Wednesday, 27 May 2015

May's Small Stitch and In Season progress

When it has come to stitching this month the mojo just hasn't been there. The knee has healed well and I'm done with physio now but a wicked sinus infection set in and I just haven't felt like doing much of anything except sleeping.
This week, thanks to the help of antibiotics, I am feeling much better and the mojo has kicked into overdrive! I suddenly realized today that I hadn't even started anything for the Small SAL. Now you may not realize it but since I first joined this SAL I have not missed a month yet. So I set about to see what I could come up with in a very short period of time. Here's the result:

 This little vintage iron has been in my possession now for about 3 years. I always knew that I wanted to add a cross stitch finish to it but I just hadn't found what I was looking for. Then this spring Blackbird Designs released their booklet In Friendship's Way which contains several small stitches. They are all meant to be finished as a strawberry emory but I had other ideas!

I started stitching Emily's strawberry, as it is called, this morning and by dinner I had the final finishing completed. I am finishing challenged at the best of times and there were several small issues which is why the chenille trim was put in place, lol! However I have learned a lot for the next time and you can bet there will be a next time. I have a couple more of these irons in a larger version that I will be finishing in the future.

Remember that other BBD piece I started.... Button Box? Well I finally have some more lots of various called for floss that will work much better and I pulled it out this evening to frog some things and then continue on my way. Too early for a pic yet but on the next post for sure!

Besides this I have been working at a quicker pace on WTN&T In Season. It also sat neglected for much of the month and the progress that you see here has mostly occurred in the last week.

So far, so good when it comes to the floss colours on this. I'm liking what I see. There are two Valdani floss used in this one of which is the blue of the basket and I do love working with them. Only complaint that I have is that these balls of floss are 3 strand and I'm using 2 strands on the 32ct which always leaves me with one odd strand. It would have worked much better if I'd have used a 36ct fabric. 

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who sent well wishes my way during my recent knee surgery and recuperation. As I mentioned above I am done with my physio appointments but I will be continuing with the exercise program at home for some time. The knee is still stiff but my surgeon told me they had a few issues during the procedure which are responsible for a lot of the stiffness. It will subside over time. I'm driving again but I do find it a bit uncomfortable and I'm limiting the distance that I travel right now. However I see road trips in the near future so look out! 


  1. What a cute, cute finish!
    So glad you are recovering well. I am now doing a home physio exercise program for my back and hip and SI joint and pelvic floor. It works!

  2. Glad that you are feeling better.

    I love your vintage iron finish. That is such a clever idea…now I must find an iron!

  3. What a great idea :-) I love your iron

  4. That little iron is too cute.
    The chenille looks good on it.
    The WTNAT piece is coming along nicely.
    I hope your knee feels better soon.

  5. What an adorable finish! Love it!!!

  6. Exquisite little finish, well done!!

  7. What a creative finish! I love it! I have my great grandmother's iron - hmmmmm - maybe it needs a little cross stitch to dress it up. Thank you for the inspiration.

  8. che carino, molto elegante

  9. I love that little iron finish, and that colourful piece by WTNT - perfect!

    Glad to hear you are recovering well. It's always slower than you'd like, isn't it? Take care!

  10. I love that little finish!!! Great job getting it done and finished so quickly!!!

  11. Good to hear you are feeling better.
    Love the iron finish, perfect pattern for this iron.
    Love your other stitching.


  12. Glad you are feeling a little better.
    The iron finish is adorable, very different but sweet.

  13. Congrats on your finish!

  14. So good to read that your knee is healing so well. And whenever it comes to joints you just need a lot of patience until everything is back to normal. Seems to be the same with artificial joints as well, lol.
    Very nice small and a fantastic finishing idea.