Monday, July 15, 2024

A finish and a new start

Here it is the start of another week and yes it has been hot and humid here so that has meant that I haven't wanted to do a lot of crafting over the last week. I had also a bunch of work that needed to get done so that also took away from the time I could have crafted.
 
It looks like we are going to be having a few more days of hot and humid weather so that means that trying to get things done is going to be a bit more of a challenge, but I will see how things go.

Laver Shawl - here is the project that got the attention as I wanted to see if I could get it finished up quickly. I knew it was going to take some time to get the rest of the rows knit but it was the cast off that I knew was going to take a while to get done and it did.

This version of the shawl was a lot of fun to stitch, and I knew that being able to focus on it I might be able to get it done relatively quickly and I did. The cast off was an icord cast off which I hadn't done before so it meant that I had to figure out how to do it and then just sit and work on it until it was done.

It felt so good seeing that I was able get this shawl finished and as soon as the icord bind-off was done I got the ends sewn in so that I could say that the project was finished. Of course, finishing one project only means one thing and that is it is time to figure out what the next project is going to be.

I have lots of projects that I would like to start working on as I have lots of fingering weight yarn and still more on a wish list which I would like to get very soon.

Laver Shawl - Denim - so this weekend I wanted something that I could work on without having to think too much so I decided I would try and make another Laver Shawl but this time using the denim blue yarn that I have.  By the time the end of the weekend was here I had got to just over 15% finished and am looking forward to seeing how quickly I can get this done finished. 

Other projects - this past week I didn't pick up any cross stitch but that was ok because I was able to make some good progress on my kitting. I also was able to pick up and work on my English Paper Piecing for a little while so that has nice seeing some of that done as well.

I hope everyone is finding that bit of time to do things that make you happy. The weather may make it a bit more of a challenge to get things done but at least getting things organized is moving projects forward.

This week I will see what projects I can move forward and maybe I will see if I can spend some time working on some cross stitch as well. Hope everyone has a good week and I hope to have some progress to show you next week.



Monday, July 8, 2024

Two finishes and some progress


Here it is the start of another week and yes, the heat and humidity are back again. It does mean that it is a little harder to focus on things but at least I know that I have been able to get a few things done.

I have been able to make some progress on my crafting which is good and now to see if I can continue to make some progress over the next couple of weeks. There are things that I would like to work on and now to see if I can spend some time giving them some attention.

Laver Shawl - this show has got some attention this past week and I am happy with the progress that I have been able to make on it. 

This is a simple knitting pattern to work on and it does work up relatively quickly so that is one good thing about it. Once I got to know what the pattern was it made for a simple knit and something that I could work on while sitting outside. I hope to continue to work on this shawl as it is getting close to a finish which would make me happy.

Penguin Greetings - this is the project that I was working on at the end of last week and I figured that it shouldn't take me very long to finish it up. As Monday was a holiday here in Ontario, I was able to spend some time working on the piece and before dinner I had got all the actual cross stitches in on it.

It was a lot of fun to work on and I knew that before long I would have the rest of it completed which was just doing all the backstitch that was needed to complete the piece. I decided to take a picture of the penguin before I added any of the backstitch as I wanted to see the difference and yes there is a considerable different in how the penguin looks now that all the backstitch is done.

The only thing left to add to this before I make it into an ornament is adding the "Merry Christmas" onto the strings that the penguin is holiday. I will be doing that once I have figured out how I am going to be finishing this piece.

Of course, once this piece was finished it was time to figure out which project would get some attention next, and it didn't take me long to figure that out.

Ramsay - here is the next cross stitch piece that I picked up and it was another very quick stitch which does make me happy. I started this little owl ornament on Saturday and by last night (Sunday) I had it finished.

I will be making this into a Christmas ornament as well and again need to figure out just how I am going to finish it. It was a fun piece to stitch, and I will be doing another couple of these owls as they are going to be ornament gifts this year. 


Other projects - I haven't been working on any other projects as I wanted to focus on getting some of these things completed which I did.

Of course, I have other things that I would like to work on so that means that I need to figure them out and then start working on them. Hopefully this week I will be able to figure out some of the other projects that I will give some attention to and maybe I will have something to show next week.

I have been enjoying a bit of time on the balcony most days and that is one of the spots where I can sit and enjoy working on something and recharging my personal battery. I hope you are finding that bit of time as well to do just that.

If things go well, I hope to have some progress to show you next week but time will tell. Have a good week and if you are dealing with the heat and humidity, remember to drink lots of water and stay cool. 

Monday, July 1, 2024

English Paper Piecing - June progress

Here it is the start of another month and time to show what I was able to accomplish in the last month. To say that my English Paper Piecing didn't get much attention would be an under statement. 

Popsy's throw - I did pick up and work on at least making a few motifs but that only happened on the 30th of the month. June was a month where I was focusing on a bunch of my other crafts, so this one just didn't get the attention.

Other projects - of course, I have a bunch of other projects that I need to give some attention to so hopefully in the next couple of months I can try and focus on my EPP a little bit more.

If you are working on your EPP, I hope it got a bit more attention than mine did but at least I know that I was working on some other projects and got them done. Let's see how much attention my EPP will get in July because I would like to get back to moving projects forward again. Until the end of July I hope everyone has a good month.


Closer to a finish and lots of progress

Here it is the start of another week, and it is the start of another month. The weather has cooled down again but I think the forecast shows that it is going to be getting warmer out in the next couple of days.

Have been busy trying to get lots of work done so that has meant that having a focus on a project hasn't been something that I have been able to do very well. I have been picking up projects this last week and I do have some progress to how for that bouncing around.

Half the Fun - here is a project that I started on our vacation at the end of March, and it didn't get much attention as I was working on a bunch of other things. This past week I decided to pull it out and see if I could make some progress on it. Something I decided to do was to work on getting at least the bottom row of the various modes of transportation completed.

This is a lot of fun to work on because there are times when you are stitching that you don't see what the thing is until you hold it back some. As this project is a mandala it means that I will be stitching each of the items four times so I will be bouncing all over on this piece just so that I can't bored of working on it. I know that it is also nice when you can get one or two of the smaller items done because it means that you have another finish. I am looking forward to adding some more to this project over the next little while.

Lamina Wrap - this has been my focus project as I have wanted to get it completed. The good news is I have finished the actual knitting of this wrap and all that is left to do now is to sew in all the ends and then block it.

This wrap was a lot of fun to work on, but I really should have worked on sewing some of the ends in as I went along because right now just looking at all the ends doesn't make me happy.

My idea now is to try and work on sewing in a few ends in each day so that I can get them done. I would like to see this project to finished so I know it is going to be a wrap that I pull out when I need something to wear. Of course, once I finished working on the knitting it was time to figure out which project I was going to try and move forward for a little bit. There are a few projects in this category so it wasn't too hard to look around and figure out which project would get at least a couple of days of attention.
Penguin Greetings - here is a small project that I just started yesterday, and I think it should stitch up quickly. It is going to be a Christmas ornament when it is done so I will see how quickly I can get it done.

This is a lot of fun to work as it is a lot smaller than any of the projects that I have been working on later.  Hopefully I can continue to give this piece the attention it deservers and I will see another finish before too long. 

After all the stitching is done you thread some small alphabet beads to spell of "Merry Christmas" so that is something that will have to be done just before I get it ready to finish.



Laver  Shawl - of course, after finishing up the Lamina wrap it was time to figure out which was going to be the next project that I was going to work on.

This shawl uses double knit weight yarn and larger needles, so it is so different to work on. It is working up relatively quickly so that is nice because it is something else that is on my list of I would like it completed soon. I am trying to spend at least an hour a day on this project as I would like to know that I can move it forward quickly. I am just over 25% done on this project, so I already have the next project figured out that I want to work one or at least it's the one I am thinking I will do next.



Asymmetrical Lace Knit Shawl - I decided to pull out this project for a little while right after finished the Lamina Wrap.  When I was getting close to finishing the Lamina Wrap, I said that I wanted to give one of the projects that I have on the go at least a couple of days attention so that is what I did.

I added around 50 more rows to this project so at least it got some attention. I am thinking that I might need to have this project in a location where I can pick it up when I have even a couple of minutes so that I can continue to move it before. There are still quite a few stitches in the increase section before I get to the lace work, so I just need to try and focus on it for a while to see progress on it.

Other projects - after working on these projects there wasn't a lot of time to work on other things.  I did try and make a beaded bracelet but that was a bit of a failure, so I am going to try that again and see how things go. It would be nice to figure out what I did wrong and then make some beaded bracelets that I can wear.

I hope everyone is finding a bit of time where you can do something that you enjoy. This coming week I hope to be a bit more focused on my projects so that I don't have quite as many that I am working on but you never know.

Being able to enjoy what you are working on is very important and if it means you bounce around from time to time that happens. Knowing that you are happy, and you are recharging your personal battery is what it is all about.  If things go well, I should have something to show you next week as I hope to move at least one or two of the current projects forward some. Have a good week and will see everyone next week.




 

Monday, June 24, 2024

A finish and progress

Here it is the start of another week and hopefully I will be able to continue to move things forward. It is going to be a busy week so that means that I am going to have to see what I can find those little bits of time to work on the projects that are calling me.

At least the heat and humidity has come down a bit so that means that we might be able to focus on things a little easier now or at least that is what I hope. Last week was a slow week given how hot and humid it was. Now to see if we can get more things done this week.

Star Touched Meadows Stitch Along - January - here is the cross stitch project that I have been working on. I was looking at this piece at the beginning of the week and thought that if I could just work on it for a while I might get it finished.

The good news is after spending some time once the heat and humidity broke, I was able to add the rest of the colours into this piece and it is now finished. It did take me longer than I had hoped to get this piece finished but it is now done. 

I haven't decided what project that I am going to work on next, but I do know that I need to figure that out. There are a lot of projects wanting some attention so maybe this coming week I will pull out something that I haven't worked on for a while and put in some stitches on it. I would like to see if I can move something along quickly because it would be nice to have another finish, but I am not certain when a finish is going to happen.


Lamina Wrap - here is the knitting project that has been getting some attention and I am happy with the progress that I have been able to make on it. I am now at the point that I am going to be deciding if I am going to just do 23 lace sections or will I do all 25 sections. This is a decision that I will be making very soon because I am now on the 21st lace section, and the wrap is getting pretty long. 

This project is a lot of fun to work on and I enjoy seeing it come to life so will see what it really looks like once it is finished, and I can block it. I do know that I have been enjoying working on this project and am looking forward to working on my next project. The Lamina Wrap is a nice pattern to work on as it is easy to follow and something that I can pick up and put down based on how much time I have to work on the piece.

Hopefully this wrap will have at least all the knitting completed this week as I already have the next project figured out that I would like to start at the beginning of July.

Other projects - I haven't been working on any other projects because I have been focusing on trying to move these projects closer to a finish. This coming week I do have another project that I would like to try and move forward a bit so will see how that goes. Maybe now that the cross stitch focus for this month is finished I can work on something else for a little while.

I hope everyone can find that bit of time to do something that makes you happy each day. It doesn't have to be anything big but at least spending a little bit of time doing something that helps you regain your focus is important. Being able to relax is what is important and having that bit of time does help.

This week I am not certain what I will be working on other than the Lamina Wrap but I hope to have some progress to show you next week. Have a good week and hope your weather is cooperating.


 

Monday, June 17, 2024

Getting closer to some finishes

Here it is the start of another week and there are a few things that I would like to get finished up quickly this week. It is going to be a busy week here but at least I hope to find a bit of time where I can spend some time working on my projects.

Last week I said I wanted it to warm up a little bit and now this week we are under an extreme heat warming with temperatures in the 30's Celsius and with humidex warnings into the 40's so it is going to be a hot week here. This means that I am going to have to work hard each morning to get things done before the heat makes it difficult to focus on work.

Of course, I will so be trying to make some progress on a couple of projects as I am starting to see that both projects are getting closer to a finish.

Star Touched Meadows Stitch Along - January - this is my cross stitch focus lately and I am starting to see that I am getting closer to having this piece finished. I have reached the 75% complete and only have four more colours to add into this project.

I am happy with the progress that I was able to make this last week on this piece and hopefully this week I can continue to add more of the colours and stitches to it. It does take a while to complete each of these months because of how many stitches there are in them. After January is completed, I think I might be picking up something different to work on for a little while just for a bit of a break from these pieces.

Lamina Wrap - this is the knitting project that got all the attention last week and I am loving how quickly I have been able to see progress on it. This piece has got quite a bit of attention over the last week and part of that is because I am enjoying working on it. Of course, I still have a way to go on the wrap because I am just working on the 18th lace section out of 25 so still a bit of a way to go on it.

I have been trying to add at least 12 rows a day to this wrap so that I can see progress on it and right now that does help see that I am getting closer to a finish. The one thing that I am not looking forward to doing is sewing in all the ends that I have. I do know that I am so happy with how the wrap is turning out and I look forward to seeing it off the needles and blocked.

Of course, I have a list of shawls and wraps that I would like to work on after finishing this project so I will see which one I pick to work on after this one is done.

Other projects - I have worked on a couple of other projects for a little bit but not enough to have any progress to show. Hopefully soon I will have enough done on something that it is worth showing but for now it is just a project that I have worked on in the car.

I hope everyone is finding that bit of time each day to do something that you enjoy. For me, it is my crafting that helps me recharge my personal batteries most of the time. There are other days where just sitting and watching the world go by that helps the most. It doesn't matter what I do as long as I take that bit of time each day to do something to help me recharge.

This coming week I hope that I can continue to move these two main projects closer to a finish. Seeing that both projects are getting closer to being finished makes me happy. We will see what I can get done this week and a lot of that will depend on how hot it is out and what I feel like doing.

Hope everyone has a good week and if you are dealing with extremely temperatures, please take care of yourself and remember to drink lots of water.

Monday, June 10, 2024

Making a bit of progress

Here it is the start of another week and I know that I have quite a few things that need my attention. Hopefully I will also be able to find some time to also get some crafting done. Of course, there is also work that needs to get done, so my crafting is something that I do after I get the work done.
The weather has once again cooled down, so not sure when we are going to be back to some late spring weather. It would be nice if the weather warmed up a bit, so I could enjoy sitting on our balcony and crafting. 

Star Touched Meadows Stitch Along - January - here is the cross stitch project that has been getting some attention. I am continuing to work on getting more of the sections or colours completed.

What I have been trying to do with this project is trying and complete a colour at a time. Given the sections repeat, it makes it an easy project to work that way. I am not certain if I will complete the rest of the project this way, but it is working out well currently.
 
It would be nice if I could see this section of the stitch along finished, given this is the January section and the June section has been released. I also know that I am not putting pressure on my self to keep up with this project, so that is good. Hopefully I will be able to continue to move this project forward a bit more, as it would be nice to see a couple more of the colours added.

If things go well, I will be able to get the other section of diamonds completed this coming week, and then it is just a matter of filling in the other smaller sections. I am continuing to focus on this piece for now as I do know that there is another project that I will be starting on August 1st so need to make sure that I have got things completed by then.


Lamina Wrap - here is the knitting project that has been my focus, and I am so happy with the progress that I was able to make on it over the last week. This has been my focus project over the last week, and I have been able to at least get more of the sections done. The lace sections are only 12 rows so they don't take a long time to do when you can focus on working on them.
 
I have been trying to get this project completed by the end of the month, so it means that it will be a focus until it is done. The pattern calls for 25 lace sections and given I am just on the 13th lace section I still have a ways to go before this piece is done. This week I hope to make a bit more progress on this, as seeing it closer to a finish would make me feel so much better. I do have a bunch more shawls and wraps that I would like to start, but I have decided that I am going to be working on them one at a time to ensure that I can see progress on something.

Other projects - I haven't been working on any other projects this last week, and part of that is because I have wanted to try and more these two projects closer to a finish.

I have been trying to at least take a bit of time each day to do something that I enjoy. It has helped me recharge my personal battery, so that does make me feel a lot better. Hopefully I will be able to continue to do that and see more things completed over the next while.

If things go well this week, I should have a bit of progress to show you next week on at least one of the projects. It would be nice to have both of them moved forward over the week, and that is going to be my goal. Until next week, please remember to take some time for yourself each day, as it is important to make sure we are caring for ourselves so we can be there for those around us.