Frosty Knotgarden and another Santa


I wanted to share with you my progress on Frosty Knotgarden. I took it from here:

To here:

It’s coming along pretty well. Whenever my kids have a big project like learning a new piano song or something for school I always ask, “How would you eat an elephant?” The answer is “one bite at a time.” So I am taking this one in little bites and the way it is laid out that is very easy to do and also makes it easy to see the progress!

I have another Mill Hill Santa to show you!

I thought I had completed the series but I found a couple more in my stash! So I made this one up as quick as a wink. The last one I will do next month-I need a break from Santa’s!

Here is the collection so far:

My next Mill Hill will be a snowflake. I had made 3 of the 6 Snow Crystals in that series for 3 of my kids, and and since then I’ve had 2 more kids so I need to make them each a Snow Crystal. If I remember, the crystals stitch up even faster than the Santas so I expect to get them done this month.

I’ve put some stitches in my various other projects but not enough to show progress. I find I can best stitch on those darker linens in the bright daylight in the car while I’m waiting in the school pick up line and that is my most shortest stitching time. But I’m glad I’ve found a way to stitch them at all!

And there’s your update for this first week of February! I hope you’re having a great week!

First Smalls Check In of 2020!


WOW! January 2020 is OVER! I have this theory that the older you get, the faster time seems to go because when you are a kid, each minute, or hour, or day, relative to your entire life, is a larger amount of time than when you are an adult. So one day to my 40 years is a lot less than 1 day to my Natalie’s 2 years. I think it works the same way with energy, and why my kids seem to have so much more than me! There’s your deep thought for the day! Now on to the stitching!

Hey hey! I had 2 little finishes this month! First is Ode to the Ort (Basket) which I decided for sure not to put on the basket. I have the perfect little box to put it on. It will be super cute. Check in for the FFO Gallery next month and I promise to have it ready to show off!

Next I got my Mill Hill Santa finished! My kids don’t think his hat looks like a Santa hat but I think it’s handsome and a nice change up of colors. I put a new Mill Hill kit in my purse to take its place. It’s surprising how many minutes there are to stitch in the day when you have a small kit in your purse ready to go at any minute! (I do put the beads on at home though!)

I hope your 2020 stitching year is off to a great start too! I can’t wait to see what you share!

The mood strikes…serial starting


Oh my, I have so many projects I want to do, and this past week I have spent so much time trying to figure out what to do and how to approach each project… I have to admit, guiltily, that I have started too many things.

  1. The Pink Sparrow Sampler by Brenda Gervais. This was the first reproduction sampler I ever really admired and thought, “I could stitch THAT one happily…” mainly because it has a cute bird and no houses or Adams and Eves or boxers or a million alphabets. Also it is not too big, just about the same size as Toccata! I’m stitching on 36 ct so I’m doing 1 over 2 (not making THAT mistake again of 2 over 2 on 36-looking at you, Leaping Cat!) with the pretty called for threads. I LIKE it.
  2. When This You See from Blackbird Designs. This was a fundraiser chart a few years ago. It took me a while to get the Lupine linen as it was difficult to find on sale anywhere and I am the queen of sale shopping. I finally did. I have been looking forward to starting it for so long! However, now that I’ve begun, I find the Lupine hard to stitch on and not so fun. Well, I love the end result promised by the picture so I will tough it out because it is not too big.
  3. Mill Hill’s Father Christmas. After realizing I stitched no Mill Hill last year, I knew I had to make up for that this year! Can you believe this series came out 21 years ago? It is just timeless! I think this is the only Santa face from this 1999 series that I do not have so I have to make him up to complete my set. I’ve got the face done which is always the most tedious part after you’ve made 7 or 8! Now I am starting the beard. The hat is the most fun. I will save it for last.
  4. Now this one is really enjoyable so it’s gotten the most time…Ode to the Ort, also by Brenda Gervais. This was a kit I coveted from the moment I saw it (and it was sold out of course) but patience paid off and I snagged one. The 1 over 2 on 40 ct is going very well. The bird is so cute! He gets a satin stitch wing. I am not sure I will mount it on the basket…the basket seems a little heavy for the delicacy of the project. If I can find a more delicate cute little basket I will very pleased, or maybe a little box.

I also kitted a start for later in this year, one which I must wait on as I do not have a piece of linen big enough or in a color close enough to what is required. I have other linens that would work ok, but the more I tossed my threads, and the more I thought of what a commitment this project will be, the more I realized, it just really needs the called for linen, which is Doubloon from Picture This Plus. The project is Autumn Quakers by Rosewood Manor.

I am changing the Valdanis to silks I have in my stash. I didn’t have the Valdanis to color match with so I used Karen’s (the designer’s) Weeks conversion which she kindly sent to me, combined with some conversion charts Weeks/DMC/Valdani and just looking on my computer screen at various shades in the Valdani. I spent too much time on it, and I’m not sure it’s perfectly matched but I am convinced it will be GORGEOUS with these colors, plus a joy to work with the silks. Here are the Weeks colors and my conversion. I left off one of the skeins in the picture so there is actually a twelfth that was added later.

If I can’t get it on sale, I will ask for the linen for my birthday. Honestly, I do not need another project to start before March so that is just fine.

I have not neglected my big projects. I bought the Apple Cider threads I need for the Joyful World border (well, shopping is easy!) and I’ve been working on Frosty Knotgarden as well. I forgot how fun Frosty was after getting bogged down with the dueling shades of white the last time I worked on it. Well, I picked out the problematic white to deal with later and got seriously into the garden borders and I feel like it is back on track. The Rainbow Gallery metallics are SO sparkly, this is such a gorgeous piece to work on.

With so many fun projects vying for my attention, it will be hard to stay out of my stitching corner! And no doubt it will be a surprise every time you check in to see what I worked on! See you next week with an update on some of these…but which ones? No one knows, not even me!