I Have Been Tagged Too!

My friend Mar has tagged me to share seven random facts about myself.  I then have to tag seven people.   

The Rules:
1.  Once you are tagged, link back to the person who tagged you.
2.  Post the Rules on your blog.
3.  Post 7 weird or random facts about yourself on your blog.
4.  Tag 7 people and link them.
5.  Comment on their blog to let them know they have been tagged

Seven Random Facts About Me

1. I was a vegetarian for 16 years, and now eat no beef or pork products

2.  I have a Masters Degree in Clinical Psych.

3.  I learned to cross stitch while on an after high school trip to Europe in the late 70’s.  My first piece was a titmouse eyeglass case by Eva Rosenstaand.

4.  The yard is the first thing I notice in a house.

5.  I read Harry Potter 7 in about 8 hours on the day it was released.

6.  I don’t like mall shopping, but can spend hours in a stitchery, yarn or fabric store.   

7.   I enjoy watching sci fi type cartoons with my DS.

And here are the seven interesting people I have tagged!

Rachel
Meari
Patti
Claire
Kajsa
Nancy
Debs

I can’t wait to see what you all share about yourselves!

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Giggles in the Snow and other stitching updates

112_1283_r1.jpg I am tickled to announce the completion of the boy snow angel from Mirabilia’s Giggles in the Snow!  He is stitched on white cashel linen, using the recommended floss and beads.  I will be starting the girl during March’s stitching rotation and am looking forward to seeing how she progresses.

And on the ornament stitching front, I completed my two for February.  Here is  Winter Snowfall from Little House Needleworks – the 2004 Just Cross Stitch ornament issue.  Stitched on Belfast Dirty Linen and finished into a bag.

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 112_1273_r1.jpg  This is Paws Off from Dragon Dreams in the 2005 JCS ornie issue.  I used Autumn Field Belfast linen for this one.

I had the  pleasure of bringing a number of stitched dragons into my DD’s grade 3 class this month.  They are doing a unit on medieval times, which of course includes dragons.  It was delightful to see the curiousity and interest among the 8 and 9 year old kids – most of whom have never seen stitching before.  A few years ago, after I brought the same items in to my DS’s class, I ran a cross stitch club at the school during lunch hours for a  few weeks.  While it was a lot of work, it was also a lot of fun, and I hope a few of the kids will either keep stitching or pick it up again at some point. 

Here Be Stripes!

ahhhh, now that’s better! 

The yarn is Dragon Blood – Socks that Rock lightweight

Pattern: Serendipity by Adrienne Fong for Blue Moon Rockin’ Sock Club 2008, featuring a star toe and a short row heel. 

Guage:  32 st in 4 inches using 2.00 mm dpn

Products:

112_1277_r1.jpg One pair adult ladies socks –

  112_1278.jpg one pair toddler socks – isn’t it amazing how the stripes have softened

   112_1281.jpg one ornament sock, and…

  112_1280.jpg an elf ornament sock

The whole collection:

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When Good Stripes Go Bad

I took the plunge this year and signed up for the Rockin’ Socks Club at Blue Moon Fibers  http://www.bluemoonfiberarts.com/

I was tickled pink when my first package arrived at the end of January, and the gorgeous yarn they sent was called Dragon Blood – I mean, really, what could be more fitting??  After having a wee bit of trouble achieving gauge …… well, to be honest, I never did get the guage called for, I changed to a 2 mm needle and went to a size medium, rather than a large.  I loved the stripedy stripes at the cuff    str-feb-stripes.jpg 

and the same stripedy stripes at the heel … 

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but things went badly wrong in the ankle and the foot of the sock!  I lost my stripes!  Through some unfortuitous combination of my guage, the spacing of the dyeing in the yarn, the number of stitches in the medium size, and the pattern, I ended up with pooling, rather than striping.  See what I mean?

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So my finished sock looks like this…….  

 str-feb.jpg  which I don’t think is what I want from this yarn.  Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against pooling in general, but for these socks I wanted stripes!  Since I find them a wee tad loose too, I think I will frog them, and reknit in the small size.  If I do that, I can match the colour change in the yarn and perhaps come up with a pair of striped socks that mostly match.  Wish me luck!

How Time Flies!

112_1264.jpg   112_1266.jpg  112_1267.jpg  I am finding it difficult to believe that my darling daughter celebrated her 9th birthday last week!!  Nine years….. how quickly we have gone from new born babe to toddler to preschooler to elementary school diva!  And while we do have our moments when she is far too much like Mom – think opinionated, stubborn, and determined to get her own way – she has been a delight with her joy in living and endless imagination.  Happy Birthday sweet one!

Time flies too in the calendar world – January is over and a new month begun.  I did very well meeting all my stitching goals this month!  This is my last finish for January – the “small” I started in the second week.  May I present the English Knot Garden Bicornu by Hope’s Dwelling Place?  This is a limited edition kit created for the Swan Sampler Guild in 2007 – my good online friend Cheryl sent this one along to me.  Think loads of backstitching here!
112_12691.jpg 112_1270.jpg  112_1271.jpg  It is 4 inches wide by 2 inches tall.  I did make some changes – I used the coloured silk for the border and Queen’s stitch hearts on the bottom, rather than the vanilla that was called for, as I knew that border would show along the edge.   Remind me to choose something with a little less stitching for the small this month!!