Once Upon A Time – Stage 6

Stéphan le stégosaure

Stéphan le stégosaure

Here’s Stéphan le stégosaure (Stephen the Stegosaurus), a herbivore from the late Jurassic period. Beware of his spiked tail!


I haven’t decided yet what I’ll be stitching for the next stage. Being away next time, I will probably schedule my post.

I’m linking to the other participants of this SAL – not all of us are posting every time, and we are in different time zones, but their blogs are always worth a visit –

Avis, Claire, Gun, Kate, Carole, Alison, Elizabeth, Wendy, and LucyAnn

I Know I Shouldn’t …

Franki's Ten Stitch Twist (WIP)

Franki’s Ten Stitch Twist (WIP)

… start another project. But my box full of sock yarns was calling so loudly I could no longer ignore it. Last weekend I tried out a couple of patterns, but finally decided to knit another Ten Stitch pattern by Franki Brown, Franki’s Ten Stitch Twist.

Last year, I failed knitting the Ten Stitch Blanket and Ten Stitch Zigzag patterns, but this one was an instant success. Once I had knit beyond the center, everything went almost by itself. Just put the marker in and keep counting the ridges between the short rows.


Once Upon A Time – Stage 5

Tyrone the T Rex

Tyrone the T Rex

Still in the late Cretaceous period, here’s Tyrone the T(yrannosaurus) Rex. A little troublemaker, as I mentioned before. But I managed to distract him with something that’s beyond the canvas.

The T Rex in the pattern differed a little from the stitched version on the cover. I made the version from the pattern, although I’ve decided to use the brown floss for the backstitching in the face as well where it said ‘black’ on the sheet. Makes him a little friendlier, I think.

About half of the project is done now. I’m not sure yet if I’m going to divide the remaining bits into four or five stages. This will depend on how I get ahead. Real life currently is behaving a little odd. I’m really looking forward to the long Easter weekend – everyone else is away and I’m not in danger of getting invited. Four days for myself and for sewing only. :)


Next time we’ll travel back to the late Jurassic period to meet Stéphan.

Until then, take a look at the beautiful projects from:

Avis, Claire, Gun, Kate (missing this stage, but visit her site anyway), Carole, Alison (not posting today), Elizabeth, Wendy (also not posting today), and LucyAnn

Once Upon A Time – Stage 4

Trixie the Triceratops

Trixie the Triceratops

We’ve traveled ahead in time 70 million years and have arrived in the late Cretaceous period. Meet Trixie the Triceratops, a gentle herbivore and thus no threat to our friend Dino. They live peacefully side by side on my canvas.


Next time I will introduce you to Tyrone. He’s a little troublemaker.

Until then, take a look at the beautiful projects from:

Avis, Claire, Gun, Kate (missing this lap, but pop over anyway), Carole, Alison, Elizabeth, Wendy, and LucyAnn

Running Out Of TARDIS Blue

DWXS5(work in progress)

DWXS5(work in progress)

My own fault. I had ordered only one skein of that special blue unaware of the fact that I needed two of them. As there were some other colours missing as well I made a new online order at my trusty cross stitch shop. Should be here in a couple of days. (I also ‘needed’ a piece of black Aida for a new and yet secret project of mine.)

I had been looking forward to this long weekend for a while. Another Friday and Monday off, my last two days left from last year. Focus was on cross stitch and I had lined up my current projects side by side to stitch whatever I felt like. Dave the Muse gave me some patterns for Modern Art of which I made one with the background still missing.


I started with this on Friday

Then I began to work on the TARDIS part of my latest Tenth Doctor project. It’s a design from Stitcherydoo that traveled all the way from Down Under about two years ago. I started in November on 16 ct. white Aida using the suggested DMC threads. In my sleepy little hometown all they sell are Anchor and Rico floss so I had to mail order the DMC threads.

Stitch count is 158 x 165. I’ve now decided to complete the right side first after starting in the lower left hand corner because the stitched area will become a little stiff and it’s going to be easier to handle if I stitch from right to left.


What I made on the weekend

This afternoon I had an appointment in the city center. Afterwards I went for some more floss for the ‘black project’ mentioned above and another skein of dinosaur thread. Also, 30 percent off on Rico floss at the next shop, an offer I couldn’t resist as this meant 0.70 € per skein (approx. 50 p UK/0.78 $ US/1 $ AUS). 50 new and exciting colours jumped into my shopping basket in no time. :)

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