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Completed – Twelve Days of Christmas

It’s official! I’ve finished the Twelve Days of Christmas sampler designed by the ladies of Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery! Okay, I technically finished it yesterday but couldn’t sit at my computer long enough to post about it without a cat climbing on the keyboard.

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Finished 28 January 2014

I started this particular design around 8 November when my fabric and floss arrived. I started the grid and border as soon as I had the materials, but after a week of stitching (grid and half the border complete) I took a break when the Christmas on Gingerbread Lane patterns were released. The Pumpkins released the blocks for this sampler in three sets starting 28 November, but I didn’t pick up this project again until after I’d finished Gingerbread Lane (26 December).

Twelve Days is stitched on 28-count cashel linen in Crystal Ale from Picture This Plus. Floss is Cosmo. For the most part, this is a fairly straightforward pattern. It doesn’t involve any fancy stitches, just regular cross stitch, but the border is not very beginner-friendly. The border is intricate enough that it is a little difficult to count, and I had to backtrack a few times. There are a few spots where I just said “screw it” and kept going (compare the border under “elv” with the bit under “tm.” Something is clearly amiss in one of those sections). If you have never crossed a stitch (so to speak) in your life, I would not recommend this pattern. If you want to use another one of the Pumpkins designs as a start, try one of the seasonal samplers stitched on aida instead of linen. I haven’t done any of those patterns, but they look much more straightforward than this one. This is a big project, and I could see newbies getting frustrated with that border. So, in summary, difficult to count, but not difficult to stitch.

I’ve already moved on to the Once Upon a Time sampler; my materials turned up yesterday morning, and it seems that was all I needed to get moving again (I wasn’t allowed to start a new project until I finished this). I still have the increasingly questionable goal of finishing the January block for OUaT before February is released on Saturday.

If you want to join in, OUaT is being released in 12 parts throughout 2014, and there is a very active stitch-a-long group on Facebook. Just search for “Frosted Pumpkin Stitch-A-Long Group.” And by active I mean we have 800 people; clearly, the Pumpkins are doing something right when it comes to social media.

ALSO, since this is the first project I’ve finished since embarking this bloggerific adventure, I’d like to direct your attention over to the Finishes page, which you’ll also find linked up in the header next to the mostly useless “About” button. There isn’t much there yet, pretty much just the picture you’re already looking at on this page, but come hell or high water that list will grow.

And just because, here’s a picture of a sleeping cat:

Zzzzzzzzz........

Zzzzzzzzz……..

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Fuzzy Little Distractions

I was hoping by now I could have reported successful completion of the 12 Days of Christmas sampler. I thought, surely if I apply myself I can finish it up.

But I didn’t. I’ve been a little distracted the last few days.

Specifically, I’ve been distracted by the sudden appearance of a sink full of cat:

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Was that there when you moved in?

We’ve yet to determine how they feel about the colorful bits of string flitting about while I’m stitching, so hopefully I can get back on track. They’ve successfully venture out of the bathroom and taken over the rest of the apartment. The shy one (the gorgeous gray and white dude on the left) has finally left the smaller bedroom and is lounging in a lovely patch of sunlight. The decidedly less shy one has been kind enough not to sit on the keyboard yet, instead opting for the carpet behind my desk chair. I have yet to find any misplaced poops, and while they use my cabinets to stretch, they don’t scratch them.

Sweetest lumps of fluff you could imagine. They’ve been either at a shelter or a foster home since they were about a month old, and I can’t believe no one took them home before now. Sadly, they’ve outgrown the itty bitty kitty committee just enough that no one who goes in thinking, “I want a kitten!” would give them a second look. Also, because the gray one is so redonkulously shy they had to go as a pair.

BUT that’s not to say I didn’t accomplish anything. I just haven’t accomplished anything since they showed up. I did make some substantial progress on 12 Days. I finished all the blocks and the titling, and now I just have to finish the border. That border is no joke. I did half of it before the Pumpkins released the rest of the pattern, and it took me a solid 15 hours. Ouch. The second half has been going faster, but it’s still going to take time.

9 ladies dancing

9 ladies dancing

10 lords a-leaping

10 lords a-leaping

11 pipers piping

11 pipers piping

12 drummers drumming. You can't really read it, but there's green text with "rat-a-tat" under the 12.

12 drummers drumming. You can’t really read it, but there’s green text with “rat-a-tat” under the 12.

Ever so much fun! I have to say, my favorite part of the whole pattern is the cow right above block 12.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go clean cat fur out of my bathtub.

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