Monday, January 30, 2012

Theme-a-licious Jardin January Wrap-Up

Wrap-up day for Theme-a-licious is the 31st, but again, I'm posting this a little early so everyone can check in while it's still the 31st for them. And also to give those of you who may have forgotten a chance to whip a post together. =) By the way, should we be doing these posts on the first instead of the last day of the month? What do you think? Leave me a comment if you have a strong opinion. Or even a weak one. ;)

So let's recap my plan for Jardin January:
  • Shakespeare's Garden
  • Convents Herbal Garden
  • Sanctuary
  • Rose Red Hat
I worked on Shakespeare's Garden and Convents Herbal Garden the first part of the month (see recap here). I stopped on Shakespeare's Garden because I was missing one fiber. Fortunately, the wonderful Kris saw my plea and sent me several yards! It arrived Saturday, but I was busy trying to finish Helena so I could cast on Rose Red! I managed to finish all of Helena except the front ties!!! Michael looked at the wee sweater and said he was amazed at what I could do. =) I'm pretty happy with it even though I can see some imperfections. But when it's on a sweet little baby, no one will see those. ;) I did JUST cast on Rose Red, and I'd show you a picture, but since I only did four rounds, it doesn't look like much. =)

Sanctuary fared much better thanks to IHSW! (Really, mainly due to Burn Notice and its vice-like grip over my spouse. =)

And for good measure, I worked on Les Rubans. Because it totally has flower-like things on it. See how this works? It's all up to you how strictly (or loosely) you apply the theme. ;)

Now it's time to talk about...
Fangirl February

Send a Valentine to your favorite designer...or at least work on his or her designs for the month!

I'm having a little bit of a hard time making up my mind here. I have so many favorites! But I think I'm going to concentrate on three: Teresa Wentzler, Moss Creek Designs (Rae Iverson) and Mirabilia. Here's what I'm going to do:
  • Teresa Wentzler: Peacock Tapestry. It's in progress, but just barely, and is a great candidate for the upcoming Amazon April
  • Moss Creek Designs: Blackwork Band Sampler...or maybe Ye Shall Prosper. They're both on my WIPocalypse list!
  • Mirabilia: I should be good and work on Autumn Queen (in progress AND on the WIPocalypse list). But what I really want to do is start Dancer, since Dasher needs company. And since it's my birthday this month, that's probably what I'm going to do. =)
It's hard for me to pick a favorite knitting designer since I have so little experience. But since I love every sock pattern Cookie A has cranked out of her genius brain, I'm going to add Bex (WOW that sock has been in progress for a while) to the list. Besides, how am I going to get the opportunity to work on one of the socks from my self-made sock club if I don't get some free needles up in here?

So how did your Jardin January go? What are your plans for Fangirl February? Please add your link below (to your wrap-up post). And despite what Mister Linky says, you don't need to comment after linking, though of course I'll always appreciate it. =) Our next check-in post will be on the 15th, when we'll share how Fangirl February is going! And don't worry if you haven't posted before...just jump in whenever.

1. Jan
2. Roses' Crafts
3. Ruth
4. Sue
5. Measi
6. Topcho
7. Daffycat
8. Paula
9. Cathy
10. Shannon
11. Annette
12. Blu
13. Loretta
14. Valentina
15. Joanne P
16. Sherry
17. Shebafude
18. Karoline
19. TeresaB
20. Sherrie
21. Lucie
22. Terri
23. Julie Vila
24. Jan Part 2
25. Jackie
26. TheDailyMel
27. Mindi


cucki said...

beautiful stitching..your garden is looking so lovely..
i really enjoy the jardin much fun..
sending you big hugs cucki xx

Joysze said...

Since I'm not taking part, I guess I shouldnt' have an opinion... but since I love seeing pics... I say either will work as long as there are pics! LOL!

Sanctuary looks spectacular!!

Sue said...

Lovely stitching! I had a ball with Jardin January. I like the way you have it set up now. Posting on the last day of the month finishes off the month and flows into starting a new project the next day. Thank you for posting early for us early birds who are a day ahead.

Carol said...

Just love your progress on Sanctuary, Heather!! I really should get out my chart and get started--it is so, so pretty :)

Measi said...

I didn't make much more progress after IHSW, but I've added my post. :) Onward to Fangirling... and lots of Wentzler-ing for me.

Topcho said...

Sanctuary is lovely! The waiting after the teaser was absolutely worth it :D And you have yummy plans for the next month! And I think the chek-in date is perfect as it is :)

Jan Gartlan said...

I love the rabbit in the garden. Such gorgeous stitching. I'm happy with posting on the last day of the month too.

Daffycat said...

My post is up too!

Your Sanctuary is really, really pretty!

I'm happy with last day posting. That gives us a chance to recap and put a teaser in for the next month.

Unknown said...

Your stitching looks wonderful and I like the look of February's list, looking forward to mid month.
I'm quite easy whether its on the 31st or 1st, I tend to look for your update in my blog roll though to remind bad lol

Sherrie said...

I kind of bumped into your place. What a wonderful idea. Can I join you? I'm not a knitter, I'm a crocheter and I quilt some. I also do counted cross stitch. Looking forward to working on some projects with your theme-a-licious. Have a great day!

Food for Thought

Annette said...

I rather like the last day of the month :) Great progress on Sanctuary.

Valentina said...

Hi Heather!
Sorry I'm a bit late in my check in!
Your last progress is lovely!

geeky Heather said...

LOL...good thing I am posting it early then! =)

geeky Heather said...

Absolutely, positively!! I should have just said "craft" in all the descriptions. Crocheting, quilting, we want to see it all! =)

TeresaB said...

Blackwork Band Sampler huh? I might have to pull that one out as well.

I tried to get my update published yesterday but stuff happened. But I like the last day of the month as well.

Julie said...

Lovely work, my update will be tonight so I clearly think check in should be the 1st as it gives us an extra day to finish and photograph =)

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