Monday, January 14, 2019

Moving things forward

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL ' 19 - Jan 5
Here it is the start of another week and I am happy to say that I was able to find some time to do some stitching and am finally starting to see some progress on a few projects.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL ' 19 - so I finally have been able to see some progress on Mystery 2019 and have to admit that I am happy with the progress that I have been able to make.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL '19 - Jan 13
The January section of the design is rather large so it has been taking me a bit of time to get it done but I am now seeing some progress.  I hope that I will be able to get the rest of the piece finished before the end of this coming week.  Seeing that I have been working on the feathers of the Peacock has really helped so now to see how it goes.

Temperature 2019 - now here is the new version of the temperature design that I will be doing for this year.  I haven't caught up on the piece but I am thinking that just seeing the overall design is making me feel a little better.  I was able to get  8 days of this month already completed so it does feel a little better about things.

Temperature - Jan 13
I am looking forward to seeing how this design ends up looking because I will be doing lines for each month so yes it is totally different compared to last year. It is interesting to see how each of the days is going to turn out so will see how things go.  Maybe just working on the different things will make me feel a lot better about things.  It feels great seeing that the new design is a lot quicker to work on so will see what it really looks like before the end of the month.

Other crafting -- I am working on some of the other craft items so will see how things go.  I have been working on a scarf that I want to get finished before the end of the month so that is something else that I have been doing.  I haven't taken a picture of the scarf but it should be finished soon and then I will take a picture of it.


Now that the holidays are over it is now time for work to get back to being busy, so that means that I have quite a few things that need my attention now so I will get to work on see what I get accomplished today and then what crafting I can do in the evenings.



Monday, January 7, 2019

A finish and a couple of starts

Temperature - December 30
So this last week wasn't a week to get a lot of stitching accomplished as life just seemed to get in the way.  I did find some time and energy to do a little bit of stitching so I do have a bit to show but not as much as I had hoped.

Temperature - now this is a project that I was determined to get finished early in 2019 and I actually got it finished on January 1st which was great.
Temperature - completed

Temperature - January 1, 2019
The piece now that it is finished measures around 6.25" x 22.25" so it is a fair size piece but I am happy with how it turned out.  Now what I need to do is figure out how I am going to be framing this piece.

The colours where a lot of fun to see some together throughout the year and at the very bottom just above the word "Toronto" I have included all the colours in the scale that I used from highest to lowest colour. 

Temperature 2019 - so this piece will be done but as of right now I have the pattern figured out, fabric on the frame and all the floss sorted but no stitching has happened yet.


Linen and Threads Mystery SAL ' 19 - January 5
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL 2019 - as I said last week the 2019version of the Mystery SAL was posted on the 1st of January in Australia and I was looking forward to getting it started.  Now there were some challenges and that was the colour fabric and floss that I was going to use for this year. I had picked a couple of colours that I thought I was going to use but once the design was picked it meant that it was time to rethink my colour selection so I ended up selecting the same colours that I used for the 2018 version but have added two additional colours so I may be using 5 colours for this piece but I will see how it goes.  This year the theme is a Peacock's Garden so I am interested to see what it will look like after we have finished the Peacock which is the January section.

Farewell to Anger - January 1st
Farewell to Anger - this is a Heaven and Earth Design that I purchased and I really wanted to get it stitched so it was my new year, new start piece and as you can see I was able to get a few stitches in on New Years Day but that is all the attention it had got.  Hopefully, once things get back to normal I will be able to get some more stitching in on this piece as well as a bunch of the other things that I would like to work on.

For this design, I am using pre-gridded fabric so that means that it might help me keep track of where I am but will see how things go.  I hope to be able to see some good progress on this piece before the end of the month but will see how things go.


Now that life is getting back to a normal schedule I hope that I will be able to see a bit more progress on things over the next few weeks.  I am not sure what this week is going to be like but I hope to maybe see a little bit of stuff accomplished but will have to wait and see.

Hope everyone had a great holiday and now will be able to get bac to the normal routine and see what can be accomplished.  Until next week, hope everyone can find even a few minutes each day to do something that they love.





Monday, December 31, 2018

A couple of finishes and some progress

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL ' 18 - Dec 23
This week has been partly relaxing and part getting a bunch of things done that needed my attention. Christmas has come and gone for another year and now it is time to start thinking about the new year but before then I have some things that I was able to work on this week.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL ' 18 - Dec 29
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL ' 18 - as I have been saying I was going to work on this piece to ensure that I could get it finished before the end of the year and I was able to do just that.  I finished the piece 364 days after I started it and am very happy with the entire piece.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL '18
I am still going to be adding a few little embellishments to the design now that the entire piece is stitched but I don't think that will take me too long to do.

The finished piece measures 12" x 26" so yes it is a rather large piece and I think it is the largest piece that I have ever finished.  I really enjoyed stitching on this piece over the year and am looking forward to seeing what Linen and Threads have as the Mystery SAL for 2019.

I have the fabric chosen for the 2019 piece as it is going to be released at midnight January 1st in Australia so I will have it on the 31st of December to start figuring out what colour I will be stitching next year in.

The design for 2019 looks like I will enjoy working on it so will see how much of it I can get done in the next week.

Temperature - December 21
Temperature - yes this has got some attention as I am getting very close to having this piece finished as well.  I am looking forward to seeing what it looks like once I have been able to take it off the scroll bars as well.

Temperature - December 30
It feels great seeing that I am slowly making some progress on the December section and right now just have to stitch from the 26th of the month forward and then the piece will be finished. I still have to put the scale on it after I finish the days and "Toronto" but other than that this piece is getting very close to being finished.

I have already decided that I will be doing a 2019 temperature piece but it will be a different design so that it will be a little easier to complete each day.

Easy Goes It - Dec 26
Easy Goes It - now here is a shawl that I have been working on for a while but haven't been able to get it finished until this week.  I am happy to say that the shawl is now just needing to be blocked and then it is finished which made me happy.  I enjoyed knitting this shawl as it was a little different to do. The picture doesn't show all the eyelet rows that are in this piece very well but they added a bit of fanciness to the overall shawl.

I do have a brown version of this same shawl on my needles and am hoping to be able to get back to working on it in the near future.


This week has been quiet from the vendor perspective for work so that was really nice.  Emails have been down to the minimum so that meant that we were able to spend some time trying to tie up all the loose ends before the start of a new year.  There are still a few things that need to be done before the end of the year so now to work on getting all of them done quickly and then maybe I will see if I can get a little bit more stitching done before the end of the year.

I would like to wish everyone A Very Happy New Year and All The Best in 2019.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Another week with some progress

Temperature - December 15
Here it is the start of another week and time to show some of the progress that I have been able to make on my crafting projects in the last week.

Temperature - I am happy to say that I am only three days behind on temperature and if I can spend a bit of time this week stitching on it I will be able to keep it caught up.  I know that the year is almost over and after stitching the 31st on this piece I will still need to put the scale and then add "Toronto" but it is getting closer to being finished.

Temperature - December 21
This last week I have also figured out the colours for the new Temperature piece which I will be starting on January 2nd.  I know that being able to keep up with the piece would be great so next year is going to be a smaller design as well as something that will look different.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL '18 - Dec 16
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL '18 - This last week I was able to make some progress on the December section of the design and am now over half way through the month.  I know that I am behind on the stitching of this piece but I hope that between now and the next of the month that I will be able to focus on it and get the rest of the section completed.  

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL ' 18 - Dec 23
The overall piece is rather large and it is going to be something to see it all off the scroll bar when I finish this section.  I will then have to figure out how I am going to be finished it as it will be a nice size.

The information for the 2019 SAL was just released this morning so now it is time for me to figure out what fabric and what threads I will be using for it.  He did inform us that the size is going to be a smaller piece next year and it won't be a band sampler so on the 1st of January we will see what it looks like.

Cocker in the Rye - over the last while I have had the desire to start a new piece and just couldn't wait until the 1st of January to start the piece that I have kitted up for the January 1st start so I started something different.  Cocker in the Rye is another Heaven and Earth Design and this one is 2.5 inches by 15 inches so yes a narrow and long design.
Cocker In The Rye - December 23

The first few stitches got added to this piece on the 23rd of December and now to see how quickly it can get finished.  I am aiming this as one of the pieces that I get finished in 2019 so that may help me focus on stitching it instead of bouncing around all over between the different pieces that I seem to work on.

Workday scarf - December 23
Workday Scarf - here is the knitting that I have been working on and I am happy to say that the scarf is actually finished as I finished it last night.

The yarn that I used was Woolike which is a fingering weight yarn that actually has no wool it in but it is great to work with. The yarn is actually 85% acrylic and 15% nylon and it is something that I love working with. 

I had been working on this scarf on and off this month and then last weekend I got to the half way mark which was when the increases stopped and then I wanted to see what it looked like.  The pattern was extremely simple so that meant that being able to pick this up and knit a couple of rows wasn't a problem when I had those few minutes.


I have a bunch more projects that I will be trying to give a bit of attention to over the next week but I will see what I actually get done.  Mystery SAL and Temperature are two of the main projects that I want to move forward this week so will see how everything else goes.

I now have some work to complete this morning so it is time for me to go and get that done before finishing up preparing for Christmas which is tomorrow.  To everyone that celebrates may you have a Very Merry Christmas and for those who don't I hope you have a wonderful week.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Some progress

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL '18 - Dec 8
Here it is the beginning of the week and I have a bit of progress to how for what I have been working on over the last week.
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL ' 18 - Dec 16

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL ' 18 - this is one project that did get some attention over the last week.  I have been trying to work on this a bit each day to see if I can get the piece done before the end of the month.  I am thinking that I am going to try and continue to work on this piece as I am enjoying the progress on it and am looking forward to adding some of the metallics and beads once the whole piece is stitched.

On this piece this week I did add a little bit of glitter as there is a mirror that is being held so I added a bit of glitter thread to it but you really can't see it in the picture but it is there.

Temperature - now temperature got enough attention this week to get it all caught up until the 14th so that makes me feel great.  I now just need to continue to work on this piece a bit at a time and see if I can keep it caught up. 
Temperature - Dec 6

Temperature - Dec 15
With the weather that we have been having there hasn't been much change in colours. When there isn't a lot of colour changes it makes it a little easier to stitch so that has been one nice thing over the last few days. 

Other crafting - I am working on at least a couple of other projects but pictures haven't been taken on them so nothing to show.  I hope that I will be able to take at least one of the pictures within the next couple of weeks.  I am going to be waiting until the project is finished which should be closer to the end of the month.


I have been busy doing some of the other things that need my attention so not a lot of progress on things but will see how this week goes.  I am looking forward to seeing how much crafting I will be able to accomplish in the next couple of weeks if work slows down enjoy that I can actually do that.  It is now time for me to get some work done and then will see how much time I have later this evening to do some crafting.

Monday, December 10, 2018

A bit of progress

Temperature - December 2
Here it is the beginning of the week and I have a bit of progress to show for last week.  Again there isn't a lot of it but at least I have been able to see some things moved forward so that makes me feel good.

Temperature - December 6
Temperature - now here is some progress because I was able to get November section finished and even a couple of days for December stitched.  Sure I am still behind a few days but at least I am seeing some progress so that does make me feel good.  I am glad to see that with just a little bit of stitching time that I should be caught up again.  I am currently 5 days behind but that doesn't normally take me too long to get completed so that might be something that I try and focus on early this week.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL '18 - Nov 19
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL '18 - now this piece finally got a bit of attention this week and I was able to start working on the December section of it.  Again it didn't get a lot of time as I have been trying to work on a few other projects that have been taking up some of my crafting time.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL '18 - Dec 6
I hope that I can spend some time this week working on this piece as I would like to see that I am getting to a good point on this piece before too long.  I am still going to try and have this piece finished before the end of the year but will see how things go. I will be both happy and sad to see this piece finished as I have really enjoyed working on it.  The good news is that they have said that there will be a project for 2019 so now just waiting to hear what that is going to be and what size piece of fabric I am going to need for it.


Of course, this time of year is busy for everyone and stitching time is limited but that doesn't bother me.  I hope to find a bit of time this week to work on something but will see how this week goes.



Monday, December 3, 2018

Slow progress

Temperature - November 20
 Here it is the start of another week and I have to admit that I haven't had a lot of time or energy to do stitching so there really isn't much to show for the past week.

Temperature - now this one is getting some attention which makes me happy because I have been able to get close to having all of the November section done so that means that I just have the December temperatures to go and I have actually started on the 1st of December row already.
Temperature - December 2

I hope that I can continue to make some good 'progress on this piece as I would really like to see that I am going to be able to keep it caught up and then at the end of the month I will only have a couple of days to stitch in 2019.


Linen and Threads Mystery SAL '18 - now the December section was released on November 30th and I printed off the pattern and I hope that this week I can start working on this section and maybe see if I can get it done before the end of the year.  I would like to have the basic stitching done before the end of the year and then early in 2019 I can finish up adding the beads and metallic threads that I want to add to the piece.

Knitting - I have been doing some knitting but won't be showing the piece that I am working on just yet as I would like to get a bit more of it done before taking a picture.  Right now it really doesn't look like much so now to work on it and maybe see some progress on it this week as well.


I hope that this week I will be able to get some more stitching done and maybe next week I will have a little more to show. I don't mind having a slower week for the crafts as it shows that I have been doing other things that need to get done.  This week we also hope to get our Christmas Tree up and decorated so that is something else that will need some attention.

Now it is time to get the work done that needs to get done as there are a few things that need to be done as it is the first business day of the month.