Tuesday, March 28, 2006

First Quarter 2006 Report

Since we are nearly one quarter of the way through 2006 (how on earth did that happen?) I thought it would be a good time to revisit my stash lists and review my progress towards this years stash reduction goals.
Summary for first quarter of 2006:
Stash Pile as of 04 Jan 06: 59 projects
Completed in 2006: 1 project
Added in 2006: 5 projects
Stash Pile at 28 March 06: 63 projects
Knitting and Crochet:
Stash Pile as of 04 Jan 06: 14 projects
Completed in 2006: 2 project
Added in 2006: 2 projects
Stash Pile at 28 March 06: 14 projects
Stash Pile as of 04 Jan 06: 12 projects
Completed in 2006: 1 project
Added in 2006: 1 projects
Stash Pile at 28 March 06: 12 projects

It should be noted that I have only added projects to the stash list that I actually have at home. There are a number of cross stitching & knitting projects that I have already purchased but are being shipped to me that I have not added to the lists. So all in all I am proving to be very very bad at stripping. I must try and remind myself that my goal for the year to finish with 5 less projects in each category, at best I have maintained the number of projects on each list and the less said about the progress made on reducing the cross-stitch list the better.

Red text indicates stash added Since 4th January 2006

Cross-stitching and other counted stitching projects
  1. Beth Russell - Orange Border (80% complete)
  2. DMC - Sweet Pea Fairy (5% complete)
  3. L&L - Angel of Spring (80% complete)
  4. TW - Above the Clouds (30% complete)
  5. TW - Noah's Ark (15% complete)
  6. TW - Peacock Tapestry (5% complete)
  7. Barbara Thompson Designs - Skyscape
  8. Barbara Thompson Desings - Around the World in Cross Stitch (25% complete)
  9. Bent Creek - Swirly Sampler
  10. Butternut Road - Earthdancer
  11. Coleshill Collection - Sunflower
  12. Derwentwater Designs - Rose Window (75% complete)
  13. Derwentwater Designs - Rose Bouquet
  14. Derwentwater Designs - Macintosh coaster 1b
  15. Dimensions - Power of the Serengeti
  16. Dimensions - Toy Shelf Birth Record
  17. Dimples Designs - Wee Beasties Part 5
  18. Dimples Designs - Wee Beasties Part 6
  19. Dinky-Dyes Designs - Celtic Heart
  20. Dinky-Dyes Designs - Celtic Knot Diamond
  21. DMC - Laburnum Fairy
  22. Just Nan - Amethyst Snowflake
  23. Just Nan - Celeste
  24. Just Nan - Christmas Jewel
  25. Just Nan - Ice Blossom
  26. Just Nan - Grace
  27. Just Nan - Serena
  28. L&L - Angel of Autumn
  29. L&L - Angel of Christmas
  30. L&L - Angelica
  31. L&L - Heavenly Gifts
  32. L*K - Bless the Baby
  33. Lanarte - Orchid
  34. Maria Von Scharrenburg - Night
  35. M-Designs - A
  36. M-Designs - A + D + Heart
  37. M-Designs - E + J + Heart
  38. Mirabilia - Royal Holiday
  39. Mirabila - The Fairy Moon
  40. Moira Blackburn -Growing Like A Tree
  41. Sheperds Bush - Cherry Heart
  42. The Silver Lining - Royal Affair
  43. The Silver Lining - Joy
  44. The Silver Lining - Hope
  45. The Silver Lining - Honor
  46. The Silver Lining - Grace
  47. Thea Groverneur - Jays
  48. Thea Groverneur - Pheony Rose
  49. Thea Groverneur - Rhapsody in Blue
  50. Thea Groverneur - Rose
  51. TW - Celtic Cross
  52. TW - Futurecast
  53. TW - Knotwork Bookmark
  54. TW - Paisley Corner
  55. TW - Stretch
  56. TW - Tempest
  57. The Victoria Sampler - Beyond Cross Stitch Level Six No ?
  58. The Drawn Thread - Toccata Number One
  59. Sheperd's Bush - Mother's Heart
  60. The Little Kit Company - Dunedin
  61. The Little Kit Company - Kakora Bookmark
  62. The Little Kit Company - Sheep Bookmark
  63. The Little Kit Company - Aoteoroa Sheep

Completed Since 1st January 2006:

  1. Derwentwater Designs - Macintosh coaster 1a

Knitting and Crochet Projects

  1. Black Dune Scarf
  2. Haze shawl
  3. Collinette Jumper
  4. Black & White Jumper
  5. Black sleeveless jumper
  6. Socks 1
  7. Socks 2
  8. Ripple Scarf
  9. Lacy Lattice Stole
  10. 63 square afghan
  11. Rega Scarf
  12. Rega Shawl
  13. New Zealand Scarf 1
  14. New Zealand Scarf 2

Completed Since 1st January 2006:

  1. Toddler Ponch
  2. Scarf of Hope 2

Beading Projects

  1. Beaded Box (10% complete)
  2. Romanov Bauble
  3. Fandango Braclet
  4. Aurora Stars (x3)
  5. Toulouse Chocker Necklace
  6. Georgian Bauble
  7. Turkish Rope Tassel
  8. Persian Tassel
  9. Art Deco Bauble
  10. Starry Night Bauble
  11. Mayur Necklace
  12. Zig-Zag Braclet

Completed Since 1st January 2006:

  1. Fuchsia Scissor Tassel

Saturday, March 25, 2006

New Zealand Report

A picture is worth a thousand words so I have decided to let my holiday photographs do the majority of the talking for me otherwise this post would take days to read and put anyone brave enough to try and read it to sleep. New Zealand is an amazing country full of spectacular scenery and wonderful people (if you discount Christchurch taxi drivers).

I arrived a little dazed by the 30 odd hours of travelling and the 13 hours time difference and was made most welcome by Nicola and her family, staying with them for a few days allowed me to recover from the journey in comfort and to get some stitching done. From Christcurch I headed off on a swift two week tour of the South Island before heading up to Wellington for a few days.

First stop was Kaikoaura where I went whale watching and was delighted to see three sperm whales and a pod of dusky dolphins. Since the whales only come up to the surface to rest and breath for a few minutes before diving they are not very active but at least that means you can take photos of them. The dolphins on the other hand did not stay still for even a second so were impossible to photo (well at least with my limited skills). So I gave up trying and just enjoyed their antics

Next stop was in Nelson and from there I went into the Abel Tasman National Park, yet more spectacular scenery and wonderful wildlife.

The above photo is of Split Apple Rock Bay and the one below is of a New Zealand fur seals.

From there I travelled down the west coast, with plenty of stops to enjoy the scenery and sample the local food & drink. The weather was a little wild at times but that just added to the drama.

Luckily by the time I arrived at Franz Josef the weather had cleared up and I was able to take a helicopter ride over the glacier before spending a day hiking on the glacier.

On leaving the glacier I headed towards Queenstown and then on to Dunedin, with plenty more stops along the way to admire the scenery and look at the wildlife.

On arrival in Dunedin it started raining again making the place look even more Scottish.

From Dunedin I travelled into the Catlins, yet more stunning scenery and close encounters with wildlife. Including getting almost too close to a sea lion who was hiding out in the sand dunes.

It was then back to Christchurch via Milford Sound and Queenstown. The day spent at Milford Sound it rained and rained and rained but that meant that the waterfalls were spectacular.

I was sad to say good-bye to the South Island and head up to Wellington. But it was lovely to spend several nights in the same bed and to spend time with my friends Alan & Christie. Christie was an excellent tour guide taking me to all the tourist spots in and around Wellington.

I also managed to meet up with Cathy for lunch and she introduced me to a wonderful cross stitching store where my credit card was a little stretched but more about that when the purchases arrive (I had to have them shipped home due to lack of space in the suitcase).

My last full day was spent in Martinborough sampling New Zealand wine (some of which found its way into my suitcase).

All in all it was an amazing holiday, even with the jet lag. It has taken me nearly a week to recover from the journey home and to get over the shock of going back to work.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Holiday Stitching Report

While away travelling in New Zealand I managed to complete a small Macintosh Design by Derwentwater Designs.

And to start Around the World by Barabara Thompson which I thought was a rather appropriate project to take on holiday. It has been stitched on in New Zealand, Sydney, Dubia and Birmingham plus on the plane between these points so has been half way around the world.

I also made a few purchases - to be precise 7 stitching projects and 2 knitting projects both scarves and both yummy hand dyed yarns.

The stitching projects include four kits (Aotearoa Sheep, Kokako Bookmark, Sheep Bookmark and Dunedin) by a New Zealand company called The Little Kit Company (oh and I have made arrangements for a fifth kit - Christchurch to be sent to me) which are pictured below and three other kits which are currently being posted to me because I ran out of space in my luggage. Well I was on holiday.