Monday, December 2, 2019

Bits of progress

Everyday Shawl - Nov 22
 Here it is Monday morning and the start of another week.  It is hard to believe it is now December, so that means we are one month until we have the start of a new year.

Everyday Shawl - I decided that this weekend that I would try and get a little bit of knitting done on this shawl.  It does take a little while to get across a row, but at least it is slowly starting to get a bit longer.  I am still a long way from getting this done, so I need to try and focus on getting a few more rows completed on this before the end of the year.  This weekend I decided to put in a marker at the end of the row that I completed in November.  I am going to see how much of the shawl that I can get done in December.
Everyday Shawl - Dec 1

I didn't work on the Teal shawl at all this past week, so I have also put a marker on it to see how much of it I can get completed in December.  I am looking forward to seeing what both of the shawls look like at the end of the month as the pictures that I take each week on the grey shawl don't look like I have done much.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - here it is the last month of the year and also the last month of this design.  The pattern was released on Friday, and I started to work on this over the weekend.  I haven't even finished the November section, so I will be trying to get both of these sections done at the same time.
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - Dec 1

I am loving working on this piece, so I will see how much stitching I can get done this week on it.  I would like to see a couple more butterflies done this week so I will see what happens.  At least I have made a start, and I know that once I have finished the November and December sections, all that is left to do is do some embellishment on the piece.  The embellishment isn't part of the original design, so it will be something that I will figure out myself.

Other projects - I have continued to work on making the motifs for the English Paper Piecing, so I hope to start joining some of them together soon so that I can start to see the runner come together.


It looks like December is going to be a very busy month for us, so that means that I will be trying to get bits of crafting in when time allows.  I continue to try and spend a few minutes each day relaxing, so that is normally when I get a bit of stitching done.

I hope everyone has a great week, and you can also find a bit of time to do the things that you love to do each day.  It doesn't matter how long you spend doing something you enjoy; it is at least a bit of time to relax.

Monday, November 25, 2019

A few projects worked on

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL19 - Nov 13
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL19 - Nov 24
Here it is another Monday morning and, I have a few things to show that I was able to work on last week.  Life has been busy, so I haven't been able to get a lot done, but at least I can see a few projects moving forward a little bit at a time.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - here is the November border for this piece.  I am now trying to get the border done before November 30th when the final section will be released.  The final section will be the design that will fill in between the original part of the piece and the border that I am currently working on. 

This piece is coming together, and I am looking forward to seeing what the border is going to be like. I have loved completing all of this design so far.  It is hard to believe that the Peacock was the January design, and all the other sections came out one piece a month.

We have heard there is a new design for 2020, and that will be released on January 1st, 2020. I am looking forward to seeing that that design will be based on.
English Paper Piecing

Everyday Shawl - Teal - Nov 22

English Paper Piecing - it was time to start working on another project with the English Paper Piecing.  I have an idea that I would like to do with these motifs, but it also means that I have a lot more motifs to get done. 

English Paper Piecing for me seems very relaxing to be it making the individual motifs or sewing them all together.  The process for me is something that I enjoy. If I can get some more of the different colour motifs completed this week I, might even start to work out the overall design, but that will depend on how much time I have to work on this project.

Everyday Shawl - here is a project that I finally pieced up again and got a few more rows done on the grey version of it.  I still have a long way to go on this piece as it is just over 20 inches, and it needs to be around 30.5 inches before I am at the halfway mark.  I hope to find time each day to get a few rows done on this piece to continue to move it forward.

Everyday Shawl - Grey - Nov 22
I worked on the grey version of the shawl for a while, and then I decided it was time to start working on a teal version of the shawl as well.  I have now got around 12 rows on the next version of the shawl completed, so I will see how I can make progress on both of them over the next little while.  The teal version is the edge pattern, so that takes longer to knit than the body so that I will be using each of these projects for different times. 


Other projects didn't get any attention this last week, but at least I was able to see some progress on a few things.  Now it is time for me to get the word done that is sitting here on my desk. 

I hope everyone has a great week, and you find a bit of time to do something that you love, even if it is for only a few minutes a day.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Moving stuff forward

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - Nov 6
 Here it is Tuesday morning and, I am getting to finally writing an update about what has been going on with my crafting in the last week.

I have been busy with a lot of other things, so there hasn't been a lot of progress on anything.  I hope to be able to get back to doing some of the stitching in the next couple of weeks but will have to see how things go.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - Nov 13
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - I have finally been able to make a bit more progress on the border for the November section.  I would like to see this border done before the end of the month.  The border is three rounds of the piece so, hopefully, I  will be able to get it all completed before the December section is released at the end of the month.

I got at least some of the bottom border done and now to see if I can get the rest of it finished up quickly.

Unleash the Butterflies - Nov 3
Unleash the Butterflies - I was able to spend a bit of time working on this piece.  I continue to use Pattern Keeper as the method of tracking my stitches, and I am feeling a lot better about things.  I hope to continue to see bits of progress on the overall design before the end of the year.

Unleash the Butterflies - Nov 14
I know that there isn't a lot to see of the progress, but at least getting another 300 stitches done on the piece means it continues to move forward.    I am looking forward to seeing more of the piece come to life, but I know that it will only happen a little bit at a time.


I am not sure what I will be working on this week, so I will have to wait and see.  I would like to see some progress on at least one project, so I will see what happens.

I hope everyone has a good week, and you find the time to do something that you love even if it is just for a few minutes each day.

I now have some work that needs to be completed, so I will be off to work on that.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Crazy week

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - Nov 6
Here it is Monday morning and the start of another week.  There isn't a lot to show for this past week as it is a little crazy.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - it makes me happy to see that I have at least been able to get some of the stitching done.  It makes me feel good to see some overall progress on this piece.  It would make me feel a little better to get more of it done, so I will see how it goes.

I hope that this coming week, I can spend a bit of time working on this piece and see if I can get some of the borders finished up.  This border is the second to last section of the design, and it is the outer frame.  I am looking forward to seeing that the middle section of the border looks like, but I have to wait until December 1st to see that.


I haven't had a lot of time to work on any of the projects, so I will see how things go this week.  It would be nice to find a bit of time to work on at least a project, so we will see how things go.

It is now time for me to get some work done that is currently sitting here on my desk.  I hope everyone has a good week, and you find a bit of time each day to do the things that you love doing.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Slow Progress this week

Unleash the Butterflies - Oct 27
Here it is Monday morning, and I have at least been able to make a bit of progress on a couple of projects this week.

Unleash the Butterflies - this is one of the projects that I wanted to try and make some progress this week.  I would like to see this project moved forward, so that means trying to spend some time working on getting little areas of the piece stitched.

Unleash the Butterflies - Nov 3
This week I decided to focus on working on smaller areas of the design to see if I could get some of it filled in.  I started with one of the colours closest to the side that was filled in and then continued to pick other colours that would help me fill in the various areas.  I still have a long way to go before I see the next section of her arm completed, but at least I was able to make a bit of progress this week.

Mouse Pincushion - Nov 3
English Paper Piecing - here is a project that I can work on a little bit at a time and see some progress on it.  I have started to make a mouse pincushion and, that has meant picking the colours for the body of the mouse and then laying them out so that I can get the two sections completed.  I have almost finished attaching all of the motifs for half of the body.

I am not sure how quickly I will get the mouse finished, but again I am enjoying working on the motifs and attaching them to make the designs that I want to do.  There are quite a few more projects waiting to be worked on, so make sure that one of them can get finished up quickly would be nice and then I can see which project I work on next.

Roses - Sept 28
Roses - I have continued to work on Roses as I would like to see this project finished up in the next 5 months.  I know that I can do it if I can focus on this project even for a little bit, so that is something that I am going to be trying to do.

Roses - Oct 29
I didn't get a lot of stitching done on this piece this week, but at least I moved it forward even if it was just a little bit.  I know that seeing that I can get some more of this project worked on would make me happy, so that is something that I am going to be trying to do over the next couple of weeks.  I hope that this week, I can continue to see little bits of progress on this design as it would be nice to see that I have a chance of getting it done by the end of March, which is my goal.


I continue to work on a bunch of other things, but I haven't focused on any of them long enough to see some good progress, so there are no pictures.  I like to have a couple of projects that are the main focus and then the other projects that I can pick up and work on when I feel like it.

So it is now time for me to get some work done as it is the beginning of the month, so there are tasks that I need to get done.  I hope everyone has a good week, and you find time to do things that are you enjoy doing even if it is only for a few minutes a day.


Monday, October 28, 2019

Some progress and a finish

Unleash the Butterflies - Oct 12
Here it is the start of another week and an update of what crafting I have been up to in the past week.  Of course, things have kept me busy, so I haven't had as much time to craft, but at least I was able to find some time to make some progress on a couple of projects.

Unleash the Butterflies - it was time again for this project to come out and get some attention this week.  I picked this piece up and focused on working on a couple of colours instead of one little section.  It made me feel a little better, seeing some progress on the overall piece instead of just one or two little areas. 

Unleash the Butterflies - Oct 27
I continue to use the Pattern Keeper (android app) to help me mark off my stitches on this full-coverage piece.  The app also helps me locate those single stitches of a colour that so often were missed when I was using the paper copy of the pattern.

The app also lets me see how many stitches I was able to get done and the percentage of the pattern that is complete.  So Unleash the Butterflies is 12% complete, so yes, there is still a long way to go on this project, but I love seeing some progress even if it was only .5%.

Simple Yet Effective Cowl - Oct 20
Simple Yet Effective Cowl - I said that I wanted to try and focus on getting this cowl done quickly and after spending some evenings working on the pattern, I was able to get it done this week.  I still need to block it, but the stitching is now done on this cowl.

Simple Yet Effective Cowl - Oct 25
The pattern was very simple, and it worked up quickly when you could sit and focus on it and not bounce around, trying to get a few other things accomplished.  I know that having a couple of evenings after dinner to sit and knit was great, and it means that I got this project finished and now will be able to start another project soon.

I have yarn to make another one of these cowls, so I think that will be cast on soon so that I can start working on it.  The next cowl that I make will probably with the bigger version of this pattern but will see once I start casting on the stitches.


I continue to work on a bunch of other projects, but nothing has advanced far enough for pictures.  I hope that before too long, I will have some pictures to show some of the other projects that I have been working on.

It is now time for me to get some work done that is sitting here waiting to be done.  I hope everyone has a great week, and you find some time to do the things that you love each day, even if it is just 20 minutes. 



Monday, October 21, 2019

Projects moved forward

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - Oct 14
 Here it is Monday morning, and yes, there was a bit of progress on a couple of projects this week.  With it being a shorter week for getting things done, there isn't as much to show.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - Oct 16
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - the one project that I wanted to get finished up this past week was the October section of the Linen and Threads Mystery SAL.  I only need the squirrel to finish, so I sat down one evening, and that was my focus so that I knew that this project was completed for the month.
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - Oct 16

The center of the piece is now finished, and November and December will be working on the border once it is released.  I am looking forward to seeing what the border looks like as I have enjoyed all the various sections that we have had on this piece.  The biggest challenge each month is figuring out which colour is going into what part of the design.   Once that decision is made, the actual stitching of the section is a lot of fun.

Cowl - Oct 14
Simple Yet Effective Cowl - here is a project that got the attention this week, and part of that is because we were busy, so being able to pick up something and work on it for a few minutes at a time worked great.

I have to continue to knit this until it is 9.75 inches long, so I haven't measured it yet, so not sure how much more I have to knit, but I know it is more than a couple of inches.  I love this cowl as it does work up quickly, even if you are only working on a few minutes at a time.

Cowl - Oct 20

This week I am not sure what I will be working on as I have a few things that need my attention.  I hope to see a bit more of the cowl worked on, and maybe I will even work on the shawl for a bit.

I hope everyone has a great week, and you find a bit of time each day to do something that you love.  Until next week hope you all have a good week and remember, as Jan always says, "Find your joy."