Saturday, 2 April 2016

The Imaginative and Intriguing Alphabet Insiders

It's the first Saturday of the month so it's time for detention!

"They only met online, but it changed their lives forever"

I think most of you know the lovely enigmatic Chiara who blogs at The Grey Tail?  We were chatting via email a while back and between us came up with the idea of an A-Z language challenge.  We batted some ideas around and are calling it the The Alphabet Club.  Chiara has the full details on that link but basically she will post a link-up post on the first Saturday of each month (Saturday being detention day in the film) reminding us of the month's letter and we will all link up with themed things, from stitching to designers and local customs.

I is for Inky Darkness from A Dark Alphabet designed by Julie and Becky's Note of Friendship blog.

I is for Intarsia as shown in the Brooke's Book's Stitcher's Alphabet piece I am stitching for the Alphabet Club SAL:

Intarsia is a method of knitting with a number of colours, in which a separate length or ball of yarn is used for each area of colour (as opposed to different yarns being carried at the back of the work).  Here is an entry on Wikipedia about it  - Intarsia

I is also for Incomplete which is what my H block was last month, so here it is, fully completed:

I added the metallic for the hook and a little beaded heart.

I couldn't really think of an I theme for my stitching, icecream?  icicles?  igloos?  There is IHSW - International Hermit & Stitch Weekend for which I have been stitching Elizabeth Shephard, so here she is:

This is a very old one from the archives - Imperial Dragon by Serendipity Designs:

(I did not get my blog title from them, I had not even realised that I had stitched something by them until I started cataloguing my old pieces!)
No WIPS or UFOs for I though!  I did fare a little better when I came to designers.  Phew!

Mystery SAL by iStitch

DSC03524LindasIndigoRoseRR.jpg Linda's Indigo Rose RR

Margaret by Indigo Rose
(bands stitched for a Round Robin)

DSC03388CatsRR.jpg Cat's Autumn Band Sampler
Autumn by Indigo Rose
(also for a Round Robin - we stitched half a season each)

The final designer I am so surprised that I do not have a started or finished project because I love the designs - Ink Circles.  I think it is because I have bought two charts for myself rather than being Gifted them.  So they got put to one side in favour of the Gifted Gorgeousness projects.  These are the two I own:

There is a fascinating story behind this sampler which Tracy tells on her blog here.  There are also various blog posts where she tells us more about how she set about deciphering this valuable sampler.

My blog roll is equally slim for I blogs - thanks heavens for the weirdness that is 

and the slightly more normal


Finally I will include my progress on Just Nan's Spring Typography, this is three days worth of stitching:

stitched on 32 count Dark Reed linen.
A nicer green than the picture shows!


gominam said...

Wonderful "I" post, as usual you had me ogling at every piece. Those specialty stitches are lovely. And your IHSW WIP is looking great:)

riona said...

Lovely pieces all. It is amazing how many SALs and blog hops participate in. I'd never keep them all straight.

Kerryp77 said...

Hey Jo, it's lovely to look back at some of your projects. I love the istitch sampler and the indigo rose ones too. I'm off to look into the little alien sampler. You've made a great start on Spring too.

Linda said...

Awesome post as always Jo. I love the colors in Spring Typography.


Daffycat said...

I'm so glad my blog title helped you out a little!

Barb said...

Lots of wonderful "I" things! The Spring design you are working on is very pretty. You are making great progress.

CalamityJr said...

Spring is really springing! Love how it's coming along, unlike our early spring weather. We've had 50 mph winds, power outages, and temps heading down into the 20s tonight. Oh, well! In Illinois (USA) we say if you don't like the weather, just wait until tomorrow. Hope your skies are sunny.

rosey175 said...

Weirdness! Me?! Where on earth did you get that from? It must be the exclamation points! :B

I is clearly for ice cream stains on a shirt. Doesn't everyone have an ibex listening to his iPod while living in Iceland pattern? Iambic tetrameter sampler? No? But that alien school girl sampler is holycrapamazing.

Diya said...

Wonderful I post, as always :) Love your iStitch mystery SAL piece and the colors in Margaret are beautiful!

Bea said...

Another great post. I just love the variety of things you stitch.

Christine said...

I am finding it difficult to trust this post, it's I's are too close together.


Runs and hides

Brigitte said...

It was bit more difficult to find "I" things than finding words and things for other letters. Well, at least for me. But the post you compiled has some great examples for "I". I just love "incomplete", lol.

jocondine said...

This inky sky is perfect and the two Indigo rose stitchings really nice. I must have a look to this intarsia knitting ? (as well as on Alien girl!) Inevitably TAC post is a new door to open on "inconnu" (unknown). hugs

Mini said...

Interesting post. I must look up Intarsia. I like Ink circle designs,may try my hands on them someday.

Heather said...

Great post I love the inky darkness piece but can't imagine stitching it :)

Justine said...

Some lovely i-things! And a couple of new-to-me blogs. I loved the story behind the Alien schoolgirl sampler. Very mysterious!

Beth in IL said...

Love the Imperial Dragons. Great list of I's!

Stitching Noni said...

Great "I" post! I love the Imperial Dragons :o)
Your Just Nan's Spring Typography is so pretty.... gorgeous colours
Hugs xx

Rachel said...

A lovely bunch of I things Jo. So nice to see some of your much older pieces being shown again. :)

Preeti said...

Thanks for sharing the interesting 'I's !! Your projects are lovely. I alien sampler story was interesting too.

Katie said...

Fantastic post! I'm always "I"nterested in your posts.

Julie said...

I have just read "No WIPS or UFOs for I though!" me thinks the blog writer tells fibs, we all know you have a few WIP's and UFO's .... lol
Spring does look gorgeous, such delightful colours in it

Kaisievic said...

Jo, your post is a joy to read, as always, thank you so much. I have learnt two new things today - Intarsia knitting and that Aliens do truly exist - lol!

Southpaw Stitcher said...

I always enjoy your alphabet posts. I thought that "I" was going to be a challenging letter, but not for you. The Little Alien Schoolgirl sampler is really unique--love it!

Joysze said...

I for 'indecision' of all the 'intricate' 'items' 'I' am 'indecisive' on but 'intend' to 'invest' time 'in'. LOL! Great post! SOOOOOO many purdies!!!

Leonore Winterer said...

Great post for I as well! Now I can really see that H is for Hoop, not hoop (or maybe both?), and I learned something about Intarsia as well. I love Ink Circles, they have some wonderful designs, and then there is Imaginating of course...I recently got some of the Indigo Rose patterns on ebay, as they are sadly discontinued, and I'd love to get the season series complete (I only have spring and autumn now, but winter might be my favourite). On the subject of sesasons, great start on the spring typography, love the colours!

Tiffstitch said...

Very fun "I" post and lots of lovely stitching. Nice start on Spring and I must add Masquerade to my wish list as well.

geeky Heather said...

Oh my goodness, thank you for mentioning "incomplete"!! Do you know that I don't have a single WIP worth a design name that starts with "I"? That's just...inconceivable. ;)

Also I am marking down on the calendar where I was called "slightly normal". That's way better than I usually get!! =D

The Crafty Princess said...

So many little pretties in one place! I love your version of Spring, it's looking very springy. xo Alicia