Wednesday, 20 June 2018

1 Cat and one spine done

Hi everyone,

As I shared on my last post I didn’t finish the cat during the official IHSW, but as my weekend only starts on Monday, I was more than able to finish it during the afternoon on Monday and I moved on to stitch the “title” (it says "Recipe Book" in Portuguese) and on Tuesday I stitched the two little motifs on top and below the letters on the part that will be the spine of the binder cover. Today I’m starting the second cat. So expect more photos soon. Also if you want to see my daily progress I started an account on instagram where I’m sharing the photos daily of my progress. If you want to check it out, look for me @Sarascraftsandothers there.

Day 13 - 18.06.18 - 1st cat complete, Back side done. 
Day 13 - 18.06.18 - Full view of the Binder cover with the letters in
Day 13 - 18.06.18 - Close up on the front (just missing the 4 cats)
Day 14 - 19.06.18 - Cover spine complete

Day 14 - 19.06.18 - Close up of the cupcake (from the cat pattern on the back)

Day 14 - 19.06.18 - Close up of the broken egg (from the pattern of one of the cats that will go in the front)

Thanks for stopping by,
Happy Stitches,

Monday, 18 June 2018

IHSW result

Hi everyone,

So this weekend Was IHSW and I was hoping to stitch to my delight throughout it... but of course because I set myself an easy goal, I had to fail it completely, barely did any stitching on Friday evening, since I was too tired for anything (after only sleeping 2hours from Thursday to Friday) and then Saturday I was flooded with work calls (I work during the weekends) so had to focus on work and of course the Little Miss was demanding more attention, so almost nothing done. Sunday I set myself to at least do something worth to share and I did stitch a bit. Didn’t finish the cat, but only a little bit of white to go and the backstitch so I’m forcing myself to finish it today since today and tomorrow are my “weekend”.

Day 10 - 15.06.18

Day 11 - 16.06.28

Day 12 - 17.06.18

Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Stitches,

Friday, 15 June 2018


Hi everyone,

First of all thank you for the comments on my previous post, I’m trying to figure out how to reply them, as I used to just reply the mail I’d get.

So this weekend is IHSW. And considering I’ve been good and have been stitching a little bit every night (wowwww) I want to have the first cat finished and the second started by the end of IHSW, to do a before and after posting I’m sharing my progress so far, since last week until yesterday... and few times I got myself a little helper, as my daughter sits next to me and asks to “help me make the cat” and I’m letting her pull the needle up and down on the fabric... who knows, in a few years there will be another  stitcher. 
And now the daily photos for the “before”:

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

Day 11
Pre-IHSW photo
Thanks for stopping by,
Happy stitches

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Return to the Stitching World

Hi everyone,

So after another very long hiatus of no crafts whatsoever, I've made a return to my cross-stitching (thanks to the will of knitting another dress for my daughter).
I finally decided to stop being lazy and just play around with the phone and now I actually get some stitching done... and hopefully this time I'll be posting more than on my last return... not going to say more so I don't jinx it.
Anyway, I've been stitching a little bit every night this past week, but this time i decided to pick another project to work on (I think the all greys from the No words needed was sort of putting me off from stitching, even though I love it, I needed some colours) and what better to return than pick the Culinary Cats, a "small" project so it ill be finished quicker so it gives me an extra boost to work on it.

Now enough talking and to the pictures of one week of stitching:
As it was left back in... don't even remember...

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5 (bottom is now all finished with backstitching and all!)
And if you are curious about the dress I knitted for my girl, this was it...

If you still follow my blog, a big thank you for staying with me.

Happy Stitches,

Monday, 19 September 2016

IHSW check-in and result.

Hi everyone,

So although I've signed up for the IHSW I only noticed I had forgotten to do the "before post" yesterday (Sunday) so opted for leaving a 2-1 post for today.

So let me start by showing you my progress on My SOLO pieces on Thursday and Friday (preparing for IHSW):

SS10 - 15/09/16 - 1st symbol of this page all done

SS11 - 16/09/16

Baby Raghlan:
KS07 - 15/09/16 - start on the second sleeve
KS08 - 16/09/16

And now what have I done during the official IHSW (my days off are Monday and Tuesday, so in theory my IHSW will only finish tomorrow ;) which are the two days I can stitch/knit to my heart content)

Saturday I've finished like this:

Didn't work on NWN as it was a busy day/night with work and Little Miss, so I knew there was no hope for me to stitch unless I wanted to frog everything on the following day.

But made up on the knitting front, finished the sleeve and started the top joining everything together:
KS09 - 17/09/16
And on Sunday this was how I finished:

SS12 - 18/09/16 - Finished 2nd symbol and started the 3rd
Baby Raglan:

KS10 - 18/09/16

Thanks for stopping by
Happy Stitches :)

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Weekly update

Hi everyone,

So sticking to my decision of blogging more often, here it is my weekly progress with my daily pictures of my SOLO projects. NWN didn't see much progress this werk as i could only work on it Monday and Tuesday nights (my nights off of work) and there's no stitching chance while DD is up, and I spent The full monday evening gridding the next page and finding a solution to replace the frame I'm using, as I'm not liking it as it's not keeping the tension tight as I like (ended up ordering my first q-snaps onlin to see if it fixes my problem) and I've tried to put it in on of my scroll frames but it's even worse as the sides are loose (went with it yesterday as I didn't want to spend more of the stitching time trying to sort it out but it's making my progress slower as I have to keep holding the side to keep the tension). Anyway, to make up for it my Baby raghlan as grown quite a bit.

So NWN progress:
SS08 - 12/09/16 - No stutching just gridding

SS08 - Close up
SS09 - 13/09/16
According to the chart I've reached halfway of the lenght on this page :) (So eventually when I've this row of pages done I'll have more than half of the chart stitched, as the mark is at the middle of the page more or less)

And my knitting progress on the Baby Raghlan:
KS02 -08/09/16

KS03 - 10/09/16

KS04 - 11/09/16

KS05 - 12/09/16 - 1st part of the body done

KS06 - 13/06/16 - Body and 1 arm done

Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, 8 September 2016

SOLO September - another page finished

Hi everyone,

So considering that I've promised myself that I'd stick to NWN until it is finished, the SOLO September is the perfect SAL for me (as I don't have to do anything more besides what I'm already doing) :D The only "Adjustment" I'm making is that not only I'm sticking to only one stitching project I'm also sticking to one knitting project as well.

So although September as started a week ago and I've already started the SOLO September, I haven't made the proper "join in" post (so this is it).

My stitching project, obviously, is the No Words Needed, and, I've finally completed another page, which means I know have 12 pages/ 2 rows completed of a total of 36p/6r (being the last column and row pages only partial)
I'm taking a picture by the end of each stitching session (again) so that I have a "daily" (whenever I can work on it) progress picture. 

End of Stitching Session 06 on 30/08/2016

End of SS07 - 06/09/2016 - 12pg finished

And my Knitting SOLO project is the baby cardigan
Which went from this:
1st attempt
To this:
End of KS01 - 05/09/16
I've ripped it all and restarted it with the proper needles and I'm so happy I did it as the bottom is looking much better.

Thanks all for stopping by :)
Happy Stitches