Monday, August 10, 2020

Blushing is moving forward

Here it is the start of another week and a start of things slowly starting to get back to normal or at least the new normal that was are going to have for a while.  I know that compBlushing Aug 3anies are still working remotely so that means that we are continuing to support our clients that have staff working from home.

Blushing - here is the project that got the majority of my crafting time in the last week.  I am trying to move this piece forward so that means it is going to be a piece that I will try and focus on as much as possible over the next little while.

This week I was able get the black section in the lower left of the pattern completed.  I know that I still have lots of black to finish but at least seeing that there is a section of it done makes me feel good.  I also worked on adding in more colours because I wanted to see if I could get some more of the petals done.

It is nice to see that the piece is slowly starting to come together and I am almost at the 25% completed so that is another thing that is motivating me to get more of this piece finished. I enjoy being able to find bits of time most days to add a thread or two to this

Blushing Aug 9

piece.  Now to see if I can continue to do that over the next while.


Besides working on Blushing I haven't done a lot of other crafting.  I have done bits of knitting but of course it takes so long to see any progress on anything so there isn't much to show right now.  Maybe in the next couple of weeks I will be able to show some of the projects that have been worked on this month.

Life continues to be interesting with all the various restrictions that are in place.  Masks are mandatory in all public places here in Toronto.  This also means that masks are required in apartment and condo elevators and hallways.  It is something that we are all accepting that we will be doing for a while as I know the apartment by-law is currently in place until October 1st.

I hope everyone is finding some time to do the things that they love each day.  Stay safe and I hope to have something else to show you next week but will have to see how much crafting time I can find given a busy schedule.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Progress and a new start

Here it is the start of another week.  I am happy to say that Toronto is finally into stage 3 of Pandemic recovery but it still means that most businesses are working remotely.  Yes, stores and restaurants have started to open but with a lot of restrictions so that means that life is still a ways away from being back to normal.

Blushing - I continue to work on this project as I would like to see how much of it I can get done before the end of the year. I know that I have a long way to go on it but at least if I can continue to make some progress on it most weeks I will feel better about it.

This past week I continued to focus on getting more of the black done so that I can start to see the page that I might get finished soon.  I have decided that instead of working towards a page finish I am going to try and fill in more of the larger colour areas and then work on the areas with one or two stitches of a colour.  I am happy to see that I have been able to get more of this piece done and now I hope that through the month of August that I can see more of it done.

If I can continue to focus on getting more of the piece finished I might be able to see around 50% of it done before the end of the year or at least that is one of the things that I am going to be trying to do. This piece is going to be around 10 inches square when it is done so that doesn't feel like a lot of stitching but there is still over 30,000 stitches on it when it is complete.

Pandemic - after finishing Roses I was looking at all of the projects that I want to work on and of course what did I find?  I found another big project that got my attention so of course, it had to be kitted up and started. This piece is called Pandemic by Long Dog Samplers.  It is going to be around 20 x 24 inches when it it is finished so not something that I will be getting finished quickly. I wanted this piece started before Toronto was getting back to normal so I started it on July 31st before we moved into stage 3 of recovery.  

This pattern was offered by Long Dog Sampler as a free pattern for a week and a lot of cross-stitchers grabbed it and started working on it immediately.  I grabbed it and then sat back as I wanted to finish Roses first before adding another large design into the list of projects that I have on the go. 

The nice thing about this piece is you can do it in one colour or you can use as many colours as you want.  I am going to be doing it all in one colour as I do enjoy working on pieces like that.  I have started at the very bottom of the piece so it is going to take me quite a while before there is much to show on it.

The Best Wrap - as I was mentioning last

week the wrap that I was working on was just about finished and after getting the work done early in the week I was able to spend an evening finishing up the knitting on the wrap.  Now, all that is left to do

is to sew in all the ends and block the piece and it will be finished. I am looking forward to seeing if I can knit another one of these wraps because it was a quick project to work on and I loved how it turned out.

Besides working on these projects I was able to get a start on a couple of other knitting projects but of course they currently don't look like much.  I hope to have some more progress on these projects over the next little while and will be able to show pictures of them.

Hope everyone has a great week and you remain safe and well.  May you find some time each day to do something that you enjoy even if it is only for a few minutes.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Progress on projects

Blushing - July 19
Here it is the start of another week and yes we are still working remotely and it hasn't made much of a difference to our work life.  Toronto still doesn't have a lot of things open but hopefully, within the next couple of weeks things will start to open up again but time will tell.

Blushing - I didn't get a lot of stitching done on Blushing this week and part of that was I wasn't in the mood to work on it.  I was able to add some more of the black on the first page so that is good.

Blushing - July 26
I would like to get back to working on this piece but I am thinking that there might be another project that is going to be started soon that might also get some attention.  Now to see how things go moving forward on this project. I am still planning on having this project as one of my focus pieces for a while but will see what happens in the next couple of weeks.

I have been trying to add the black on the weekends because that is when I have the most time to stitch and given there is so much black to complete I figure I would like to see some progress when I am working on it.

The Best Wrap - July 27
The Best Wrap - here is a project that I have been working on for a couple of weeks now.  I am using Coastal Cotton which I picked up at Michaels.  I wasn't sure how I would like using this yarn because when you read it is 90% cotton and 10% acrylic you aren't sure how it will feel once you get started working with it.  I have to admit that I love the feel of this yarn and am looking forward to using it on another project.

The Best Wrap is a very simple wrap and something that works up quickly.  This project has got most of my crafting time this week as I am looking forward to seeing what it is like finished.  I have the white left to finish and then a decrease in the pink.  Hopefully, I can get this project off the needle by the end of the month.

I continue to work on bits of other projects but nothing where there is a lot of progress.  Now to see what this week is like as I have some other things that are going to be taking my attention.

I hope everyone has a great week and you stay safe.  May you find a bit of time each day to do the things that you love.

Monday, July 20, 2020

A big finish and some progress

Roses - July 12
Here it is the start of another week and another week of trying to figure out what the new normal is going to be for everyone. In the last week a lot of Ontario opened up a bit more with social distancing rules but Toronto and the surrounding area are still in the second phase of reopening.

Roses - now as I said last week I was getting close to having this piece finished. I was wanting to see if I could get it finished quickly and after sitting and looking at it last weekend I realized that there really wasn't a lot of stitching left to do on the piece and a finish was a lot closer than I first thought.
Roses - July 15

I worked on Roses a bit each day at the beginning of the week and then on Wednesday when I saw how close I was I sat and worked on it until it was done. It was such a nice feeling when I was able to take the piece of the q-snap and hold it up finished for the first time.

Me holding Roses
As you can see in the piece of me holding the fabric it is a large project and I am very happy to have it finished and now it is just a matter of getting it stretched and framed.  This is my very first Heaven and Earth Designs pattern that I finished and I am looking forward to having it hanging on the wall soon.

Blushing - after Roses was finished it was time to figure out which project would get some attention for the rest of the week so I picked up Blushing.

Blushing - July 5
A lot of the focus this week was trying to get some of the black finished up at the bottom on the first page. There is a lot of black in this piece so I figured if I can sit and focus on it for a while over the weekend that I might see some progress.  It was nice to see that I have been able to get at least some of the black done and now to see when I can get the left section of this page finished as it is all black as well.

Blushing - July 19
I am not sure if Blushing is going to be the project that I focus on for a while but at least over the weekend it was what I worked on.

With all the heat that we have been dealing with, I haven't done a lot of other things so now to see how things go.  The weather forecast is still for hot and humid days so I will see what I can get done some evenings.

I hope everyone is finding bits of time each day to do the things that you love doing. I am now off to get some work done and then will see what I work on this evening.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Progress this week

Roses - July 4
Here it is the start of another week, and we continue to be in Stage 2 of COVID-19 getting back to life.  Of course, that still means that most people are working remotely, so that is what we are continuing to do. Stores are open, but there are still lots of restrictions when you go to any of them. 

Roses - now, here is the project that I worked on this week as I would like to see it completed before too long.  I decided that instead of picking up another project for one day I would just focus on this piece, and I am now very happy with the results that I am seeing.

You will notice that the rose has been moved in the two pictures, and that is because this week it was time to move the q-snap for the last time for this project. The one thing that I didn't do was take a picture of my progress before moving the frame, but at least you might be able to see some of it in the second picture at the top. I was also going to take a picture of the entire piece as it was before this last little section gets completed, but I forgot to take that as well.  I am pretty excited to see that this piece is getting closer to a finish, and now I am into the last area and it just needs to be filled in.
Roses - July 12

Yesterday I decided to see if I could get the rest of the piece outlined, and last night I got that completed, and it makes me happy to see what is really left to do.  I am not sure when I will be completing this project, but I can safely say it shouldn't be too long before this piece is off the q-snap and waiting to be framed.

Besides working on Roses I haven't had a lot of time to work on other things.  The heat and humidity were also around most of last week so that made it difficult to work on any of the other projects.

I hope everyone is staying safe and if your area is opening up I hope you continue to be careful, and wear your mask. Hope you have a wonderful week, and you find a bit of time each day to do the things that you enjoy doing.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Progress and a small finish

Roses - June 28
Here it is the start of another week here in Ontario and dealing with COVID-19 restrictions.  Things are slowly starting to open up but it is going to be quite a while before things are back to normal.

Roses - here is the project that got most of my free time this week.  Having a statutory holiday during the week also helped as it gave me a bit more time to sit and do the stitching that I wanted to do.  I decided that I was going to focus on this piece as much as I could to see if I could get closer to a finish. 

Roses - July 5
I am still around 3,000 stitches away from finishing this piece but I am very happy with the progress that I was able to make this week.  I hope to get some more work done on it this week but will have to see how things go.  Part of me would like to get this finished up quickly as it has been a project that has been on the go for a while.

I hope to move the q-snap at some point this week as I need to get to the bottom section and then it will be all about getting the rest of the stitches in on the piece.  I am still hoping to get this piece done by the end of the summer so now to see if that does happen.

Blushing - June 28
Blushing - I decided that after working on Roses most of the week that I would pick up Blushing and add some colour to the piece.  I didn't spend a lot of time working on this piece but at least I got it moved forward a little bit.  I hope that once Roses is done I can focus on this piece a little more and see how it goes.

Blushing - July 5
I have decided to leave most of the black area until after I have finished Roses.  It is nice to have areas that I can just stitch when I don't want to count stitches but right now I am going to try to get the colours added to Blushing. Some of the colours seem so bright when I pick them up but once they are added with all the other colours they are working out fine.

Quaker Puffin - July 5
Quaker Puffin - yesterday I decided I wanted to see if I could sit something some for a change.  I had this pattern so figured it might work up quickly and I was right.  Quaker Puffin only took a couple of hours to stitch and with it being all one colour it made it very easy.

I haven't decided how I will finish this piece but considering the size, I am thinking it might end up as an ornament.

I haven't worked on much other than Roses this week as that is now turning into the focus until it is complete.  The hot and humid weather also means that I don't want to do a lot of knitting or crocheting right now so those projects have been taking a break.

I have work that needs to get done now so I am going to see what I can get done.  I hope everyone has a good week and you continue to find the little bits of time each day to do the things that you love.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Progress on Roses

Blushing - June 21
Here it is the start of another week and another week of working remotely and dealing with a lot of things still not normal.

Blushing - I have once again decided to work on Blushing for a little while and see how much of it I could get moved forward.  I  only spent a couple of hours this week working on it but at least I have once again seen a change in the design.

Blushing - June 27
What was fun this week was working on a colour and discovering that I was almost finished it for the entire design so of course, I had to try and get all of that colour done, and now I am one less colour to worry about. There are still another 88 colours to complete, but it did feel good knowing that I have at least got one of them done.

I am hoping that this project starts to get more attention, but that won't happen until I finish another project that is getting the time right now. Roses continues to be the focus piece right now, and it will be until it is finished.

I would like to ensure that I move this project forward a little bit each week because I am loving all the bright colours in it.  This is one project that for me is so different as a lot of the projects I am currently working on are a lot of greys, browns and black.

Roses - June 21
Roses - here is the focus piece that gets as much attention as I can currently give it.  I still don't have a lot of time to work on it, but I have finally started to see that the end is getting closer. I am happy to say that I now have 15% of the piece left to go and will see when it gets completed.

This week I was able to spend a bit of time most days getting a few stitches in so that was nice.  I once again completed around 1,000 stitches, so it wasn't a lot but at least I was able to get it moved forward. I would like to continue to focus on this piece and hopefully see it completed before too long.  I know I said I wanted it done by the end of September, but it looks like it might be done before then if things go well.  I am not going to say a date that I want it done, but I would like to see it completed before the end of the summer.

Roses - June 27

I have a few other projects that are getting bits of attention.  The English paper piecing runner has got some attention but still doesn't look like much. I have also done little bits of knitting but not enough to show results in a picture.

Work continues and I am also mentoring some college students, so that has been very interesting. The mentoring also has allowed me to learn a lot from the students as well.  Sure, I am their mentor but they are also showing me what it is like being in college at this time.

I hope everyone has a good week and stays safe. May you continue to find the bits of time each day to do the things that you enjoy doing.  Have a good week and I will be around next week with hopefully some more progress on my stitching.