Monday, August 8, 2022

Getting things moving forward

Here it is the start of another week and yes I have been able to get more progress on a few things. I hope that this week I can continue to see more progress on things. The weather here is currently hot and humid, so it is making it difficult to get a lot of stuff done, but I have at least been able to spend a bit of time working on a couple of projects, so that makes me feel a little better.
Sewn in Friendship - this week I pulled out a project that I had been working on a bit at a time. I don't think I even had shown this one before. I am enjoying seeing how quickly I was able to make progress on this piece. It is a lot of fun when you can quickly see something come to life after only working on it a thread or two at a time.
I am going to try and continue on this piece over the next couple of weeks, as I think I should be able to get it finished if I just focus on it.

Pine Forest Baby Blanket - I have continued to work on this baby blanket, and I am loving how it is turning out. I am currently working on getting the rest of the pattern rows done, and hopefully this will also be done very soon.

I have now finished two balls of yarn for this blanket and am onto the third ball and this should finish the blanket. I still have about 13 more patterns to knit on this blanket, so hopefully once it cools down a bit I will be able to get back to making progress on this. 
Other projects - I am continuing to work slowly on my English paper piecing motifs and sewing them together, and over the last couple of weeks I haven't made a lot of progress. Again, once the weather cools down a little, and it is easier to hold onto things, I hope to be able to continue to make good progress on a bunch of the projects that are currently sitting and waiting to be worked on.

I hope everyone is able to spend a few minutes each day doing something that you enjoy. You might not be able to get a lot of something done, but at least those few minutes helps you recharge your own person batteries, and it makes dealing with everyone else a little easier.

This week I hope to continue to find bits of time when I can sit and work on my various projects, and maybe I will have more to show you next week. Have a good week and if you are dealing with the extreme heat and humidity, please take care of yourself and try and stay cool.






 

Monday, August 1, 2022

Some progress this week

Here it is the start of another week and yes another week of seeing if I can spend some time each day doing a bit of crafting.

Life seems to be getting into a new normal and that is good, so now to see how my crafting time may change, but at least I know that I have been able to make some progress on things over the last week.

Magic of Books - this week I continued to work on Magic of Books and most days I was able to get a couple of lengths of black added to the overall piece. I did make some good progress on filling in the black, but I am now going to at least take this week as a break from black. I am happy with how much I was able to get done, as I was able to almost 1,000 stitches in black over the last week.

Pine Forest Baby Blanket - I am continuing to work on this blanket and trying to get at least 4 rows completed each day.  I have now passed the halfway mark on the project, so that makes me happy, and I am going to be working hard to see how quickly I can get it done.

The pattern is a nice simple pattern and once you have memorized the pattern you can simply pick up the project and work on it. I know that seeing more of the rows completed would be nice, as it is starting to get a little harder to keep in my lap. I know that if the weather gets back to the hot and humid weather that they are calling for, I might not be able to get the four rows done each day, but I will try.

I have been wondering what this pattern would look like using sports weight yarn because I think it would have a nice and lacey appearance, so maybe that is something I might try later on. First I need to get this blanket finished, and then I can think about trying it in a different yarn.

Other projects - I have picked up my English paper piecing and have been making some slow progress on both the small motif project and the throw. Neither of the projects looks like I have done much, as I have been working on some little bits of sewing that is usually needed at some point in the project. I hope to be able to show some progress on both of these projects before too long.

I hope everyone continues to find those bits of time each day to do something for yourself. It doesn't matter what it is but making sure that you have spent some time doing something that you enjoy is what matters. We all need to take some time for yourself so that we can regain our own energy so that we can be there for those around us.

I hope to have some progress on at least a couple of projects next week. I am not sure what I am going to be working on, but I will figure that out later today. Have a good week.


 

Monday, July 25, 2022

Making some good progress

It is hard to believe, but another week has come and gone, and of course it means that it is time for me to look at my projects that I worked on and see how much progress I was able to make on them.

Work has also been busy, so that means that I haven't been able to focus as much on my projects, but at least I have found some time to do some stitching.

Magic of Books - here is the project that I decided to pick up and work on this week, and I was able to make some progress on it. There is a rather large section of black that needs to be completed, so I decided that I would work on it diagonally. I am not sure if that helped me stitch more, but in three days I got just under 800 stitches completed.

This week I hope that I can spend some more time working on this piece as I would like to see more of the black area completed. I am thinking that if I can get some more of the black section done, then I might want to focus on getting this piece moved forward.

Pine Forest Baby Blanket - I am continuing to work on this project and am happy with the progress that I have been able to make on it. I continue to try and get at least 4 rows done on this each day because then I get one pattern completed. I hope that this week I can get more rows done, as it is making me feel good seeing that I am moving this project forward. I have completed the first ball of yarn, and I am thinking that if things go well I might be able to finish the second ball of yarn within the next couple of weeks. I have 22 of the 54 patterns completed, so will see what I can get done this week.

Other projects - I am trying to continue to work on some other projects a bit at a time, and of course little bits of progress get made. I have been trying to work on my English Paper piecing but haven't been able to focus on it, so haven't made a lot of progress on it over the last little while. I am thinking that it might be a project that I need to pick up and work on soon.

I hope everyone continues to find a bit of time each day to do something for yourself. I am finding that I feel so much better when I have taken even 15 minutes to do something that I enjoy. 

If things go well this week, I hope to have some progress on at least a couple of things to how you next week. Have a good week and I will show you want I have worked on next week.

Monday, July 18, 2022

Some progress but putting it away for a while

Here it is the start of another week and hopefully things will continue to get into a routine that we like doing. Of course, life is busy again so that means that there isn't as much time for crafting so of course progress has started to slow down. The warm weather is also meaning that I don't have as much energy to sit and work on projects.

Alzheimer's Poem - here is the project that I have been trying to work on, and after this past week I decided that I need to take a break from it. I would love to have it done quickly, and I think trying to do 100 stitches on it each day has been a little much.

This project will be put away for a little while so that I can make progress on some other things and enjoy stitching. Yes, I have been enjoying working on this piece in a lot of ways, but it is also difficult to work on as it brings back a lot of memories.

I will continue to work on this project, but not at the speed I thought I could do. Yes, it would have been great to have it finished before the end of this month, but not when it was difficult to work on. I have got just over 1,900 stitches done on it since I picked it up at the beginning of July, so I am happy with that. Hopefully, after taking a bit of a break, I will be able to pick it up again and get it finished.

Pine Forest Baby Blanket - over the last week I have continued to work on the baby blanket and I have been able to get 4 rows done each day on it. I love being able to continue to get this knitting done. 

Of course, now that it is getting warmer here, it is a little harder to get a lot of knitting done, but I am thinking that if I can at least get the four rows done a day I will see this project done quickly.  

Other projects - I am trying to work on some other projects a bit at a time, so that means that bits of things get done, but nothing that is worth showing. Maybe this coming week I will be able to spend some time working on some projects and will have some different things to show.

I hope everyone continues to find that bit of time each day to do something for yourself. It doesn't matter what you do, as long as you remember that taking those few minutes each day is important. I will see what I work on this week and hopefully next week I will have things to show you.

 

Monday, July 11, 2022

Made some good progress

Here it is the start of another week and now to see how things go. It is hard to believe that it is now almost the middle of July and things are once again very hot out.  

For a lot of us, things are sort of normal, or at least what normal is going to be for a while. 

Alzheimer's Poem - here is the project that I am working on to get finished before the end of July. It felt good getting more of the words added to the poem during the last week.

I haven't been working on the poem in order, and it has made it a lot of fun to work on. I have sometimes worked on a word in a row, or a couple of times I did work on the entire line. In some ways it is helping me figure out the entire size of the project as now I have the bottom of the piece stitched. I am now just filling in the remainder of the words, and hopefully I will have that done before too long.

Each work does seem to take quite a while to stitch, even through there aren't a lot of stitches in any of the letters. I think part of the challenge is I am working on 22 count fabric, so that makes the stitches a lot smaller. 

Pine Forest Baby Blanket - here is a project that I started this week as I wanted something that would work up quickly and also mean that I would have something a little larger when it is finished.

I found this baby blanket pattern, and it uses worsted weight yarn, so I figured it would work up quickly, and it has been going well so far. Now to see how much longer it will take me to finish it, as my goal is to work at least one pattern a day on this piece.

Other projects - of course I am working on some other projects as well, but again I am bouncing between a lot of them, so nothing gets a lot done on them. Hopefully I will be able to at least continue to focus on these two main projects, and then I will see what happens after this.

I hope everyone continues to find the time for themselves to do the things that they love each day. It doesn't matter how much time you spend, as long as you take those few minutes each day to yourself. Next week, I hope to have some more progress on things, but I will have to wait and see how this week goes.




Monday, July 4, 2022

Progress for the week

Here it is the start of another week and yes I am happy to say that I have been able to make some progress on a few things over the last week. Life is getting back to normal, and therefore I am figuring out a new schedule again after the last couple of years.

Pandemic - here is the project that I have been focusing on for the month of June. My goal was to try and get over 3,000 stitches done on it and by June 30th I had completed just over 3,500 stitches which made me feel good. I moved this project and was able to see areas filled in before the end of June. I am now going to work on this a bit at a time as I have figured out another project that will be getting the attention for July.


Pandemic won't be going away because I still want to make some more progress on it, but it won't be the piece that gets the attention like it was getting in June. I would like to see more of this project done before the end of the year, so will see how I can manage that.

Alzheimer's Poem - here is a project that I haven't had out for just over a year, and I decided it was time for it to return and maybe see how much I can get done on it during the month of July. This is going to be the project that I try and get 100 stitches on average done a day on it. I don't think it will take me long to finish this piece if I concentrate on it, so that is why it has finally come out again.

Over the weekend I was able to get some stitches in on it and now to see how much I can get done throughout the rest of July. It does make me happy with I can sit and work on a project and actually see results quickly on it. With this piece just being words, if I focused on a word at a time, it would move it forward quickly.

Now, let's see what it looks like by the end of the month.

English paper piecing - this last week I was able to focus on getting some more of the large motifs made for the second throw that I am going to be working on. I now have 24 more motifs to made and then join most of them together for the throw. It felt good getting this many done in one week, so now to see when the rest of the motifs will get completed.

Other projects - I have started to work on some other projects, but again there isn't much to show. I worked on these three projects mostly, and the other things just got bits of attention when I had those few minutes.

I hope everyone continues to find those bits of time each day to do something that you love doing. Life is starting to get back to a routine now, so that means we will have to make sure that we continue to try and take that bit of time each day. This week I will continue to see if I can get some stitching in on the Alzheimer's Poem, and other than that I am not sure what will get worked on.

Have a good week, and hopefully I will have some more progress to show you next week.



 

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.