WIPocalypse – March edition

Well, February has gone by in no time, but somehow I got a bunch of stitches in. I am very happy with my progress and hope to continue with this speed πŸ˜‰ And besides stitching a lot I still manage to read one book after the other. I had my last exam today (it was put off) and made it with best mark (yay me!) and now there is just my master thesis left to write. Time just flies by! And now it’s time for WIPocalypse again!

This months WIPocalypse-question is:

If money – and time – were not limiters, what projects would be on your stitching bucket list?

Well, it would definitely be a Golden Kite pattern. They create amazing designs, mostly they chart paintings, with a bunch of colors (way more than Haeds) and blended colors, but they are quite expensive. On the one hand, the pattern itself is quite expensive (I really love “The Valkyries Virgil”, but I think it costs some 55$ or so, the kit with 18ct fabric and thread is 374$!!), then there is the fabric and of corse, the threads. Due to the blended colors I would need to stitch with two strands, so it basically doubles the floss costs. As a student I can’t afford all that right now, but maybe one day I will πŸ˜‰ Maybe I can save a bit of money and buy the pieces one at a time πŸ˜‰

On the time-side of this question, I would start a few big projects like Trick or Treat or one of the Aimee Stewart Bookshelves – but those are so huge and I already have so many huge projects on the go… But I would as well need a bigger frame for the Bookshelves, they would not fit on my 36″ bars…

As for my progress of this month, I worked on two projects ( I just checked out Katys post at Just a little stitching’ and she has a ton of amazing projects with so much progress to show, I feel funny having “just” two projects to show πŸ˜€ )

 

First up is Kreimhild’s Revenge

Last time:

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And now, with page 17 finished:

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Apart from that I worked on Wolf Variant. Last month we had half of the first page finished:

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And now page 1 is done (finished it last night)

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So I officially met my first goal for this year! =) I love how it is coming out and I will surely pick it up again soon =) This means I managed to put in 5300 stitches (and a few on Theatre which I didn’t count, 200 perhaps) in since last WIPocalypse!! =)

But I am going to put a few stitches into Eternal Promise next. I have the advantage of a daylight lamp now, so stitching it will hopefully be more comfortable. (I really love the coverage on 28ct, so it would be great if this works). Then I will decide if I will buy some 28ct or 25ct fabric for my next new start (28ct is also a bit cheaper, not much, but a bit). Because after finishing my master thesis, I will have new start!! =) I’m already gathering thins for it, I’m winding the bobbins and I will get fabric and pattern soon =)

If you want to participate in the WIPocalypse or take a look at the other participants work, just pay a visit so Measi, who is hosting this event!

I will be back in a few days with a YOTA post and some progress on Theatre!

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A page-finish! =)

Well, I managed to finish page 17 on Kreimhild a few days ago, so there are just 47 more to go, lol. the page mostly contained the tree and it is as good as done (just a few more stitches on the next page). Apart from that there was some sky to stitch (never did THAT on this project…..) and there will be more sky ahead. I think the next two pages are mostly background and on page 20 or so we will se some more of Kreimhild herself (and I hope I can get there this year!). It was quite nice to stitch because it was a mix of block stitching and confetti =) Here is how she looks like now:

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Eventhough I really enjoy stitching her, I decided to pull out Wolf Variant again and finish the page I started. I am part of the Stash, Stitch and Honking Raketeers group on Facebook and there are some competitions during the year. This year I try to take part in most (something I never did before, I mean trying this seriously) and this months competition was to stitch on a project that contains an animal! So Wolf Variant is perfect for this! I already participated with it in the January competition, which was a new start. I’m not confident that I can finish the page this month (currently 2000 stitches to go, but only 5 days), so I will also participate with Wolf Variant in March (theme is “page finish”), lol. Let’s see in how many monthly themes I can fit it!

I completely forgot, there are some new freebies on the Haed site! Most of the old freebies are gone (I think it was because they were quite old and they wanted t check/improve the shading on the freebies) and four new ones appeared.

One of them is a Wall design called QS Undine:

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It’s such a beautiful piece and goes strict to the stitching list! It’s 250×250, so it’s not that small and I think it will be a stunning piece. Among the “old” freebies was “QS Foxglove Ball” by Aimee Stewart and I am glad I downloaded it some ages ago because I really love it. And one day I will stitch it πŸ˜‰

 

WIPocalypse February

Well, as I a already said, I’m going to join WIPocalypse again this year =)

I guess my last WIPocalypse post was back in 2013, when I lost my blogging mojo and didn’t continue to post.

This time I try to increase my blogging rate by joining a few events and WIPocalypse is one of them. For those who found my blog through the event and don’t know me, here is a small introduction since I just got on the train and didn’t do an introduction in January.

My name is Johanna and I am from Germany. I am 23 years old (it was my birthday two weeks ago) and I am currently doing my Master degree in Mathematics. I have one exam left and I am writing my master thesis, so I am pretty busy, but the end is in sight and I hope to get started on my Phd soon. I have been stitching for about 4 1/2 years and I started blogging about 4 years ago. I usually do Haeds, but I also have a few kits (mostly dimensions gold). Apart from stitching I like to knit or read. I guess I am going to introduce all my projects as I go along, but I also created a page for this event where my projects are listed.

This months theme isΒ How do you overcome that feeling that you’re in a rut with a particular project?

Well, I usually rotate between my projects. Since I switched to parking, this is a lot easier. I can easily switch from one project to another whenever I am at the end of a column. When I loose my mojo to work on one project, I just switch to another and retry some time later. I just hope that a bit of change will make things better and that usually works for me =)

I already worked on three of my WIPocalypse projects this year and I am very happy about my progress. I did about 6100-6200 stitches in January and hope to continue with this speed.

First up is Yule Angel by Anne Stokes, I stitched the first two columns on page 4:

Before (at the end of December):Β YA1000

And after:Β YuleAngel12

Next is a new start called “Wolf Variant” by Bente Schlick. I stitched the first half of page 1 and I plan to finish this page in February:

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And last but not least, my current project: Kreimhilds Revenge by Howard David Johnson. I haven’t touched her in a while, last time you could witness a row finish. This is the first half of page 17 and I want to finish that page this month:

Before:

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And After:Β 43

I’ll do a full shot of her when I finish the page =) I really love the detail in the trees, it’s a nice mix of block and confetti stitching.

A row finish! And a post, lol….

Well, I usually lose my stiching mojo and feel like blogging without having anything to blog about but this time it’s different. I stitched (a bit during) the last weeks and made some progress, especially during the last week, but I completely lost my mojo to blog! LOL!
I really don’t know I ended up with not blogging for nearly two months!
At first I didn’t have much to show because I had an exam at hand and didn’t spent much time stitching. So it took me until the end of July to finish the second row. Before I start rambling about what happened I guess I will show you a pic of Kreimhild how she looks now:

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You know, life sometimes is very stressfull. At the beginning of July I started to feel stressed and it got worse. I had a lot to do for university /exam, a seminar and my masterthesis) which is usually fine. But I had some trouble with friends also and since I am very sensible person who tends to do (nearly) anything for her friends even if it means taking their worries and wishes upon me, I managed to stress myself even more. Some people just have a certain habbit to put more pressure and expectations on me that I can handle and this came on top of my stress at university. I also had some trouble with my mom, which obviously didn’t help. Well my last real relationship (I had some intermezzos but they only lasted a few weeks, nothing with real feelings, just didn’t work) ended 15 months ago, there is still some damage to cope with and now and then my feeling go up and down and spin around and I don’t know if I should enjoy it or hide somewhere.
I think all these things are not that bad if they happen on their own, but it all happened at once, so in the middle of July I was totally done.
So I went on holiday!

I booked a nice little room in a town called “Norden” which lies by the sea. I had to walk some ten minutes to the sea and even though I don’t go swimming I absolutely enjoyed it there. They have a Wadden Sea (dict.cc claims that this is the term!) there and I really enjoyed walking through it (running through the mud was along my favorite things as a child). I spent the evenings walking along the dike and sitting there reading an these few days I had of were fantastic. If I had know how good it felt to be there on my own I surely would have stayed longer.
This is actually the first time I went on holiday completely on my own. As a child I went with my parents or with a group of other youths and after that I used to go with my current boyfriend. And I really must say… It was great to have those days without anyone telling me what to do and complaining about something πŸ˜€ I didn’t do much, lying in the sun at the beach or the dike, I went to visit the island Norderney for one day, but I spent most of my time walking an reading, just as I wanted πŸ˜‰ I guess I will do this more often, I feel way better since I am back from the trip πŸ˜‰

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This is what I enjoyed every evening =)

Well, after my little holiday I spent 5 days in Bochum and then went to Berlin with a friend for a few days. I never went there before and I am not sure if I will go there again. the town is just to big and there are to many people there for me. But we had a few nice days and since last Wednesdays I am really back at home. So back to studying πŸ˜‰ And blogging (hopefully)

I hope I will find the motivation to take a piccie of my current WIP, which is a new start and already hast some 1,700 stitches in AND to blog about it πŸ˜€ And catch up with your blogs. I opened my feed reader yesterday and it hat 450 unread posts. I guess I just scan most of them πŸ˜€

Until then I hope you all enjoy your stitching and survived this extra long rambling post (congratulations if you are still reading :D) πŸ˜‰

Kreimhild – We’re getting closer to a row-finish =)

So here I am again, I’m getting better with posting here because it’s only 12 days since my last post here =) I have been working on Kreimhild for the last days and I feel like making a giant amount of progress. There is only sky (and a bit of a tree which will yet appear) left in this row so it goes quite fast. I am already more than half way through page 15 and page 16 is not even two columns wide. There are exactly four columns left to finish the second row of pages and I am so eager to stitch them. (well, I already made a start on the next column)
But I guess you are eager for a piccie, so here is my lady:

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I guess I will provide you with the next post when the row is done (I hope it will go fast, but I also have to start learning for an exam which I have to do next month).
My threads for Middle Earth and Bilbo have arrived and I already started winding bobbins. While winding them I’m currently watching the second season of “Vikings”, I guess I have a new favorite series (Travis Fimmel as Ragnar Lothbrok sure has a part in this… and well, the shield maidens also πŸ˜‰ )

Happy Easter and a page finish and stash

Well, I know this post hast been long overdue, but time just flew by (once again…). I had an exam on April 8th and was very busy learning for it, so I completely forgot to make a post here (but I didn’t get much stitching done anyway). My exam went well and so all the time learning was worth it. BUt right after that my lectures at university began and so I am quite busy again, but I am stitching! So there is actually something to show!

But first I have some more sad news. My second hamster, Emmy, died last Friday. I was very confident that she got over the death of her sister for a while because she startet eating and running around again. But she lost quite a lot of weight during the last month and during the last two weeks she seemed to eat less (I gave her a lot of nuts and sunflower seeds to keep her eating), but during her last days there was hardly any food missing and she finally curled up into a ball, feel asleep and didn’t wake up. I’m just glad that she didn’t suffer to much and just died in her sleep.
But I miss her a lot, looking at her (or her sister) always cheered me up when I felt sad or so. And it’s awfully quiet in here… πŸ˜‰ At least I think that both of them enjoyed a happy life here =)
(And I am already thinking about getting a new hamster…)

But now to something more cheerful! Stitching!
I managed to finish a page on Kreimhild, page 14 is done! =)
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I’m very close to finally finishing this row, but I guess I will stitch a page on starlight first. I just feel like working on that one and since my experience is that it is no use working on something when I would rather be working on something else I going to work a page on Starlight and then, who knows, maybe finishing this row?

I have also picked up Theatre, but only once, so there is not much to show. I hope to improve and will share my progress once it is visible (not just 100 x’s). After finish the page on Kreimhild I put Aurora Cabin on the frame so I will have some progress to share for the next YOTA.
And I have also been knitting, whohooooo. I’m still working on that pair of socks I showed last time, not so much change… And I have joined a Mystery KAL. Since it’s a mystery I can’t share pictures until it’s done. I don’t know how this will look like in the end, it’s a circular shawl called “Supernova” and up to now (I’m nearly done with the first clue, so five more to go) it looks great =)

And then I got a few new charts. Bev put up her new website Love Thy Thread and she got some gorgeous artists. If you create a new account you get a 20% discount for your first order (which I used), so maybe you should pay a visit to her site. One of her artists if Leonid Afremov, whose work I absolutely love. I couldn’t help it and bought all three charts that are currently available on the site and I dearly hope that some more are going to be released.
I got Bewitched Park
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The Loneliness of Autumn
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And When Dreams Come True
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I just love them an feel a certain itch to start one of them in the near future. I just can’t decide which one to go for first!

Apart from that I got the first issue of the New Age Cross Stitch Ezine. Shelly from Tilton Crafts published it and it contains six small charts (Haed, Tilton Crafts, Love Thy Thread, Paine Free Crafts, Color Cascade Fabric&Design). Here is how it looks like
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I love the Fairy at the bottom (Love Thy Thread) and the Spanlger Dragon (Haed) and will surely stitch them one day =)

I hope you all enjoy(ed) a great weekend.
Happy easter stitching =)

Well, ich looks like I’m not going to be very successful with weekly posts. It’s been nearly three weeks since I posted. One reason is, that I am so busy these days that I hardly get any stitching or knitting done and I am lacing the time for blogging, too.
Another thing is that one of my beloved hamsters died two weeks ago and so I didn’t feel like posting then. My lovely Sofia passed away after just 18 months (I know, they don’t get that old but I still thought that she would have a few more months, especially since she was always so vital and healthy). I think her heart just stopped because she was fine until I suddenly found her in her cage. So at least she wasn’t ill and she didn’t suffer. Here is a pic I took a few months ago:
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I was quite worried about her sister during the first days because she stopped eating and I think she misses her sister a lot. She always looked lost and sad in her big cage, but she is better by now. She is eating once more and very active (I got her a bunch of new toys and spent a lot of time with her) so I hope she will make it. I’m still missing Sofia but I’m feeling way better by now.

But now to something more cheerful – stitching!
I pulled out Kreimhild once more. It’s April soon which means that Kreimhild will turn 3 years! I’m a bit ashamed that she still doesn’t have two full rows but I am working on it. I am not that confident that she will have a row finish in time, but I could manage a page finish. I’m working on her hair, which is quite fun and easy to stitch. I stitched one full column and a partial column so far, it’s not that much but as I said before, I’m alcking stitching times these days. Here is how she looks now:
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I also took a closeup of her beautiful face:
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Besides working on Kreimhild I spent some time on QS Theatre of the Absurd, which I haven’t touched since December (I was quite impressed when I felt the need to work on it again). It’s confetti-heavy as usual, but it comes out perfectly. So here are the 400 stitches on Theatre I did during the last week:
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Apart from stitching I spent a bit of time knitting. I’m still knitting socks for various people (not that much due to time and stitching). Here is a pair I started for a friend from university. The yarn is called “Bruno, der Trompeter” by Opal. The quality is amazing and I love the colors! The pattern is called “Paraphernalia” and I worked it before. It’s easy to remember and the outcome is amazing =)
Paraphernalia

And there is also a hat I started some weeks ago. It was quite warm during the last days so I couldn’t motivate myself to continue with this but now the temperatures are dropping again, so I guess I will finish this soon. I actually made this hat once before. I somehow didn’t own a hat for ages, then I found this pattern and made myself one, but now being used to wearing that thing, I lost it… Since I still had some of that fantastic yarn and it was quite quick to knit, I decided to knit this hat once again. The yarn is from fairalpaka, a company who sells fair trade alpaca yarn. Here is what I did so far:
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Well, I guess I’m off now to bake a bread for tomorrow (you should try baking your own bread, it’s easy, tastes fantastic and it smells like heaven πŸ˜‰ )
Happy stitching =)

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