Sunday, November 20, 2016

Stitching away through November

The month of November is speeding right along and here we are starting the week of Thanksgiving, where does the time go?
My progress on block 11 of Hocuspocusville Quilt is coming along though I did take a much need break to let my fingers heal, the cool weather dries the skin which makes the skin split on my fingers.
block 11
I have been having one of those weeks where I feel restless in my creative endeavors so I thought I would change things up along with the change in weather, which has been quite cool this week.  So along with my hand embroidery projects I've pulled out a crochet project, in March 2015 I started this shawl and somewhere along my stitching I wasn't paying attention and worked several rows in the wrong direction so I unraveled the entire shawl and started over this week so far I am on track.
in progress shawl
The yarn is silk and very soft causing it to slip off the hook easily if I work the stitches too quickly so I am trying to work a slower manageable pace, so far so good.
While researching crochet patterns the other day  I stumbled onto Lion Brand yarns website and found the Shawl in a Ball yarns which I just loved on sight.  So I ordered 2 skeins of the Metallic blends which are not currently available in the area shops here.
Colorway is Om Opal
I just love the way the metallic threads run through the yarn, you may need to click the photo to see the colors of the metallic threads. I can't wait to get started on a project, it's a 61% cotton 34% acrylic and 5% other blend.  After it arrived I ordered a few other colorways.

Another project I have in mind to work on involves using some of these 10" squares from the Island Batiks Seashore colorway collection.
There are 21 colors in the package with a total of 42 squares,  for the project I have in mind the 10 inch squares are the perfect size so for once instead of purchasing fat quarters or yardage I bought the layer cake packet.
I will be linking up at Kathy's Quilts today for some Slow Sunday Stitching.
On Monday I will be joining the linky party over at Super Mom No Cape's blog here:
Why don't you hop on over and check out what other talented bloggers are stitching this week.


  1. This is a nice variety to keep you interested / how soft and warm that shawl will be ! :)

  2. I always have to vary my projects--I have quilting ADD! I love your Hocus Pocus.

  3. I have one of those shawl in a ball skeins also. I really have to get started on it. I love that fabric that you have. I look forward to seeing what you make with it. Hocuspocusville and the blue shawl are looking really good.

  4. I have that problem with my fingers splitting in the winter too. And the older I get, the worse the dryness is. If you find a cure, let me know!

    Lots of great projects in you stitching future!

  5. Love your Hocuspicusville embroidery!! And those batiks will definitely make something gorgeous.

  6. Deb: Love your HocusPocus, I need to add you to my Blog list so I v]can follow your progress.
    Island Batik Seashore, I am looking forward to seeing what you are going to do with it.
    Love the shall and color.


  7. Every time I see the Hocus Pocus blocks, I think to myself that I'm going to make those. And then I look at my UFO list and it's going to be awhile. So I love seeing yours in progress.

    Love the shawl in progress and that yarn you ordered is sooo pretty. And I'm looking forward to seeing what you make with the layer cake.

    Thanks so much for linking up to last week's Stitchery Link Party and for the link back. Aloha hugs!