I started a new job right before the new year and it has surprised me how fast the time has flown by as I'm trying to learn some new skills and adapt to a new schedule. However, while I haven't been blogging about them - I have managed to finish a few long standing WIPs.
First up is a crocheted cowl that I have been picking up and putting down for a while now. I finally finished it and blocked it which helped to jooj it a bit, but I could really see where my stitches were inconsistent.
This is a skill I'm working on with my knitting and crocheting - more consistent stitches. Still, once it's on you don't notice the inconsistent stitches as much:
I love the pink color. I think it's going to cheer me up a lot during some of the gray days of winter.
Next up is an old sweater I wanted to give a little more life to with some embroidery.
I used Sulky Solvy water soluble fabric stabilizer to transfer the pattern and keep the sweater from stretching out while I stitched. I found the pattern in a japanese craft book on Hungarian embroidery. The book has so many beautiful patterns it was tough to choose just one, but I'm sure I'll refer back to the book for future projects. After stitching on my pattern I had to darn some worn out areas on the sweater but in the end I think it came out very nice and will give a few more years of wear to this sweater.
The final project is a slightly off color cross stitch sampler I'm making for my husband.
CrafterDark has a ton of cute patterns and I bought several. I'm hoping to finish this up in the next week and then I'm going to start on this one. I think I'm going to hang it in my office at work so I'll probably be leaving off the "bitch".
I've also just bought fabric to make a gift for an upcoming special occasion so that may end up taking up most of my time for the next few weeks. I'm hoping I've got my routine down enough now that I'll be a much more regular blogger again!
Happy Summer All!