Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Ta daaa! Second finish of The Pledge

Well I am a happy little bunny now. Here is my second finish since starting my Pledge to have no new starts from June to November. This is Snowfire Christmas by Just Nan. Barb RAKed me this chart to do as part of the Just Nan SAL on Stitch and Stash and I can tell you I have loved every stitch of it. And there were many stitches!





Some stitches used include:

Smyrna Cross
Triple Leviathan
Pulled Satin
Square Eyelet
Diamond Eyelet
Right Angled Leaf
Rice Variation
4 sided
Backstitched Pulled Eyelet

Photographs really don't do our stitching justice do they? It is, of course, much sparklier and prettier in real life. It has "fire crystals" dotted around which really catch the light. It is my first Just Nan and I am pleased to say I have a few more charts in my stash waiting to be done.

So that is two finishes I have now. Ho hum... can I carry on without having a new start???? I have many projects kitted up ready to go but I have already broke my Pledge once and no I will not do it again. Sooooo.. what do I work on getting finished next?? Ahhh you will have to wait and see.

Here's a little Granny Stripe progress:

Granny stripe progress August

Again, colours much brighter than pic. Such a happy blankie. I love it.

I was so pleased this week. The lovely Sally sent me an email to check if my wishlist was up to date as she had a chart she wished to RAK me with! Oh my. It came this week. I love it Sally. Thank you so much. I sometimes can't believe the kindness of stitchers.

RAK from Sally

So in way of giving back, I noticed my followers have reached 199!!!!!!! What??? Where have all those people come from? So as soon as it gets to 200 I will be doing a little giveaway. So stay tuned for that. I have a few ideas of what I will be giving away and I think it will be a lovely package if I may say so myself. A little bit of this... a little bit of that.

Now I do have lots and lots of pics to share of what has been going on in the holidays but it's a big kid's post so I will save it for another time. In the meantime, I will leave you of the iside of the wasps' nest. It had been pretty much demolished by the Nice Man but there was enough left to see how it had been constructed. The white bits in the "honeycomb" are wasp maggots. Nice!


And on that happy note, I will leave you to your stitching. Thank you for your lovely comments on my last post. I will be round to visit you soon. xxxx


valerie said...

Wasp maggots?! Ewww!

Congrats on your finish and your crochet afghan is looking great! Between you and Nicole, I am itching to start one too!

Cole said...

Congrats on your happy dance!! It's beautiful!

And your granny striping is fabulous!! I love your bright colors! And I think Valerie should jump on board!! :)

Berit said...

Great post! Congrats on the challenge progress. I could do that, too...but I don' wanna! :P

:D Nice pattern RAK; Workbasket has some fun things!

devonaz said...

Your finish is beautiful...and I love your stripy granny,,I am working on a couple of ripple afghans,,which I am loving right now..

Parsley said...

Love that project..the wasp nest ..not so much!

Jeanne said...

Oh Hazel I love your Christmas finish! I have not seen that Just Nan pattern before. I used to stitch a lot of her patterns years ago but sort of got away from it. What I love about this one is it just feels sort of olde-world-tradtional to me - I especially love the fir boughs across the top. This is one for my wish list! Love that Little Seasons pattern too....another project waiting for time. Great job on your granny stripes too.

Margaret said...

I loooove your finish! Beautiful! And your granny stripe blanket is gorgeous too! I have to get back to crocheting....

Margaret said...

What a wonderful finish Hazel. I have this pattern soooo ... maybe next year I will get around to stitching it.

Your blanket looks comfy and cozy.

Jackie said...

I have to admit, I'm a wee bit scared of flying things that sting you. That wasps nest makes me shake!

Great finish! You're very dedicated to your pledge!

Carol said...

Snowfire Christmas is incredible, Hazel. I love all of the specialty stitches and beading--you really did a wonderful job :)

Now, the wasp maggots are another story--ugh!!

Melissa said...

Yay!!! Congrats on finishing another project. It is beautiful. Your granny stripes is coming along beautifully. :) That just sounds gross about the wasp nest....

DonnaTN said...

Your Just Nan is so pretty! I love her stuff and have a lot in my stash that is yet to be stitched. Your stripy granny blankie is coming right along. Good luck with sticking to the pledge and finishing up more wips!

Olenka's Stitches said...

Gorgeous Just Nan!

rockinloubylou said...

hi Hazel. Thanks for visiting my blog - so glad to have found yours. It combines my obsessions of crochet and cakes very nicely! Your stitching is truly a work of art. Love your granny blanket. I am working away on mine and am looking forward to wrapping myself in it in the autumn evenings. Have signed up as a follower, so now you are up to 202! Louise (countrymouse) xx

Christine said...

Snowfire is just gorgeous! Congratulations on your finish.
Love your blanket too.
The inside of your wasps nest is actually kind of cool once you get past the whole maggot thing

Mylene said...

Congrats on a beautiful finish! And what lovely RAK received.

Sally said...

Oh wow your SNowfire Christmas is stunning Hazel!

Your afghan looks lovely and cosy.

Glad you like the RAK :) It would have been a surprise but I wasn't sure if your wish list was up to date. Looking forward to seeing your WIPs next year lol!

Yuck wasps nest!

Jan said...

That is a truly gorgeous finish!!! You should still be happy dancing at such an accomplishment. I should follow along and not have any new starts, but I am weak and you are strong! LOL

MiA said...

Hi Hazel!
Thanks for joining my link party :)

Your crosstitch is a masterpiece indeed!! I love all those beeds stitched into it - nice work :)

Have a nice day!

mainely stitching said...

Oh wow, Hazel!! Great stufff!!

But ... wasp maggots? Ugh!

Loraine said...

Your finish is beautiful! Love it so much!!!!!
The wasps...terrifying!

staci said...

Your stitching on SC is just stunning! And I love your granny stripe blanket!

Ugh, I hate wasps!!!

Lucy said...

The finish is beautiful and I love the blanket!!!

♥Ilse♥ (Rood met witte stipjes) said...

very nice, love the granny blanket too, it's on my to do list :-)

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Have a nice weekend!
Ilse x

Karin said...

Gorgeous work - you take great photographs. Your afghan is coming along well too.

Corina said...

I love your embroidery!

Lindsay-ann said...

Your Snowfire Christmas picture is so beautiful. Love the Granny Stripe too. Glad your wasp nest is gone. Yuk. We had one in our roof once but I never saw what it looked like.
Have a great weekend. Happy stitching.

Brigitte said...

I'm happy dancing with you, Hazel. Your Just Nan finish is such a lovely piece. I'm very curious to see what you pull out to stitch on next.

Sharon said...

Wow - with that lovely finish, you should be a happy BIG bunny!! It is such a stunning piece - I'm sure it's even more beautiful "up close and personal". I can't wait to see what you come up with next to work on! :)

Lennu said...

Hi Hazel! Congratulations, your finish is so beautiful!! I also love your crocheting, those colours are so bright and inspiring, I love colours so much at the moment and it's always so wonderful to see them in blogs :) Have a very happy Sunday!

Barb said...

I thought I was a follower Hazel just discovered I am not ,well I wasnt before I checked but I am now lol.
I am so pleased the JN Snowfire turned out so well, WELL DONE YOU.
The granny stripe blankie is lovely ,what a clever girl you
The chart from Sally is lovely she is a sweetie.
Take care. Sounds as if your wasp man was a little cheaper than ours, I wonder how long it will take to disintegrate as it doesnt seem to be much different, apart from lack of wasps.

Julie said...

Snowfire Christmas is stunning, now oyu've done one there'll be no stopping you, thats how it all started with me and JN!

Loving the blankie, so pretty, i finished my Lucy bag and i love it, thank you for sending me over there for a look, not sure i'll be able to give up the hookyness now though, its addictive

Ewwww dont like the insides of the wasp nest!

Shropshire Suz said...

Congrats on the pretty finished project...always a problem so many starts and not enough finishes!!
Glad you popped by and like the colour in the blog
Hugs Suz x

Dani - tkdchick said...

Your Just Nan finish is very pretty and the colours are subtle!

I've been working pretty much on WIPs this year too!

Sonda in OR said...

Snowfire is gorgeous! I can just imagine how much more it is in real life! Love the granny makes me smile just looking at it.