Monday, June 27, 2022

A very busy week

Here it is a start of another week and maybe a week when I will be able to spend more than a few minutes each day doing things that I love doing. This past week has been very busy, including getting a cortisone shot in my right thumb to solve that problem that I had a couple of months ago. Hopefully now the thumb will get better, and I will be able to enjoy doing things that I love doing again.

Mug Rugs and Face Scrubbies - so this week given I didn't have a lot of time to craft I decided that knitting was going to be the thing that got my attention and that is what I worked on. The mug rugs are nice and quick to make and then with the remaining cotton that I have had from the various dishcloths I have found a pattern that I can make face scrubbies. It is such a great way to use up the remaining yarn, and I have been having some fun making these small projects. I still need to sew the ends in before I can say these projects are finished.

These projects are also very good when it is hot out, and we are sitting on the balcony because I don't need a pattern and the cotton is easy to work with. This might be something that I will continue to work on over the summer, as having some of these items will make me happy.

Other projects - this past week, I didn't have a lot of time or energy to work on any other projects, but will see what this week is like. I am thinking that maybe I will be able to find some time to work on some of the other things that I also want to move forward, so will just have to see how the week goes.

I hope everyone has a good week, and you also find even those few minutes each day to do something that makes you happy and helps you recharge your own personal batteries, as well as helps you regain your focus. I hope to have more to show you next, but only time will tell.



Monday, June 20, 2022

Making progress and a finish

Here it is the start of another week, and I can actually say that I am happy with the progress that I have been able to make on things this week.

Pandemic - here is the project that got some attention again this week. I am happy with the progress that I was able to do. I continue to work on getting sections outlined so that they are ready for some items to be stitched inside.

Over the weekend I did work on getting some area all completed and given it was almost full coverage it took quite a while to complete, but the two deer and a dog have appeared. I will now see what I do this week, as I am not sure if I will continue to do more outlines or if I will do some filling in on some areas.

Please Knock Hard  - this is a project that I started and finished this week because it was nice and small. This is going to be finished into something that we can hang on our unit door when we are expecting a delivery. When you live in an apartment or condo, there are times you aren't sure if someone is knocking on your door or another door.

This is a chart that I quickly designed a while ago, and I finally sat down and got it stitched. Now I just need to finish it into something that will hang on the door. I did add the unit number to the piece because I wanted to ensure that someone doesn't walk off with it to use on their door.

Other projects - I worked a little on my English Paper piecing this week, but it was just sewing some seams on the throw, so nothing looks different. I will see what I can get done this week, as it would at least be nice to get a few more motifs made, so that might be something that I try and do again this week.

I hope everyone is finding those bits of time each day to take some time for yourself and do something that you enjoy. I know that I have found that even those 15 or 20 minutes can make such a difference. Hope everyone has a good week and hopefully next week I will have something to show you.


 

Monday, June 13, 2022

A bit of progress during a crazy week

Here it is, the start of another week, and hopefully one that is a little calmer than the last week has been. Last week was very busy with conferences and work, so the crafting time was very limited, but at least I was able to get a bit of crafting in.

This week I know that it is going to be busy again, but maybe I will be able to find bits of time to get a bit more crafting in, but I will have to wait and see.

Pandemic - I am continuing to work on this piece and have been enjoying working on getting more of the sections at least outlined. I have had to scroll the frame up a bit more to continue with the sections, and even with all of this outlining that I have done, I still haven't reached the middle of the total piece. I am looking forward to seeing that I have at least got the outline done for half of the piece, but there is still quite a bit of work to go.

Mug Rugs - here is a project that I found a lot of fun to work on this week, and it was knitting a couple of mug rugs out of cotton yarn. I am working on using up some of the cotton yarn that I have, and I have been finding different things that I can make, especially when I only have a part ball of yarn. The mug rugs work up quickly, and they are also something that I can just put in a couple of rows and I see progress.

The mug rugs have been a great project for when I am working, and I am waiting for an answer and I know I have a couple of minutes, so I pick it up and work on it and at least see progress. I will see how many more of these I make as I will continue to see which yarns I have that won't work on a dishcloth but will work great for one of these.

English paper piecing - this last week I was able to sit and work on getting a few more of the large motifs made for the throws. The motifs don't take long to do, but it is just a matter of sitting and working on them.

This is a project that I am going to try and continue to work on as I would like to get all the motifs finished for this throw and then get them all sewn together and that will be the second top of the throws completed out of four.

Other projects - over the last week I didn't have a lot of time to work on other things, but at least I know that I did get a bit of progress on some stuff, which makes me feel good.

I continue to try and find those few minutes each day to do something that makes me happy, and it makes me happy. I hope you are also able to find those bits of time for yourself. I hope that I will be able to have some progress on things next week, but only time will tell. Hopefully you will have a good week and find those bits of time to do something that you love doing.


 

Monday, June 6, 2022

Making some progress this week

Here it is the start of another week and I have been trying to spend some time each day working on different projects. The weather here has continued to be a roller coaster, and we had a couple of very hot days, and then it turned, and we are back to the cooler weather so that means I can spend some time crafting.

Pandemic - so here is the project that I have been working on this week. I have decided that instead of working on one section of the design, I was going to work on getting more of the outlines of the sections done.

There are so many sections that I would like to get some stitches done, and that is what I have been trying to do. I know that just working on this piece is making me happy, and I will see how things go moving forward. I have at least been able to get to the other side of the piece this week, so will see what I can do this week. 

This past week I was able to put in around 1,600 stitches on this piece, and it makes me feel very good. I know that just continuing to get some stitches in each week would make me happy, so will see how it goes. I am not sure how much stitching I will get done this coming week as I have a lot of other things that need my attention, but will see what I can get done.

Dishcloth and mug rug - so this week I was able to finish off a dishcloth that I was knitting, and I even made a mug rug. I have lots of bits of cotton yarn so decided to see how much yarn a mug rug took and maybe that is what I will be making to finish up those odd bits of yarn. I still haven't figured out how much they take, so that is something that I am going to be trying to do this coming week.

The mug rug was a lot of fun to knit and that is what I worked on yesterday, and it didn't take me very long at all to get it done and now to just see how much yarn it takes and then decide if I have enough leftover cotton to make a few more of these rugs.

Other projects - I haven't been working on much of the other projects, so will see what I can get done this week. I would like to see some things achieved, so will see what happens. I know that this week is pretty busy, so will see what I can get done.

I hope everyone continues to find that bit of time each day to do something that makes you happy. I know that I have felt good sitting and working on things, even when I have just a few minutes to do something. This week I will see what I can get done and hopefully next week I will have some progress on something that I can show you.




 

Monday, May 30, 2022

Still moving things forward

 Here it is the start of another week and time to see what I actually got done in the last week. Of course, there are other things that I have been working on, but they aren't craft related, so they aren't shown here on the blog.

The weather is warming up here so that is also nice, so that means that things should start to improve around here as we are going to be able to spend some time sitting on the balcony.

Pandemic - here is the project that I was able to work on this past week, and I am happy with the progress that I was able to make.

This project is very large, so it means that it is going to take quite a while to get it done. I have decided that I am going to try and outline some sections so that they are easier to fill in when I want to work on little details. I am having a lot of fun working on sections and getting them to a point where it is just the filling in of some detail. 

This past week, I was working on one area, and it did take quite a while to get this area to where it is now. I still have more outlining to go, but at least the big section is outlined. I am going to continue to work on this piece for a while and will see what I can get done. I hope to see a bit more done, but I think it will also depend on the weather and if I feel like working on something this large.

Dishcloths - I am continuing to knit some simple dishcloths, and they are making me feel good. This week I made one, and I am working on another one, and these are things that I can work on while watching the different webinars that I need to watch. This week there is a conference that I will be attending, so I will probably be working on some kitting while watching the various sessions. I am like a lot of other people and if I want to focus on paying attention to a webinar I need to make sure that I have something to keep my hands busy, otherwise I will end up doing other things on the computer and not paying attention.

Other projects - I continue to work on other little bits of the various projects that I have on the go, but nothing that is worth taking a picture of. This coming week I will see what I can get done as I know with a conference it means that I need to be able to work on things that are simple, so that means that I will probably be either knitting or making motifs for the English paper piecing. I guess I will know by the end of the week what I ended up working on and can show you next week.

I hope everyone continues to find those few minutes each day to do something for yourself. Making sure that we can find the time to recharge our own personal batteries is extremely important, so now to see how I do that in the next week. Hope everyone has a good week and will show you what I got done next week.


Monday, May 23, 2022

Crafting bug and moving things forward

Here it is the start of another week, and I am very happy with the progress I was able to make on things last week. I am now getting back to find that time and joy of crafting again, so now to see what happens in the next little while. I am going to be trying to continue to move things forward as well as get other things finished up.
Pandemic - so this piece got some attention this week, and part of that is because I decided to work on a different section of the pattern and see how much of it I could get done. Instead of working on trying to get areas finished, I decided that I was going to try and work on getting some areas outlined so that when I want to fill in areas it will be a lot easier. Just working on getting some of that done meant I was able to make some good progress on the piece.  I am still under 13% complete on this project, so I still have a very long way to go before I see it finished.
 
Bella Lino Wrap - here is a project that is currently sitting beside in my office, and it is something that I can pull out to work on when I have those few minutes where I can get a row or two done. I have a marker in on the wrap so that I can see how much I did in a week, and I am happy with the progress that I was able to make on it.
This wrap is very easy because the rows are simple and with it being just a two row repeat it means that I don't have to focus on counting stitches, and I can just pick it up and get the rows done. This wrap is going to be about 72 inches long when it is done, so I still have a very long way to go on it, but I am enjoying just sitting and working on it when I have those few minutes.
Dishcloths - I have decided that I am going to try and get back to knitting some dishcloths, as they are quick and easy to get done. This one is just the basic dishcloth, and I was able to get it made yesterday afternoon while I was watching some of the videos that I have to watch. I hope that I can make more of these over the next while, as they make for great small gifts when you can combine them with something else little when you are going to visit someone.
English paper piecing - this week, one of the goals that I had was to start joining the motifs that I have been making for both of the projects.

The first project is the throw that I am making, and those motifs are the bigger motifs so this week I was able to get some of them attached together, and now I would like to continue to get more of these attached and hopefully get this next top of a throw finished up before too long. This project will have 144 motifs on it when it is finished, so it is going to take a bit of time to get there but now that I have started joining the motifs hopefully it will go a lot faster now.
The second project that I am working on is using the small motifs, and this project is going to be for some needle books and items like that. What I am now trying to do is get the motifs all joined together, and then I will be about to make the various items. This project has a long way to go before it is finished, but I am having a lot of fun joining the motifs on this and seeing how quickly the piece grows. The clips on the side are showing me the width that I wanted, so now I will be trying to just make this piece longer.

I hope everyone is finding some time to do the things that you love doing. It might only be a few minutes each day, but at least it is something. I know that finding time can be a challenge but setting aside those 10 or 15 minutes a day are important. I hope everyone has a good week, and maybe next week I will have something else to show you.






 

Monday, May 16, 2022

Crafting bug has returned

Here it is the start of another week and I have to admit that I have been able to find some of my crafting time again. I wasn't sure why I couldn't craft, but at least now I have started to find my crafting bug again, and it makes me feel very good. I hope that I can continue to make progress on things over the next while, as it felt good this week seeing the progress that I have been able to make.

Welcome - here is a project that I started as it was something simple to work on, and I figured I might be able to see bits of progress on it.  I wasn't sure how long it would take me to finish this piece, but once I got started, I figured out that I should take me too long to see it finished.

This past week I figured I was going to focus on this piece until it was finished and am very happy to say that I got it done. I haven't figured out how I am going to finish it yet, but I do know that it is only around 4 inches round, so I have a lot of options on how to finish it, and I am looking forward to doing just that. I am happy getting this piece done, as it means that there is one less thing on my list of projects that I would like to stitch.

I haven't figured out the next project that will be my focus piece, but at least I know that I have got this project finished, which always makes me feel good. I have things that I would like to stitch that shouldn't take too long, so those might be the projects that get the attention so that I can get more of them done.

Magic of Books - here is a project that I haven't worked on over almost a year. After looking at this project for a while and not being motived to work on it, I decided that I was going to pick it up this weekend and see what I could get done on it. Part of the challenge with this piece is the large area of black that I still need to stitch. This weekend I decided that I was going to ignore that section and see what I could do.

This week I decided to move the frame a bit and see if I could at least make some progress on things, and I was able to get over 700 stitches completed and that made me happy. Yes, most of them were black stitches, but at least I got another section moved forward. I hope that I can continue to see bits of progress on this piece as I have missed it, but I also know that I have other projects that I would also like to see moved forward.

I hope that now that I have pulled this project out, I can continue to make progress on it, even if it is just bits of progress instead of the major progress that I felt that I needed to do before. I am just over 16% completed on this piece, so there is still a long way to go on it, but at least through this weekend I was able to get some stitching in and that is what is important. I have moved this project forward a bit, and I am happy with that.

Bella Lino Wrap - here is a new start on a wrap that I want to make more myself. The piece doesn't really show the colour of the yarn. It is a nice turquoise, which means that I want to get this shawl done as quickly as possible, but I also have other things that need my attention, so will see how it goes. I am currently trying to work on this project at least 30 minutes a day, so will see how quickly I can move it forward. It's a nice and easy pattern so something that doesn't take a lot of attention and that means that I can enjoy working on it.

English Paper piecing - now here is something that I have finally got back to working on over the last couple of weeks. Over this week, I decided to try and make some progress on two different sets of motifs. The small motifs are for some projects that I am thinking about doing and haven't decided now to do them yet. The large motifs are for the throws that I am making using the fabric from shirts that belonged to my dad.

I am happy with the progress that I was able to make on both of these sets of motifs this week. By the time that I had finished the weekend, I had completed over 50 of the small motifs and just over 40 of the large motifs. Now what I need to do is start to join the motifs together so that I can start making the fabric for the two projects.

The large motifs will end up in a group of 12 x 12 motifs, and they will end up as a throw some either my sister, my nephew or me. I still have three throws to do the tops of and the other throw which is for my mom just needs to be finished. My mom's throw just needs the quilting finished, and then the binding added to it, and then it is done.

The small motifs I haven't really figured out the size of fabric that I want yet, so I am just going to see what happens when I get all of these motifs made. 

Other projects - I haven't worked on any other projects this week, as I wanted to see how much I could get done on these.

I hope everyone is finding that bit of time each day to do something that you love to do. It doesn't matter what it is, but taking that bit of time for yourself if very important. We all need to ensure that we take that mental break to ensure that we are taking care of ourselves so that we are prepared to help those that we love and around us.

Next week I hope to have some good progress on projects to show you. It might not be as many as this week, but moving things forward would make me very happy.