I’m now working on three projects on alternating days. This month I bought two more small kits and started one and also bought a cross stitch magazine (my first!). This is in addition to the creepy cross stitch kit that I posted about already.
I’ve been slowly working on the celestial dragon; I’m working around the head and not having to rip out as much as I did when I first started, though any time I get away from the head, stitches have to come out. I’m hoping it will become a little easier once I get away from the head and its streamers. The blending filament is still a pain to deal with.
I’m still working on the April 2012 free fractal bookmark from Cross Stitch Collectibles (the bookmark version of Fractal 345). The farthest stitches on this are a few stitches from the right edge and the bottom of the first page (the top third of the design).
I also bought (at Hobby Lobby on sale) and started a small kit (“Joy” from Candamar Designs); it’s apparently part of a series of feng shui designs. It’s nice to work on something on 14 count fabric as a break from the 28 (celestial dragon) and 22 (fractal bookmark) count projects.
I bought yet another kit at Joann with a lower regular price (and used a coupon).
The last time I went in my local Joann, they had cleared out most of their small kits; they had one row (I want to say five or six, definitely less than ten). At one point I went in there to get more pearl blending filament for the dragon and discovered they had it on clearance. Every time I went in there I bought more and ended up with three pearl (more than I need for the dragon), three silver, one regular gold, one high lustre gold, and one starburst (095) at either $0.50 or $0.25 a spool. I don’t know what I’m going to do with it all (especially the starburst), but it’s nice to have.
I also discovered that they carry a range of cross stitch magazines, and bought one: (Oriental) Cross Stitch Favourites (Spring 2012). There are several designs that I am interested in working: the pillow, the kimono, the pink flowers, and the blue pagoda designs at least. I don’t want to start anything else until I finish something, though I might start on one of the blue pagoda designs; my sister thought they were pretty, and her birthday is in October.