My cross-stitch project free time is over.
New start no. 1:
Castle Sampler by Teresa Wentzler.
I've noticed that there are as many different ways to start this as there are stitchers. Many do the outer frame first, then work their way inwards. Some (like me) start at the very center, then work there way outwards. I decided to start with the castle first, simply because I have the feeling this is going the be the most painful part - more blends than there are letters in the alphabet and not a single stitch next to a stitch of the same color anywhere. Confetti at it's best.
Well, I have to see where my mood carries me.
New start no. 2:
Eulentischdecke (German magazine pattern). I've made a few changes to the pattern before I started in order to make it fit the table cloth I've got (spread the owls a bit more apart and also added two owls inbetween).
I'm stitching over two, using three strands of thread for better filling. So far, so good. I got all the threads in Anchor, as I didn't felt too sure about the conversion I've made into DMC. Besides, with Anchor I've got a better chance on replacing the threads quickly. Forgot, though, how expensive stitching material is here - Euro 1.20 per hank. *gulp*
King Tut came back from the framer. Need to make a picture as soon as he's up on the wall.
I also finished a long time strangler - a pair of socks.
Minutes away from being finished:
And a shot of the socks in action (I was playing around with the remote control for the camera)
A very basic sock pattern, 2x2 rip for the cuff, short row heel, the rest plain stockinett.
Wool is Regia 4-fold, color surprise 1267
On the reading front, I've stopped with Friday Night Knitting Club as well as with the Charlie Bone book - both, for some reason, couldn't keep my interest any more. The Knitting Club book wasn't really what I expected - it was more about yuppy women in New York and their endless relationships. Just not something I'm that interested in.
With the Charlie Bone book - don't know why it didn't work for me. I liked the first one well enough.
Instead I've gone back to the 'Cat who ...' series. I'm at book 13 and got two more here. I just love them :)