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I stitched some more today and quite enjoyed it. I was feeling much better today, no fever, less caughing but still some headache and being tired. I am going back to work tomorrow, hope I’ll stay OK.

This morning I finished my slot for “Under the friendship tree” by Mirabilia. I really enjoyed it. I finished the cross stitch in the flowers/apples on the top and started stitching on the dress of one of the little girls. This is how it looked like as I packed it away this morning.
23.09.2009

After taking a nap (how refreshing it was) I decided to dig up the Oakhaven SAL that I started at the beginning of the year. I did quite well until I had finished April but then things started to slip but now I intend to finish it quite quickly. I finished of May today and it was less than an hour stitching. It is looking pretty, now I just have to post my picture on the list and request June.

Oakhaven SAL may

Now, I have to decide what I want to stitch next. I saw a very pretty Christmas SAL that has just started and I think I might just start that, maybe later tonight. We’ll se about that. 🙂

Anyway, I am off to send the girls to bed. All the best to you.

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Some progress made

I have been working on some new fresh ideas for my stitching routine and I have something new that I’d like to try. I have been working on Nature’s Home Afghan for what seems like ages and I would like to get things moving as I really love this project and would like to see it finished sooner than later. So, I have come up with a new plan. I am going to make Nature’s Home my focus piece in my routine. I am going to keep it simple.

  1. Nature’s Home Afghan (5 hours slot or more if needed).
  2. WIPs list (whaterver project that is next on my list).
  3. Small projects, SALs, exchanges or whatever I’d like to do.

This sounds pretty flexible, each slot has an estimated 5 hours work, more if needed. I’ll try out this rotation for a while and see how it goes. I did work on Nature’s Home Afghan yesterday and was able to finish another block. Here is a picture.
22.09.2009
I really love working on it like I said before and I want to give it more attention. I’ll try to get a decent view from the whole afghan later today but won’t promise a nice one as the weather is a little bit grey and dull.

I worked on the next slot in my routine yesterday and stitched about 4 hours on “Under the Friendship Tree”. I’ll post a picture of that one when I am done working on it this time. And then I have to decide what I am going to work on during my “free slot”. Pretty exciting isn’t it. 🙂

I have got some exciting things to share with you. I have my 40th birthday coming up on October 11th. I’ve been tossing and turning over whether to have a big party or just do something special with my husband. Well, we finally decided, the flight and hotel is booked and we are going to London for 6 days, just the 2 of us. We haven’t had a holiday together just the two of us since I turned 35 years old – yes, that is 5 years ago. It is high time to do something special together. I am so excited about this trip. My mother will move into our flat and take care of the girls for us. That is a perfect solution as both the older girls have school during our holiday and the youngest one will go to her day care centre. Anyway, we have some pretty nice things planned for our holiday. Apart from just enjoying ourselves and enjoying each other’s company, we are planning to visit a market (either Greenwhich or Portobello), have an “Afternoon Tea” somewhere nice (I have always wanted to try this but never made it happen), go for walks in St. James Park (our favourite one). And guess what, I found out that “The Knitting & Stitching Show” is on at Alexandra Palace while we are in London so I am spending friday the 9th October at the show. I have always wanted to go but the timing was never right. I am pretty excited about the show and my husband is even going with me (and no need to twist his arm to go). 🙂

Well, that’s a lot of news for one post so I guess I’ll leave you here. I’ve got a nasty bug (fever, cough, headache) that has kept me home from work since monday but I am getting better and will probably be able to go back to work tomorrow. Thanks to those who are still reading, I really appreciate your visits. Have a wonderful day!

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I had been wondering about the HOE Biscornu Exchange during the week and then it appeared in my mail on Thursday. I received a beautiful biscornu made by Leigh in USA. It is so beautifully stitched and stitched together with some beads. It is in beautiful pink colour which I really love. And I also received some threads in lovely pink colours and powder to make hot chocolate. Anyway, here is a picture.
##### Biscornu Exchange

And a closeup picture of the front of the biscornu.
Biscornu from ##### Biscornue Exchange

I found out that Julie has received my RAK and I was very happy that she liked my gift. I knitted her a pair of sock and was a bit afraid they wouldn’t fit but she assured me they did. Here is a picture of the socks.
Socks for Julie

Healthwise I am slowly getting better. I went to the doctor on Thursday and as I thought I had developed a sinus infection. So I left with a dosage of antibiotics which seem to be doing the trick slowly. I really hope this is the last sickness that we have here. I really long for warmer and sunnier weather to be able to spend more time outside.

Stitchingwise, I didn’t stitch much on Thursday and Friday as Jóhanna Brynja stayed at home being sick as well. She in on the mend too. I have managed to stitch a little more on 4 wishes but not enough to take a picture. I’ve been thinking a lot about my rotation. I really love the way it works but I am thinking of making the slots for each piece last 5 hours instead of 10 hours. I think it might suit me better. I am giving this a lot of thought those days. I’ll let you know if this changes. LOL  🙂

Well, I think it is time to stop now. Hope you are having a great weekend. All the best until we meet again.

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It’s been a long time since my blogging again. I am sitting here at some sick, staying home from work. I’ve got the flu, a sore throat, stuffy nose, bad caugh and am running a fever. I have a feeling that the flu has developed into an infection in the sinuses, I’ve got a doctors appointment lined up for Thursday, so we’ll see about that.

Anyway, I wanted to tell you about stitchy update. I have got some pictures to show you and some updates to tell you about. First let’s start by Nature’s Home Afghan. The picture from last week is here below. I will be stitching on this today so I’ll have another update for you tonight/tomorrow (not sure when). I am still working on the bottom right block with the rabbit, still have got quite some stitching on that block before it is finished.
10.03.2009

I have been working on my rotation. I finished stitching on my slot for “Under the Friendship Tree” by Mirabilia. I really love this pattern and it reminds me of my lifelong friendship with my friend Árný. We have known each other since we were 2 and 3 years old. Stitching on this brings on many fond memories of our friendship. Well, this is where I left it after finishing the slot in my rotation.
Mirabilia - Under the friendship tree

I have got a new start in my roation now. It is something that I have wanted to start for ages. I have already done a hour stitching on it and hope to finish the slot this week to make a move on my rotation. The new start is “4 Wishes” by Just Nan. I love her designs and learning some new speciality stitches is so much fun. I will not show you a picture until I have finished the 10 hours on 4 Wishes so you’ll have to wait a bit longer. I really love the way the rotation is working this time. I am cutting a huge dent into my UFO pile, I can see it vanish in front of my eyes and I think it is unbelieveable how little work I’ve got left on some of the projects. They really shouldn’t have found their way into my UFO pile. And I love the guilt free new starts that I have been making too along the way. 🙂  It is such a joy.

Remember back in January I did the Monthly Challenge at Jayne’s Attic message board. I haven’t posted a picture of it on my blog yet as it got sent away as an exchange for the Crazy Exchange group. It has been received by the recipient a while ago but I always forgot to post a picture. So here it goes.
Bourse inside

Bourse outside

This is “The Three Emblems” a freebie by Papillon Creations
Stitched on scrap fabric that I found in my stash.
Can’t remember what thread I used.
Finished as a bourse – my very first bourse.

I wanted to participate actively in the Montly Challenge this year but I failed to do February. I did finish the March challenge yesterday (will post a picture later) and I think I might go ahead and do the February challenge even though it is March already. It can’t hurt anyone. LOL  🙂

I did a couple of HOE Exchanges in February and March. The HOE Biscornu Exchange has been received by Jayne in the UK. Here is a picture of the biscornu I made for her for this exchange.
##### Biscornu Exchange

##### Biscornu Exchange

The pattern is “French Biscornu Chart” by Papillon Creation.
The pattern was published in Gift of Stitching Issue 27, April 2008.
Again stitched on scrap fabric found in my stash.
Threads are Carrie’s Thread from a Grab bag that I bought long time ago.

I am waiting for the HOE Winter Quaker Exchange to reach it’s destination. It is probably on route across the Atlantic Ocean as I write this. Of course I forgot to take a picture of this exchange before I sent it away so I’ll have to ask for a picture from the dear recipient when she has received it.

Yesterday, I did finish the stitching on another Crazy Exchange, I can’t show you a picture yet. I’ll probably do the finishing today. We’ll see about it. I will show you a picture once it has been received.

What else can I tell you. I have a secret gift flying across the pond to UK where it will land in the hands of a very dear online blogging friend. She was so kind as to send me a pattern off my wish list when she had finished stitching it. Thank you so much dear Julie – I know you read my blog. The CCN pattern “The Tearoom” will find its’ way to my rotation thanks to you.

I think this really is all for now. I’ll be back with an update on Nature’s Home after today and will continue with my rotation tomorrow. Until next time, hope you are having a great day! Thanks to those who are still reading my blog, thank you for staying around reading even though sometimes it is long time between my posts.

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The heading says it all.  I haven’t had much time to blog lately but I’ve been doing a lot of things. There are quite a few photos that I would like to show you.

First let me start off with my stitching happy dances. The first one is a part of my rotation. I had quite a few projects in my WIP/UFO pile that only needed a few stitches to be finished, I include those into my rotation every second slot so I am finishing quite a few WIP/UFO’s as I go. On saturday I finished one of those projects. This one is a Ozark SAL from 2007. It is stitched on a piece of evenweave which was handdyed by Jayne at Jayne’s Attic and all the threads used are dyed by Mary at Ozark Sampler. I really enjoyed working on this piece and I don’t really know why it became an UFO for me. But here it is all finished up.
Ozark SAL 2007

With the Ozark SAL 2007 slot finished in my rotation it is time to move to the next slot. Now I am stitching on Under the Friendship Tree which is a Mirabilia design. I had started this some months ago and really love this piece. I did manage to stitch on it for 2 hours before I had to put it down. But it will be back in my hands on wednesday when I’ll continue stitching on it. I wanted to show you a picture of it as it was before I started working on it again.
Under the friendship Tree

I have another stitching happy dance that happened just today. I’ve been taking part in the Oakhaven Design SAL and I quite enjoy it. We can send a picture to Tonia at Oakhaven Designs when we have finished a part of the SAL and she will then send us the next part. So we get to choose how fast/slow we stitch each part. I really love her designs so it is difficult not to fly through the parts. I finished the March part today and will be sending a picture to Tonia tonight asking April. Anyway, here is a picture of March finished.
March

Today I finished off a biscornu that I can’t show you a picture of just yet. This is for the HOE biscornu exchange. It is all packed up and ready to be taken to the post office tomorrow. It hasn’t got very far to travel so I might have a picture for you soon. Tomorrow I’ll be working on the Monthly Challenge on Jayne’s Attic Message Board. I’m looking forward to working on it.

I’ve spent a big part of this weekend helping my girls with their homework. Hjálmfríður Bríet had a project that she had to finish and hand in tomorrow morning that was really time consuming. I think I told you in a previous blog entry that I like to have my knitting needles with me when I help the girls out when it is possible. Over the weekend I managed to finish 3 projects knitting. All of those had been started and only needed a minimum work to finish. Here are pictures.

First there is a “Kiss Me Dishcloth”. I did join a group on yahoo where they have a Discloth KAL. You get a pattern of a discloth sent to you in 7 parts – one part each day. I have never knitted a discloth before but I thought it was a lot of fun and quite an easy task as I only did a small part daily. I must warn you the photo isn’t very good, the wording doesn’t show well. It says Kiss Me and there is a picture of lips below.
Discloth KAL

The next project was a pair of mittens that I had started for Hjálmfríður Bríet. I finally finished knitting the second thumb. This is an icelandic pattern and I used some Lopi light wool for it. I simply love this pattern and I might make some more mittens using the same pattern. Hjálmfríður Bríet did choose the colours herself and I think it looks very pretty.
Mittens

And I finished a pair of socks for Friðbjörg Lilja. I had knitted the first sock ages ago and then had the second sock missing. But it knitted up quite quickly. Those are made with Regia sock yarn and she hasn’t taken off her socks since they were finished.
Socks

Well, I think that’s it for now. This post has been quite long and you deserve a medal to be still reading. I really hope you will all have a nice week ahead of you. I am looking foward to talking to you all again, hopefully soon. At least I’ll have an update for you on tuesday on my Nature’s Home Afghan.

Until then, take care, hugs and kisses.

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Last night I kept on stitching on my Nature’s Home Afghan. Lots more colours added this time. I did stitch some more this morning as I am staying home from work today with a sick little girl. I’ll make it quick this time and just post the pictures so you can see my progress.

First a picture from last week
03.02.2009

And a picture from last night
10.02.2009

Still a long way to go with this block as it is more than half way filled with stitches but I am looking forward to stitching on it again as it has a lot of fun colours to stitch. But I’ve put it away for now.

Moving on to my rotation stitching again. Next in line is the 2007 Ozark Sampler SAL. Not much left to stitch on it so we will again see a finish. I am not unhappy with that but it leaves me with a dilemma of what to put into all those empty slots in my rotation for my next round. 😉

Hope you have a lovely day, take care and I’ll write more later.

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My stitching has been slow going during the last day. Not sure why, have been tired in the evenings and mostly ended up in front of the TV snoozing. But I did however manage to finish the Warwickshire Ring slot of my rotation. 10 hours more are done and I’ll move on to the Ozark SAL from 2007 on Wednesday. Here is a picture of my Warwickshire Ring where I left off last night.
Warwickshire Ring

Today and tomorrow I am working on my knitting, an exchange and Christmas Ornament for a challenge. I have quite a lot of homework help to do today so I’ll have my knitting beside my and I might have a picture to show you of a knitting finish at the end of the day. We’ll see about that.

Yesterday I spent the morning going around knitting and stitching shops, just looking around. I did buy some little things that I needed. Buttons for finishing and some yarn for my future knitting projects. All the girls need socks and two of them have requested some mittens so I won’t be bored. 😉

I’ll end with a picture that I took the other day. My youngest daughter Jóhanna Brynja was playing with her dad and was doing his hair. This was the outcome, she was so proud.
Jóhanna Brynja and Rúnar

Hope you all have a wonderful sunday. Take care and I’ll talk to you all soon.

Hugs and kisses.

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