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My Pretty Little Paris is Finished!

I feel like I’ve been working on this cross stitch project forever, but I finally got a chance to buckle down and finish it!

Pretty Little Paris!

Pretty Little Paris!

In LOVE With How it Turned Out!

In LOVE With How it Turned Out!

My Pretty Little Paris by Satsuma Street turned out so great. It’s hanging on my wall near my TV and I find myself just gazing at it sometimes! Seriously couldn’t be happier.

Sept 18-22, 2014

Sept 18-22, 2014

I knew I wanted to add the dates Shane and I are planning on being in Paris to the piece, so I did some searching on Pinterest through hundreds of cross stitch pattern fonts and finally settled on this one. After one misfire – I originally forgot the 2014 when I spaced it all out, so I had to pull out some progress in order to recenter it with the full date – I went to town! I used the same dark blue that is predominate in the pattern, and charted everything so I wouldn’t do something stupid like spell September wrong. I’m still not 100% sure that it’s currently spelled right!

Close Up Details!

Close Up Details!

I used most of the same colors suggested in the pattern. Where I subbed I subbed for necessity and not because it was any kind of choice – some colors I just couldn’t find! And I have no patience to put down the project and wait for an order to come in. So I made due and super love it!

One Down One to Go!

One Down One to Go!

The pattern was very clear and easy to read and follow. It was a delight to stitch this up! It was a great break for my hands from knitting, and I feel so damn accomplished now that it’s hanging on the wall! It also got me even more excited to go to this beautiful city in a few weeks. Working on this was kind of like studying for our trip! Though if all these sights aren’t pink-washed I still might not recognize them.

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My Dragon is Finished!

My Little Dancing Dragon!

My Little Dancing Dragon!

Last week I shared a WIP I had sitting around of my Dragon Schacht Zoom Loom Swatch Critter Kit, and I finally finished putting him together!

Fat Belly!

Fat Belly!

And came together he did – pretty darn well I’d say! I Zoom Loomed him up relatively quickly. I could make almost 3 swatches on my Zoom Loom in 1 episode of Top Chef, and I think I assembled him in about 3 episodes or so. Like I said last week, it was a great break project! I could weave up a few swatches between work projects and not just fall asleep on the couch. And I love how he turned out!

Big Tale for Stability and Wings!

Big Tale for Stability and Wings!

One thing I always wish I had around the house are pipe cleaners because whenever I make something like this I think it could use them to make them more stiff. The kit included one to help shape the wings, which I love! They stick right up and look awesome.

Vivid Colors and Clean Seams!

Vivid Colors and Clean Seams!

The Woolery is hosting a critter-along in their Ravelry Group next month, so if you want to put one of these together yourself, or are just curious about how the other kits come together, keep an eye on their ravelry group!

My dragon was gifted to Shane, who loves dragons like a weirdo. Though his comments were, ‘Isn’t he kinda fat? Is it because you overstuffed him?’ Um NO he’s just a fat dragon! Come on! I think he’s use to more ‘realistic’ fantasy book dragons, where my dragon is more of a fun cartoony representation. So you know, adorable! I would not gift him to a child. The nature of the woven swatches are pretty delicate, and he would very easily get ripped apart in any kind of play I think. But he will be a perfect gift for any fantasy nerd in your life!

Schacht Zoom Loom Swatch Critter Kits! Dragon WIP

You may remember that last February I got a chance to try out one of the new fun Schacht Zoom Looms. I had so much fun trying out this product and working on my weaving chops!

Working on my Kit!

Working on my Kit!

The Woolery, the supplier of these looms, are hosting a kit weave-along in their Ravelry Group next month, so I thought it would be fun to try out one of these kits so you could get even more excited about participating.

So obviously you’ll need a Schacht Zoom Loom to participate, and The Woolery has them for $10 right now! Snag it here. 

Dragon Swatch Critter Kit!

Dragon Swatch Critter Kit!

The Swatch Critter Kits for Zoom Loom come in lots of animals, like turtle, lion, and of course DRAGON, which I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on.

What's Inside?

What’s Inside?

Inside you’ve got the instructions to make your critter, all the yarn you’ll need, and any other notions.

Mountain Colors!

Mountain Colors!

I just started mine so I haven’t needed to dig into the instructions too hard yet, but they seem super clear. The yarn is from Mountain Colors, which you know is beautiful. I love how my green dragon will be mostly green – the different colors in the yarn really pop, too!

My Pile of Swatches!

My Pile of Swatches!

I’ve got 12 swatches to make before I can get started putting my dragon together, and right now I’ve got 7 down. Looking so good right?

More about my dragon soon! So far I’m having a really fun time with this project – it’s a nice break from all the work-knitting I’m swamped with right now. I’m hoping to have him finished next week!

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Excelsior Giveaway Winner!

Excelsior by Allyson Dykhuizen

Excelsior by Allyson Dykhuizen

Last week I was giving away a copy of my new pattern Excelsior in the just released Holla Knits at Home Collection, and today I’ve chosen a winner! Congrats lucky comment #4!

Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 6.44.16 AMCongrats Kelly! I’ll shoot you over your new pattern now. And I can’t wait to see a picture of your brown, orange, and cream Excelsior!

 

A Little Embroidery Push

As you know, over the past year I’ve been really getting back into embroidery, even going so far as to launch a new embroidery pattern business with my friend Katie called Red Letter Day Stitches!

Here's to the Red White and Blue embroidery pattern for 4th of July - Red Letter Day Stitches

Here’s to the Red White and Blue embroidery pattern for 4th of July – Red Letter Day Stitches

This is our latest pattern for 4th of July, Here’s to the Red White and Blue.

Red Letter Day Stitches Subscription Sale!

We’ve got 5 patterns left to release in 2014 – Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Eve – and we wanted to have a subscription sale for people just interested in the patterns yet to be released. So this week you can subscribe to RLDSts for only $15 to get these yet to be released patterns.

These patterns are going to be CUTE we promise! Subscribe today and you’ll get each pattern when it’s released 1 month before each holiday for only $15!

And Some Cross Stitch!

While I was just in California with Katie I told you I was going to take a little knitting break, and I totally did! Look how much I got done of my Pretty Little Paris cross stitch while I was there:

Pretty Little Paris!

Pretty Little Paris!

ALL I want to do is work on this! But alas – I’m knitting my fingers off getting ready for the Fall Holla Knits Collection and a few other designs I’ve got down the pipeline. Soon, Pretty Little Paris! Soon!

Cupcakes!

Cupcakes!

Also, you’ve got to keep an eye on Red Letter Day Stitches because we’ve got something super fun up our sleeves! Especially if you are new to embroidery or need a refresher. And, you know, CUPCAKES! They’re so adorable! More soon.