Birthday and FO

Last week I celebrated my 43rd birthday! My husband really spoiled me with some knitting goodies!

He went to one of Portland’s loveliest yarn stores and treated me to a new swift, a candle, hand balm, a farming needle, sheep pin, wool soap, a necklace that doubles as a knitting needle gauge, the most darling scissors, and a gift card.

Aren’t these sweet? They’re also very sharp, which came in handy when I had to snip out some of my cross-stitch.

In my FO news, I finished the wording on my Godzilla cross-stitch last night, and today I washed and ironed it. I’m so pleased!

And this! I love silver jewelry, and pieces that are unique, so of course this is perfect.

Am I spoiled or what?

My plan is to stitch our house number over the door when we buy a house, to personalize it.

Happy crafting!

Almost caught up!

Yesterday and today I used my crafty time to recoup my progress on my Godzilla cross-stitch project. Today I reached the point where I’d been before ripping back, aside from the helicopter.

I’m glad I took the time to cut out the wrong colored stitches. I’m much happier with the correct color.

In other news, the trees are starting to change here in Portland! There are bursts of colors here and there.

After so many years in an area without very distinct seasons, I love it here where each season is so different.

Happy autumn!

Big oops

The other day I was working steadily along on my Godzilla cross stitch project when I suddenly realized I’d used the wrong shade for a good portion of his body!

WHY are these two different colors labeled the same??!!

Some family members tried to convince me to let it be, that it could be a unique version, but I’m a pretty Virgo-ish Virgo, so I spent yesterday and today’s crafty time pulling out the wrong color. Boy, was it tedious! But it was worth it, even though it was more stitches than I’d thought.

These are the stitches I pulled out and have to redo.

I don’t mind the redo too much, because the thread I’d mistakenly used was way too blue and would have bothered me. It shouldn’t take too long to fix, then I only have the words to stitch at the bottom.

Happy crafting!

Cross stitch in progress

Having wrapped up a few knitting and crochet WIPs, I’ve taken out a cross stitch pattern that I haven’t worked on in ages. This time I’m determined to finish it!

Go go Godzilla!

It’s a very silly piece that, when finished, will include a helicopter and the words “May Godzilla destroy this house last.” I bought the pattern on Etsy. It was very reasonable, especially because this is the second one I’m making.

I used to do so much cross stitch in high school and college, but back then patterns were more “country cottage” style, so I eventually stopped, aside from a little project now and then. Now, however, there has emerged a new genre of geeky and subversive patterns that have drawn me in again!

Is there and art or craft form you’ve rediscovered?