TUSAL – January 2015

I have actually stitched quite a lot so far this year, at least I think so, so you can actually see that there are ORTs in my jar. I am quite frugal with my floss ends, so normally it takes a while before anything is really visible, but not this year.

For those that don’t know what the TUSAL is, it is the Totally Useless Stitch-A-Long and you can read more about it on Daffycat’s blog.

Glendon Place Amazing Desserts Stitch Along 2015

I have looked at these designs before and when I discovered this stitch along (SAL) by xStitchHaven on Instagram I decided it was a good opportunity to start one. As a lot of stitchers my favourite colour is purple, so I considered stitching Plum Pudding, but I was more drawn towards Baked Alaska.

Glendon Place – Baked Alaska

If purple is my favourite colour, blue is a close second, and this pattern has lovely winter blues so maybe it is an expression of a desire for colder weather and snow. The weather here in Norway has been grey and dull with rain and temperatures around 0 °C so it is doesn’t feel like proper winter has arrived yet.

The suggested fabric is from Picture This Plus, so I decided it was easiest to order everything from them, so I ordered the chart, fabric, floss pack and embellishments before Christmas. I had received a notice that the package has been sent, but it was taking its time to arrive. The US Postal Service is a mystery to me, everything seems to stay in a facility for a week before it moves on, and then the package might get stuck in customs for a while. But suddenly, on January 13th, the package arrived in the mail, and I now have everything to start this project. The Dinky Dyes silks are really lovely, and I look forward to starting this piece.

Turtle Trot – January 2015

These are the 10 projects I have decided will count for the Turtle Trot 2015 challenge. I have chosen large projects that will take the most time and that I will probably need some motivation to work on at some point during the year. All of these are new starts except the Passione Ricamo Mystery, so there are no progress pictures yet for the others.

  1. Blackwork Journey – Save the Stitches
  2. CloudsFactory – 2015 Zodiac Sampler
  3. The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery – 2015 Story Time Sampler
  4. Glendon Place – Baked Alaska
  5. HAED – Dona Gelsinger – Teddy Bear Tree
  6. HAED – Aimee Stewart – World Traveler Bookshelf (Large)
  7. Ink Circles – Diversity in Beer
  8. Nora Corbett – Bluebell Pixie
  9. Passione Ricamo – Under the Sea – Mystery SAL 04
    Started December 31, 2014
  10. New cuffs for my bunad shirt

WIPocalypse – January 2015

My goals and projects for 2015:

I hope to get some more stitching done this year than I have before. One goal is to actually finish something, something I haven’t done in a long time, or at least make some proper progress on my projects. I have made a separate page, WIPs 2015, with the projects that I hope to work on this year, and any new projects will be added to the page. I figured out how to get the page to automatically display the most recent picture I have posted, so hopefully it will always show my current progress on all of my WIPs. I will be making posts throughout the year with an update on what I have been working on lately, but I thought it would be nice to have a page with the progress on all my projects.

Here is a list of the projects I hope to work on this year, and a progress picture for the ones I have started:

  1. Bee’s Needleworks – Tree of Stitches
    Progress 2014-10-18
  2. Blackwork Journey – Save the Stitches
  3. Châtelaine – Workshop 1
  4. Châtelaine – Workshop 2
  5. CloudsFactory – 2015 Zodiac Sampler
  6. The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery – 2015 Story Time Sampler
  7. The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery – Autumn Harvest Festival
    Autumn Harvest Festival - Progress - November 22, 2014
  8. The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery – Christmas Celebration Sampler
    Christmas Celebration - Progress - January 8, 2015
  9. Glendon Place – Baked Alaska
  10. HAED – Dona Gelsinger – Teddy Bear Tree
  11. HAED – Aimee Stewart – World Traveler Bookshelf (Large)
  12. InkCircles – Celebrate Diversity
  13. Nora Corbett – Bluebell Pixie
  14. Passione Ricamo – Under the Sea – Mystery SAL 04
    Under the Moonlight - Parts 1-6
  15. New cuffs for my bunad shirt

About me:

I am 28 years old (until January 10) and I live in Oslo, Norway. I have been cross stitching for as long as I can remember, but I have only recently discovered all the lovely patterns in the world. As I was not very interested in the Christmas kits on aida that are available here, my stitching has been on the shelf for a long time. Now that I have found other patterns I enjoy stitching a lot more and will hopefully stitch more in the future.