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So, this only took me two years to complete…
Trying to complete my outstanding WIPs – happy with this one!

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Poor, poor neglected blog.

I wanted to show off some projects. I might not have been bloggin’, but I have been stitchin’ when I can.

I finished my cross stitch piece:

Yoruba Saying

Pattern can be found here. Patterns such as this are a great way to play around with floss – I chose a variegated blue.

I stitched some leaves for a shirt for the Bear’s fall party:

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It’s my own pattern, which I might share later. Interested?

And just in time for Halloween:

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And yes, I know that Day of the Dead is most definitely not Halloween. Pattern found in the Halloween/Thanksgiving issue of Just Cross Stitch.

Feather & Fan

Just finished a feather & fan dishcloth; pattern here.

Feather & Fan Dishcloth

I really like this pattern and think it would be lovely in another type of yarn as a scarf.

And I have a little peek at a x-stitch WIP:

Cross Stitch WIP

Hmmm…what could it be?

Easy Knitting

Size 50 needles are pretty awesome – you can knit things so quickly! They do take some getting used to:

Skinny "Go Vols!" Scarf

I knitted this Vol-inspired “Half-Hour Skinny Suede Scarf” (in about an hour) for my mother-in-law. I think she really liked it. I used Peaches N’ Cream cotton in orange and white instead of the suede. I’d like to try the suede at a later date, but they only had a rust color, and I wanted something Vol for my mother-in-law, who is a Vol superfan.

I also knitted this dishcloth:

Waffle Stitch Dishcloth

You can find the pattern here. It was a really easy knit, and a great way to use up my not-quite half skein of Lily Sugar N’ Cream twists. I knit only 10 pattern rows, 3 shy of the 13 that the pattern requires, but I still like my results.

Photo Recap

Yesterday, BHE and I celebrated 8 wonderful years of marriage.

Cupcakes were made in celebration, in addition to a wonderful meal of steak and roasted asparagus and red potatoes.

Anniversary Cupcakes

It’s OK to drool. I won’t tell anyone.

The vanilla cupcake is an OLD family recipe that, I’m sorry, I won’t share. The frosting is my mom’s chocolate frosting recipe.

My icing skills aren’t the best (see my buddy at Family Bites for that), but I think I do simplicity well. My tip for simple icing? Take a spoon, put a dollop in the middle of your cupcake, and carefully spread with the dull side of a butter knife. It’s not fancy, nor involved exceptional skill, but your cupcakes will look nice and neat.

In other news, my mom has a renewed vigor for sewing, and has taken up bag-making. Bow down to her sewing prowess:

The bag fits a ton – two cross stitch projects – one a decoy, the other I’m doing on the sly as a gift – and my knitting project:

WIP: My First Scarf

I got this Drop Stitch Scarf pattern off ravelry, and I’m really enjoying it.

Scrap Polyester Flower Pin

So, you’ve got Grandma’s quilt scraps, which came from one of her old polyester dresses, and you’re wondering what to do with it? Might I suggest:

Easy Flower Brooch

I didn’t come up with this – I’ve seen it at various blogs and wish I could find that first source. I just google searched and there’s a pretty nice tutorial here.

For this one, I took circles of polyester* (you want them in slightly varying sizes, if possible). I then mildly burned them over a candle (you’re not going to actually light your polyester on fire – there’s a video in the tutorial link if you want a look). This caused the edges to curl nicely. I ended up with four usable “petals” – 2 didn’t turn out as I’d like, and four was a good size. Then I just stacked them and placed the button on it for the center of the flower – and to hold them all together. Attached the pin back and it’s done! A nice little flower pin to accent your favorite shirt or dress. I’ve also seen these sewn to t-shirts as a nice embellishment. You could make a ton – it’s an easy craft.

*By my understanding, it has to be polyester or a similar synthetic fabric to get the edges to curl nicely.

Finished and Almost-Finished Projects

Finished:

My First Knitted Piece!

My first knitted piece! You can find the pattern for this simple washcloth here.

And almost-finished:

Hand Embroidered Snake

The Monkey loves snakes, so this will be turned into a pillow…however, first I have to stitch up a dolphin for the Bear, so they each have a pillow, even stevens.

HISS

I really like how he turned out. The pattern came from this coloring book.