn’t look at it too closely when I took it out to take a picture of it. I am knitting this with the called for needles with Knit Picks Palette Yarn in the Asphalt Heather color. This is a fingering weight yarn and I am holding it double.

Fjer Cardigan by Fiber Tales

All I have done with this project is a swatch. I am having a hard time making gauge because I really wan to use the yarn that my Mom got me for my birthday which is this beautiful Holst Garn Coast in the color Lead. The pattern calls for fingering weight and this is more of a light fingering so I need to go down with my needle size. Hopefully my next swatch will be correct and I can finally cast on this beautiful cardigan.

Rectangular Color Bias Blanket by Purl Soho

This blanket is my current morning stitch and you can see that I have made a lot of great progress on it. The first section is supposed to be 23″ in length but I only had enough yarn to get it to 21″ so I plan on adding an extra 2″ to the grey color to make up the difference. I really love this blanket because it is a relaxing and mindless knit with only some detail at the edges which really makes the yarn shine. This pattern uses a variety of colors and weights of yarn which I am loving. The first section was knit with Andean Treasure sport weight in the color Midnight Heather held double with Palette Twist fingering weight in the color Marble. The second section is knit with Brava worsted weight in the color Cobblestone Heather. This is a free pattern and one that I think I will remake multiple times in my life. My niece has already requested I make her a blanket like this since this one is for my youngest son.

~Cassie

Stitching Saturday 6.5.21

Happy Sunday! I’m here today to share the last 9 days of Stitch Maynia projects with you. Last month was a pretty productive month for me despite not being able to knit or cross stitch for 10 days. I finished both cardigans that I had been working on as well as kept up with a new cross stitch start all the days that I could. I already shared my finish of my Pajama Cardigan a couple of weeks ago and I decided I would share my completed Uptown Cardigan next week since today’s post is so cross stitch heavy. Today I also want to share all my new projects that I have added to my now huge wheel of projects that I spin every morning. Since I finished both my cardigans I needed a new morning knit and I decided to pick up my Slipstravaganza shawl and I am thrilled to share that I *fingers crossed* might have this one off the needles sometime next week. I am going to finish section 5 today and then the only thing I have left is section 6. Once I finish the shawl my new morning knit will be the Rectangular Color Bias blanket I am working on for my youngest son.

New Projects

Knitting

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This is the Fjer Cardigan by Fiber Tales. She is one of my favorites to watch on Youtube and since June is my birthday month I decided I wanted to pick one of her patterns and this seemed perfect since I no longer have any cardigans on the needles. It is a cropped one which is great and I plan on wearing it over dresses. My local yarn store is having a huge sale for their 17th anniversary so I will be going there next week to pick up some yarn for this project. And more some more yummy yarn for future projects.

Cross Stitch

I asked for a HAED (heaven and earth design) for my birthday but I’m not sure if I’m getting it or not. If I don’t I do have a free pattern from their website that I will start instead so either way I hope to start my first HAED this month. If you are not familiar with HAED’s they are full coverage pieces and I’m sure that it will take me at least five years to complete one but I think the designs are so beautiful and I would love to stitch many. I have learned that I am a process stitcher or really any hobby because I just enjoy working on them and the finish isn’t necessarily the best part, although it is always exciting to complete something.

Diamond Painting

I bought a set of diamond painting stickers for my boys back in February and since summer break is now upon us I thought it would be fun to work on a few more of these. The set that I bought also comes with Disney Princesses so we still have a fair amount of characters to work on.

Stitch Maynia

The pictures today are not great quality because I was losing the sun as I was taking them. I also will go into more detail every other time that I talk about these projects but I’m unfortunately not that organized right now.

May 22- Let’s Talk Autumn by Hands on Design

May 23- Christmas Eve by Hands on Design

May 24- Love Thy Neighbor by Modern Folk Embroidery

I’m using the Silk app to stitch this. It is an IOS app where you can purchase patterns in the app and it has an amazing feature that helps you mark off and keep track of your progress.

May 26- Owls and Bats by Evdokia Nikolaeva of Punochka (taken from the October 2020 Just Cross Stitch magazine)

May 27- North Pole Cookie Co by Cherry Hill Stitchery (from the Silk app)

May 28- Sweater Weather by Plum Street Samplers

May 29- Berry Sweet Cup by Stitching with the Housewives (from Etsy)

May 30- Farm Sweet Farm by Stitching with the Housewives (from Etsy)

I’m stitching the freebie that was included with the Bless this Farm chart. Also this is two days of work since I also worked on this June 2.

May 31- The Christmas Sampler by Galliana Cross Stitch Designs (from the Silk app)

~Cassie

Stitching Saturday: 5.29.21

I’m coming to you late on Saturday because I almost missed another stitching post until I remembered that I took pictures last Saturday of some of my Stitch Maynia starts and then couldn’t post because I was having issues with WordPress. Today we went to the fair and it was a lot of fun but it was also a lot for me on top of the weather getting pretty hot (heat is a trigger for me) so when we came home I took the coldest shower possible and then went to bed for a while. Which is a long way of saying that I lost the light to take pictures of the projects I started this week but I’m happy that I remembered I still need to share last weeks. For Stitch Maynia I am doing a brand new start every single day (not quite) since I am newly back into the cross stitch world and I have so many things I want to work on. My Rituxan infusion at the end of April ended up being pretty difficult for me and I had ten days where I wasn’t able to do much other then lay on the couch. I was feeling too weak to do any of my stitching which is unfortunate since I have really been enjoying starting all these projects and I look forward to getting to work on throughout the year. I also missed a day of stitching because I spent the day stitching together my Uptown Cardigan. I am working on knitting the second pocket and then I will attach it and hopefully share my finish next week. Anyways, I picked my stitching back up on May 18 so I do have some to share with you today and next Saturday I will share the remainder of my Stitch Maynia projects as well as my June projects I’m adding to the project wheel.

*All patterns can be found on Etsy unless specified otherwise. There is a lot of Stitching with the Housewives since they are my favorite designers. They also have a Youtube channel that I really enjoy watching.

May 8: Bunny Bakery by Stitching with the Housewives

I know it’s hard to tell from this small start but I stitched one bunny ear and started on the second. In the future when I share my projects I will go into full detail about the fabric and floss colors that I am working on but for this month I’m just going to share my starts.

May 18: Red, White & Blue cup by Stitching with the Housewives

May 19: Liberty Cup

May 20: Bless our Home by Country Cottage Needlework

This is the smallest start and all I did was a tiny bit of the top border. This pattern is Bless Our Home by Country Cottage Needleworks and I bought it at 123 Stitch.

May 21: Loved By You by Liz Matthews

~Cassie

Stitching Saturday 5.8.21

I’m excited about today’s post because the first week of Stitch Maynia is in the bag and I have a week of starts to share with you! You can see the days where I was feeling good/had more time to stitch because a couple of days I barely did anything. I wasn’t sure if I was going to want to cross stitch every day but I have really been loving everything that I have been working on. That may change since there is still a lot of month left so I may work on other stuff during the month but for right now I’m enjoying Stitch Maynia more than I thought I would. I also am finally going to be sharing my completed Pajama Cardigan. But first let’s go over what I stitched on this week.

May 1- Stitching with the Housewives 4th of July Cup

May 2- Sew Berry Sweet by WhiteHouseStitchery

May 3- Peep by Stitching with the Housewives

May 4- Hallow’s Eve Haunting by Autumn Lane Stitchery

May 5- 12 days of Christmas by Plum Street Sampler (freebie chart)

*I will link the blog post where the pattern is shared here so you can go check it out if you are interested in stitching this one. I have decided to stitch each day separately and make them ornaments. I also am not going to stitch the Dec 25 date for the first day block and instead I will put the year I finish it instead.

May 6- Spring by Little Stitch Girl (freebie)

*I will link here where you can see all of Little Stitch Girl’s freebies.

May 7- Up on the Housetop by Stitching with the Housewives

*I need to rip out that little part on the snowflake right under the U because I miscounted.

Pajama Cardigan

My first finished garment! It isn’t perfect but I’m so proud of it and I can’t wait for Fall to roll around so I can start wearing it. My cardigan ended up being more of a flyaway cardigan because I somehow made the two front panels longer than the front. The pattern doesn’t specify if it is for a beginner or intermediate knitter but I think you should be a pretty confident knitter to attempt this pattern because not a lot is explained. My sleeves came out pretty well but they are supposed to have a section that is the same textured pattern that the back and pockets have but the way I interpreted the pattern I ended up knitting the whole sleeve before I got to that part. It also had no instructions on how to stitch it together so I ended up using my other cardigan pattern to help me finish this one. For a paid for pattern I would have hoped to have everything clearly explained especially since my other cardigan pattern is one that I paid for and it is extremely basic and yet has way more instructions.

I know that last week I was hoping to finish my other cardigan but I am still working on the last sleeve. I didn’t expect my infusion to take so much out of me and I am slowly building my strength back up and mornings have been especially hard. I am needing to sleep more to recover but sleeping for more than five/six hours makes my spasticity worse which is frustrating. Hopefully as the month progresses my spasticity will continue to improve and I will be able to do more. With that I am going to say that I will have my Uptown Cardigan done next Saturday because that gives me a goal to work towards. Plus, I am almost done with the second sleeve so there really isn’t a lot left to do on this one.

~Cassie

Stitching Saturday 5.1.21

Happy May! It’s time to share all the progress that I made last month on all my various projects. I won’t be sharing either cardigan today but I’m hopeful for next Saturday. My energy levels are still low and I couldn’t get myself together enough to take pictures with my pajama cardigan. I have been working every morning and a few days on my Uptown cardigan and I am so close to being done that I’m hopeful I can share both next weekend. I just casted on the second sleeve this morning and then I need to make the pockets and stitch it all together. So I feel like it is doable to finish this week. After I finish the cardigan I will be making my Slipstravaganza shawl my morning stitch until that is finished. Which would be amazing to finish in May as well.

Tomato Seeds by Stitching with the Housewives

This is five days of work which makes me realize that I am a very slow cross stitcher. I am probably 40%ish done with this pattern but I have been enjoying myself. I am using the called for Classic Colorworks floss on Lori Holt 10 count fabric.

Spooky House by WhiteHouseStitchery

I worked on Spooky House by WhiteHouseStitchery on Etsy two days in April. I’m really loving how it is turning out. I’m also really pleased that every time I pick it up it is easier for me to stitch on linen. Off the top of my head this is 28ct linen using all the called for DMC.

Christmas Snow

It can be hard to see any progress on this one because it is a stamped cross stitch but April’s progress is on the left. I bought this kit on Amazon and I don’t think I will purchase anymore. I much prefer working on all my other cross stitch projects over this one. I worked on this one three days in April.

Dimensions Cat

She is so close to being done! I worked on this one three days last month and I love that her face is so clear now. I just need to finish filling in the middle of her face and backstitch all the details in. And of course do the word Meow. I’m not sure where I’m going to hang her when she is done but I’m excited to finish her with a few more days work.

Nutcracker Ornament

My nutcracker is almost finished too! I still have to do almost the whole border and the metallic thread is not that easy to work with. But I’m excited to finish him and start on another ornament. I haven’t picked one out yet but I have quite a few saved on Readly (a magazine app). This ornament is designed by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery and I found it in the June 2017 Just Cross Stitch magazine This was two days of work.

Pritchard Sweater

Sorry the picture is sideways. I didn’t notice until I had uploaded it and when I tried to turn it the sweater got cropped. I decided to use some leftover Charisma yarn that I had because I have never made a sweater before and I don’t want to invest money on yarn if I’m learning how to do something. It helps me be more confident in trying new things because I’m not worried about ruining the yarn. I worked on this two days. I also realized that the stitch markers I had were two small so I had to use my locking stitch markers. I have since bought ones that will fit so the next time I work on this I will be putting them on. The stitch markers marks the sleeves and the front and back too if I’m not mistaken.

Slipstravaganza Shawl

I didn’t do much work on this one. I only did a few rows of grey but once I finish the row I’m on I will be done with section 3. There are two more sections to be worked and this shawl just keeps growing and growing. I currently have 430ish stitches on the needle and every row more stitches are added. I think by the end there is something around 900 stitches! This only got one day of work on it but like I said at the beginning of this post I will be making this my morning stitch pretty soon.

Midwinter Socks

I barely worked on my socks last month. I don’t know what I had going on the two days they came up on my wheel but one day I didn’t work on them at all and the other day I gave them maybe 20-30 minutes. So not a lot of progress. I’m liking how the colors are all looking and I think my tension is getting better on the DPN’s.

Oslo Hat

This one is annoying because I messed up and I had to rip back a lot. I worked on it three days and one of those days was spent ripping back the previous days work. I don’t mind ripping it back but I’m more annoyed that I knew it wasn’t right but I kept knitting. I don’t know what I was thinking!

~Cassie

Stitching Saturday 4.24.21

Sorry to be posting this so late but I had a busy last few days and I am feeling it today. I’m also slightly disappointed that I can’t show off my Pajama cardigan that I fully finished last night! It isn’t perfect but I’m really pleased that I can wear something that I made. The weather has been so beautiful where I live but today is the start of a multi day storm so there was no sun to take pictures. So, I’m going to have to wait until next Saturday to show it off. Which maybe works out better since I plan on wearing on Monday to my infusion so I will have a better idea of how comfortable it is. I will also review the pattern next week because I do have some critiques. For today I thought I would share what I plan on starting next month.

Cross Stitch

I have been talking about Stitch Maynia for so long and it is finally almost here! I ended up creating a separate wheel on my Tiny Decisions app where I put the cross stitch pieces I want to start into categories. Like Christmas stitching, ornaments, Stitching with the Housewives, Etsy charts and a couple of other categories. For the month of May I will also be sharing what I start each Saturday (unless it’s a gift) since I won’t be going back to the them again until Maynia is over.

Knitting

My 9 year old son, Hunter, asked me to make him something and he is big into stuffed animals so this is what he picked. It is a free pattern that can be found on Ravelry (if you click on the picture it will take you to the page). It is called Henry’s rabbit by Sara Elizabeth Kellner but I’m obviously going to rename it Hunter’s rabbit. I’ve been getting more comfortable with DPN’s (double pointed needles) and I just stitched my Pajama cardigan together so I feel fairly confident that I can make something that will at least somewhat resemble a rabbit.

Diamond Painting

I bought this 3 pack of chalkboard inspired diamond painting on Amazon and I’m excited to work on them even though I haven’t worked on diamond painting in about six weeks since it never comes up on my wheel. This might be the last diamond painting that I add to my wheel since I’m about to add 31 cross stitch patterns to it so the chances of diamond painting coming up are even slimmer.

One thing I haven’t figured out is how I’m going to incorporate extra knitting and diamond painting into my schedule next month. I will still be doing my morning knitting so I need to work out which pocket of time I will try to work on extra crafting. I feel like I want to work on Maynia throughout the day but I also don’t want to burn myself out so I guess I will just play it by ear and if I need a break I can work on something else.

~Cassie

Stitching Saturday 4.17.21

Happy Weekend everyone! I thought it would be fun to share some of the shows that I have been watching while I knit and/or cross stitch. I do watch Youtube half the time but the other half of the time I am working my way through one show or another. I have really enjoyed all the ones that I watched recently so I thought I would share them in case you are also looking for a new show. Which, if you are a crafter, you probably are since there is no better time to watch something then when your hands are busy.

Before we get into that though I did want to share that I am (almost) officially done knitting my Pajama Cardigan! I say almost because I haven’t decided if I want to add the button band or not. I want to see what it looks like all put together first but I’m so excited to be nearing the finish line. I am going to work on stitching it all together this weekend and then block it. In a couple of weeks I get my first infusion of medicine for my disease, MOG, and I am fully planning on wearing this cardigan with some leggings since it is a six hour appointment. If all goes to plan then I will be sharing my finish of this next week.

Since I am done knitting on my Pajama Cardigan I had to decide what I wanted my next morning stitch to be and I ended up going with my Uptown Cardigan. I was going back and forth a lot on if I wanted to work on another cardigan but it is my oldest WIP (work in progress) and so I decided to just go for it so I can get it off my needles. I finished the first front panel and I started the second one since picking it up in the mornings a couple of days ago. I almost picked my Slipstravaganza shawl since I not only really want to wear it but I think Stephen West does yearly mystery KAL’s (knit a-long) every August or September so I would really love to be done with this one so I can fully concentrate on participating in the next one.

TV Shows

This is an Apple TV original and very creepy and well done. This has turned into one of my favorite shows I’ve ever watched. I took a break after watching the first season but I plan on starting the second season this weekend. I’m a little nervous that I won’t like the second season as much as the first which is why I’ve been putting off watching it. Fingers crossed I love it just as much!

This Netflix show gives me Stranger Things vibes so if you are missing that show as much as me then I highly suggest giving this one a watch. It is a supernatural Sherlock Holmes show and I really loved all the characters so much. The ending had me crying and I hope they announce a second season soon.

I also really love PBS shows and I haven’t taken the time to watch them in the past few years so I have been going back and watching some of them. This is a great crime solving one and they take two episodes to solve one case. There will be a second season of this one but I don’t know if they have a date for filming it yet.

This PBS show has three seasons and I have recently finished the first season. This show has a lot of political intrigue and machinations but it also focuses a lot on some of the pop culture things that came out of Victorian times. I don’t know how factually accurate it is but the episodes fly by and I will be going back and watching the second season soon.

~Cassie

Stitching Saturday 4.10.21

Happy Saturday! I don’t have much to share this week since I just shared all my progress last month. I have already cross stitched more this month than I did last month and I’ve been enjoying that. Today I thought I would share a few more charts that I’ve purchased and also my StitchMaynia plans.

Haul

*These all come from Etsy.

I don’t think I have shared any of these before but these are all the seed packets I have purchased from Stitching With the Housewives. I was originally planning on finishing them all as seed packets but I don’t know how I would display them all together so I think I will just take some inspiration from the way Priscilla shows them finished. These are a part of their tiered tray tidbits series but I think they would look cute in a few different places in my house. I also bought one more Housewife charts since their designs fit my style so well.

StitchMaynia

StitchMaynia can be done in a multitude of ways but the way that I’ve decided to do it is to have a new start for everyday in May. Which is a lot considering it’s one of the longest months of the year! But since I’m new to cross stitch and there are SO MANY THINGS I want to stitch I figured I might as well start them so I can continue to work on them on and off until they are done. The biggest issue I’m having is that I need to narrow down all the things I want to start to a list of 31. I have found a ton of patterns that I want to use as Christmas gifts (which I’m not going to be sharing until after Christmas because I’m not sure who I know that actually reads my blog and I don’t want to spoil anything) so those will for sure be a part of the 31. Although I think I will be doing Jolly July and that’s when I will start working on Christmas presents both knitting and cross stitching. I’m also thinking that I will start my Christmas shopping and planning then because Christmas is my husband’s busiest time of the year at work and since I can’t do as much as I used to it would be awesome to just be able to focus on activities with my boys when the holidays roll around.

~Cassie