Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Olympics Challenge

It's WIPocalypse time and the question of the month is:

Gadgets!  Show us your favorite stitching gadgets!  and How did you do with Olympic Stitching, and what goals did you achieve?

I have many gadgets like biscouru and hoops, lots of hoops, but my favourites are the cool needleminders and this amazing Pako Needle Organizer, I love doing large projects and probably could no longer tolerate life without my 2 Pakos

As for the Olympic Stitching, I did really well, I choose the Endurance race as that's how I stitch anyway and managed to finish the Violin Ornament from Dimensions and start AND finish Here Comes Treble from Ink Circles, I actually finished Treble during the closing ceremonies so my timing was perfect.

Now I can get back to the fractal which was sadly put aside once again, 

As for what I watched

Well the Olympics of course, especially the figure skating which is a lifelong obsession of mine and one thing I can't actually stitch during.

Friday, 2 February 2018

It's Curling's Fault

The WIPocalypse blog was due last Sunday but between work and the Canadian Women's Curling Championship I ended up very delayed.  But a day off happened and here it is.

The question of the month is
 What SAL’s are you participating in this year? and If you are participating in the Olympic Stitching Challenge, what challenge are you accepting?  What are your goals?

I don't usually do a lot of SAL's, just this one and Carla and Leonore's Halloween SAL when I like the pattern.  However this year I am also doing the Mini Mandala-a-Month from Brodeuse Bressane, this is a one quick pattern a month thing that I will do in a grid and put a border around, sometime during the year. The plan is to make the first Critical Role show in a month the night to do the mandala

Being obsessed with the Olympics, I will of course be doing the Olympic Stitching Challenge. In specific I will be doing the Endurance Challenge, I will hopefully finish this lovely Christmas thing from Dimensions and then see what happens. I still have a week to plan this out.

I also finish finished the other NYESAL biscornu

As for what I watched

Critical Role: 500ish hours of content later and now season 2 begins
and Talks Machina 

Star Trek DS9 - S01 E07-Ep09

Supernatural S13 E05-08

The Greatest Showman - I know it’s a little early to say this, but I’m sure this is my favorite movie of

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - So I’m a little late, but I got there, and
thoroughly enjoyed it,

Jumangi: Welcome to the Jungle - This was light-hearted and a lot of fun, I might have even enjoyed it more than the original.

Foul Play - A murder mystery/assassination plot movie from the 70’s starring Goldi Hawn and Chevy Chase, also a long time favorite of mine, it has a smart plot.

Scotties Tournament of Hearts - Canadian Women Curling Championships.

National Figure Skating Championships - I so wanted to go see it live, but I couldn’t quite swing it.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

2018 WIPocalypse, It Begins

Look two blogs in  just over a week, it's a minor miracle, also it's the start of another WIPocalypse year.

Q:  Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year!

Hey, I'm Nancy.

I'm that strange thing known as a one at time stitcher (well, two at a time), but nevertheless, I tend not to start anything new until I finished something, I live in a two story house, so I keep one project downstairs, my main one. At the moment it's the fractal which I should finish this year, and I keep one project upstairs. otherwise known as the back up piece, which is usually a small one, at them moment it's a leftover ornament kit from Dimensions.

I actually have already finished a thing this year, Magical had a quick New Year's Eve mystery SAL which was so much fun, but I had to be extra and do two, I fully finished the one, and should finish the other by tomorrow.

I will also be taking part in the Stitching Olympics  this year, I have an obsession with the games, so it won't be hard to just grab a project and work like mad on it.

I'm also seriously considering doing a year long SAL, The Mini-Mandala-a-Month I've never done a month by month thing, I tend to join SAL's on a last minute whim basis, but I love doing blackwork so this really appeals to me.

So that's my plans for this year, such as they are, the main one being, finish Fractal, and probably start the Angel of the Harvest as that is next on "The List" 

As for what I watched

Critical Role and Talks Machina  

Saga’s of Sundry - Madness: I mean, Dread was great, but this was amazing, so much so I watched it all again.

Star Trek: Deep Space 9 - S01 E05-07

Jem and The Holograms - I love the animated show as a kid, but was well aware that this movie had little to do with it,  it’s not great, but not horrible either.

Pitch Perfect 3 - The first is best, but this was in no way a waste of money, A fun way to spend the evening. 

Fiddler on the Roof - I haven’t watch this since I was a teenager, mmmblmmbl (approx 30) years ago, it really is a wonderful movie.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Happy Last Day of the Year

For the final WIPocalypse of 2017 the question is
 Recap your accomplishments for the year!  (Your finishes, your final before/after photos, etc.)
Usually I'd just point you to the Finished Projects tab on the blog, but I seemed to have forgotten to make one for 2017, I guess that will be a project for tomorrow.
So I've had a few finishes this year especially in this last month as I put aside the poor fractal once again to spend time making ornaments, cause it's fun. I started Fractal in January and have done 13 of 20 pages.

I finished all of this. in no partiular  order, there is more than I thought,  Mulan was finished last year, but I FINISH finished her this year.

As for what I watched

Critical Role and Talks Machina  

Saga’s of Sundry - Madness: I mean, Dread was great, but this was amazing, 

The Nut Job 2 - The store I work at puts on a family movie night at Christmas and this was the movie. Rather cute, a little too slapsticky for my taste, but hey, free movie so I won’t complain.                                                                                                                                                                                                   The Santa Clause 1,2 and 3 Because it’s Christmas
The Christmas Prince - Apparetly Netflix has a bunch of clich├ęd Christmas romance movies, I am diving down that rabbit hole.                                                                                                                                                                 The Polar Express - Perfect tree decorating movie

White Christmas - Can’t have Christmas without it.                                            Star Trek: Deep Space 9 - S01 E01-04 Finally getting around to watching this on Netflix, this is my
favorite of the Treks but I missed the last couple seasons. I shall make up for that now.
Frequency - Starts as a time travelish mess with history things, ends as a murder mystery, this one stays interesting the whole way through, might check out the TV series now.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Greatest Showman - This was soooooo good and joyful and everything a musical should be and I can’t wait to buy it. And watch it again and again and again.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Ornament Time

I'll let you in on a secret, I love making Christmas ornaments, and this year I decided to lay down Fractal for November and December and just make fun Christmas stuff.  I fell like I've put aside Fractal a lot compared to most of my big pieces I'm not sure why, but I doubt it will continue. I will finish it next year I am sure.

The first ornaments I made were from a pattern I made last year.  I had wanted to make a Dala Horse for my father whose parents were from Sweden, and we have several of the little wooden horses around the house.  I had looked for patterns and found nothing that was right so made one myself and Dad loved it.  So this year I decided to make one for each of my siblings.  Here is where I oops a bit, I gave my brother his just after I finished and therefore the only picture I have of them is this little stampede of all three.  The one with blue was last years one for Dad.

My friend Pinky  has a monthly feature on her Deviant Art page and this month she was asking for cottages, I missed finishing this little thing by a day but it's still cute and my favourite use of variegated fabrics that I've done, this will probably be finished up and used for the Stitching Pirates Ornament Exchange, unless I whip up something else in the next 4 days. The pattern is from the Just Cross Stitch 2008 Christmas Ornament issue, which is perhaps my most used magazine to date, and the ornament is 3x3" and used 7 colours.

This is also a WIPopacalyse blog and this months question is

What finishing style have you never tried but would love to do?

I have tried a lot of things, making pillows is my favourite. I have never done a full quilting type finish which would be fun to try, but I don't know if I'll ever get around to that.

As for what I watched

Critical Role and Talks Machina 

Saga’s of Sundry - Madness - This really is the best thing on “TV” this year

Stranger Things 2 - S02 E01-09 -  Though this does come close,

Murder on the Orient Express - I know I’ve seen other versions of this, I knew who the murderer was but it’s been a long time and I didn’t remember why, and this spun the tale marvellously. Also the scenery was amazing.

Thor:  Ragnarok - I didn’t actually see the last Thor movie, but the trailers ofthis one were so good I couldn’t resist, which was smart of me as this was awesome

Flatliners - This was always a favorite or mine, and what a cast it has, Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts, Oliver Platt,  Keifer Southerland, so great.  Basically a group of medical students decide to kill themselves briefly to find out the secrets to death, instead there sins come back to haunt them.