Monday, June 10, 2024

Making a bit of progress

Here it is the start of another week and I know that I have quite a few things that need my attention. Hopefully I will also be able to find some time to also get some crafting done. Of course, there is also work that needs to get done, so my crafting is something that I do after I get the work done.
The weather has once again cooled down, so not sure when we are going to be back to some late spring weather. It would be nice if the weather warmed up a bit, so I could enjoy sitting on our balcony and crafting. 

Star Touched Meadows Stitch Along - January - here is the cross stitch project that has been getting some attention. I am continuing to work on getting more of the sections or colours completed.

What I have been trying to do with this project is trying and complete a colour at a time. Given the sections repeat, it makes it an easy project to work that way. I am not certain if I will complete the rest of the project this way, but it is working out well currently.
 
It would be nice if I could see this section of the stitch along finished, given this is the January section and the June section has been released. I also know that I am not putting pressure on my self to keep up with this project, so that is good. Hopefully I will be able to continue to move this project forward a bit more, as it would be nice to see a couple more of the colours added.

If things go well, I will be able to get the other section of diamonds completed this coming week, and then it is just a matter of filling in the other smaller sections. I am continuing to focus on this piece for now as I do know that there is another project that I will be starting on August 1st so need to make sure that I have got things completed by then.


Lamina Wrap - here is the knitting project that has been my focus, and I am so happy with the progress that I was able to make on it over the last week. This has been my focus project over the last week, and I have been able to at least get more of the sections done. The lace sections are only 12 rows so they don't take a long time to do when you can focus on working on them.
 
I have been trying to get this project completed by the end of the month, so it means that it will be a focus until it is done. The pattern calls for 25 lace sections and given I am just on the 13th lace section I still have a ways to go before this piece is done. This week I hope to make a bit more progress on this, as seeing it closer to a finish would make me feel so much better. I do have a bunch more shawls and wraps that I would like to start, but I have decided that I am going to be working on them one at a time to ensure that I can see progress on something.

Other projects - I haven't been working on any other projects this last week, and part of that is because I have wanted to try and more these two projects closer to a finish.

I have been trying to at least take a bit of time each day to do something that I enjoy. It has helped me recharge my personal battery, so that does make me feel a lot better. Hopefully I will be able to continue to do that and see more things completed over the next while.

If things go well this week, I should have a bit of progress to show you next week on at least one of the projects. It would be nice to have both of them moved forward over the week, and that is going to be my goal. Until next week, please remember to take some time for yourself each day, as it is important to make sure we are caring for ourselves so we can be there for those around us.


Monday, June 3, 2024

Moving projects forward this week

Here it is the start of another week, and I can say that I have been able to move a couple of my projects forward in the last week. Now to see what this week is going to be like as I know that there are things that need my attention so will see what I can get done.

The weather hasn't been the best as we have been getting quite a bit of rain and the weather is still cool. Hopefully the weather will improve soon, and we will be able to enjoy being outside more.

Star Touched Meadows Stitch Along - January - here is the project that I picked up after finishing 324. This project I put down in March and it finally got a bit more attention this past week. I am happy with the progress that I have been able to make on it so far.

It feels better seeing that I have been able to pick up a project that I had on the go and finally make some progress on moving it forward. Of course, this is the January section of the stitch along and the June section was just released on Saturday so yes, I am way behind on this stitch along but that doesn't bother me. I am enjoying working on the various projects that I have on the go and will finish this entire stitch along at some point. I knew when I started it, I wasn't going to be keeping up. I do enjoy working on these pieces as they are an easy stitch, but they are full coverage, so they do take quite a bit of time to finish each of them.

I am going to be working on this piece as I would like to see it finished before too long. I still have a way to go on it but at least I am moving it forward again.

Lamina Wrap - here is the knitting project that I have been working on. It does knit up pretty quickly when I can sit and focus on it. Being able to work on each of the sections is a lot of fun and I am enjoying this wrap. The pattern calls for 25 lace sections, so I still quite a bit of knitting before I see the end of this project.

I hope to be able to continue to move this project forward a bit at a time as it does make me happy seeing that I have got the sections done. This hopefully will be my knitting focus for a while as it makes me happy when I can work on a project and see progress on it.

Other projects - I have been working on a couple of other projects a little bit but nothing major. Now what I want to do is try and keep a focus on only a couple of projects and move them forward. Seeing results like I have seen on these two projects this week makes me feel good.

I hope everyone is taking that bit of time each day to recharge your personal battery. It is important to take a bit of time for yourself to ensure you are able to be there for everyone else.

This week I hope to be able to continue to move my projects forward and will have a bit of progress to show you next week. Have a good week and I will be back next week with a bit of an update.




 

Saturday, June 1, 2024

English Paper Piecing - May progress

Here it is the end of another month and I have been able to make some good progress on at least one of the projects. Hopefully through the month of June I will be able to spend some more time working on moving a bunch of projects forward.

Popsy's throw - here is the project that got the attention in May and that is because I wanted to try and get some more of the motifs made so that I could work on joining them all together. 

The good news is I got the motifs made but I didn't get any of them joined together. Now that I have a bunch of motifs made, I am thinking that I should start to work on joining more of them together so that I can work on at least moving the entire project forward.

Other projects - I didn't work on any of the other projects that I have on the go so I need to figure out just how to move all these different projects forward. Of course, I keep thinking of other things that I would like to make but I need to get the ones on the go finished up first.

I am not certain which project or projects will get the attention in June, but I do know that I would like to see something moved forward. If you are working on some EPP, I hope that you are continuing to move your projects forward even if it is just a little bit at a time. 

At the end of the month, I hope that I will be able to have something to show you again. Just moving projects forward a little bit at a time is good and now to make sure that I can continue to do that. Have a good month and I will be back at the beginning of July to show you what I got done through the month of June.
 

Monday, May 27, 2024

A finish and not much else

 Here it is the start of another week and hopefully a week where I will be able to spend some time working on things and not getting as distracted as I have in the last week.

Work has been busy, and I think this week might be similar so I will just have to wait and see what happens. Hopefully I will be able to find some time to do some crafting.

324 - here is the project that got my focus this week as I was working towards a finish. 324 has been a lot of fun to work on and now what I am going to finish because this week. I focused on my cross stitch and by the end of the week, I was able to say that this project is now finished. I love how the piece turned out and it was a lot of fun to work on it and see all the different colours start to come together. 

So, yes there are 324 different colours of floss in this piece, and it measures around 11 inches square as I stitched it on 18 count aida. It feels great seeing this piece finished but not I need to figure out what I am going to work on next. I do have lots of progress that I need to finish up so maybe one of those will come out and get some attention this coming week.

What was also nice about this piece was my sister was also stitching it and she also finished this weekend.  I don't know what she is going to work on next, but I will be pulling out a project that I already have on the go.

Other projects - given that I focused on getting 324 finished I didn't make a lot of progress on anything else. I did pick up my knitting for a few minutes and added a couple of rows to the Asymmetrical Lace Knit Shawl that I have on the other, but no real progress was made.

Hopefully now that I am not focusing on trying to get 324 completed, I will be able to find some time to work on some of the other projects that I would like to make progress on. The list of projects is rather long, so that means that I need to get back to making progress on things and will see how that goes.

This week I will try and make some progress on at least a couple of things, but I will just have to wait and see what happens. Hope everyone is finding that bit of time each day to take time to recharge your own personal pattern. It doesn't matter what you do as long as you take that bit of time to yourself. This weekend instead of crafting to recharge my battery, I took my coffee outside and sat and listened to nature. It was a nice change and hopefully something I can do again soon.

Have a great week and hopefully I will have some progress to show you next week on some projects. 




Monday, May 20, 2024

A finish, a start, and some progress

Here it is the start of another week and yes it has been another busy day for me so I haven't been able to get as much done as I would have liked. This coming week I hope that I can make some more progress on the various projects that I have on the go.

324- here is the cross stitch project that is getting all of the attention and I am looking forward to seeing when I get it finished.  It would be nice to have it done so I can get back to other projects, but I am also enjoying working on this piece.

This last week I decided to try and work on getting more of the diagonal rows done, so that I could start to see that I am getting closer to having it finished. Of course, I ended up working on a bunch of the different diagonals so instead of moving across the pattern I have been bouncing all over. Hopefully before long I will get more of the diagonals finished and I will also see that this project is finished.

12 Bird Mystery Knit Along - this past week I was able to finally cast of the 12 Bird Mystery Knit Along and I am so happy with how it turned out. The cast off did take a bit of time because there were almost 300 stitches on the needle, and you had to do the stretchy cast off which takes more time than some of the other cast offs that I normally do.

I have done some blocks of the shawl already but I need to do a bit more so that it lays nice and flat. I enjoyed working on this project as it was something that I hadn't done before. I had never participated in a knit along, so this was fun. I know that I got behind on the knit along but at least I got the shawl finished and that is what is important.

It felt so good being able to get back to knitting some of the different projects that I have wanted to try. If you are like me, you know that once you finish one project it is time to figure out what you are going to be working on next. I have a list of different patterns that I want to work on so that means deciding on the pattern and then figuring out the yarn for the next project.

Lamina Wrap - here is the new start that I did, and I have been loving this project. I haven't had a lot of time to work on the wrap this week but at least I have made a start on the wrap. This coming week I hope that I can find some more time to continue to work on this as I need to complete 25 of the teal sections before the wrap is done so I still have lots of knitting ahead of me.

I still have a rather long list of patterns that I want to knit and of course, I have lots of yarn so now to work through what is going to be the pattern I work on after this one or at least do I have the yarn for the next pattern.

Other projects - I am still trying to get all my floss organized and that is taking some time and part of that is because I haven't focused on it. It has been a little hard to focus on given I keep pulling out the threads that I need for 324 so I have a pile of those threads that I need to put back into the main stock.

This coming week I am going to try and continue to move projects forward as it would be nice to see that I have been able to get more things done. I might try and do a bit more EPP as well this coming week but will have to wait and see what happens.

I hope everyone is continuing to find that bit of time each day for yourself because it is important. We need to ensure that we have our own personal batteries recharged so that we can help those around us. If things go well, I hope to have some more progress to show you next week but until then take care of yourself and remember to do the things that you enjoy doing.



Monday, May 13, 2024

Moving projects forward

Here it is the start of another week, and it is hard to believe that May is almost half over already. I am not certain where the month is going but hopefully, I will be able to figure it out soon. I think being busy has made the month go by quicker.

324 - here is the cross stitch project that has got the stitching attention again this past week. I am happy with the progress that I have been able to make and now to see if I can continue to move this project forward this week. 

This past week I worked on the project a little differently as I have been trying to get some flosses ready so that I can lend them to my sister as she is also stitching this project. So, what I have done is for the last 6 rows of the pattern I did the colours that she needs to borrow so that is why it looks so different. 

I am loving how this piece is turning out and am looking forward to being able to have it finished so that I can see the entire piece at once. At least I know where the top of the pattern is and that is nice and now to see how quickly I can finish adding the rest of the motifs to the entire project. My goal for the next week is just to see how many of the remaining motifs I can get completed.


12-bird mystery knit along - I have been continuing to work on my knitting and it has been nice to see that I have been able to move this project forward as well as past week. I cannot wait to see what this shawl looks like when it is finally off the needles.

The good news is I have finally finished knitting all the rows on the shawl and now I just need to cast off the stitches and block it. I have loved working on this piece and am now excited to see what the shawl looks like once it is blocked. I think the blocking of the shawl will probably happen over the next couple of days or at least I hope that is when I can focus on doing that.

Now that 12-birds shawl is finished it's time to figure out what the next knitting project is going to be. I have a couple of shawls that I would like to start working on, but I will just wait and see what I feel like doing after I have finished casting off this shawl.

Other projects - after working on my knitting and cross stitch I haven't had a lot of time to work on other projects. I have however been able to spend a bit of time making motifs for a throw so that has been nice. Being able to at least do something else has been good and now this coming week I will see how much time I have to do crafting.

It feels good seeing that I have been able to continue to make progress on my crafting even when things have been busy. I know that this week is once again another busy week so that means I am going to have to figure out how to find some time to work on my crafting as well.

My crafting is one of the ways that I recharge my personal batteries and even just a few minutes a day makes a big difference. I hope that you find a way to recharge your personal battery each day as well.

I hope everyone has a good week and hopefully next week I will have some more progress on things to show you.

Monday, May 6, 2024

Some good progress this last week

 Here it is the start of another week, and I am happy to say that over the last week even with it being a busy week I was able to make some progress on both my cross stitch and knitting project. Now to see if I can do that again this week as it would be nice to see that I am moving both of them forward.

324 - this is the cross stitch project that has been getting all of my cross stitch time and I think it will until it is finished. This project is a lot of fun to work on and sometimes it does work up quickly.

This past week I was able to work on it most days and am happy with the progress that I was able to make on it. I was able to get about 3 and a half rows completed this last week and once I have finished this row that I am working on I will only have 6 more rows to do.

I love how this piece is turning out and can't wait to see it all finished and off the scroll bar. I keep scrolling it up as I finish some of the rows so that means that I don't get to see the entire piece come to life all at once. I will see it when it's done and so far, it has been a lot of fun to work on. This week I hope that I can continue to move it forward and I will see how much of it I will be able to complete.

12-Bird Mystery Knit Along - here is the knitting that has been getting my attention. It is coming along and am happy with the progress that I was able to make on it this past week. I now have 44 rows left to knit on this shawl and am looking forward to seeing what it looks like once it is all finished.

There have been some challenges with this project, and it isn't that the project is difficult it has just been some stitches are different and they have taken me a little while to figure them out. So far, I have figured out all the stitches that are in this pattern. It would be nice to see this shawl finished soon because I am looking forward to being able to see what it looks like.

This coming week I hope that I can continue to add some more rows to this shawl and get it even closer to a finish. Part of me just wants to sit and work on getting all of these rows done and then there is the part that is enjoying working on this a few rows at a time.

Other Projects - I have been able to spend some time on my English Paper Piecing so that has also been nice. I have been making some motifs so will be able to show some progress on that at the end of the month.

There are lots of projects that things that I would like to do so I need to make sure that I can get the work stuff done and then I will find the time to work on my crafting. I am trying to find that bit of time each day to sit and do something that I enjoy and my crafts have been what I have been focusing on this last week.

I hope everyone finds that bit of time each day to do something that you enjoy. It doesn't have to be long but being able to recharge your own personal battery is what is important. Hopefully next week I will have a bit more progress to show you.