SAL “Bag Ladies” – it’s a happy dance!

Another 3 weeks have sped by and I am thrilled to bits because, I have a happy dance to share.

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There’s the last cat, peeking over the top of a bag far left

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That mouse is still there, in hiding.

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And here are the cats you’ll remember from the far right.

Overall view

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And . . . as if a finish wasn’t enough . . . I actually had time to finish the finish – yay!  So a very energetic happy dance!

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Please join me in some blog hopping to see what other members have been up to.  I believe I’m not alone in happy dancing this week.

Avis, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie

I already know what project I’ll be starting next but I’ll keep it a secret until next time!  So, see you all again on 15th December!

SAL update “Bag Ladies “ # 19

Ooooh the end really is so close now!

Three weeks ago, I showed you this

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and now

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That’s the final bag stitched!  Now there’s one more cat to make an appearance, and a fair bit of backstitch to catch up on.

How have other SAL members been doing?  Let’s do some blog hopping on links below to find out.  A few members have left the group since last time due to other imperatives in their lives, and Connie joins back in the fun.

Avis, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie

And next update on 24th November.

crochet & cross stitch

I’ve been busy with two different types of needlecrafts these past few days, alternating between crochet and cross stitch.

On the cross stitching front . . . I have a subscription for Cross Stitch Crazy magazine, and when the latest issue plopped into my letter box recently, I was tempted to sit down and stitch up the freebie kit almost immediately.

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I simplified things a little (leaving out most of the French knots which I hate doing) . . . but I think these two little decorations turned out very sweet nonetheless.

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As for crochet . . . well, I was busy making squares for the “Natures Walk” CAL designed by Cherry Heart (aka Sandra Paul).

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This chart is actually meant to be just a practice square, but I liked the little heart design so much, I crocheted up six, in Stylecraft Special DK “Spring Green”.

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Now the official instructions for this CAL are to use 6 colours, with a 7th neutral for joining & borders . . . idea being to make 8 squares from each of the 6 colours, therefore ending up with 48 squares for the finished blanket.

Being me, I’m going to do things my way, and plan on making only 6 squares of each colour, but to add a 7th colour so my blanket will turn out 6 x 7  (instead of 8 x 6).  My only problem . . . I initially picked only six colours and a neutral, and was then umming and ahhing about what extra colour to add.  One possible combination looking like this.

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But . . . the husband, whose opinion I do listen to occasionally, thinks it looks too “scrappy” . . . so I’m in the process of revising my choice of colours.   I’m going to need to place an order anyhow, for my border neutral (of which I will need 400g), so I might end up changing my colour scheme completely before I go much farther!

SAL “Bag Ladies” # 18

I’m very motivated to get this project done and dusted!

Last time I showed you this

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Today, I am pleased to show you progress

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It might not look like a huge amount of cross stitching, but I’ve also been adding more backstitch detail as I go.

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Anyway, I’m well on track to seeing this finished in another 2 updates.

In the meantime, let’s hop over and see what other SAL members have been up to.

AvisGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHelenLinda

HeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborah, Clare, Mary MargaretReneeJenny

CarmelaJocelynSharonDaisyAnne

And meet up again on 3rd November.

SAL “Bag Ladies” #17

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Above is the photo I posted last SAL update of “Bag Ladies”, a project I’ve been working on since September last year . . . for today’s 3-weekly update, this is progress!

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Not too shabby, methinks!  One new cat head, and a brown bag almost stitched, but lots of backstitch detail to add.  By my calculations, it should take me another 3 updates to see this project done & dusted!

In the meantime . . . let’s hop over and see what other SAL members are up to.  This time we welcome 2 new members;  Susan and Anne (their names are last in the linky list.

AvisGun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Clare, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Susan, Anne

And we’ll be back on 13th October!

SAL Bag Ladies #16

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This was the photo I posted 3 weeks ago, of progress on “Bag Ladies” . . . and here is progress for this time.

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Not as much as I would have liked, but it’s still a step in the right direction.

For those of you thinking I was so close to a finish last time . . . sorry to disappoint, but no, there are still 2 bags and 2 cats to go which means at least 4 more stages (or 12 weeks in SAL time). 

Let’s pop along and see what other SAL members have been up to.

AvisGun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Clare, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon

And I’ll see you with another update on 22nd September.

SAL “Bag Ladies “ # 15

Another 3 weeks have flown by . . . and my SAL project  has evolved from this

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to this

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As you can see, there’s a ginger cat just peeking out of the new bag.

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Let’s hop along and see what other SAL members have been up to.

AvisGun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Clare, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon

A little PS to SAL members with Blogger/Blogspot blogs . . . you might have noticed, I’m leaving comms “anonymously” these days, but signing claire93 as that seems to be the only way I can leave a comment.

And meet up again on 1st September, for our next update.