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Stitch Maynia Day 30

Today brings us one day closer to the end of Maynia and also brings us a WIP to stitch on for the day. This is a lovely Dimenions kit that I got when I returned to stitching last summer.

I love the richness of the grapes and leaves, but I did switch out the brown Aida that came in the kit and substituted in a creamy, pinky 32 count linen I had in my stash. Learn more about it here:

This is a wonderful piece to work on. I don’t often work with blended threads, and the coloring they produce in this piece is gorgeous.

This one will be a joy to return to and get done, and I think it will stitch up rather quickly, once I get back to it. But for now, onward with Maynia! Tomorrow brings us to another gorgeous WIP! Stay tuned!

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Stitch Maynia Day 29

Day 29 was actually a knit with me day instead of a stitch with me day. Laura Nelkin was releasing a new club pattern, and I needed to swatch the yarn and choose bead. So join me for a knit with me day!

Since I had made kumihimo jewelry in the past, I had built up quite a stash of size 8/0 and 6/0 seed beads. There is a n0-bead option with Laura’s N Club kits, so that’s what I’m getting, which means I had to choose from my stash for beads for this design.

I decided to rope my viewers in to help me choose beads. The best way to choose beads for a project is to see them on the yarn, and since we have to (really, we do have to) knit a swatch anyway, I incorporated the beads in to the swatch.

I love how all of the beads look, so I really was having a hard time deciding. Most of my viewers and commenters on Instagram liked the second one from the top the best. I still couldn’t decide, so decided to wait for Laura’s live Facebook reveal for Club members that evening. I knew once I saw how the beads were actually used, I would know which beads were best.

The design is called Caramelized Cowl, and it uses Kettle Yarn Co.’s Beyul Singles in an exclusive colorway called Praline. The yarn is a yak/silk/merino blend, and it is luscious! The design will do it justice. The pattern is exclusive for N Club members for the first year.

Caramelized Cowl with Laura Nelkin of Nelkin Designs for The N Club

The beads are just lightly sprinkled through the design, so I’ve decided to go with the one that most people liked. They are the ones that stand out the best, and to be honest, those were the first beads I thought of when I first saw the yarn.

Next step, I need to block my gauge swatch, measure it to see if I got gauge, and then cast on!

In the meantime, check in tomorrow when I’ll be returning to another WIP!

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Stitch Maynia Day 28

I have been anxious to start this one ever since I got the linen. Printed linen wasn’t something that existed back in the 90s/early 2000s, which was when I pretty much stopped stitching. So, to discover all of the possibilities that are out there with printed linen has been fun. And Nichole Franklin of Kaniki’s Whims and Prims does it right up my alley. Now, I am not necesssarily a prim girl. That’s not really my style. But I do love me some grunge! And Nikki likes to grunge things up! So, when I saw this fabric and then the awesome pattern that goes with it, I knew I had to get it!

This picture gives a good look at the fabric, and the tiny little amount I did in my stitch with me video. This fabric is easy to work on, and smells good, too!

I got a little more done that day on the snow on the bottom, but not much!

I probably won’t pick this one up again until Christmas in July, so look for it then!

 

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Stitch Maynia Day 27

Today I got to visit a little bit with another one of my loves, the Modern Folk Embroidery Four Seasons Mystery Sal. Boy, that’s a mouthful, isn’t it! And it’s not a small project either, but it’s going to be an amazing piece when finished!

 

This is the one I had to restart when I realized I had oriented it on the fabric wrong. Made me sick to my stomach, but I love it so much, I had to do it.

I am still on Part 1, January, on this one, and Part 6 has just been released. So I have a little catching up to do on this one, but that’s okay. Every stitch is a joy and I don’t care how long it takes me to finish. I am enjoying the process.

Here is what I got done on Day 27.

 

 

Tomorrow, we’ll be turning to a new start and Christmas!

 

 

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Stitch Maynia Day 26

So, in my Day 26 Stitch with Me video, I described this pattern as my first Stitch Maynia failure. One of my viewers disagreed with me, saying that there is no way it’s a failure, since I have had so many other beautiful projects. And she is exactly right. You can see my Day 26 Stitch with Me here.

My Day 26 project was Bent Creek’s Summer Row. I was looking forward to doing this one because I knew it would be another fairly quick and easy project. I have seen several people do several of the different Rows over Stitch Maynia and they have all said how quick of a project it is. Considering how many projects I now have, and some of them fairly  large, I was happy to be starting another quick one. I termed this a failure however, because as I started it, I just wasn’t thrilled with it. I don’t know whether it’s the fabric, the colors in the pattern, or possibly the fact that I was doing two over two. You call know by now that I prefer 1 over two. But anyway, I didn’t pick it up the rest of the day, so whatI had gotten done was only what I had done on the video. I just wasn’t interested.

Again, considering how many WIPs I have now, all of which I LOVE, it didn’t make sense to continue with this. This taught me a valuable lesson about Stitch Maynia, though. If I ever do a whole month-worth of starts again, put designs at the end that I’m super-excited about starting. This will help keep me going, and keep me out of the stitching doldrums.

Tomorrow, I KNOW I won’t have that problem because tomorrow, I’ll be working on a much-loved WIP. Check back tomorrow to see that!

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Stitch Maynia 2018 Day 25

Day 25 saw me working on the gorgeous Chatelaine pattern Taj Mahal Mandala Garden. It has been about a year since I have picked it up, so it was a real pleasure to work on it again.

I am currently working on the satin stitches around the center square. According to the chart, these should be done in the Woven Scotch stitch. I found this stitch rather difficult, and quite frankly, I love the way the silks glow in the satin stitch, so that’s what I’m doing. I worked the satin stitches using  a trolley needle, which helps  the stitches to lay flat and evenly on the fabric.

I have a lot more work to do on this. Once Stitch Maynia is over, I plan to work on this on the weekends until it’s finished. Remember, to see a larger image, simply click on the picture.

Tomorrow, on to a simpler pattern! Summer Row by Bent Creek.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stitch Maynia 2018 Day 24

Today’s start was the sweet design from Plum Street Sampler called Woolemina. I am using some Victorian Motto Sampler Threads in this, which actually seems to be true of a lot of my starts for Maynia. The colors used in this are similar to what I’m using for Spring Jack and Blackberry House, two other Plum Street Sampler designs I’ve started for Stitch Maynia.

I feel like I got a bunch done on this, mostly because I stitch into the evening, too, instead of knitting. There’s still quite a bit to go, of course, but I am loving each little stitch on this one!

The top picture shows the colors more accurately than the bottom.

Here are the color changes I’ve made so far:

Victorian Motto Sampler Threads (VMST) in place of Classic Colorworks (CC) Bunny Honey
Gentle Arts Sampler Threads (GAST) in place of CC Pine Needles
VMST Glorious Pinks in place of CC Blushing Beauty
VMST Holland Tulips in place of CC Persimmon
VMST Tahitial Floral in place of CC Cinnamon Toast
I’m using the called for DMC, and the DMC in place of CC Hickory Sticks. I haven’t decided yet what I’m using for CC Weeping Willow. I’ll note that addition when I finish this beauty.

But this is being put aside for now, and tomorrow, I’ll be pulling out my beautiful Chatelaine Taj Mahal Mandala Garden. See you then!

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Stitch Maynia 2018 Day 23

Today’s project was Lizzie Kate’s Snowman 2010. He’s a cute little guy, and he’s got lots of turquoise, so what’s not to love!

This little guy was an easy one to get started. I had originally planned on taking him on a road trip, because I knew that the nice blocks of color would be easy to stitch in the car. We ended up not doing the road trip, so I took him out to the pool deck instead. (I also didn’t do a Stitch with Me video on this day. Even though I ended up not going on the trip, I decided to give myself the day off from recording.)

I don’t think I got quite half of him done, but when I do get back to this one, I will probably be able to finish it in a couple of days. I plan on making this into a pillow, even though it is rather tall. We shall see.

And speaking of seeing, I decided that my poor little snowman at least needed some eyes until I could get back to him, so I stitched them in real quickly before doing my Day 24 Stitch with Me video. Here’s what he looks like with eyes.

The above photo shows a preview of the next day’s project, Woolemina! She sure is pretty and I’m looking forward to stitching her up!

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Stitch Maynia 2018 Day 22

My project for Day 22 was Abecedarian Summer Schoolhouse from With Thy Needle and Thread. I fell in love with this project as soon as I saw it last summer. The fact that it is stitched over one thread was an added bonus. I am using the called for overdyed flosses, a mixture of Weeks Dye Works and The Gentle Arts threads on the called for fabric! That doesn’t happen often!

The main change I am making is that I decided to stitch it as one long piece, instead of as separate pillows. One of the reasons for this is that I have never done a pillow finish, so I’m a bit intimidated, and of course, I no longer own a sewing machine!

I mentioned my plans in my Stitch with Me video, and one of my commenters mentioned someone on Instagram who was doing just that. I found the post by Skye Coote, @scottycoo on IG, and got her permission to share it here. She did have to make some changes to the pattern to make them the same height. I may or may not do that. I will decide when I get to the other pieces. But isn’t it stunning all worked together as one piece!

I am only on part 1 of this 4 part series. It’s been a while since I worked on this, and this is what I had done.

Have I mentioned that I adore this piece! Look at those tiny stitches! Love it!

 

I got the roof completed and a nice chunk done on the side of the house, so that’s where I leave it till the next time.

On to the next project! Lizzie Kate’s Snowman ‘10!

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Stitch Maynia 2018 Day 21

Here we are at Day 21 and I’m still going strong! I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with myself once Maynia is over and I’m not doing daily Stitch with Me videos, but I’m sure I’ll get back into some other kind of routine. Many people have said they will miss my daily videos, and I think that is so sweet, and kind of funny! Here is the Stitch with Me for Day 21.

Anyway, my project for Day 21 was Louise and Henry by Little House Needleworks. Of course, being a knitter, I fall in love with all sheep designs, and that this one says Wool on it is another plus. And I found out today that Little House Needleworks has a companion piece to this one called Warm Winter Woolens. You know I’ll need to add that to my stash, too!

I got a nice chunk done in my one day of stitching.

And of course, I changed a bunch of the called for colors. No surprise there!

I am using the DMC colors that are called for. I haven’t yet decided on all of the others. I’ll figure them out when I get to them, but the ones I have chosen are Vintage Motto Sampler Threads (VMST) Vintage Crochet for the Classic Colorworks Antique Lace, and VMST Sampler Greenery in place of Classic Colorworks Weeping Willow. I’ll note the final selection of colors when I finish the piece. Hopefully that won’t take too long, although I know there is a lot of stitching on the sheep.

But for now, on to the next project!