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 7.3.21 (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 5.8.21

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 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 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 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 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