Monday, January 28, 2019

Some good progress

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL ' 19 - Jan 20
 Here it is another week and yes I have some progress to show.  I am happy to say that I am getting back to doing the crafting that I love doing. I have started to pick up my needle most evenings which is great and even on the weekends, I am finding time to just sit and do some of the projects that I have missed doing. I will explain why later on in the post. 

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL '19 - Jan 24
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL '19 - this is once again a twelve-month project but it is going to be smaller than it was last year so that is great.  The first part of it was the center design and that is the Peacock and it did take quite a bit of time to stitch but this week I was able to get it finished and now I am waiting to see what the second piece is going to be.  The actual title for this piece is A Peacock's Garden so looking forward to seeing what we will be adding to the garden over the rest of the year.

Linen and Threads 11,000 Members - Jan 26
11,000 Member Design - this is another design from Linen and Threads and it was released through Facebook when the group reached 11,000 members.

I decided that I wanted to work on something a little different so this weekend I picked the fabric and pulled the threads for this design and actually got it all stitched on Saturday which made me very happy.  Yes it was a nice quick piece to do and it measures 6 x 4 so now to just get a frame and it will be finished. While I was stitching this piece I was thinking about how I could stitch it again so it might be stitched again but with some different colours but I will wait for a while and see what I feel like.

Temperature 2019 - Jan 13
Temperature 2019 - Jan 26
Temperature - here is a project that still isn't caught up but it doesn't bother me because I know that I can get it caught up quickly if I would just sit down and actually work on this piece more than I have. 

I have only worked on this design for two days this month so I am thinking that I am going to need to try and focus on it for a couple of days if I want to get it caught up so I will see what I do this week.  If I don't get it caught up before the end of the month that is fine because I will focus on it next week and see how it goes.

Roses - Jan 17
Roses - Jan 27
Roses - this is my largest project that I currently have on the go and I decided that it needed a little bit of attention this week so I saw done and worked on it for maybe three hours. I am starting to see that I am making some more progress on it and right now I am going to be trying to get another page finished on the design so it would mean I would have three of the 68 pages completed.  The piece looks rather large in the photo but it isn't as it is currently 9 inches wide by 4 inches high.  The finished piece is going to be around 21 inches wide by 27 inches high.  So yes I am getting there but as you can see I still have a long way to go before I have this piece finished.

Easy Goes It - Burgundy - Jan 24
Easy Goes It Shawl - I decided that this week I was going to try and finish a shawl that I had on the go for a while.  Actually, I started this shawl in November and it was going to be a gift but after some time I decided it wouldn't get done so I made the other burgundy shawl that I gave as a gift.

I was extremely happy to see this shawl finished as it just kept reminding me about a hand issue that I have been dealing with for some time. Yes, I have had to deal with severe tendonitis in my left hand for the last few months and that is one of the reasons why my actual crafting has been down.  It took a couple of specialist appointments to figure out what it was because of course, I ended up having it in the pinkie finger side of my hand.  I am a lefty so it meant a lot of things got impacted and crafting was only one of the things.  My work took longer for me to do each day so that meant that by the time I was finished doing what needed to do I was dealing with pain and crafting just didn't happen.  In the last two weeks, I have had a cortisone shot in the area and am happy to say that the pain is a lot less and I am getting back to doing everything at a normal speed again.  I asked the second specialist what could have caused the problem and her answer was it just happened.  I had thought it might be due to the typing or other things that I do and she let me know that it wasn't repetitive stress that caused the problem it was just something that happened.

Other knitting - I am also working on a couple of other knitting projects and will be writing a separate blog to show off some new knitting needles that I have discovered.  I started both of these projects within the last week and now to write up a blog explaining these new needles.  One project is using the new needles and the other project is using needles that I had so I am going to compare what I have discovered about the new needles.  I hope to have this other blog posted later this week.

It is now time for me to get some work done today as it is getting close to the end of the month and there are things that need to get finished up.  I hope to find some crafting time this week but will have to see how things go as this is a busy week for me.  Hope everyone has a great week and you find time to do some of the things that you love doing.

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