Colors for Temperature Scarf and Moogly CAL

Finally got to the store today and picked my yarn for the temperature scarf and Moogly’s CAL. I ended up going in a different direction than I thought I might for the CAL colors, but that often happens.

temp scarf colorsI changed the colors a little from what I originally planned for the temperature scarf, as I didn’t want to order anything, just go straight to the store and use what they had in stock. The colors to the left are what I’m using, and I think it will make for a bright and colorful scarf. I just finished stitching the first eleven days (below). I like how it’s looking so far, definitely has a wintery look. The green was for the two days that were warm before it dipped down again.

 

temp scarf 1-11-15

CALFinal

As for the CAL, I haven’t started the first block but I have finally chosen the colors. They are all from the Impeccable line from Loops & Threads: solids are Teal, Amethyst, and Lavender; ombre is Luxury. I think I’ll use at least a little of the ombre in each square and then one or two of the other colors at most. That should help bring all the colors together well when I finish all the squares and stitch them together.

Have any of you started the Moogly CAL, yet? I’d love to see your progress. I’m hoping to hunker down next weekend at the latest to work on that first square

Cross Stitch 15 Miras in 15 Days, Angel of the New Dawn

Mirabilia collage

I’m working on getting my WIPs gathered so that I can make some sort of loose schedule for finishing some projects. It was so much easier when all I did was cross stitch, but I love that I have expanded my horizons a bit over the past five years or so and now also have fun needlepointing and crocheting, and sometimes embroidering. I’m starting to incorporate a little ribbon embroidery into some needlepoint, and my technique is slowly getting better.

1116141535 (1)This week I will be working more on my Angel of the New Dawn from Mirabilia. She’s been an WIP for years, and I do work on her a little here and there. I love the subtle colors in this one. Then again, I don’t think I’ve ever met a Mirabilia I didn’t like – and you can tell that by looking at my stash. My photo isn’t the best ever, but you can see where I am with it.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am taking part in the 15 in 15 Days starting in January 2015. The purpose of this is to start 15 Mirabilias in the first 15 days of January, with the goal of finishing them by the end of the year. I’m trying to be somewhat realistic (though my version of reality tends to be a bit more optimistic than it should be), so some of them are WIPs. To be honest, I doubt I will be able to finish them all, but I’m going to see where I end up. I’m also planning to start them all in January, not necessarily one every day for the first 15 days. With work and other commitments, I don’t get to stitch every day, as much as I’d like to.

I also chose designs for which I already had fabric. As much as I love buying fabric, things are a bit tight at the moment and it just makes sense to use what I already have. I always say that I buy craft items on sale so that I have them when finances are tight, so I need to stick to that.

So, here’s my list (seen in the photo collage at the top of the page):

1. Garden Verses (WIP)
2. Angel of the New Dawn (WIP)
3. Sleeping Beauty (WIP)
4. Rose Celebration (WIP)
5. Spring Queen (WIP)
6. Fairie Treasures (WIP)
7. Mermaids of the Deep Blue
8. 2001 Mirabilia Cherub
9. Blossom Harvest
10. Mermaid of Atlantis
11. Queen Mermaid
12. South Seas Mermaid
13. Touching the Autumn Sky
14. Amethyst Fairy
15. Enchanted Dreamer

I’d love to hear from anyone who is also a big Mirabilia fan. I find Nora’s designs use color in a very interesting way. Sometimes I pick the colors and think, “How the heck is THAT going to work?” I just go with it and trust the process, and when the project is done that color fits right in. I don’t know how she does that.