Monday, November 11, 2019

Crazy week

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - Nov 6
Here it is Monday morning and the start of another week.  There isn't a lot to show for this past week as it is a little crazy.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - it makes me happy to see that I have at least been able to get some of the stitching done.  It makes me feel good to see some overall progress on this piece.  It would make me feel a little better to get more of it done, so I will see how it goes.

I hope that this coming week, I can spend a bit of time working on this piece and see if I can get some of the borders finished up.  This border is the second to last section of the design, and it is the outer frame.  I am looking forward to seeing that the middle section of the border looks like, but I have to wait until December 1st to see that.


I haven't had a lot of time to work on any of the projects, so I will see how things go this week.  It would be nice to find a bit of time to work on at least a project, so we will see how things go.

It is now time for me to get some work done that is currently sitting here on my desk.  I hope everyone has a good week, and you find a bit of time each day to do the things that you love doing.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Slow Progress this week

Unleash the Butterflies - Oct 27
Here it is Monday morning, and I have at least been able to make a bit of progress on a couple of projects this week.

Unleash the Butterflies - this is one of the projects that I wanted to try and make some progress this week.  I would like to see this project moved forward, so that means trying to spend some time working on getting little areas of the piece stitched.

Unleash the Butterflies - Nov 3
This week I decided to focus on working on smaller areas of the design to see if I could get some of it filled in.  I started with one of the colours closest to the side that was filled in and then continued to pick other colours that would help me fill in the various areas.  I still have a long way to go before I see the next section of her arm completed, but at least I was able to make a bit of progress this week.

Mouse Pincushion - Nov 3
English Paper Piecing - here is a project that I can work on a little bit at a time and see some progress on it.  I have started to make a mouse pincushion and, that has meant picking the colours for the body of the mouse and then laying them out so that I can get the two sections completed.  I have almost finished attaching all of the motifs for half of the body.

I am not sure how quickly I will get the mouse finished, but again I am enjoying working on the motifs and attaching them to make the designs that I want to do.  There are quite a few more projects waiting to be worked on, so make sure that one of them can get finished up quickly would be nice and then I can see which project I work on next.

Roses - Sept 28
Roses - I have continued to work on Roses as I would like to see this project finished up in the next 5 months.  I know that I can do it if I can focus on this project even for a little bit, so that is something that I am going to be trying to do.

Roses - Oct 29
I didn't get a lot of stitching done on this piece this week, but at least I moved it forward even if it was just a little bit.  I know that seeing that I can get some more of this project worked on would make me happy, so that is something that I am going to be trying to do over the next couple of weeks.  I hope that this week, I can continue to see little bits of progress on this design as it would be nice to see that I have a chance of getting it done by the end of March, which is my goal.


I continue to work on a bunch of other things, but I haven't focused on any of them long enough to see some good progress, so there are no pictures.  I like to have a couple of projects that are the main focus and then the other projects that I can pick up and work on when I feel like it.

So it is now time for me to get some work done as it is the beginning of the month, so there are tasks that I need to get done.  I hope everyone has a good week, and you find time to do things that are you enjoy doing even if it is only for a few minutes a day.


Monday, October 28, 2019

Some progress and a finish

Unleash the Butterflies - Oct 12
Here it is the start of another week and an update of what crafting I have been up to in the past week.  Of course, things have kept me busy, so I haven't had as much time to craft, but at least I was able to find some time to make some progress on a couple of projects.

Unleash the Butterflies - it was time again for this project to come out and get some attention this week.  I picked this piece up and focused on working on a couple of colours instead of one little section.  It made me feel a little better, seeing some progress on the overall piece instead of just one or two little areas. 

Unleash the Butterflies - Oct 27
I continue to use the Pattern Keeper (android app) to help me mark off my stitches on this full-coverage piece.  The app also helps me locate those single stitches of a colour that so often were missed when I was using the paper copy of the pattern.

The app also lets me see how many stitches I was able to get done and the percentage of the pattern that is complete.  So Unleash the Butterflies is 12% complete, so yes, there is still a long way to go on this project, but I love seeing some progress even if it was only .5%.

Simple Yet Effective Cowl - Oct 20
Simple Yet Effective Cowl - I said that I wanted to try and focus on getting this cowl done quickly and after spending some evenings working on the pattern, I was able to get it done this week.  I still need to block it, but the stitching is now done on this cowl.

Simple Yet Effective Cowl - Oct 25
The pattern was very simple, and it worked up quickly when you could sit and focus on it and not bounce around, trying to get a few other things accomplished.  I know that having a couple of evenings after dinner to sit and knit was great, and it means that I got this project finished and now will be able to start another project soon.

I have yarn to make another one of these cowls, so I think that will be cast on soon so that I can start working on it.  The next cowl that I make will probably with the bigger version of this pattern but will see once I start casting on the stitches.


I continue to work on a bunch of other projects, but nothing has advanced far enough for pictures.  I hope that before too long, I will have some pictures to show some of the other projects that I have been working on.

It is now time for me to get some work done that is sitting here waiting to be done.  I hope everyone has a great week, and you find some time to do the things that you love each day, even if it is just 20 minutes. 



Monday, October 21, 2019

Projects moved forward

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - Oct 14
 Here it is Monday morning, and yes, there was a bit of progress on a couple of projects this week.  With it being a shorter week for getting things done, there isn't as much to show.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - Oct 16
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - the one project that I wanted to get finished up this past week was the October section of the Linen and Threads Mystery SAL.  I only need the squirrel to finish, so I sat down one evening, and that was my focus so that I knew that this project was completed for the month.
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - Oct 16

The center of the piece is now finished, and November and December will be working on the border once it is released.  I am looking forward to seeing what the border looks like as I have enjoyed all the various sections that we have had on this piece.  The biggest challenge each month is figuring out which colour is going into what part of the design.   Once that decision is made, the actual stitching of the section is a lot of fun.

Cowl - Oct 14
Simple Yet Effective Cowl - here is a project that got the attention this week, and part of that is because we were busy, so being able to pick up something and work on it for a few minutes at a time worked great.

I have to continue to knit this until it is 9.75 inches long, so I haven't measured it yet, so not sure how much more I have to knit, but I know it is more than a couple of inches.  I love this cowl as it does work up quickly, even if you are only working on a few minutes at a time.

Cowl - Oct 20

This week I am not sure what I will be working on as I have a few things that need my attention.  I hope to see a bit more of the cowl worked on, and maybe I will even work on the shawl for a bit.

I hope everyone has a great week, and you find a bit of time each day to do something that you love.  Until next week hope you all have a good week and remember, as Jan always says, "Find your joy."

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Moving things forward

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - Oct 2
Here it is the start of another week.  Of course, it is Tuesday, and there was no blog yesterday as it was a holiday here in Canada, so I took the day to relax.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - I was able to pick up this project and get some more of the October section completed.  I only need to finish off the second squirrel, and this project will be finished another month.  I am looking forward to working on the border next and will see what that looks like.  This project continues to be something that I enjoy working on.  I enjoy seeing each section and now, with only two months to go on it, I know that we will be getting the border, so that will take some time to get done.
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - Oct 14

This project is the one that I look forward to seeing what the next section will be at the beginning of each month.  I understand that there will be a 2020 Mystery SAL as well, so now we are all waiting to see what the size is going to be so that we can start to get things organized for a January 1st start.

I hope to finish the October section this week and then this project will be put away again until October 31st when the November section is released.

Unleash the Butterflies - July 30
Unleash the Butterflies - this week, I decided that it was time to pick up a project that hasn't had a lot of attention for the last few months. I kept looking at this project and thinking about working on it but never did until this past weekend.  I only worked on getting a couple of colours added to a section of the design, but at least I have moved the project forward a little more.

Unleash the Butterflies - Oct 12
Another reason for working on this project is I found an Android app that will assist with working on full coverage cross-stitch projects, and it is called "Pattern Keeper."  This app makes it easy to each for a symbol on your pdf pattern and then mark them off as you stitch them.  This makes working on full coverage projects so much easier and even a little faster.   This app has only been available for the last couple of months, and it is still in Beta testing, so sure there may be a few little challenges that we deal with, but the developer is a stitcher and is working quickly to resolve any issues that we discover.

I hope to continue to work on Unleash the Butterflies more this month as I would like to see if I can get a bit more of it done.

Everyday Shawl - Oct 6
Everyday Shawl - I continue to work on this shawl a bit most days.  This past week I didn't get as much time to knit, but at least now the shawl measures 17 inches.  I still have a long way to go until the shawl is finished, but I love how it is turning out.

Everyday Shawl - Oct 14
The section of the shawl that I am working on needs to be 30.5 inches before I start adding in some buttonholes, so until then, I have an area of the shawl that is simple and quick to work on.  I will see how much knitting I will get done this week, as I think that this shawl might be a project that I try and focus on for a while.

Simple Yet Effective Cowl - Here is another project that got started in the last week when I wanted something that I didn't need to focus on too much.  The Simple Yet Effective Cowl is a free pattern on Ravelry, and it works up quickly.  When I started this project, I wanted something that I could work on a bit at a time and didn't have a finish a row.  This cowl is knit on a circular needle, so that means that I can work on it a bit at a time and not worry about ensuring I have enough time to complete a row.
Simple Yet Effective Cowl - Oct 14



I am now going to try and get some work done that is sitting here.  I hope everyone has a good week, and you find a bit of time each day to do something that you love doing. We will see what projects get worked on this week and until next week have a great week.

Monday, October 7, 2019

A bit of progress and Fair results

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - Oct 2
Here it is the beginning of another week, and I have a little bit of stuff to show for the past week.  I didn't get as much done as I had hoped but also didn't have as much time as I thought to work on the various projects.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - this project got one evening of work, which was great.  I have at least started this piece, so now to finish working on the October section so that I can have it waiting for the November release, which is going to be the start of the border.

I hope to be able to get the rest of this piece done this week, but again, I will have to see how much time I have to sit and work on things.

Everyday Shawl - Sept 29
Everyday Shawl - Oct 6
Everyday Shawl - I had planned on working on this project each day, but I didn't get that done in the last week, so now to work on trying to get back to getting at least 20 minutes of knitting done each day.  I only got 2.5 inches knit this week, so I will see how much I can do this coming week.  The 20 minutes doesn't seem like a long time, but we were busy this past week, so when I had the 20 minutes, I was working on another project that had a deadline.

The shawl now measures around 13.5 inches, which is nice but still has quite a bit of knitting to go on this shawl.  I hope this week I can get some knitting in and see that I can make some good progress on the overall shawl.

TASK tags - Oct 5
TASK tags - here is a project that I was able to get done this week.  We are going to be helping at a booth at a conference and decided that we needed the website as part of our tags.   There are four of us at the booth, so I sat and designed and stitched the four tags for us, and then we have a centrepiece for the table, so it is also getting its own tag.  These were some very quick stitches which helped so now to get back to working on some of the other projects that I would like to achieve.   It is a lot of fun when you can work on something that appears quickly.  It will be interesting to see the reaction of the other guys at the booth as they don't know that I have done this yet.

Mystery SAL'18
Markham Fair - I can finally show that I have been working on over the last couple of weeks.  The big project that I was working on was getting three projects finished up so that I could enter them into the Markham Fair.  The two pieces that I am very happy with are Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'18 and Swans.  Both of these pieces were entered and in different categories.  Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'18 won the 1st place ribbon for the 11-18 count Aida category and Swans done the 2nd place ribbon for cross-stitch on other material.

I did enter Needleworker in the category of a piece of cross-stitch not framed as it was made into a bell-pull, and it didn't place.

Swans
Markham Fair is an interesting fair to enter pieces in as they hire people to judge the pieces, and after talking to the committee this year is interesting to hear about the judging.  It does make me happy to know that the ribbons I won were based on the work that was done on the pieces.  At Markham, they don't award all four ribbons if the work isn't up to a particular standard in a category, and only ribbons that are earned are awarded.  We saw that in some categories, there were only one or two ribbons awarded, and some of them weren't even a 1st place.


I am now going to get some work done as I have a bunch of things that need my attention.  I hope to find some time this week to get a bit of crafting done, but I will have to wait and see how things go.

I hope everyone has a great week, and you find some time to do the things that you love doing.



Monday, September 30, 2019

Progress on items

Roses - July 4
Here it is Monday morning, and I was able to get some crafting in last week but not very much.

Roses - now here is a project that hasn't had any attention since the beginning of July so I figured it was time to pull it back out and see if I could at least get the one rose completed.
Roses - Sept 29

 I sat and worked on this project a bit and finally can say that the main part of that rose is now complete and I have also completed the top half of the pattern.  This rose was the only section remaining to complete that top half so now I am going to be working on the lower half of the pattern and I don't think there are as many stitches in the bottom half as there were on the top half.  I hope to get back to working on this piece on a more regular basis.

One thing that helped was I found an app for my tablet that helps me mark off a pattern very easily.  The app is called Pattern Keeper, and it is for full coverage patterns.  Sure Roses isn't full coverage bu the app works wonderfully, and I am looking forward to using it when I pick up one of my full coverage pieces again which should be soon.

Everyday Shawl - Sept 22
Everyday Shawl - now this project has got the most attention of anything this past week.  I have tried to pick it up even for a few minutes every day to ensure that I can see some progress on it and I have.  The shawl measured 5.5 inches last weekend, and this weekend it is now 11 inches, so that was nice.

I am looking forward to seeing if I can get more of it knit this week as I am now on the main section of it and I don't have to look at the pattern any more until I get to the 30.5 inch mark.

I hope to be able to see some more progress on this shawl this week as I love being able to work on it around 20 minutes each day and then seeing what it looks like.  Some days I can get more knitting in, and other days I might get a row in, but at least I have been able to keep the shawl moving forward.
Everyday Shawl - Sept 29


I have been working on a couple of other projects, but I will write about them next week when I have been able to take some pictures of them.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL section for October has been released so I hope that this week I can spend some time working on it.  I love the small projects as it does help make sure that I can see some progress on my stitching.

It is now time for me to wrap up here and get some work down as the list of things for this week is rather long.  Hope everyone has a great week and you find some time each day to do something that you love doing.