A labour of love

As you may or may not remember, I went to England at the beginning of January. The reason for the trip was my sister’s 30th birthday! It’s not every day your younger sister turns 30, so I decided to give her a special gift. I had a photo of her dog as a puppy converted to a cross stitch pattern and then stitched it for her. I started it last June and finished it literally on her birthday, 7th January 2016! Stupidly, I forgot to take a photo of the finished article, so I only have one of my sister and her boyfriend holding it after I gave it to her. I’ve cropped the photo so you can’t see the people in it (which is a shame because the smiles of joy say it all!). So, I present to you, Loki:


This is the biggest project I’ve ever done (over 1000 stitches, mostly in shades of gray!) and I’m extremely proud of it. My sister’s reaction was exactly what I had hoped for – I actually have a video of her literally jumping up and down with joy!

By the way, the extra fifth hand holding the bottom corner is my brother’s… neither of them has an extra arm! (Pity… I’m sure we all wish we did at times!)

Guess the Christmas Cross Stitch 2015 – REVEAL!

I promised you a reveal today, and a reveal you shall get! I’m not 100% finished yet (lots of backstitching still to do!), but I think I’ve done enough for you to be able to see what it is. But first of all, we’ll have a look at the guesses from last time. Also, I know some of you have been wondering why I stopped the regular updates. The answer is I’ve always made it a rule to stop the game and reveal what I was stitching once somebody guessed correctly. Yes, you read that right… somebody gave me the right answer last time, or at least something close enough for me to count it. Here’s what I gave you to work with last time:

cross stitch 2015

And here are your guesses:

Kezzie said “I’m still seeing a rabbit in there- so I am sticking with pile of animals!x” When I said no rabbits, she guessed there was a deer in there.

Elaine said: “I think it’s at least three animals sitting on a sledge/sleigh – something large and silver (Moomin/hippo/pony wearing something green, a rabbit/reindeer and a little mouse wearing a dark jacket. This is a hard one!”. Inventive, but not right.

JJ said: “I see a dog with a man sitting on it. Either the dog is huge or the man is tiny – maybe it’s one of Santa’s little helpers?”. Part of this answer was along the right lines..

xstitchbee said: “I’m seeing a puppy snuggled up on the right & no idea what’s on the left ha xx” – Getting closer!

Charlotte said: “GOT IT! It’s a man carving a turkey.” Clever! But not the right answer.

Katrin, who had previously guessed a rabbit and a ghost on a sleigh added: “The teddy bear carries a sword. There’s a lot going on on that sleigh.”

Josie Beanz said: “I think it’s a guinea pig and a rabbit curled up asleep inside an old boot. The blue is the sole of the boot and the bottom has been cut open so you can see the creatures inside.” This was actually a fairly good guess, but not quite right.

Becster said: “It looks like a reindeer falling flat on it’s arse on some ice – this is a toughie!!!!”

And finally, we come to Sarah’s comment: “I’ve been totally stumped up until now. But now I finally see something: a cat and a dog snuggling. Maybe in a basket or something – can’t make out what the colors on the edge will be.” First time guessing, and BINGO!!
Also, an additional shout out to xstitchbee, who amended her previous guess to “No wait… I think it’s a puppy and a cat curled up!!” Sarah was first though, and she was almost spot on… except it’s not a basket.

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for… here’s what I was actually stitching:

Christmas cross stitch

It is, in fact, a cat and a dog snuggled up inside a Santa hat! The red in the middle that had you all so confused is the puppy’s collar 😉

Next year, I’m choosing something with fewer colours and no bloody fractional stitches! Also, I’m not sure what possessed me to pick something with multiple coloured backstitching! Clearly I was suffering from temporary insanity! Oh well, now I can finally get on with my other Christmas cards… all of which will feature small, easy pictures!

Family weekend

My mam and brother were here over the weekend, which is why I didn’t have a chance to post. Finally my mam has actually seen the place I’ve been living for the past 2 years! It was a good weekend, but tiring. There isn’t really much for tourists to do in Karlsruhe, but we rode on the little train in the Schlosspark, had a bit of a walk in Durlach (suburb of Karlsruhe) and went to ZKM, an art and media museum in town. We also ate some of the local food. It was lovely to see the family (or at least part of it) again. Now my sister just needs to visit and the whole family will have seen ‘my’ town.

Today was the first day of my new internship. It went pretty well. The bosses and one other employee are lovely. The owner of the company even bought my lunch for me! It was a lot of information to take in at once though – In the morning I just did some proofreading and researched some terms, but after lunch I had to learn all about the database, how to enter a company into it, find a translator etc, etc. Then I had a quick lesson on how to use the translation memory software. I was pleased when I was told to go home at 3pm! I won’t normally be leaving that early but there wasn’t anything left for me to do and, like I said, a lot had been squeezed into my brain in a fairly short space of time. I’m sure things will get better once I’ve done everything a few times and figured out what’s going on!

The bosses have a little jack russell puppy who comes to work with them. She’s called Flecki, because of a little fleck on her head, and is only 10 weeks old. Soo tiny and cute!

I think I’m going to like working there, once I’ve got over the strangeness and have more of an idea what I’m meant to be doing! Still sad that I had to leave the old place though.