Monday, May 23, 2022

Crafting bug and moving things forward

Here it is the start of another week, and I am very happy with the progress I was able to make on things last week. I am now getting back to find that time and joy of crafting again, so now to see what happens in the next little while. I am going to be trying to continue to move things forward as well as get other things finished up.
Pandemic - so this piece got some attention this week, and part of that is because I decided to work on a different section of the pattern and see how much of it I could get done. Instead of working on trying to get areas finished, I decided that I was going to try and work on getting some areas outlined so that when I want to fill in areas it will be a lot easier. Just working on getting some of that done meant I was able to make some good progress on the piece.  I am still under 13% complete on this project, so I still have a very long way to go before I see it finished.
 
Bella Lino Wrap - here is a project that is currently sitting beside in my office, and it is something that I can pull out to work on when I have those few minutes where I can get a row or two done. I have a marker in on the wrap so that I can see how much I did in a week, and I am happy with the progress that I was able to make on it.
This wrap is very easy because the rows are simple and with it being just a two row repeat it means that I don't have to focus on counting stitches, and I can just pick it up and get the rows done. This wrap is going to be about 72 inches long when it is done, so I still have a very long way to go on it, but I am enjoying just sitting and working on it when I have those few minutes.
Dishcloths - I have decided that I am going to try and get back to knitting some dishcloths, as they are quick and easy to get done. This one is just the basic dishcloth, and I was able to get it made yesterday afternoon while I was watching some of the videos that I have to watch. I hope that I can make more of these over the next while, as they make for great small gifts when you can combine them with something else little when you are going to visit someone.
English paper piecing - this week, one of the goals that I had was to start joining the motifs that I have been making for both of the projects.

The first project is the throw that I am making, and those motifs are the bigger motifs so this week I was able to get some of them attached together, and now I would like to continue to get more of these attached and hopefully get this next top of a throw finished up before too long. This project will have 144 motifs on it when it is finished, so it is going to take a bit of time to get there but now that I have started joining the motifs hopefully it will go a lot faster now.
The second project that I am working on is using the small motifs, and this project is going to be for some needle books and items like that. What I am now trying to do is get the motifs all joined together, and then I will be about to make the various items. This project has a long way to go before it is finished, but I am having a lot of fun joining the motifs on this and seeing how quickly the piece grows. The clips on the side are showing me the width that I wanted, so now I will be trying to just make this piece longer.

I hope everyone is finding some time to do the things that you love doing. It might only be a few minutes each day, but at least it is something. I know that finding time can be a challenge but setting aside those 10 or 15 minutes a day are important. I hope everyone has a good week, and maybe next week I will have something else to show you.






 

Monday, May 16, 2022

Crafting bug has returned

Here it is the start of another week and I have to admit that I have been able to find some of my crafting time again. I wasn't sure why I couldn't craft, but at least now I have started to find my crafting bug again, and it makes me feel very good. I hope that I can continue to make progress on things over the next while, as it felt good this week seeing the progress that I have been able to make.

Welcome - here is a project that I started as it was something simple to work on, and I figured I might be able to see bits of progress on it.  I wasn't sure how long it would take me to finish this piece, but once I got started, I figured out that I should take me too long to see it finished.

This past week I figured I was going to focus on this piece until it was finished and am very happy to say that I got it done. I haven't figured out how I am going to finish it yet, but I do know that it is only around 4 inches round, so I have a lot of options on how to finish it, and I am looking forward to doing just that. I am happy getting this piece done, as it means that there is one less thing on my list of projects that I would like to stitch.

I haven't figured out the next project that will be my focus piece, but at least I know that I have got this project finished, which always makes me feel good. I have things that I would like to stitch that shouldn't take too long, so those might be the projects that get the attention so that I can get more of them done.

Magic of Books - here is a project that I haven't worked on over almost a year. After looking at this project for a while and not being motived to work on it, I decided that I was going to pick it up this weekend and see what I could get done on it. Part of the challenge with this piece is the large area of black that I still need to stitch. This weekend I decided that I was going to ignore that section and see what I could do.

This week I decided to move the frame a bit and see if I could at least make some progress on things, and I was able to get over 700 stitches completed and that made me happy. Yes, most of them were black stitches, but at least I got another section moved forward. I hope that I can continue to see bits of progress on this piece as I have missed it, but I also know that I have other projects that I would also like to see moved forward.

I hope that now that I have pulled this project out, I can continue to make progress on it, even if it is just bits of progress instead of the major progress that I felt that I needed to do before. I am just over 16% completed on this piece, so there is still a long way to go on it, but at least through this weekend I was able to get some stitching in and that is what is important. I have moved this project forward a bit, and I am happy with that.

Bella Lino Wrap - here is a new start on a wrap that I want to make more myself. The piece doesn't really show the colour of the yarn. It is a nice turquoise, which means that I want to get this shawl done as quickly as possible, but I also have other things that need my attention, so will see how it goes. I am currently trying to work on this project at least 30 minutes a day, so will see how quickly I can move it forward. It's a nice and easy pattern so something that doesn't take a lot of attention and that means that I can enjoy working on it.

English Paper piecing - now here is something that I have finally got back to working on over the last couple of weeks. Over this week, I decided to try and make some progress on two different sets of motifs. The small motifs are for some projects that I am thinking about doing and haven't decided now to do them yet. The large motifs are for the throws that I am making using the fabric from shirts that belonged to my dad.

I am happy with the progress that I was able to make on both of these sets of motifs this week. By the time that I had finished the weekend, I had completed over 50 of the small motifs and just over 40 of the large motifs. Now what I need to do is start to join the motifs together so that I can start making the fabric for the two projects.

The large motifs will end up in a group of 12 x 12 motifs, and they will end up as a throw some either my sister, my nephew or me. I still have three throws to do the tops of and the other throw which is for my mom just needs to be finished. My mom's throw just needs the quilting finished, and then the binding added to it, and then it is done.

The small motifs I haven't really figured out the size of fabric that I want yet, so I am just going to see what happens when I get all of these motifs made. 

Other projects - I haven't worked on any other projects this week, as I wanted to see how much I could get done on these.

I hope everyone is finding that bit of time each day to do something that you love to do. It doesn't matter what it is, but taking that bit of time for yourself if very important. We all need to ensure that we take that mental break to ensure that we are taking care of ourselves so that we are prepared to help those that we love and around us.

Next week I hope to have some good progress on projects to show you. It might not be as many as this week, but moving things forward would make me very happy.




 

Monday, May 9, 2022

Some progress

Here it is the start of another week, and it is finally starting to feel like spring has arrived for us. The sun is shining, and it looks like this week might be a good week to go for a couple of walks to just enjoy some nice weather.

We are starting to see more green around us and that is also helping because it means that all the trees and flowers are starting to come to life for another year. Being able to get out for a little while some days when it is warm out always makes us both feel a lot better.

Welcome - here is the piece that I started last week, and it got just a bit of attention this week. I decided to continue to work on the castle as I figure that looks like the most stitches, so it would be nice to see how much of it I could get done.

I didn't spend a lot of time on this project this week, but at least I was able to get some of it moved forward, and right now that is what is making me happy. I love seeing that I can at least get something done, even if it isn't a lot. This week I am going to try and get more of this project stitched as I would like to see it closer to being finished. I know that if I focused on it, I could get it done quickly, but this hasn't been a focus yet.

English Paper Piecing - so I finally decided to pull out my English paper piecing again and try and move this forward. This weekend was focused on making more motifs and also working on an idea that I have, so now to work on getting the idea to a place that I can see it done. Of course, I still have a long way to go before the idea will look like anything, but at least now I have the idea and can move forward on it.

I also worked on some motifs for the throws that I am making, so that was also nice. I am feeling like I want to get these things moved forward, so I may be focusing on some English paper piecing for a while.

Knitting - I have been doing bits of knitting on a bunch of projects, but nothing worth showing. It is always fun when you end up bouncing between projects and at the end of the week we look at them all and wonder what you really did.

Other projects - I continue to move other things forward, even a bit at a time, but nothing that I want to show. My planner is one of the projects that I am trying to focus on a bit more than I have been because it isn't just a calendar of what I need to do, it is also where I capture other thoughts and things that are happening.

I hope everyone is continuing to find those few minutes each day for yourself, because it is very important. We need to ensure that we are taking care of yourselves so that we have the energy to take care of those around us. I hope everyone has a good week, and hopefully next week I will have some progress to show you.
 

Monday, May 2, 2022

Slow progress

Here it is the start of another week and yes another week of trying to make some progress on a few things. I am not sure what I will be getting done over the next while, but at least I was able to get a bit of progress on a couple of this done this week.

Pandemic - I picked up this piece and was able to get a few stitches done on it, but it was rather difficult, so it didn't 't get a lot of attention. I think I put in one thread and that was all I was able to do, but at least I got something done on it and will see when I can pick it up again.

I would love to see this piece moved forward, and maybe in a little while I will be able to pick it up again and see more progress on it without getting frustrated with the piece. The frame that I am using is rather large, so it makes moving it around a bit of a challenge right now.
 
Welcome - here is a project that I started and was able to make some good progress on it. It is a small piece, and it made me happy to see that within a couple of hours I was able to see some good progress on it, and I hope that I can continue to see the progress on it over the next little while. I am very happy to have a small project right now as it means that even when I can't get a lot of stitching done, I can at least see some good progress on something.

Other projects/events - well I didn't get a lot of other stuff done this week and that is because of an injury that happened this past week. I am not 100% certain what happened, but I do know that my right thumb is extremely painful, and now to see what a specialist says. I went for x-rays, and they said it wasn't broken, but they aren't sure what is wrong, so now it is off to a specialist for further investigation.
 
Now you know why the crafting has been rather limited this week. Sunday was the first day that I was able to get anything done, and even that was a challenge, but I figured out how to stitch and what worked. I have been trying to do a bit more reading each day, as I know that taking the time for myself is very important.

I hope everyone has a good week, and you remember to take that time for yourself. It doesn't have to be a lot of time each day, but making even those few minutes each day does help. So, we are now off to see a specialist to see what is wrong, and hopefully I will get some answers and will be back to making progress on things soon.



 



Monday, April 25, 2022

Moving things forward

Here it is the start of another week and now to see what I can get done. It would be nice to see more progress on quite a few things, so that is going to be one of my goals for this week. Quite a few of the things I want to move forward aren't craft related, so they aren't going to be something that you will see here. 

The Forgotten - here is a piece that I pulled out this week to see if I can get it moved forward a bit, and I did. I was able to get a few more stitches in on it, so I haven't touched this piece since January. It felt good seeing a bit more progress on it, and now to see when it will come out again.

Of course, when you are mainly working on black, you don't see a lot of the progress until you look at it after you have done all the stitching you are doing at that time.

Toques - this past week I was able to actually finish the toque that I have on the go and finish another one. I wasn't sure if I would get that much done, but am very happy to see that I got them both done. 

This year, I am trying to work on getting quite a few different toques made so that I can donate them to charity in the fall. I haven't been able to focus much on them yet, but I am thinking now that I have seen some good results, I may try and get more of these toques and the other pattern also made before too long.

We were in a Michael's the other day, and we noticed that yarn seems to be harder to find, and I am happy that I have the yarn that I can use to make these hats and don't have to rely on getting any for a while.

Sea Opal - this is a pattern that I have been holding on to for a while and have wanted to start it. I kept putting it off because of all the other things that I am stitching, but this weekend decided it was time to put a few stitches in on it. This piece is by Heaven and Earth, and I am doing the mini version, but it is still going to be 18 inches square when it is done. 

I didn't get a lot of stitches in, but at least I have started this project and will now try and work on it a bit at a time so that I can see some good progress on it throughout this year. After I finished stitching on this piece over the weekend, I looked to see how much I had done, and I have completed 0.25% of the entire pattern, so yes, it is going to take a while to get it done.

Other projects - this past week I didn't work on any other craft projects, and the biggest project I worked on was getting my office area more organized. I have been doing bits of this for quite a while, but this past weekend I decided it was time to focus on getting things back to where they belonged and figure out a better way to organize things. I think most of us going through this process every so often, and this weekend was my turn.

I hope everyone is continuing to find that time each day to do something for yourself. It does make such a difference when you can spend those 10 or 15 minutes just doing something for you. Have a good week and hopefully next week I will have some progress on something to show you.





Monday, April 18, 2022

Some progress this week

Here it is the start of another week and yes things continue to be very busy for me, so there isn't a lot of time for me to sit and craft right now. I hope that before too long I can get into a routine and then see how things go.

I continue to love working from home and even with office going back we will be working from home like we did even before the Pandemic. It is nice being able to just walk to your desk each morning and not worry about traffic or anything else.

A Year in Flowers - February - this week I decided to see how much of this project I could get done, and I am happy with the progress that I made on it. I was trying to get it done before the end of the weekend, but it just didn't happen, but I am going to try and focus on it and maybe get it finished this week.

I do enjoy this group of projects because it is nice having something that is smaller and works up quickly, and you progress before too long. I am going to continue to work on getting more of these done, as I would like to see all the months done before the end of this year. 

I realized that yes, it is the middle of April and I haven't even finished the second month, but as they don't take too long to stitch I am hopeful that I can sit and do some more of the stitching on these smaller projects through this year. I am also going to try and not have as many projects on the go moving forward.

New Doors - this last week I was able to pick this project up for a little while one day and get a bit more of it done. I know that this is a piece that I also want to get done this year, so I am going to need to focus on getting more of it done as well. 

I am going to see how much of this piece I can get done this month as it is a lot of fun and given it is using over dyed floss it is a lot of fun seeing how the keys are going to turn out. It doesn't take too long to complete one of the keys or a lock, so I might try and get some more of them done before too long. I think the border is going to take me the longest to-do, so I should try and start to work on it again.

Hopefully this week I will have a bit of time to maybe get another couple of keys done or something on this piece.

Toques - so this week the big focus was on getting the decreases done on this toque, but as you can see it isn't finished yet. I finished knitting the hat, but now I just need to sew it together, so that is also on my list of things that I will try and get finished this week.

Other projects - I have quite a few things that I would like to get done moving forward, so will see how it goes. I am busy with work and other things, so it doesn't give me a lot of time to actually focus on my craft projects. I am going to continue to make sure that I take those few minutes each day to sit and do something for myself.

I hope everyone else is finding that bit of time each day to recharge your own batteries because it sure does make a difference on how you can handle the rest of your day. I am not sure how much time I will have this week for getting my projects moved forward, but I will be trying to ensure that I can spend even a bit of time each day. Have a good week and I will see how much I can get done this week and hopefully have something to show you next week.





Monday, April 11, 2022

Where did the week go

Here it is Monday morning, and part of me is wondering where the last week went. I do know where it went, and it was taking time for me, but not getting a lot of crafting done. Yes, I continued to take that time for myself each day, but it was reading, journaling and doing some of the other things that I like to do.

New Doors - I did have a new start this past week, and it was New Doors by Ink Circles, when I saw this pattern I knew I needed to stitch it, so it was added to my start list and moved up very quickly to the top of the list. This design called for over-dyed floss and I got all that was needed for the piece, which meant it took a little longer before I could start it.

This week I hope that I can spend some time working on this piece as I would be happy to see some good progress on it. I do know that being able to focus on a project always makes me feel good, so now to see how this one goes. It might be the focus piece, or it might not, as I haven't decided on that yet.

Toques - I continue to work on getting some toques worked on, and this week I have two on the go. Of course, I am using two different patterns, so that means that I can have a bit of a variety when it comes to the knitting that I have been doing. I am now looking forward to seeing if I can get these two toques finished, and then I will decide which ones I work on next. I have quite a few patterns and lots of yarn, so just trying to use up some yarn would make me feel great.

Other Projects - this past week I decided to take some time and just work on recharging my own personal battery, so I didn't force myself to work on projects when I just wanted the time to relax and do bits of things that I haven't done for a while. 

I hope everyone continues to find the time each day to do something that you enjoy and which helps you recharge your own personal battery. You may not see progress on the things that you do, but just making sure that you are taking time for yourself is what is important.

Next week I will see what I have to show you, as I do have some plans for what I want to work on this week so we will see what happens.