Linen and Threads SAL 2018

What do you know, this is apparently my 100th post here. It’s just a number, I know, and I discovered this fact accidentally since I don’t usually bother with stats. I’m pleasantly surprised that my slow blogging has continued long enough to churn out this many posts, and to make some friends along the way. I’m glad for your company in my (mis)adventures, folks! 🙂

Alright, with that out of the way, let’s move on to the main attraction, my project. 😉 I’ve completed the May section of the Linen and Threads Mystery Sampler SAL, and I love it!

L&T SAL - May finish

I applied my recently-discovered trick again – where I use two colors for each stitch, first making half-stitches pointing in one direction in one color, and then the other half stitches in the other color. I used this method to give a darker-colored, slightly-speckled look for the horns of the deer, and I’m glad they turned out better than okay.

With all these colorful sections, a tiny little sliver of disappointment appears, pointing at the dragons – I wish I could’ve figured out some colorful but good-looking details for the dragons too. I’m trying hard to quash this feeling though, because I know I spent as much time as I could on figuring out that section, and now, it is what it is.

I discovered something else this month. The Aida cloth was pretty dirty around the May and June sections, so before I started on the stitching, I thought I’d wash the dirt off. And I saw that the pink color really runs. The sun in the dragon section, where I’d used the two-color stitching method with pink and yellow threads, now has a pink aura around it. 🙂 So do the fiery flames from the dragon on the right. I won’t fix the remaining thread though, because I don’t want the top sections leaking pink while the rest of the sections look clean. You get an aura, you get an aura, everyone gets an aura! 😉

Hope the trend in this SAL continues and the June section turns out to be small; I can get some more knitting done then. I did make some progress on the entrelac sweater, by the way – I was not well for a few days in the middle of the month, and I knit a little when I was bored of lying in bed. It’ll still be a surprise if I manage to finish it before I start on the MKAL shawl next month.

11 thoughts on “Linen and Threads SAL 2018

  1. Glad you are feeling better. Your cross stitch is really beautiful, I like the auras, I think they make it more special :). It’s fun to watch it develop :). We are getting ready for 90’s and high humidity starting tomorrow :(, ugh, I’ll be trying to stay in the house.

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    1. Thank you! I too am conditioning myself to see the auras as a ‘feature’ of the project, and not something unwanted. They’re not too ugly, really. 🙂
      Hope you have some knitting and a cold drink for company on hot and humid days! 🙂

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  2. Congrats on your 100th post!
    I really like this month’s section, and the bleeding of pink thread is not really visible, at least on the photos. Good job!

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 Yes, the bleeding is not very evident from a distance. I don’t think it’s done running yet, though, since I haven’t washed / soaked the finished sections very well this time. 🙂

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  3. Your sampler is looking so awesome, Anita! Just love your colors. I have had a fabric mishap, too. Since my knee issues, I was icing my knee quite a bit. My ice pack had leaked all over the could where I had my scroll frame with the sampler sitting. The hand dyed fabric sucked up some of the water and I now have 2 weird circles where the water was. I am afraid to wash it as I don’t want to ruin it anymore. Hopefully most of it will be in the framing and it won’t be noticeable. I won’t be leaving my ice packs sitting around anymore ;). I am also looking forward to the June section and hoping that it is a small section so I have time to work on the many other things I have going.

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    1. Oh, I hope the stitches and framing manage to hide the problem areas, Ginny! And I hope your knee is receiving the treatment it deserves.


  4. Congratulations on your 100th post. I’m happy to hear that you’re feeling better.
    Your Mystery Sampler is coming along beautifully.
    It’s a shame about the pink color running. However, I like the aura, I think it makes it all the more lovely.

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