Monday, October 7, 2013

Autumn Samplers and Candy Corn Crochet

Hello! It certainly has been a while since my last post. I've been super busy with kids, life, and, of course, stitching!

As you may remember, I was one of the pattern testers for The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery's Autumn Sampler. That kept me super busy, and boy, was it worth the time I spent stitching it. SO CUTE. 

I also decided that, after both admiring and being intimidated by them for longer than I can recall, I would take the plunge and buy my first Quaker sampler pattern. I LOVE IT. Oh my gosh, I love it so much! I haven't gotten very far yet, but it is wonderful. Words cannot convey how much I love this thing.

Quaker Season Autumn by ByGone Stitches
I am stitching this on the suggested fabric (PTP's Mello Cashel) with the suggested floss (GAST). The linen is dreamy and the colors are gorgeous, and the pattern is easy to follow. I love it. I can't believe I waited this long to stitch a Quaker sampler. (Also, how cute is that scissors needle minder?!?)

In addition to stitching, I decided it was high time to get serious about learning how to crochet. A friend tried to teach me many years ago, but I couldn't get the hang of it back then. With the help of the internet (Crochet School and YouTube, in particular), I was able to finally make it "click" in my head. I can't do anything fancy, but I have mastered the double crochet stitch and can make a washcloth in just a couple hours.

By the way, washing dishes is far more fun when using a candy corn-colored dishcloth. Trust me on this one. 


Julie said...

I am so happy that you are working on the Autumn sampler! I can't wait to see more of it.

I used one of your cloths last night! I love it so much. Your crocheting is lovely. :)

Level 1 Homemaker said...

That Quaker sampler looks gorgeous!

Thanks for the teaser of the acorn. . . can't wait to get to it next week!

SewAmy said...

That squirrel and acorn are so adorable. I love Quaker samplers, but have never stitched one. They do look like so much fun to stitch. Your needle minder scissors are to die for.

Glenda said...

I love love love both of the cross-stitch projects, Kristi. Such gorgeous colors, too.

Yay for getting the hang of crochet! I have some crocheted washcloths I received in a craft swap and I love them; they're so sturdy.