2nd cross stitch diary, last day!


Finished! 😀 Above close up of the stove and Mrs Claus. Below the whole picture:


Now I need to sew the finish and iron it. Not sure how many squares I’ll choose outside the red. Maybe 7-9 squares. I’ll see what looks good.


2nd cross stitch diary, day 71


I took a break from this yesterday when we celebrated Christmas. Finns and other countries celebrate 24 December.

But today is an ordinary day. So I have plenty of time to back stitch. I have finished the little bowl, the cat and the bricks on the stove. Now I will continue with the rest of the stove.

I started knitting socks for me yesterday, but I’m only just in the beginning.

2nd cross stitch diary, day 70


All cross stitches done! 😀 I made the last ones this morning. In the picture is now the areas that need back stitches. I’ll start in a little while.

It was so frustrating, though. I had done this much of the Santa hat:


Then I ran completely out of red thread! 😦 In the kit was 31 meters of red. Could they not put 32 m?

I have a ton of left over threads. But finding the right shade for the last 18 cross stitches was really hard. Some were too light and some too dark. I think I found the right one at last, or at least really close:


It’s the first five vertical lines of red from the left (top of the Santa hat). I compared the threads under a bright lamp.

Last, I finished my niece’s Christmas gift socks this morning:

She has slightly longer foot than me (and she’s 12 years!), so they should fit her feet.

I’ll start back stitching in a few hours.


2nd cross stitch diary, day 69


Almost there… Hair and most of the Santa hat missing. I will make sure it’s done tonight. Then only back stitches remain for the stove and Mrs Claus.

Nice to have four days off work now! 🙂 I need all the time I can get. Still haven’t finished the socks for my niece’s Christmas gift. But I only have little left.


2nd cross stitch diary, day 68


Apron and skirt done. Now working on the upper part of the dress, and the arm. After that only the face and santa hat remains.

I could only cross stitch in the evening, after 8 pm, because of the guests we had. Hope I have more time to cross stitch today. But now off to work.


2nd cross stitch diary, day 67


Not where I want to be at this point… Some pink remains on the skirt and light grey on the apron.

I haven’t had time to do any cross stitching today yet and we might get visitors. I’ll try to stitch as much as possible tonight, but now I need to make and eat dinner.


2nd cross stitch diary, day 66


Shoes and part of the skirt done. Ideally, I would like to finish the skirt and the apron tonight. But that might be difficult. I work the evening today, from 12.45 pm to shortly after 7 pm. But I can cross stitch a little now before lunch. It’s 10 am now.