Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A good week and a long weekend

Swan - Feb 17
 Here it is another week and I can honesty say that I did bounce between quite a few projects in this last week.  Some got lots of attention and some got just a little bit of attention.

Swan - Feb 19th
Swan - I am very happy with the progress that I have been able to make on Swan this week.  I have been trying to focus on this piece to see how much of it I could get finished in February and am happy with the progress that I have been making on it.  I have just about finished the reflection of the second swan so that means that I will just have the main swan to complete so now to see how much of it I can actually get finished this month.

I am still trying to get this piece done by the end of April so I hope to be able to do that.  I am going to continue to work on it more this month and will see what it looks like by the end of the month.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - Feb 11

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - now this project kept getting the attention of two threads a day until I knew I was very close to getting February finished and then I added a couple of extra threads to get the month finished and I am now sitting and waiting to see what the March section of the piece looks like.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - Feb 16
This piece is a lot of fun to work on and with working with three colours it does give me a bit of variety in the stitching but it also means that it works up quickly becuase I am not having to constantly change the thread colour.


Linen and Threads Mystery SAL ' 17 -Nov 29
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL 2017 - After finished the other mystery sal I decided that I would pull out the one from last year and see if I could start making some progress on it.  I am going to try and work the two threads a day on this piece when I am waiting for the next month of the current Mystery SAL.
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL '17 - Feb 19

Last year's version of the Mystery SAL was started at the beginning of last year but I restarted it in November when I realized that I didn't like the original fabric and how it was turning out.  This version is working up a little quicker and now to see how much of it I can get done during this year.  I am using two colours on this version with one being the main colour and the other being an accent.

Tiger Lily - Dec 21
Tiger Lily - now this project appeared for a couple of hours this week and that was it. I figured that at least adding a few stitches to the piece would move it forward a little bit so that is what I did.

Tiger Lily - Feb 12
This is a full coverage piece and it is going to measure about 6 inches square when it's finished so I still have quite a bit of stitching to do before it is done but that doesn't bother me as I will pick this up when I am in the mood to work on it.

Temperature - Feb 3
Temperature - this project put down for over a week and that meant that I had quite a bit of stitching done to get it back to being caught up.  After a bit of work I was able to get it back to close to being caught up.  I have now stitched up through the 17th of February so now I am only two days behind and will add rows through this week so that I don't get behind again.

Temperature - Feb 18
I am thinking that this week may be getting some of the yellow added if the forecast is going to be in the teens like the forecast it.  I will see what colours are added this week and then go from there.  I am enjoying this project as it is quick to work on and I never know what colour I will be adding next as it all depends on the weather that we get.

Erasmus - Jan 14
Erasmus - I started this project in January and worked on it a couple of days then.  I then put it away and didn't pick it up again until this month where it has got one day of work.  This piece has been for an art show that I was doing in July and as of this weekend I am thinking if I will be doing it or not.  I am not going to force myself to get things finished for it and if I can get some of the projects finished by then great but if they aren't finished I am not going to be upset.

Erasmus - Feb 14

Yes this week was a bit of bouncing between projects but that didn't bother me because it  also helped me get back to having a focus later on in the week.  I am now going to see if I can focus on a couple of projects and will see how that goes.  Swan will get attention again this week and I will see how much of it I can get done. 

I have some work that now needs to get done so I will focus on that today and will see if I can find some stitching time this evening while I sit and watch the Olympics.  Hope everyone has been having a good week of stitching and will see what I have to show next week.







Monday, February 12, 2018

Another week and some small accomplishments

Swan - January 31st
Here it is another week and now to see if I can continue working on getting things accomplished.

Swan - February 7th
Swan - this is one of the projects that I did focus on early in the week.  The picture doesn't show the amount of stitching that I accomplished as there was a lot of white stitches done in areas in front of the second swan.  I now know where the reflection of the first swan is so that makes me feel great.  I am going to work on adding more of the colours this week so hopefully then I will be able to see more of the reflection start to show up.

I am happy with the progress that I was able to make on Swan last week and not that I have taken a bit of a break from it I am going to try and focus on it more this week to see if I can get more of it done.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - Feb 4
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - this week I was able to continue with the two threads a day on the piece and am slowly starting to see the February section of it come alive.  I hope to be able to continue with the two threads a day through this week and maybe that will even mean that I will have the February section done by the end of next weekend.
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - Feb 11

Once February is completed it means that I will have it all caught up and then will have to wait until the end of the month to see the next section released.  I hope to be able to get it done this week and then I will decide what I work on after that while I wait for March to be released.

Small blackwork - Feb 10
Small projects - this week I also decided that I wanted to see if I could get a couple of quick projects finished.  The first project I picked was a blackwork piece and it did stitch up pretty quickly so it is now done.  I hope to make this into a little pillow and it will go into my cookie jar that I have for my small cross stitch projects.

Autumn - Feb 11
After finishing the blackwork piece I figured it was time to stitch another one of the seasons that I wanted to do.  I finished Winter ages ago so figured it was time to add another season to the cookie jar.  Autumn was another quick project that I started yesterday morning and quickly finished it in the afternoon.


As you will notice that I haven't worked on my Temperature piece for the last week and that means that I am now behind.  I think that this week I will see if I can at least get that caught up again so that I can see more of it moved along.  I had planned to stitch on Temperature every couple of days but it didn't work like that this past week so now to get back to keeping it up to date.

This week I hope to be able to spend some more time stitching in the evenings while I watch the Olympics.  I have a bunch of things that I need to do for work so those have to get done first but the evenings I hope to be able to sit and relax.

My plans this week are to see if I can get Mystery SAL moved forward and maybe get February finished and then work on Swan and Temperature.  I will see if anything else catches my attention because it was nice to see that I was able to get a couple of little things also completed this past week. 

Monday, February 5, 2018

A week with some progress

Temperature - January 28th
 This week I am very happy to say that I have been able to make some progress on a few projects that that does make me feel very good.

Temperature - February 3rd
Temperature - now this project got some attention as I decided that I wanted to see if I could get it all caught up and I was able to do that so on the 3rd of February I had all the stitching done up until the 2nd of February.  I will always be a day behind because I don't get the high and low until the next day so that is fine with me.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - January 28th
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - my goal for this past week was to get the January section of the piece done.
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - February 4th

I continued to work on the piece trying to do the two threads a day and then on Saturday I sat and finished the January section and Sunday I started the February section.  I love how this piece is turning out and now to see how much of the February section I can get done as I am now back to the two threads a day on this piece.

Swan - January 23rd
Swan - I am still keeping this my main focus as I really do want to get this piece done by the end of April. I didn't get as much done on this piece as I was working on a bunch of areas and some of the stitching that I did really doesn't show up on the picture.

Swan - January 31st
I am really happy with the progress that I was able to make in January on the piece as I had just started it in December.  It does feel good seeing that I have been able to get most of the first Swan finished including the reflection.  I am going to work hard to see how much of the remaining section I can get done in February.

Swan - December 31st
The piece does have quite a few colours in it so that is one of the reasons why it takes so long to see progress on it.  I don't mind all the colours as it really is helping to define the sections of the Swans.

12 Days of Christmas - January 12th
12 Days of Christmas - 12th Day - here is a project that I picked up and decided to see if I could get one of the days finished in February.  I decided to continue to work on the 12th day as I wanted to get this one day as I started it in January after finishing the first day.

12 Days of Christmas - February 3rd
The drums have metallic thread in the middle of each drum but the picture doesn't show that but in person they look nice and I look forward to making all of the days into ornaments once I have finished the other 10 days.


I am happy with the progress that I was able to make last week on the projects and I was able to stitch most evenings as I was able to get the work done during the day.  This week I am not sure what stitching I will get done other than I am going to try and work on Swan some and of course Mystery SAL might get a bit of attention.

I enjoy having some time to stitch most evenings but work always is the first thing that needs to get done so I will see what I do this week. I am now going to see if I can get the work done that needs my attention today so that I can have some stitching time this evening.



Monday, January 29, 2018

Productive week - sort of

Linen and Threads Mystery Stitch-A-Long - January 22
This week instead of focusing on one or two pieces I seem to have been getting bits of a lot of different projects done.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - this project did get a bit of attention this week as I really wanted to see if I could get the left hand side of the design finished and I was able to do that.
Linen and Threads Mystery Stitch-A-Long - January 28

I don't think I will have the right side of the design done before the end of the month but that doesn't bother me because it means that I will have a finish in early February and that is fine with me.  Also I am looking forward to the end of this month for this piece because the 2nd of the 12 pieces will be released. 

With the Mystery SAL I am still trying to do the two threads a day because that helps move this project along but it also doesn't take much time to complete that much stitching each day.

Temperature - January 28
Temperature - I forgot to post this design last week so now you are going to see it for the first time. It is one design that I decided to do and it does involve a lot of work as it is going to be 365 rows long.  I am currently working on stitching both the high and low temperatures for each day of the year.  

This project is a lot of fun because I don't know what the design will look like when it is finished. I have picked 12 colours for the temperature rangers that I will be using and have colours selected for temperatures below -20 to above +30 and the colours change at each 5 degree increments between there.  it is a lot of fun as I am tracking both the high and low for each day for Toronto.  I have found that I can get this information easily on the weather network so that is where I am getting the temperatures that I am using for this design.

Bluebell - October 25
Bluebell - now this project got a bit of attention one day this past week as I hadn't worked on it since October and wanted to work on something a little different.
Bluebell - January 24

I had planned on working on the top of the design but decided that I wanted to work on the rest of the dress so that is why I have one of the colours worked on.  I still have quite a few more colours to do on the dress but I am happy with the amount I was able to get done in a short period of time that I worked on this piece.

Swan - January 20
Swan - this remains my main focus to get completed but this past week it didn't get as much attention as it had in the past.  I decided that I needed a bit of a break from it as I had been doing this as the main focus since the beginning of January.

Swan - January 23
My plan for this week is to get back to working on the Swan and see how much more of it I can get completed. I am looking forward to seeing when I can get this first Swan finished and the start of the next one will start to appear.  I am still on target to have the piece finished by the end of April and that makes me happy.  I hope that this week to be able to spend a couple of evenings working on it and then maybe a bit next weekend if work schedule allows for that.


I continue to work on different projects as I need the variety otherwise I will end up working on something too long and then get bored of it.  I know that having the variety that I do is what helps me keep the focus that I need when I have a project that I want to get finished.

Work is keeping my busy as well so I am not sure how much stitching time I will get this week but I will continue to try and get a little bit of time each evening.


Monday, January 22, 2018

More progress

Swan - January 14
This week I decided that it was important to try and focus on just a couple of projects when I had the time to stitch.  Of course, a bunch of other project have wanted some attention but I was determined that I was going to stick with my focus and that is what I did for most of the week.
Swan - January 20

Swan - now this project got the most attention this week and that is because I would love to see it moved forward a little quicker.  I also have a goal of having this project done by the end of April so I need to work on it.

There are a lot of different colour changes in parts of the Swan so that did slow me down a bit but then I started working on the reflection and that is when I got to see some good progress quickly.  I am going to continue to work on this project as I hope to get more of it done this week when I have some stitching time.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - Jan 12
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - as I said in the blog last week I was going to try and do two threads a week on this piece.  I have been able to work on this a little bit each day and most days it has just been the two threads that I added. I am enjoying working on this piece and hope to be able to continue the two threads a day for another week and see what the piece looks like. 
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - Jan 21

I decided that after working two threads a day on this  piece since last Monday that I was going to spend a bit of time just working on the piece and not carrying how many threads I used. 


I have tried to stay focused on these projects this week and have done a pretty good job.  I know that there are a lot of other projects that I would love to be working on but I need to try and at least keep Swan moving forward so that I can get it done by the end of April.  I am thinking that I may try and add something else for a bit of variety but will see if that actually happens. 

Work is keeping me busy which I always enjoy and I have been finding time in the evenings and on the weekend to spend some time stitching.  I never know what a week is going to be like so I try and make sure that when I have a bit of time to stitch I try and do just that.  Having the different projects means that depending on how much time I have I normally have something that I can work on.

It is now time to get some work done and I will see how much stitching time I will find this week.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Another week with some progress

Swan - January 5
This has been another week where I have been trying to find a bit of stitching time each evening. I wasn't able to stitch each evening but I was able to find some time most days to get a few stitches in on a piece.

Swan - January 14th
Swan - now this is the project that I am really trying to focus on so that I can get it done quickly.  I am happy with the progress that I have been able to make so far and now to see if it can continue.

I hope to be able to start making the progress on the left side of the design now because I have completed over to the right hand side of the design.  I have also started on the reflection of the swan so that makes me very happy to see the progress that I have been able to make on it. I am looking forward to trying to spend a bit more time on this project this week to see if I can get further over to the left of the design.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - Jan 6
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - this project gets a bit of attention when I want something easy to stitch on. I still have a long way to go to complete the January section so will see if it can get a bit more attention this week. 
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - January 12

I am thinking that I am going to try and at least stitch two threads a day on the piece and will see how much I can do on it this week.  Of course two thread doesn't seem like a lot but at least it means that the piece should be worked on every day this coming week.
12 Days of Christmas - January 12

12 Days of Christmas - I decided that I was going to try and get another ornament done before the end of January so I picked up the 12 Days of Christmas again and started working on the 12th day instead of the 2nd day.  I  am not going to be stitching the days in order because the last ones seem to have the most detail so I figured I would break them up so that I can get the different ones done without getting too bored with all the detail in some of them.  The 12th day has 12 drums on it so that is why I don't want to stitch the last days all together.  Not every day has all the repeats but a lot of them do.

I picked up some new floss for this design so will be adding some more bling to the days as I stitch them.

Erasmus - now this is the last art show piece that I needed to start so this week I put the fabric onto the scroll bars and make a bit of a dent in the overall piece.

Erasmus - January 15th
Erasmus has been stitched previously by me, a couple of years ago, but this time I had added some more detail to the piece and also made the guy a little shorter.  I hope that this piece will work out as I have planned.  I didn't spend a lot of time on this piece this past week but at I was able to make a start on the project.  I hope to be able to continue to work on this project and hopefully see some more progress on it very soon.


This coming week I am going to try and spend some time on a couple of these projects and will see how much time I can find to stitch.  I hope to be able to spend a bit of time each day on Swan and will see how much progress I can get done on it.  The Mystery SAL will also get a bit of time if I can do the two threads a day on it and then I will see if any other project gets attention this week.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful time stitching and are seeing some progress on the project they are working on.  It is now time for me to get some work done so that I can maybe get some stitching time this evening.

Monday, January 8, 2018

The first week of the new year

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - December 31st
So the new year is here and now to see if I can made a bit of progress on a bunch of the projects that I have on the go. I was able to find some evenings where I could curl up and stitch and I have some progress this week.

Mystery SAL - now this is a project that I am going to try and work on a bit at a time and see how it goes.  Sure it is a project that is going to be running for the entire year but I would like to make sure that I can get each monthly section done during the month.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - January 6th
The January section is a good size and I am going to see if I can at least get it done before the February section is posted at the end of the month.  I am happy with the three colours that we selected for this design.  I am looking forward to seeing how it all comes together over the year.  This month the section is 207 stitches wide by around 65 stitches so there is a lot of work on this piece but I will continue to work on it a bit at a time.

12 days of Christmas - January 1st
12 Days of Christmas - As these as small designs it means that they should be something that I can stitch quickly or at least I hope that they are quick.

12 days of Christmas - January 2nd
The original design was for all the designs to be basically red, green and a bit of black.  I decided that just doing those colours weren't going to work for me so I have started to add some metallic threads to each of the days.  I have now completed the first day and have 11 more to go.   I don't think I am going to be stitching them in order so now to see which ornament gets selected and stitched.  All the floss is now ready for each of the days so it is just a matter of sitting and working on each of them and seeing how they turn out.

Swan - December 31st
Swan - now this is the project that is on the top of my get finished list. I found some time to focus on this project this week and have now got a bigger section of the back swan done.  I don't have much more to stitch to reach the right hand side of the design so that is what I am going to try and focus on doing.

Swan - January 5th
This week I hope to be able to get some more time to work on swan and see if I can get to the right side of the design and then I will start working towards the left side of the design and then work down after that.


I hope to be able to spend some time this week working on a project and I am not sure which one will really get the attention.  A lot of my stitching is based on how much time I have to stitch as well as the mood I am in.  Work is busy with it being year end for us so that means besides the normal work I also have to finalize our books for another year.

Hope everyone has a good stitching week and will be able to see some good progress.