Saturday, 30 July 2011

Hickory Dickory Dock QS as of 30.07.11 - 50% COMPLETE!

I've not posted for a while as I have been concentrating on achieving some of the goals I set myself on this blog and the HAED bulletin board.  I decided to put them into order of the least to do to complete the goal so I felt I was achieving something.  So the first goal was to complete 50% of Hickory Dickory Dock and here it is.

So the next goal is to complete two pages of this design.  I'm only about 2000 stitches away so I'm hoping to have it done in the next couple of weeks.

Here's the stats.  Since I last worked on this I've completed 880 stitches and in total I've completed 13,384 of 26,775 which is actually only 49.99% complete but I've only got to do 4 stitches to make it 50%!!

Monday, 11 July 2011

Treasures SK SAL as of 11.07.11 - Page 1 Complete!

Firstly I want to thank people for voting in my poll and commenting on my previous post.  I have decided that I won't be selling my patterns before I stitch them but will keep them.

Now onto the fun stuff.  I've finished page 1 of Treasures SK SAL and I'm really happy with the result.

I decided I wanted to keep on stitching until I'd finished the page rather than rotating a piece each week and it feels really good to have a finish (even if it is only a page finish!).

I'm also really pleased as well as I have been gridding with Sulky metallic thread in dark blue.  Up to now I haven't completed enough of a project to be able to take the gridlines out but on Treasures I have now taken the gridlines out and I'm pleased to say the thread came out very easily and didn't leave any marks behind.  So if I can get away with it on a project with so much white I am sure it will be fine on all my other projects.

So the stats for this project are 7,350 stitches completed which is 26.49% complete.

So this one can go on the back burner now until I get the next page which I don't think is until September so I'll have plenty of time to get some stitching done on my other WIPs.

I've also started knitting a blanket for my best friend who is expecting her third baby.  It is a design called Sampler Blanket by Debbie Bliss and I have treated myself to the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino wool to knit with.  It is absolutely gorgeous to knit so soft and lovely.  I may have to keep the blanket for myself in the end!

I'm not sure if I mentioned that I had signed up for half yearly goals on the HAED BB.  I set myself small goals this time which were to complete 1 page of Treasures SK and 1 page of Believe QS and obviously with this post I have completed one of those goals.

I'm not sure what I am rotating onto now or whether I'll just concentrate on some knitting for a while.  Once the blanket begins to take shape I'll take some photos.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

An ethical dilemma

OK so I have this ethical dilemma.  I have a massive stash which I know there is little chance of me stitching in my lifetime so I am planning on selling some of it.  However the majority of the patterns I want to sell I would also like to stitch at some point.

Now when I stitch a chart I make a working copy and then sell the original pattern afterwards.  So my question is would it be ethical or not to make a working copy of a pattern that I may (or very likely may not) stitch in the future and sell the chart now before I actually stitch it.  Obviously I couldn't do this with my HAED charts as these are all electronic, I am only talking about the patterns that I have actually purchased hard copies of.

I'd love your opinions on this either in the comments or in the poll.



Friday, 1 July 2011


Well I've just realised that on 29th June it was my blogaversary - to be fair I was in bed with flu and hadn't moved for 48 hours so my blog wasn't really at the forefront of my mind.

I'm amazed to have made it to a year and I still love updating and getting everyone's comments.

Other good news is that I have now completed my Foundation Course which I have been doing for the last 6 years 4 weeks spread out over 7 weeks and I got an overall mark of 97%.  I just have to have the confidence to put the theory into practice when I go back to work.

No stitchy update I'm afraid as I just haven't sat down with my stitching at all this week.  I am still working on the SK SAL Treasures as I would like to finish the page before I move on.  Hopefully I'll be able to show a finished picture next week.

Thanks to everyone for following and keeping up with my blog and if anyone has any suggestions of anything else you would like to see here please let me know.