YOTA & News concerning this blog

Well, it’s the first Saturday in March, so it’s time for YOTA again. I didn’t get as much done on Theatre as I had hoped, but it’s still some visible progress. I still have some trouble with my Qsnap, because the tension loosened so much. I tried boiling the clamps, but it didn’t held much. Then I read that one should wrap the something around the clamps while boiling them, wich I tried and now the clamps are a bit to tight. But I just hope that this will get better as I use them. I know there are some replacement clamps, but I couldn’t find them in Germany and imposting them is nearly as expensive as a new frame, so if the clamps remain as tight as they are now, I guess I will go for a new frame.
But now for my progress on QS Theatre of the Absurd Trypic:

Last YOTA:
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And now:
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So we are getting there, slowly but but steadily…

As for this blog, I guess this will be my last real post on this blog (apart from a “hey, the new blog is up!-post). I am currently playing around with blogger/blogspot and I already created a blog. It will take a few more days until everything works (so many new gadgets, I am playing around with the layout and so on) and I will post when it is ready. But soon I will be known as Lady Stitch-a-lot and my new home will be
http://lady-stitch-a-lot.blogspot.de

So I am going to take a look at the other YOTA posts and then add a few stitches to Eternal Promise =)

YOTA February

Well, here we go with YOTA once more! It’s time to get some UFOs done, I think πŸ˜‰ Since I am in a bad need for a finish, I decided to work on QS Theatre of the Absurd by Ciro Marchitti. It’s from the Haed Freebie SAL 2013 and now it is 2015. I really love the design and the pink colors, but it’s such a lot of confetti! So maybe that’s why I stopped working on this… Another point might be, that I am very used to my Millennium frame now, it doesn’t feel so good to stitch with a regular hand frame anymore. Besides, my Qsnap is loosing tension! I think the clamps are worn out. I guess I will get a new one once I order new fabric (my heart already yearns for new starts….). I never had any issues with my 11″ Qsnap, the clamps are still tight and secure, but 6″ Qsnap started loosing the tension quite soon. Maybe I just got a bad frame then…. Anyway, I plan on getting a new frame for the smaller projects in the near future.

Well, back the main topic, YOTA! Finish old WIPs and stuff! Someday!

At least I managed to pick this project up during January. It only got a few odd stitches during 2014, so improvements should be possible, lol. Here is what it looked like last year:

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This is the only picture I took last year and basically, those few stitches added to the next column are I the only once I did in 2014. I guess I already did more stitching during January than in all of 2014……
Here is where I am right now:
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Most of the flute player is done, he was a lot of confetti, but I think he looks great so far!

Apart from this I am working on Kreimhild. I haven’t done much, just a few hundred stitches (and a bunch of frogging). I am super busy learning for my last exam, which is on Thursday. There is still a lot of work to do for me, but I am very much looking forward to having the exam done!

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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 =)
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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 =)

Happy new year and one last page finish for 2013!

I hope all of you made a good start for 2014. I hope this year brings you a lot of joy, health and stitching time =)

I managed to finish page 4 of Rheingold on 31st πŸ˜‰
I remember posting some goals for 2013 at the beginning of the year, but I decided to dump them half a year ago. So I’m not going to refer to them, I met some of them and there are a few I did not meet. And I am also not going to have goals for 2014 since I like to stitch on what I feel like. But I will try and stitch one page on each of my projects, so they all get some love πŸ˜‰

Anyway, I’m going to do a small review on 2013 (I feel like I barely stitched, maybe this will motivate me πŸ˜€ )

First up is Rheingold. It gained one page during the last year and currently looks like this
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Next is Kreimhild, which I haven’t touched since May, but I’m planning to do so soon. I stitched 3 pages on her.
At the beginning of this year:
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And now
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I also managed to stitch nearly 2 pages on Yule Angel. I plan to finish the started page this month.
Here is Yule Angel in January 2013:
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And now
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And concerning my non-Haed pieces, on which I stitched for YOTA:
Aurora Cabin in January:
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And now:
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And Paris Market at the beginning of the year:
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And as it looks by now:
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Well, so much for my work on my WIPs, let’s have a look at my new starts:

First up is the Freebie SAL from HAED, QS Theatre of the Absurd. I stitched two pages so far:
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Then there is Starlight, which I started in September. One page down, 63 to go:
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And last but not least, started and FINISHED in 2013: QS A Midsummer Nights Dream!
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Looking at these images I really feel like I did a bit of progress but I think I can do better. 2013 was not easy for me and I am not that sad that the year is over. I just hope that 2014 will turn out to be a better year πŸ˜‰

I’m going to make a new start now and will show you some progress pictures in a few days =)

Theatre of the Absurd- page 3! =)

I’m finally getting there! I have been stitching like mad during the last week to get this page done (so I would get another of the free charts, lol, like I’m running out of charts….).

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There was still some confetti, especially in that funny ball the guy is holding, but it’s way better than page 1. I’m curious about how page 2 will be. Since I didn’t spent any time on Rheingold and there are still some things to prepare for Christmas I will put this piece down for a while. There is no way to finish this during this year, so, before I’m getting too bored with this, I’m focusing like something else.
It’s finally getting colder around here, so it starts to feel like Christmas is around =) I just love the time before Christmas and I am desperately hoping for snow πŸ˜‰ I feel a big urge to stitch Yule Angel, but I want to try and put a few stitches into Rheingold first πŸ˜‰

I hope you enjoy this wonderful and magical (and stitchy) time like I do πŸ˜‰

A page finish! =)

I planned on posting during the weekend but I somehow forgot about it… Last weekend was IHSW and I really did some hermiting and stitching, at least on Saturday. I managed to finish the first page on Starlight and another column on Theatre then. Things are calming down a bit now so there is more time for stitching. =)

Well this is how Starlights first page looks now, in all it’s glory:

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I got used to all the confetti in the end and I just love how this turns out. I put it aside for now to work on my other projects (they are in great need for some love).

Apart from that I managed to stitch two more columns on Theatre, half of page 3 is now done. I’m not so sure if I can finish this page by the end of the month but I will do my best πŸ˜‰

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At least, there is less confetti on this page (well, except for the jokers head, that which was full of confetti…), so I’m getting along with it quite well…

When I took Starlight off the frame I decided to take out a project which I haven’t worked on for to long: Rheingold! I’m currently working on the “R” and I love it =) Seeing those beautiful letters appear is so wonderful and motivating and the amount of confetti is fine. But I haven’t taken a pic yet because I only stitched some 200 stitches. But a pic will follow =)

Well, since you can never have enough charts, I got another one from Painefreecrafts called “Forest King“. You know, I just love Lord of the Rings (and I am already very excited about the next Hobbit movie, therefore my desire to by LOTR charts increases….)

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But I guess I should go and check some blogs now and do some stitching… Otherwise I will never get anything finished πŸ˜‰

Happy stitching =)

Where did October go???

Mhm, it seems to be November. I don’t really know where the time went, obviously not into stitching… I’m still not done with the first page on Starlight, some 700 stitches to go. I’m awfully busy these days and spent my days with maths instead of my needle work. And some knitting. I made a few Christmas balls but they are already gone πŸ˜‰ I need to remind myself to take a decent picture before giving the next ones away πŸ˜‰

As for the little stitching I have done:
First up is QS Theatre of the Absurd. I’m doing my best to get page 3 done during this month, but I’m not sure if I can make it. 920 stitches in, still 2760 to go…

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And here is my progress on Starlight, a lot of confetti but it looks so beautiful!
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And because I’m always in need of new charts (lol) I also have an addition to my stash. I came across this chart because my favorite princess Alicia is working on this one, so I fell in love with the design and bought it during the last sale. It’s “Spiders Queen” by Little Fairy Art, who has a lot of amazing artwork (Pure Nature and Feel the Magic are fantastic, too).

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I wish I had more time to stitch… So many designs I want to start…

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