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Chevron Seed Stitch

A simple short post about the next knitting stitch…

Chevron seed stitch- it’s very easy good for a beginner

Multiples of 8 (cast on 32 for a scarf)

Row 1- P1, K3, P1,K3

Row 2- K1, P5, K1, P1

Row 3- K2, P1, K3, P1, K1

Row 4-P2, K1, P1, K1, P3

Repeat until the end. Then cast off.

This is going to be a scarf. If I run out of yarn I can easily make a headband. Time will tell.

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Happy Day


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Flower #5 flower doodle

Thank goodness it is Friday. Even though I work for a few hours tomorrow. I’m glad to have most of the day off. I really needed the break from the past few days.

It is raining with a nice breeze. I smell food from outside. It kinda smells like fried potatoes.

I spent the day watching movies and tv shows. And cross stitching. It’s been too long since I picked up my needle for stitching Derby.

Here is where I am at now…

What’s next?

At least one less column! I had to return to the fabric store to get more DMC colors. And I bought a new color of yarn…I want to knit an oversized wrap to use at my office. It gets cold in my office.

That will be another post in the future.

I did yoga and finished my doodle flower drawing. It done on a 9″x 6″ paper.

I will be concentrating on finishing my next painting.

And the rest of the month will be starting and completing a large flower painting. You will have to stay turned to more posts to see it. Sneak peak is coming soon.

(maybe I’ll add in some small flower paintings)

Etsy shop is open: 4pawsartstudio

Happy day


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Sunday Sunny Stitching

It’s been awhile since Derby has been posted.

Today at the studio, we woke up early, extremely early, 4am early. Because I couldn’t sleep and couldn’t get comfortable.

Sometimes the best sleep is on the sofa. Then it rained. My dog and I didn’t get to walk. By the time the sun came out, it was too hot.

I later got my second dose for covid vaccination. Then the fatigue started to set in.

I stitched in between my naps. At some point, you got to say enough for today. My brain was getting lazy and I just didn’t want to count my stitches anymore.

Here’s the progress from this weekend.

Tomorrow I will be home. Hopefully no more side effects from the vaccine. I plan to paint a graduation card. And may paint on canvas for awhile. We shall see how I’m feeling.

Happy day, Caroline


Crossing Another Column Off

Today I spent many hours cross stitching. In between stitching, I walked my dog, helped to feed a neighbor’s cat and went shopping, cooked lunch and dinner. That’s a lot for my last vacation day.

I began this cross stitch two years ago. I’m getting closer to finishing. But by a glance of an eye, the stitching doesn’t look like there’s much progress.

There’s many color changes. To cross stitch one block can take up to an hour. It depends on how tired I am, my arthritic hand and my distraction level.

I normally watch Netflix or Hulu while stitching. While stitching I was watching a documentary about spiritual cults. Very interesting.

Now back to cross stitching…

I wonder when this will be completed? Below is a picture of the remaining area to be cross stitched.

Do you have a guess?

Happy Stitching,

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Rounding Another Corner

It’s been a slow start for January stitching. It’s been partly too tired and partly too busy on the weekends to stitch

Yesterday was a snowstorm. We didn’t get too much, I decided to stay home and stitch. Though I took a nap and didn’t get as much done as I wanted to.

I’m on page 15, finished three columns. There’s 21 pages total.

The bottom portion is mainly the horse’s legs showing them in a running position.

There’s a lot of DMC 310 black in the current columns stitched. We shall see what the next few columns look like soon.

Until next time,



Derby in Pictures

I have been working on Derby from Everything Cross stitch since June 2019.

I had a slight set-back stitching last week. First there’s a mistake in my counting and had to spend time figuring out where I made my mistake.

The other set-back is from having a winter snowstorm and my electricity went out for two days. It was impossible to stitch.

Here’s is the updated stitching progress.

I plan to stitch some today and get back on track.

Happy stitching



Saturday Stitching

Today I took the day off of work. It was a nice day to have off. I did not go anywhere, I tend to stay home on Halloween, I’m not a fan of it.

I started my day with yoga and then started cross stitching. That’s my old dog always following me around, along with my cats…I wouldn’t have it any other way.

My focus was to finish the column I began from last night.

It became successful.

There’s a lot of thread colors and much movement in my arm.

I have tennis elbow and really should not be putting strain on my arm, but the stitching can’t stitch itself!

I’m paying the price of overworking my arm, it hurts a lot. I’ll ice it as soon as I post this blog.

Here’s the photos of the update…

Thank you…

I want to say thank you to those who are following this blog. I didn’t expect anyone to follow a cross stitching blog, it’s nice to know this “old fashioned needlepoint” is of interest to others. I appreciate you.


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Halfway to Finish Line

Just a quick update on the Derby cross stitch.

I have not posted much because it has been rather difficult to see the progress with all the dark navy and black threads to stitch this.

Enough of the horse is stitched to give you a clear idea of how involved it is.

One more column on page 10 then it’s halfway finished.



Stitching Derby Update

It’s been about two months since Derby Cross Stitch has been posted.

I became extremely tired, working way too much, and just didn’t feel like stitching that much.

The little bit that was stitched wasn’t really worth a post.

Today, I was able to fix a huge counting mistake on Derby. I made the blue helmet on the jockey too big. I realized that after I stitched it, but decided at the time I would fix it when I began stitching the page below that mistake to make sure it was corrected and matched up with the stitches below it. (If any of this makes sense).

It’s not perfect but I tried to mimic the colors in that block the best I could without taking every stitch out.

I held my breath when I had the seam ripper in my hand hoping I would not put a hole on the fabric. Thankfully everything worked out!

Here is the progress of Derby Cross Stitch…

The next post most likely will be the finished face of the horse…

Happy 4th of July. Below is from Yesteryears Sweethearts cross stitch series.

Until then,