May 27, 2014

SFS2014 ~ May

May!  What happened to May?!?  I always feel that I have such good intentions, and then I blink.  I wonder, does it feel that way for everyone else? 
But here we are again, time for another Stitch from Stash update already!  My total spend for the month of May was...
My hubby picked me up a little bag of stitching odds & ends from a garage sale...  there were a couple of charts and some Aida.  Truth be told, I probably wouldn't have bought it if I was there as the charts aren't really my style, but hey, stash for $5?  Can't really complain, right?  LOL
This brings my total spend for the year to $7.35...  I cannot believe the restraint I've had with stitching stash.  I think I will start to track all crafty purchases though, maybe starting for June.  I haven't been overspending, but I haven't been tracking yarn or anything else either.
I haven't done a lot of stitching in May, but what I have done has been on Butterfly Ballerina Blue.  I am sooo close to finishing page 2!  I thought I would have done it over the last couple of weekends, but there is so much confetti stitching in the outline of the wings!  And I actually am missing one of the colors to finish the stitches in the upper left side of the page, which surprised me as I thought I had gotten all of them when I decided to start the project.  I must've missed writing one number down I guess!
And although there hasn't been a lot of stitching, I have been playing with yarn...  of course!  I finished a shawl that was in Issue 10 of Crochet 1-2-3.  This is a new magazine I just found, which is really affordable at just $3.99CDN an issue!  Fits right into my budget I have to say :)
Not the greatest pic of the shawl, I always seem to forget to take pictures when I have daylight... and I had to fight off the cat too!  I need to figure out blocking, which is something I haven't done as of yet, but it makes such a difference in the finished project. 
I love the yarn I chose for the shawl. It's Loops & Threads Soft & Shiny in Burgundy.  Here's a closeup of the yarn & stitches... 

I'm not the only one that fell in love with it..  there's a second one on the hook right now, same colorway even!  A special request from my oldest girl, and who can deny their child when they want to wear something their mama made?  Not me, that's for sure!  Hopefully my middle child will come around, she saw it and said, "what did you make a fishing net for?"  Little smart alec!
I mentioned in my last post that I was taking a knitting class this month, so a lot of my time has been spent practicing my stitches on the needles!  I found a great beginner pattern online and practiced by making a couple of dishcloths.  Here's a pic I posted on instagram of my first finish straight off the needles!

The picture was snapped so quickly that I hadn't even woven in the ends yet! haha!
I am now working on my "real" first project, a ribbed scarf that I am absolutely loving.  I know summer is just arriving, but I know that as soon as I finish this scarf I will be wishing for cooler weather so I can wear it!
Did you have a crafty month?  Any new crafting ventures for you lately?  Wishing you all a beautiful week!


Pull the other thread said...

Well done on sticking to your budget this month. Lots of fantastic crafty things there. Your shawl is lovely and knitting looks great! I have been working away on a mohair knit cardigan, still have the 2nd sleeve to do. It's a fun knit I must say.

Melanie said...

OOo, love those colors in the dishcloth! Bright yarn is IN right now too, so it's even fashionable. :)

Blocking is easy peasy. Lots of how tos out there. It doesn't have to be complicated. Promise. Socks are the easiest to block but with a shawl you might need to pin it a bit (with t-pins or straight pins) to get the shape you want. Or maybe not. You can't really tell until the piece is wet and laid out, to be honest.

Chris said...

Great job on stitching from stash. Lovely stitching crocheting and knitting.
I had a crafting fail this month :)

Angela P said...

Your knitting and crochet looks lovely. I've been drooling over shawls and might attempt one soon. Great progress on your stitching too!

stitchersanon said...

Thanks for popping by and entering my draw..means I can find you right back and add another wonderful blog to my reading list. The yarns you have used are beautiful xx

Brigitte said...

You were doing great last month on the challenge. It's such a delight to stitch from stash, I think, to rediscover all these old treasures in our stash.
Great knitting and crocheting projects!