Monday, February 19, 2024

2 finishes and some good progress

Here it is the start of another week and for us the winter cold is back, and it might be here for a little while. I hope that it warms up a bit because I am getting tried of the cold weather. We did have snow this week but not much at all.

Hopefully we will start to warm up just a little bit so that we can enjoy going for walks outside. Right now, with the minus temperatures I don't feel like going out for a walk. I know that it is the middle of February so I shouldn't be expecting really warm weather.

Star Touched Meadows Stitch Along - December - here is the cross stitch project that I was giving my attention to. I have been working on this project for a while and was at the point that I wanted to see it finished.

After some good effort this week I am happy to say that I have got this section of the stitch along finished. The December block is now finished and that means it is almost time to get the January block out and see if I can get it started.

I now have two of the blocks completed and already have the pattern for the January and February so I better get moving on at least the January block and hopefully I will feel good about it.

Red Rose - here is a project that I don't have a starting picture for because I forgot to take one when I pulled it out this weekend. This is a project that I started quite a few years ago and figured it was time to pull it out and see how much I could get done. I worked on this for one day and am happy with how much of it I was able to get done. Now to see if I can get this project also finished up soon so it will be one of the many old projects finally completed.
Beach Haven Shawl - this is another project that this week got the attention that it needed. I had started to cast off the shawl before the beginning of the week, so it just meant spending some time working on getting the rest of the stitches off the needle. 

I am happy with how this shawl turned out and I had given myself to the middle of March to get it done and I was able to get it done by the middle of February so that made me feel really good. The only thing that is left to do is to block it a bit so that the edge lays nice and flat. Of course, after finishing the shawl it was time to figure out the next project that I was going to put on my knitting needles and it didn't take me long to do that.

Asymmetrical Lace Knit Shawl - here is a new project that I started this week as I had some  more of that yarn available and wanted to try it on a different shawl. This pattern is an easier pattern than Beach Haven as the pattern is only at the top of the shawl so that makes the initial section of knitting easy to do.

I am looking forward to working on this shawl and hopefully it will knit up quickly. Seeing that I have been able to get a bit of kitting done most days is good. What I try and do is spend 30 minutes a day working on my knitting, and it seems to help me make progress on the different things. 

Other projects - this week I didn't work on any of the other projects that I have on the go as I was trying to keep a focus on just a couple of projects.

This week I am going to be trying to make some progress on my new shawl and I am not certain which cross stitch project will get most of  the attention. I may try and focus on Red Rose for a little while longer, but I also want to start working on the January section of the Star Touched Meadows Stitch Along. I guess I will decide what gets the attention when I do to pick up my cross stitch this week.

I hope everyone has been able to find that bit of time where you can do something for yourself. It does make a difference because you then have the energy to be there for the ones around you.

This week I will see what I do and hopefully next week I will have some more progress to show you. Have a good week and take that time each day to recharge your own personal batteries.

Monday, February 12, 2024

Some good progress this past week

Here it is the start of another week and yes, I have been able to make some progress on a few things this week. It makes me happy to see that I have been able to continue to work on a couple of my projects and move both of them forward.

The weather here was really nice for a couple of days but now it is getting cold out again so that means it is time to hide here at home and maybe continue to make some progress on my projects during the next week. This coming week is going to be busy, so that also means that I might not have as much time to hide and work on my projects, but I will see have to wait and see how things go.

Beach Haven Shawl - this is the project that seems to have got most of my attention this last week. I have been trying to move this forward, so that I can get it closer to finish. 

The good news is that by Sunday evening I have started to do the cast-off on the shawl so that means that I should be able to get this shawl done before the end of this coming week. I am so happy with the progress that I have been able to make on this shawl. I have been trying to move this shawl forward and this last week I ended up spending most of my free time working on getting the rows done that I needed to get done. 

I have now started the cast off edge on the shawl and given that there are 517 stitches on the needle it is going to take a bit of time to get all of them off, but I will continue to work on it a bit at a time until it is done. I wanted this shawl completed by the middle of March and I should be able to get it done by the middle of February, so that is one month before I said I wanted it done so yes, I have been really working on getting the rows done when I could. Hopefully, next week I will have picture of this shawl finished and all the ends sewn in.

Star Touched Meadows - December - this is the cross stitch focus and I must admit that this past week it didn't get as much attention as I would have liked. I have now at least got this piece to the 75% completed mark so will see how things go in the next couple of weeks. Maybe, now that the knitting is closer to a finish, I will be able to get back to focusing on getting this piece completed.

I was able to add some stitches to the piece this past week and now to see if I can continue to move it forward again. I would like to see if I can get this section of the project finished so that I can start the January piece.

This coming week I am going to try and spend a bit more time working on this cross stitch so that I can get it finished. Seeing it done would make me happy so maybe this is going to be my focus moving forward until it's done. 

Other projects - I haven't worked on many other things as I have been focusing on getting my shawl finished. I did work on my English Paper Piecing for a little while this week so that was nice but not much to show yet.

I hope everyone is finding that little bit of time to do something that you enjoy so that you can keep your own personal battery charged. I know for me being able to sit and work on a project even for half an hour makes me feel so much better. 

This week I hope to be able to get the shawl finished up and then see how much I can get done on my cross stitch. Hopefully next week I will have some more progress to show you.

 

Monday, February 5, 2024

Making some good progress

Here it is the start of another week. It is hard to believe that we are already in February. Yes, January seemed to be a long month but now that it's over it's back to getting lots of things done. After a month of lots of clouds it was nice seeing the sunshine for a while this weekend.

Work is keeping me busy, so I haven't had as much time to work on my crafting but at least I have been able to move a couple of projects forward.

Star Touched Meadows - December - here is the cross stitch project that got the attention this last week. I decided it was time to see if I could at least get this piece moved forward so that was the focus.

It feels good seeing that I have been able to move this project forward and now to just get it finished. I am trying to finish sections of the piece so that I can get some more of the white stitches in instead of leaving all of them to the very end. Maybe this week I will try and put a bit of focus on adding more of the white stitches instead of just working on all of the colours.

I would like to get this section of the stitch along completed as I have received the February section so that means that I am currently two months behind. Early on in this project I figured I wouldn't be keeping up but that doesn't bother me because I know that I can work on these pieces when I have the time.

Beach Haven Shawl - here is the knitting that got all of the attention over the last week. I am very happy with the progress that I have made on this shawl.

The rows are getting a lot longer now, so it is taking me long to get reach row done. I now have 354 stitches on the needle and this week will probably have another big increase so will see how it goes. I do want to get this shawl completed soon so that is why I am trying to focus on this as much as possible.

Other projects - I haven't spent time working on other projects this last week. It has felt good being able to focus on just a couple of projects and seeing that I can move both forward.

This week I am not sure what will get my attention other than the Beach Haven Shawl as I would like to continue to move this project forward. The stitch along will probably get some attention and other than that I am not certain what I will pull out and work on.

I hope everyone has had a good week and you continue to find the time for yourself each day. It's important that we all take that bit of time where we can  recharge our own personal battery. This week I am not certain how much crafting time I will have but hope to be able to show you a bit of progress next week. Until then, have a good week and if you get some sunshine where you are making sure you enjoy a bit of time in it.


 

Thursday, February 1, 2024

English Paper Piecing - January progress

Here it is the end of another month and yes, I have been able to make just a bit of progress on my English Paper Piecing.

Scrap Throw - this month I worked on just one project and didn't even get a lot of progress but at least I got some. I was able to spend one evening working on making some more of the motifs that I need for the border of the scrap throw so I am continuing to move this project forward. I hope to get back to joining the motifs onto the throw as I would like to move my projects forward again.

Other projects - I haven't worked on any of the other projects for a while so that means that I need to get back to working on them again. Hopefully before long I will get back to finding that time where I can sit and sew things together and move a bunch of the projects forward. 

I know that I didn't make a lot of progress in January on the various projects but at least I can say that I did make a bit of progress and that is better than no progress at all. It would be nice to start moving all of my projects forward again and maybe February will be the month that I do that but I'm not sure. I will just have to see how it goes and maybe I will have some progress to show you at the end of February.



 

Monday, January 29, 2024

Some good progress and a quick finish

Here it is the start of another week and yes, another week where there are going to be other demands on my time and energy. I know that work has quite a few things that I need to get done, so that means that I am going to be focusing on those.

This week we are finally going to be seeing some sunshine which is good because I know that I have been missing it. Now to see how much of the sun we see as I know that I will enjoy what I can even if it's just seeing it through the window.

Star Touched Meadows Stitch Along - December - here is the project that got some attention this week as I am trying to get it finished before too long. I am not upset that I am behind on this project which is good.

I would like to see if I can at least get this piece over the 50% complete so that is going to be my goal for the beginning of this week. I have started to fill in some of the white stitches at the bottom of the piece, but you cannot see them very much right now.

I have been working on this piece differently than I did the November piece, so I am not certain which method of stitching I like the best. Maybe what I will be doing is each of the months will be done a little differently and that is just how I am gong to be doing the projects.

Christmas Mug Small - here is a project that got the attention over the weekend, and it didn't take me long to have a finish. This is a little small Christmas ornament that I decided that I wanted to stitch up quickly.

This was a free pattern from Shannon Christine Designs, and it was a fun project to do. I had decided that I wanted to make some small ornaments so when I saw this set of 12, I knew that they were going to be some of the ornaments that I made, so I have completed the first one.

Beach Haven Shawl - my knitting has got quite a bit of attention this week. This pattern is enjoyable to work on and the number of stitches on the needle grows very quickly. Last week I started with 3 stitches and last Sunday I had 123 stitches on the needle which wasn't too bad.

After another week of stitching, I have 258 stitches on the needle and have to change to a circular needle because they just won't fit on the straight needle any long. By the time I finish this shawl there will be 517 stitches on this needle and I only have 60 rows left to go. It does feel good seeing the progress on this project.

Other projects - well I haven't had a lot of time to work on any of the other projects, but I am happy with the progress that I have made on these items. My English Paper piecing projects have got a bit of attention which is good but again not as much as i would have liked. Hopefully soon I will get back to working on some of those items again. 

I hope everyone is finding that bit of time each day to take that personal time to recharge your battery. I know that there have been says in the last week where my recharge was just sitting quietly and doing nothing at all. It was what I wanted, and it was also enjoyable.

This is the last post for January and hopefully everyone has made it through another month and yes, this one did feel very long. If things go well, I should have something to show you next week and I will write my EPP blog on Thursday.  Have a great week and see you then.






Monday, January 22, 2024

Some progress and a new start

Here it is the start of another week, and I was able to spend some time working on the various projects that I had on the go. I also decided that I wanted to knit a shawl for myself so that was the start for this week. It felt good to see some progress on a few things this last week, but of course there were other things that took my time, so I didn't get to spend as much time as I had hoped working on the projects that I had on the go.  Now to see what this week is like as I would like to see if I can make some progress on some of these projects.
Star Touched Meadows Stitch Along - December - well this project didn't get much attention at all this past week which doesn't help me get it finished. Hopefully now that I have done some of the other things, I might be able to move this forward. I would like to see if I can spend some time working on getting this section done so that I don't end up too far behind in the overall stitch along. I am now thinking that I will just work on these pieces as I can, and they will get done as quickly as I can do them. 
Magic of Books - here is the next project that got some attention, and this is one of the projects that I am trying to move forward a bit each month. I hope that each month I can pick this project up and get a bit of stitching done on it. Of course, I am still working in the black section, and it is going to take a while to get through it. I am trying to vary how I stitch in that section just so I can see progress on it.
Now that I have added the stitches for this month it will go away until hopefully next month when I can pick it up and work on it again. I am looking forward to seeing if through this year I can get that entire black section finished.
Beach Haven Shawl - here is a new project that I started on Saturday. This is a shawl that I would like to have finished by the middle of March so that means that I am going to have to focus some of my knitting time on doing just that. It did feel good seeing some good progress on it on Saturday so now to see how it goes this week.
Toque - I finally picked up and worked on the toque that I had started and have made some progress on it.  Hopefully I can continue to move this project forward as well even a bit each week. I do know that the shawl is going to be a focus for a little while.
Other projects - after working on all these projects in the last week I didn't work on anything else but that is fine with me. I have been trying to get some work done as well so that means when I have the time to craft, I am picking up a project that I want to see some progress on.

I hope everyone is finding that bit of time each day to take time for themselves and do something that you enjoy doing. I know for me even if it's just the few minutes of knitting that I try and do each day it is something and it does help a lot. This week, I would like to see some progress on my cross stitch as well as my shawl so will see what happens. Until next week have a good week and remember to find that bit of time for yourself each day.

Monday, January 15, 2024

A finish and a bit of progress

Here it is the start of another week. I hope if you are in an area like we are where it is very cold that you are staying warm. This morning the temperature at 8:30 am was 10F (feeling like -8F) or -12C (feeling like -22C). Yes, it is very cold out and I am thankful that we can work from home most of the time. I do feel sorry for anyone having to wait for transit or walk a distance in this weather.

Edna Verenia Nichol - 1884 - here is the piece that got almost all  the attention this week. I have enjoyed working on this piece and as always, I love working on a red sampler.

My goal for this project was to have it finished by the end of the month and I am happy to say that I was able to get it finished by the 13th of the month. Once I was able to sit and focus on this project it moved forward at a good rate.

By Friday, I knew that I was getting close to a finish so between Friday and Saturday I focused on moving this project to a finish and am very happy with the overall sampler. I love being able to work on monochromatic piece because you don't have to think about changing thread colours and all you have to think about is just stitching.  Now that this piece is finished it's time to turn my focus onto some other projects.

Star Touched Meadows Stitch Along - December - after finishing Edna it was time to pull this project back out and see if I can make a bit of progress on it.  As you can see, I was able to add a few stitches to this project, but I didn't get much done.

This project might have got an hour of attention on Sunday, but at least it was moved forward again which is what I have wanted to do. This coming week I hope to be able to make some more progress on it as it would be nice to start to see the lower area of the design completed. I am not planning on leaving all the white stitches to the end this time so I am hoping that I can at least work on small areas of white at a time.

This is now going to be the focus piece for a little while as I would like to see if I can get December finished quickly and maybe even get a start on January before the end of the month. I think the progress will also depend on other things that are going on so will just have to wait and see what happens.

Something else that I have been thinking about is trying to have some small quick projects that I can work on when I need a break from my bigger pieces. I am not someone that enjoys doing all small projects so just having some that I can work on sometimes might be nice. Now to just figure out what the projects are going to be so that I can figure out if that will work.

Toque - here is the knitting project that I was able to work on one day this week. I didn't even take a new picture of the toque because I ended up only adding around 4 - 6 rows on the piece so there isn't much of a difference.

Other projects - I didn't work on any other projects this week but am thinking that some of them might come back out now that I have finished my first cross stitch for the year. Edna Nichol was my focus as I wanted to get it completed and now that it is done maybe I will spend some time working on some of the other ideas that I have.

I hope everyone is finding that bit of time for yourself each day. It doesn't matter what you do as long as you take that bit of time to do something that you enjoy doing.  I am not certain what I will be working on this week but hopefully next week I will have something to show you.

If it is cold where you are please, try and stay warm and safe. I hope to see everyone next week with a bit of progress on something.