Monday, November 28, 2022

One crazy week

Here it is the start of another week and hopefully this week will be a little better for me craft wise.

Of course, things have been busy for us, and now we are going to try to get into a routine that is going to work for us, as this last week we were busy, and things were a little off.  Now that things are settling down, I think we will be able to see progress on a few things, or at least I hope that I will.

Cross stitch - well there is no cross stitch project to show you and that is because I have been working on a secret project that I cannot show you. This has been the main focus for the last couple of week, so now that it is finished I hope that I can also get back to stitching some more or at least getting more crafting done that I can show. I have loved working on the project and hope that the person that receives it likes it as well.

Simple Triangle Shawl - of course, when I had those few minutes each day, I was able to spend it working on one version of the Simple Triangle Shawl. These shawls do work up relatively quickly, and I hope to have a few more of these made so that I can possibly have them as items at a craft sale, or I could also donate these to a charity.

I like working on these shawls because they do work on quickly, and it is something that I can just work on when I have those few minutes between the various things that I am working on. This pattern is also great when you are attending a webinar, and you just have to listen, and you don't have to have your camera on.

Of course, I finished this shawl on the weekend and immediately had to go and figure out some yarn that I could use for this next version of the shawl. This version of the shawl may be bigger because I do have a bit more of this yarn. This yarn is closer to a solid colour, but it does have a bit of variation of the shades, so that is nice. Now to see how much I can get done on this shawl this week, as I do have two webinars to attend and both of them are just me listening to the presentation.

English paper piecing - last night I decided that instead of working on my knitting or figuring out the next cross stitch project that would get my attention, I would work on some more motifs.

It felt great working on these, and it was rather difficult to stop making them, but it was time for bed, so I put them down and will see how many I can get done this week. One thing I do like about these motifs is they are quick to make and something that I can do when I want to relax, and it doesn't involve a lot of concentration. 

Other projects - I haven't been working on any other project in the last week, as I was focusing on getting the secret project completed.

I hope everyone is finding that time each day to do something that you enjoy doing for yourself. It is important that each of us takes that little bit of time each day to recharge your personal batteries so that we can be there for others.

Hopefully next week I will have more projects or at least progress to show you, as I think I now have things a little more organized and know what I would like to be working on. Until next week, have a good week and enjoy your personal time.






Monday, November 21, 2022

A bit of progress and a quick finish

Here it is the start of yet another week and another week of I am not sure what I will be getting accomplished. Live is starting to get back to being busy, so I am now juggling and trying to find some time when I can focus on my crafting, even for a little while. I do make sure that I take a little bit of time each day no matter what to take time for myself.

This time of year, is always a little busier than other times of the year, so now to see how the rest of 2022 goes.

Mini the Forgotten - I did pick up this project for a little while this weekend and I got a few more stitches in. I am still working on getting the black completed on the entire project. I am looking forward to seeing the piece once all the black is completed. I will take it off the q-snap at that point just to see where I am on the piece.

I am enjoying working on this piece, and it is so different from how I have stitched any of my other full coverage pieces. I figured I would try doing it this way, so that is why I am doing all the black on the piece before working on a lot of the other colours. I did start working an entire section at a time, but then thought I would try this method instead. I will figure out what I like doing best.

Holly - here is a project that I started quickly after I received the pattern in an email newsletter. This pattern is from Hello From Liz Matthews, and it was sent in her latest newsletter. Of course, I looked at it and decided that I could get it stitched up quickly, so after a trip to the local Michael's to get the floss that I was missing, it was time to sit down and get it done. I loved how quickly it worked on, and within a few hours I went from looking at a pattern to having a piece finished.

The project is nice and small as it is only 27 x 33 so something that you can stitch up quickly. I do think I will probably be stitching some more of these, as I think they would make some nice ornaments. I am glad that I picked up the floss and got the first one completed.

Simple Triangle Shawl - here is the project that got the most attention this week. I decided after finishing the last shawl that I wanted to continue making this shawl, so I grabbed another ball of yarn and immediately started another version of it. I was also looking forward to seeing how quickly I could get one of these shawls done. I set a goal of 7 hours knitting on the shawl for the week, and by last night I had done those 7 hours. I am very happy with the progress that I made on the shawl, and I am looking forward to seeing how much longer it is going to take me to finish it.

I am loving working on this pattern as it is something that is easy to pick up and put down. Just having one row to do makes it nice for a change, and this shawl is also a nice way to use up some of my yarn stash.

Other projects - I haven't worked on any other projects this past week, so will see what happens this week. I know that I have a few other things that I should be working on, so will see how it goes.

I hope that everyone is trying to find those few minutes each day to do something for yourself. I know that being able to spend the time knitting or stitching has helped me refocus, and it has made it easier to handle everything that has been doing on. Have a good week, and hopefully I will have things to show you next week that I got moved forward.




 

Monday, November 14, 2022

A busy week so slow progress

Here it is the start of another week and of course that means that there are things that I was able to get done last week but not as much as I would have liked to do. I was busy with a lot of other things this past week, so crafting was something that got little bits of time, but it still meant that I was able to see some progress on a couple of things. Now to see what this coming week is going to be like.

Mini The Forgotten -- this project did get a bit of attention as I wanted to see if I could reach the top of the pattern before long. The first thing that I had to do was move the q-snap, so I did that, and then it was time to see if I could at least reach the top. I have now reached the top of the pattern and have finished outlining all the black areas. I hope that through the next couple of weeks I can start to add all the black stitches in, and then I will know where a lot of the other sections go.
 
Simple Triangle Shawl - I have been working on this shawl quite a bit, as it is something that I can pick up and work on for a few minutes at a time and sometimes see some good progress on it. Over the weekend, I once again decided to do the hour a day from Friday through Sunday to get some progress on the shawl. Well, this weekend, those three hours meant that I was able to get the shawl finished
I don't know how long it really took me to knit this shawl, but it was a lot of fun to do. This pattern is extremely easy and with the yarn that I have been using it has made it a fun project to do.

Other projects - this past week I didn't work on anything else because I didn't have a lot of time. I was happy to see some progress on these two projects, and now to figure out what I am going to be working on this week. I would like to see if I can get more of the black done on Mini the Forgotten, and I do know that I need to have another knitting project on the go.

I hope you continue to find those few minutes each day to do something that you enjoy doing. I know that it is helping me recharge those personal batteries so that I can be there for others. 

This coming week I will figure out which projects will get the attention and then hopefully have something to show you next week. Take care of yourself so that you can be there for those around you.  See you next week.


 

Monday, November 7, 2022

Some slow progress this week

Here it is the start of another week, and I can honestly say that I am not sure where the last week went. 
 
It is hard to believe that another week has come and gone because with everything else that was going on I haven't been able to spend much time working on things. I did find some time most days to at least find a few minutes to do something that I love doing.

New Doors - this project at least got a little bit of attention, which meant that I was able to work on getting another key done as well as work on the border and another one of the locks. I hope that before too long I can start to see more progress on this, as it would be nice to see it getting closer to a finish.

I would like to try and continue to work on this piece a bit each week because then I would be able to see the progress that I want to see on it. I might not get a lot of stitching done but at least moving it forward would be nice and maybe now what I am going to try and do is see if I can get at least one of the colours of keys finished before too long.

Mini the Forgotten - here is a piece that I am trying to work on getting more of the black finished. I would also like to see if I can get the outline done on the rest of the black so that I can reach the top of the design. I have already been able to touch the bottom and both sides, so now it is just a matter of working on the black to reach the top.

I am so happy with the progress that I have been able to make on this piece because I think I am now going to move the fabric on the q-snap so that I can continue to work on the outline of the rest of the black sections. 

I would like to be able to get to the top of the pattern before too long, as well as get the rest of the black finished. I can see that I am getting closer to the top, but there is still quite a bit of black that needs to get stitched. I think I still have around 3,500 stitches of black, but it is between the top of her dress on the top of the pattern, so will see how things go over the next couple of weeks.

Simple Triangle Shawl - I am continuing to work on this project as it is making me feel so good to see the progress on it.  I have been trying to work on it a bit each day because as the rows at getting longer it means that it is taking longer to see progress on it. I would like to see how much of it I can get done this coming week because the ball of yarn is now starting to look like that is less to use. I am not sure how many more stitches I will be increasing on this before it's time to cast off, but at least just seeing it moved forward it is making me feel wonderful.

After I finish this shawl, I am not sure what I will be working on but I am starting to think that I need to figure out my next project. I don't think I will be finishing the shawl in the next week, but having the next project figured out might be a good idea.

I am happy that I have been able to continue to knit a bit most days, so will see what this week is like, as it would be nice to get more of this shawl completed.

English paper piecing - this last week I wasn't able to spend a lot of time working on my motifs or attaching them to the scrap throw, but at least I made a bit of progress.

I would like to see if I can continue to make the motifs because having a bunch of them ready to join makes it so much easier. I do know that I still have lots of motifs to make and join together, but this project is currently fun to work on and also very relaxing. I have found that when I have those few minutes at the end of the day I am picking up this project as it is easy to do, and it doesn't take a large time commitment. I am finding that even either making a motif or two or joining them is a nice thing to do, and it helps me refocus my mind and get me ready for the next day.

Other projects - I haven't been working on any other projects this week, and I think part of that is because we were busy with other commitments of our time. I am not sure what this coming week is going to be like, but I do know that it does look a little busy again.

I hope everyone finds that bit of time each day to do something that you enjoy doing. It doesn't matter what it is but making sure that you can find that time to do something for yourself is very important. If things go well this coming week, I should have something to show you, but only time will tell. My pile of things that I would like to work on continues to grow, but I do know that just taking those few minutes at the end of my day is very important, as it helps me recharge my personal batteries so that I am there for everyone else.

Have a good week and I hope to have something to show you next Monday.



Monday, October 31, 2022

A different focus this week

Here it is the start of another week, and it looks like it is going to be a busy week for me. Not sure what I will be getting done, but hope to see a bit of progress on something before the end of the week.

This past week I decided to change up projects that I was working on as I figured I need a bit of a change. It felt great being able to focus on other things and put the cross stitch down for a week. I haven't picked up my cross stitch for just over a week now, and I have to admit that it was a nice change.

Simple Triangle Shawl - this is one project that I tried to pick up some of the days to see if I could at least make a bit of progress on it. Over the weekend I decided to try and work on it an hour a day, so from Friday through Sunday I did that, and it meant that I was able to see some excellent progress on it.

I started the week with 49 stitches on the needle and ended the week with 122 stitches, and it felt good seeing that progress. I am now going to see how much of this shawl that I can get done this week, as it would be nice to see more of it finished. I haven't really even looked at the ball of yarn yet, so should try and do that soon so that I know roughly how much more yarn I have for this shawl. I love working on this project as it is something that I can quickly pick up and work on without stressing about what row I am currently on.

English paper piecing - now here is where a lot of my attention went this past week. I decided to try and work on getting some motifs finished up for a couple of projects. I worked on motifs for three projects and by the end of the week I had completed almost 170 motifs, which is good. A lot of the motifs are for a scrap throw that I want to make. 

The picture if only the motifs that I made this week, and I have lots of the larger motifs finished for one project and the smaller motifs are only part of what I will be using for the scrap throw that I will be working on.

I decided to try and spend a week just working on motifs and then on Saturday it was time to start to try and join some of the motifs for the scrap throw. Of course, I didn't spend a lot of time working on this project over the weekend, but at least I have been able to get some motifs joined and will see how it progresses before long. I have a bunch of motifs already finished, so that means that I should be able to continue to join them together without running out of motifs for a while. I will probably continue to work on making more motifs, as it would be nice to have a bunch more ready to be attached before too long. I haven't figured out the exact size of this throw yet, but I do know that I probably will end up with more motifs than I need for it. This throw is a lot of fun because I am not worrying about where a motif ends up.

Other projects - well, this week I can honestly say that I didn't work on any other projects. I was either knitting or working on English paper piecing, and it felt good. I am not sure what this coming week has in store, but I know that I will try and work on something most days. I have found that even spending a few minutes each day doing something that I love helps me recharge my personal batteries.

I hope everyone has a good week, and you can find that bit of time each day to do something that you enjoy doing. I would like to see some progress on a project or two this coming week, so that means that I will need to find those bits of time. Have a good week, and hopefully I will have some progress on something to show you next week.




Monday, October 24, 2022

Some progress, a finish and a new start

Here it is the start of another week and yes a week when I am not sure how much crafting that I will be able to get done. I am happy with what I was able to accomplish last week because I have been able to see some projects moved forward. 

Life is starting to get busier so there are times when I only have those few minutes at the end of the day to do something for me.

Mini the Forgotten - here is the piece that I worked on both Friday and Saturday and am happy with the progress that I was able to make on it. I am working on completing all the black on the project before I do much of the other colours. I was able to spend quite a bit of time Saturday working on it, and that helped me see some good progress.

I would like to see if I can spend a bit of time on this project this week, as it would be nice to see it moved forward again. 

New Doors - I decided to pick this project up a couple of days this week to see if I could at least get some of the keys completed. This is a fun project as a lot of the keys are rather small, so they do work up quickly so that you can see some results on it.

The various colours of the keys aren't showing up as well in the picture, but at least you can see that some of them have a variegated thread in them. I still have a long way to go on this piece as I need to get all the border completed as well as finish adding some more locks and some quite a few more keys into this design. 

I would like to see if I can get even a couple more keys completed this week, as it makes me happy when I can see this project move forward even a little bit each week. I am not sure how much time I will be able to give this project, but I am going to try and at least get a key or two added, and then will see what else I can achieve.



Simple Triangle Shawl - here is a new version of the shawl that I was knitting. It is using a ball of "Shawl in a Ball" and I am looking forward to seeing how it turns out. It is a quick knit, especially when you are just starting it. I will try and spend some time working on this project this week, as I would like to see how quickly I can get this one finished.

Simple Triangle Shawl - here is the project that I was working on last week and after a couple of days I was finally able to cast this off the needles.

I am happy to say that this project just needs the ends sewn in, and it will be another finish for this year. I loved working on this shawl and yes, have already started another one. Finding a project that you can work on quickly and without having to figure out what row you are on is nice sometimes. 

Other projects - I am slowly starting to work on some other projects, and my English paper piecing is starting to get some attention again. I haven't been able to get much done over the last week, so nothing to show, but maybe after this week there will be progress.

I continue to try and find that little bit of time each day to do something for me, as I am finding it does help me recharge my personal batteries and makes it a lot easier to do other things.

I hope everyone else is finding that bit of time each day to do something that you love doing. It doesn't matter what it is, but just simply spending that bit of time doing something for you is very important. A lot of us have a lot of demands on our time, and ensuring we take those breaks is important.

Have a good week and I hope to have some progress to show you next week. If things so well, there may be some progress at leas on a couple of things.







Monday, October 17, 2022

Some stitching and knitting progress

Here it is the start of another week and things have been busy around here, but at least I know that I have been able to make some progress on a few things.

Work continues to play a key part in our week but at least I have been able to find some time each day this week to do at least a few minutes of crafting or taking time for myself which is very important.

New Doors - I decided to try and start to add a bit of colour to this piece this week because after working on the dark colours for a while I wanted to see if I could at least get some of the motifs finished, so that meant that I needed to add some of the red to the overall design.

I haven't been able to make a lot of progress on this piece, but that didn't bother me because I have been able to spend some time stitching this week and that is the biggest thing right now. I am going to continue to see if I can work on this project a bit at a time, as it would make me very happy to see more of the motifs and outline completed before too long. 

My goal for this piece is to have it finished by my birthday so that means that I need to have it finished by April and if I can continue to focus on it even a bit each month, I think I should be able to have it finished. It isn't going away because I have been enjoying working on it even if I don't get a lot of stitching done on it each week.

Mini the Forgotten - here is the piece that I tried to put as my focus piece this week.  What I decided to do is to try and work on getting more of the black on the entire project moved forward. It did mean that I needed to move the fabric so that I could continue to work on the black sections, but after this week I am happy with the progress that I have been able to make. I do know that there is still a long way to go to complete the black on the piece, but at least I have been able to move it forward, which makes me feel good.

This week I decided to work on getting some of the various outline done as well because that means I should be able to work on some of the other colours as well if that is what I want to work on. This piece I would like it to be the focus piece for the next little while as it would be nice to get it moved forward because it is a full coverage so just finished one of the colours would be nice.

I haven't reached the top of the pattern yet, so that means that I will need to move the fabric again, but first I need to get more of the black finished.

Simple Triangle Shawl - this is the knitting project that I have been trying to focus on this week. It would be really nice if I could get this done before too long, but right now I keep joking that this ball of yarn is the ball that never ends. I am slowly starting to see the ball of yarn start to become smaller, but it still seems like I have a ways to go before the end is near. 

This project has been a lot of fun because of how easy it is, and it means that I have been able to pick it up and work on it even when I only have a few minutes to get some stitching in. If I can focus on some knitting this week, I would love to be able to complete this shawl before the end of this week. I have already decided on what my next knitting project is, so that means that this one needs to get finished before the next one is added to the needles.

Other projects - this week I have figured out another project that I would like to start to work on, but I haven't been able to spend the time getting it organized yet. I hope that withing the next couple of weeks I can get it organized and maybe started, but we will see what happens.

I hope everyone is continuing to find that little bit of time each day to do something for yourself. The shawl has been that for me as it means that I pick it up and even if I only get a row or two done it means that I have taken some time to myself and help recharge those batteries each day. It doesn't matter what you do, but remembering to take that time each day helps you have the energy to help others around you.

This week I am not sure what I am going to be working on, but hopefully next week I will have something to show you. Have a great week and I will see you next week.