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Saturday, April 11, 2009

January Cat and others

First off, I need to apologize, sort of - my computer apparently has something against blogs right now - I can read everyone's updates in Google Reader but if I actually open the blog to comment - crash! goes my internet. Doesn't seem to matter what blog it is; blogger, blogspot, livejournal... occasionally one will stay open, but 95 times out of 100 ... and I have no idea why this is happening :C
Anyway! My January Retro Cat is done! Pardon the attack of the evil crooked-making scanner! I think this is so cute and I definitley want to do the rest of the series, though I plan to change some of the lil' sayings. This little bugger has over 3500 stitches in it, since I did the background, too, but it's only about 3x4.5 inches.

January Retro Cat
started 01/?09
finished 03/31/09
stitched on 18ct
pattern: freebie from cyberstitchers.com

I have also stitched the 'crown' on my Claddaugh:
And started a fraktur that I've been wanting to do for years but never got around to!
This is the first one and one/half motifs:
I'm a bit iffy about the fabric I chose - it's linen and very, very thin. I may restart - but I doubt it. I'll probably have it stretched over some sort of backing.
Hope everyone's stitching is going well, and Happy Easter to those who celebrate it!!!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

A Crocheting Update

I'll try for a Cross-Stitch update tomorrow - my Retro kitty is finished (for over a week now, lol!) and I have some progress pics plus a new start.

But for now, some Crochet news!

I finished my Rainbow Ripple afghan - it's chair-sized, for my mum, who likes afghans on chairs and couches.





And I started another afghan - this one is a star. I started with a pattern I found online:





Then I decided to go my own way and add more points:



And this is my progress thus far:




I have some kinks to work out, because it's not quite laying flat. Or it may need blocking - I don't know yet. I'm going to ask my grandmother, who is an expert! This is the first pattern I've ever designed on my own. I've seen six-point stars that people have added points to, but never a five-point. I like this much better :D
Last, look what I got at a local junk/goodwill type store!
Doesn't smell like smoke, isn't dirty, and the skiens are completely full - and I got it all for $1 ! Yay!