Monday, January 5, 2015

Starting Off With a Bang

Dear Friends,

Hope you're all enjoying the beginning of 2015. I don't make new year's resolutions, but if you do I wish you all the best of luck. I'll happily be there cheering you on. :-)

We spent NYE with friends and DB's company Christmas party was Jan 2. A little late, but they throw an amazing party so it's well worth the wait. DB even managed to win a smart watch. Not sure what we're going to do with it since he's the total opposite of tech-savvy. (I'm lucky the man has a cell phone.)

A New Stitchy Start SAL began as of Jan 1. This brought about the beginning of my first ever HAED piece! For those that aren't following that blog, I shall recap my progress thus far.

Of course, I had to take a photo of the very first stitch going in, and the first 10x10 block that was completed. I'm stitching this one 2 over 1 on 25-count, with full crosses. So many threads in such tiny tiny holes!!

This is where I left off as of last night. I'm guesstimating that I've done about 1500 stitches. I'm still trying to decide exactly how to do this whole parking thing. I tried stitching one 10x10 at a time for the first 1000 stitches which worked quite well. Then I moved onto stitching the same color for 10 columns, basically the height of the page. That seems to work alright as well. Not sure how I'll continue, but parking (however I decide to do it) really is the way to go with this piece.

I also NEED, not want, a magnifying lens. The first night I gave myself a headache trying to see all those stitches. It doesn't really help that our living room has next to nothing for light and we don't have a lamp. Ugh. I've been looking at some of those Ottlite things, but good lord they must be gold-plated they're so expensive!!

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL also begins this month with our first post coming quicker than I'm ready for, though I'm thrilled to start. I've decided to begin this journey with Fantasia as my Mom bought it for me for Christmas and it's really the only thing gifted I have at the moment. I also plan on beginning Grumpy Owl as it is a gift for Mom, but as of this moment I don't have all the floss or fabric yet. I'm hoping to get that all together by March-ish.

I've also joined YOTA which was probably the best idea I've had. Maybe this will help me get through the pile of UFOs that I'm very quickly accumulating!!

The last (for now) that I plan to join will be TUSAL, but as of the moment the sign up page isn't quite ready yet.

I'm hoping all of these will keep me organized-ish in my blogging and stitching. Of course if another SAL pops up that I can't refuse I'm sure I'll add it to my ever-growing list. :-)

That's where I'll leave you for now. Please be patient with me as I do plan on revamping the look of my blog sometime this week (I hope). So it may look a wee bit strange from time to time. :-)


  1. Wonderful progress Caitlin.


  2. Lookin' good, Caitlin!! Perhaps you could trade in the smart-watch for a magnifier??? Ha ha :)

  3. Great progress I still need to post mine I've been busy but I did start on the first. As for lights I don't know if you have one near you but michaels usually has a half off coupon on their website so you could get one for like $25 for an ott they just scan the coupon from your phone. Joanns will usually match competitors coupons as well.

    I got my light from target. It's an led lamp that has a clip that you can use to attach it to things near you. It works just as well as an ott (im actually returning my ott) and it was $20. Good luck!

  4. Wow! You made good progress on that so far, can't wait to see more!

  5. Great progress on your first HAED! I will be seeing you at Gifted Gorgeousness and YOTA as I've signed up too. I have an LED floor lamp from a certain blue and yellow Swedish store, it was about $20 and perfectly adequate for my needs.

  6. I have an Ott Light floor model with magnifier that is probably 13-14 years old and I keep it on most of the time !! They last forever ... plus there is one on for about 40% off and they have a $20.00 off coupon for purchases over $75.00 ... they also have an 8 watt table model on for about the same 40% off with a $10.00 coupon. Good luck in your search !

  7. A great start on the your new project.

  8. Lovely progress on the HAED!!! Good luck with it :)

  9. Wow, you've done quite a bit so far! Guess I will have to try this parking thing as well eventually...

  10. Hi Caitlin

    Great start on your Haed, it looks good already!
    Happy New Year x

  11. Great start. I agree, parking is the way to go. It sure is helping me with my first HAED.

  12. Great start and wow, nice progress on this first HAED. I haven't started mine yet because I',m not sure if I should use the parking method as well. I have to try it out first and decide then.
    Good luck with your SAL goals.


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