Monday, December 6, 2021

Progress again

Here it is the start of another week, and it looks like it is going to be a busy week for me. I am looking forward to seeing what this week has in store. We are now in December, and we have had one snow fall so far, and now we are back to having the colder weather but rain instead of snow, which is fine with me.

 


Krozwyrd - I have been able to make some good progress on this piece, so will see how things go. I am looking forward to getting this piece done as I only have a couple more sections to go.  I am not sure how long they are going to take to do but at least it is getting closer to a finish.  This week I hope that I can get a bit more of this done as I would a finish before too long.

 

Pashmina shawl - I love how quickly this project is working up.  I haven't been working on this a lot, but I am now close to 50% done, which makes me happy. I haven't decided how long this shawl is going to be, but I am figuring around 12 stripes, so will see what it's like when I get there.

This project is great to have to work on when I am sitting watching a webinar when I don't have to take notes or at the end of the day when I am wrapping up and taking those few minutes to myself.  I hope to be able to continue to get rows done on this shawl over this coming week, as I would like to have this finished before too long as well.


Other projects - I haven't been working on a lot of other projects lately, as I have been trying to focus on getting Krozwyrd finished. Of course, there are the normal things that need to gt done as well so that means I don't have a lot of time to do other projects right now.

 I am looking forward to seeing what projects I will work on after I get these done. I have lots of ideas and of course I have things that I want to start in the new year, so that is also getting planned now.

I hope everyone continues to find a bit of time for themselves each day and do something that you enjoy doing. I know that I have found making sure that I take that bit of time is very important. 

Have a good week, and hopefully I will have some progress to show next week on some of my projects.









 

Monday, November 29, 2021

Some very good progress

Here it is the start of another week, and I am happy with the progress that I was able to make in the last week. It was a different week, and part of that was because we also got our booster covid vaccine. The booster was again another experience, and it meant that we had a few days of doing things a little slower than normal.  It was ok because it means that we both were able to focus on some of those things that haven't been getting a lot of attention.

Krozwyrd - so this week I was able to make some excellent progress on this project, and it felt good. I am still trying to have this as my focus piece, and that is what it was through all of this week. I wanted to get the top of the piece done, and I was able to accomplish that this week.

I am very happy with the progress that I have been able to make on this piece, and now to see how much more of it I can get done. This project is a lot of run to work, but in some areas there are lots and lots of stitches, but the design turns out amazing.

This week I am hoping to be able to spend some more time on this piece as I am looking forward to having a finish before too long. I have finished the very top of the design, so now it is just a matter of filling in all the areas with the various designs. I am going to try and focus on areas now and hopefully before too long more sections will be completed.

Sister's - here is the project that I worked on yesterday. I had decided that I would work on Krozwyrd for 6 days and then have a different project for Sundays. 

I am happy with the progress that I made this week on this piece, as I can now say that it is complete. It was a bit of a challenge to do given it was a crochet pattern and not a cross stitch pattern.  I used one colour of Sulky thread for the entire design, which made it work up a little quicker. 

I am looking forward to getting this piece framed, and then it will be done. The pattern itself was a bit of a challenge, but once I put it into the cross stitch software that I have, it made the stitching a little easier.

Will I try and use a crochet or knit pattern again for a design, maybe if I really want that specific pattern? I think what I would do before I even put in one stitch would be to put it into the cross stitch software. I did learn from doing this pattern and that is part of what I wanted, so now that it is done I can get back to working on some of the other projects that I have waiting for some attention.

I am not sure what project will come up as the Sunday project yet, but I will decide that during the coming week. Until then, I can mark another project off the to-do list.


Pashmina shawl - it is nice having a simple knitting project on the go that I can just pick up and knit when I have some time. This project is working up quickly, as it doesn't take long to get a row or two done on this. I have been using this as a project that I can work on while I attend webinars and don't need to be taking notes. 

This week I had two webinars and worked on it a couple of evenings before going to bed, so I was able to make some good progress on it. I am not sure how long I will be making this shawl, as I am going to wait and see what it looks like after I get more of it done. I know that there will be at least 9 or 12 sections of colours, so I still have a ways to go.

Other projects - this past week I didn't pick up any of the other projects that I have on the go as I wanted to see how much progress that I could get just focusing on a couple of projects. I am happy what I got done and now to see what this week has in store. It looks like it is going to be a busier week, so that means I won't have as much time to sit and craft.


I hope everyone continues to find some time for themselves each day to make sure you recharge your own personal batteries. It is important to make sure that you take a bit of time for yourself each day so that you have the energy to help those around you.

Hope everyone has a good week and I will see what I get done this week, and hopefully I will have some progress to show you next Monday.  Until then, have a good week and stay safe.



 

Monday, November 22, 2021

Progress again last week

 Here it is the start of another week and hopefully things will start to improve here in Ontario. Case numbers are still not where everyone would like them, but we continue to do what we need to do by working remotely.

Fall has basically come and gone here in Ontario and the wind is blowing, so the colder weather is upon us now. Hopefully the snow will stay away for a while longer, at least here in Toronto.

Krozwyrd - here is the project that continues to be the focus cross stitch piece, as I would like to see it finished before too long. 

This past week I decided to try and get some letters done as well as see what the top section is like to work on. It feels great seeing that I am starting to see the end of this piece, but it is still close right now. I hope to continue to work on this piece again this week as I would like to see how much more of it I can get stitched. 

I am enjoying the process of stitching this piece as I love seeing all the different animals and other details appear in the various sections. I hope to work on some more of the top section of the piece this week, as just having a small middle section left to go would be nice.

Sisters - how, here is a piece that has been away for just over a month. I want to get this piece finished up quickly as I have an idea of how I am going to finish it, so that means that I need to actually focus on the stitching instead of letting it just sit and not get the attention it needed.

This piece has been a challenge for me to stitch because I am using a crochet pattern instead of a cross stitch pattern for this. I found that the chart was nice, but it was difficult to see the actual squares that I needed to stitch, so I decided to out this pattern into my cross stitch pattern marker so that I could see it easier. It did take some time to get the pattern recharted but once it was one it meant that the actual stitching was a lot easier to do.

If I can focus on some of this stitching, I don't think this piece will take much longer to finish, or at least that is my hope. The thread that I am using is a variegated Sulky thread, and it means that I can just stitch and not have to worry about changing colour at all. This week I hope to be able to get a few more stitches in on this piece as well but will have to see what else gets my attention. 

I don't have a lot more stitching to do on this piece, so maybe I just need to try and make sure that I can get more of it done.

Pashmina shawl - this is currently my main knitting project, and I am happy with the progress that I made this week on it. I don't spend a lot of time knitting, so even getting this much done made me feel good. The pattern is just a very simple knit and purl so that means I can pick it up when I have a few minutes and not worry about what row of the pattern that I am on.

I am using Joy DK yarn by Loops and Thread, and it has been a nice yarn to use. This week I will see if I can get a couple more rows done on this as well as getting it done would make me happy.

Other projects - I haven't work on a lot of other projects as I have been trying to just focus on these so that I can move each of these forward.

I hope everyone continues to find a bit of time each day to do something that you love. Finding that time for yourself is very important, as it makes sure that you can recharge your own batteries so that you have the energy to help those around you.

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


Monday, November 15, 2021

Some focus stitching

Here it is Monday morning and yes the start of yet another week when the case numbers seem to be doing a roller coaster here in Ontario. We continue to work remotely and that is making us happy and other than a couple of trips out we have been staying home as much as possible.

The vaccine booster has been released here in Ontario, so maybe that will help as well. I know that when it is our turn for the booster, we will be quickly rolling up our sleeves.

Krozwyrd - here is the only cross stitch project that got any attention this past week. I am looking forward to seeing if I can get some more of this piece done again this week. This last picture is when I had to take the piece off the q-snap to move it.

I am loving how this piece is turning out and cannot wait to see it finished. I am getting closer to the 70% finished and now that I have the top section showing I will want to work on getting more of this piece done. I hope that before too long, I can see some good progress on this piece and maybe start to see more sections completed. I know that getting some other areas done will make me feel good, so now to work on just getting sections done and see when it is done.

This week I hope to be able to continue to move this forward and maybe see another section finished up, so that I am getting closer to having it finished. It would be nice to even get more of the letters done, so will see what I end up working on this week.

Pashmina shawl - here is a new project that I started this week. I wanted something that was very easy to stitch, and this is a very simple shawl. The only thing that I need to do with this is count the number of rows that I do for each colour. I hope that I can see some good progress on this piece over the next little while, as it would be wonder to have a new shawl before too long.  I have decided that I need to start wearing my shawls more often, so that is why I decided it was time to have one that was easy to stitch and something that I would love to wear.

Other projects - I haven't had a lot of time or energy to work on any of the other projects lately, so now to see what this week is like. If I can get back to working on some other things as well, I might feel a little better. I know that I have lots of projects that are calling for some attention, so maybe now I can start to work on getting more of these projects moved forward. I am thinking that before too long I should be able to see other things moved forward again.

I hope everyone continues to find little bits of time to do something for yourself each day. It doesn't matter if it is just 5 minutes it does help. We need to ensure that we have taken some time for ourselves so that we have the energy to help others as well.

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


 

Monday, November 8, 2021

A bit of progress

Here it is the start of another week and hopefully not quite as busy as last week. It felt great having a busy week but now to catch up on some of the stuff that didn't get done. It felt different going to a conference again after 2 years. We were staffing a booth, so that meant that we had early morning and were pretty tired by the time the booth closed each day.

Krozwyrd - here is the piece that got most of the attention when I had the few minutes to work on it. I didn't work on it during the conference, so it meant that I tried to make some good progress over the weekend.

I have now completed 60% of this piece and love how it is turning out. I hope to be able to work on this again this week to see how much more of it I can get done. I continue to try and work on sections of the piece so that I can see some good progress, and it seems to be working a little better. 

I don't think it will be too long before I move the q-snap and have the top of the piece showing, and that will be nice as it will show me how much more I have to do. I think I will wait until after this week before I move the piece so that I can see how much more of the next couple of rows I can get done.

Turquoise - I didn't get much of this piece done at all this week. I took it with us so that I had it to work on at the hotel, but by the time the event was over each day I didn't have the energy to work on this.

I am not sure how much attention this piece will get this week, as I am thinking that Krozwyrd will be getting most of my attention for a little while. Turquoise is a great piece to pick up when I want to see some quick progress on it. 

It is now time to put this back onto the q-snap, so it is ready to go when I decided to pick it up again.  It is a simple piece, and it feels great seeing that I have a section that I can just fill in, and I don't need the pattern for.

Other projects - this last week I didn't have a chance to work on the other projects that I also want to work on, so that means that this week I will see what I can get done. I do know that I have some work that I need to get caught up, so that is going to be the priority this week.

Hope everyone continues to try and find that few minutes each day to do something for yourself. It is important to make sure that we continue to make sure that we recharge our own personal batteries, otherwise we aren't going to be helpful to others.

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

Monday, November 1, 2021

Moving projects forward

Here it is the start of another week, and it looks like it is going to be very busy for me. The fall weather has arrived here in Toronto and the leaves are continuing to fall from the trees about us.

I continue to spend a bit of time each day getting some progress on something.  It does feel good to at least see bits of progress on things.

Krozwyrd - I am happy to see some good progress on this piece again this week.  I know that I still have quite a bit of work to do on this piece, but I am loving how it is turning out.  I have been trying to focus on the different sections and I think that is helping. There are so many stitches in some of these little areas.

One thing that I have decided to do with this piece is to try and just work up through the entire pattern.  I had been jumping around, and I wasn't seeing progress, but now I am seeing progress since changing how I have been stitching.

I hope that this week I can get a bit of stitching done on this piece, as I would like to see another row completed.  It is fun to see all the little things that appear when you are stitching. Birds, flowers, and other items continue to appear, and I am looking forward to seeing what appears next.

Turquoise - I didn't get a lot of time to work on this piece last week but at least I was able to get one of the colours outlined, and I have started to fill in other sections.  This week I hope that I can at least put a few stitches in on this piece as I would like to start to fill in the area that I outlined.  I know that just getting more of the design done would make me feel good, as it really isn't that large a design.

With this design because it isn't very big I have been trying to work on a colour and seeing what I can get completed of it.  There are times when just working on one colour and getting it done on the entire piece makes me feel good, so that is why I have the colour near the bottom done because once I have repeated that design three more times that colour will be done on the entire piece. I will see how much time I have to work on this piece this week, as this is going to be my main focus for part of the week.

Wavy scarf - after finishing the wavy scarf that I knit I looked at the yarn that I have left and figured that I might as well try and make a narrower version of the scarf.  I started this version and am happy with the progress that I made on it.  I am not sure how quickly this will get done, but at least is something that I can pick up and work on when I have a few minutes.

I have no idea how long this version is going to be, but I am going to make it as long as I can with the yarn that I have. I am going to use up the rest of this yarn, so that is how I will determine the length.

Other projects - I haven't had a lot of time to work on anything else, so maybe when things slow down here for me, I will be able to work on some other projects and also get them done.

I hope everyone continues to find a bit of time each day to do something that you love doing.  It doesn't matter how long you spend doing what you love because even those few minutes each day can make the difference.

Hope everyone has a good week, and hopefully I will have something to show for this week.


Monday, October 25, 2021

A week with some progress

Here it is the start of another week and things here in Ontario are slowing starting to open up.  As of today, some capacity limits have been changed, so that makes me feel a bit better. The changes that were made were more in the restaurants and gyms, but at least we are finally moving forward.

Krozwyrd - this past week I decided to try and work on filling in some various sections of the background. It is amazing how much stitching is in each of the little areas.  I am enjoying how it is turning out but know that it is still going to be taking some time to get this piece finished.

I just looked at the point I am at with Krozwyrd, and I am almost at 50% complete which is nice, but it is also hard to believe that I am that far on it.  Maybe this week I can get to the 50% done, and then I will start to feel better and know that I am getting closer to a finish on this piece.

If I can get over the 50% finished, it means that some other sections probably won't have as much detail in them. I love how this piece is working up, and I am looking forward to seeing the entire piece finished as well.

Turquoise mini - here is a project that I started over the weekend, and it is working up quickly. I wanted something that I could see some quick results and I must admit that I have been seeing that.  I am outlining one section of the design so that I can just fill that in later.  I have at least reached the top and one side of the design with the outline, so it really isn't very big, but it is still full coverage.  I will see how much of this I can get done this week as well.

The colours in this piece are also some of my favourites, so that is helping me want to work on it and get it finished quickly. The piece is going to be under 5 inches squares, so something that hopefully does work up quickly.

Grey way scarf - I wanted to work on this scarf to see if I could get it finished so that I knew it was ready for when I wanted to wear it. This past week, I decided that I just needed to work on it and keep going and get it finished.

Last night after looking at it and figuring it out I was able to get the remaining rows knit on the scarf, so it is now just waiting for some ends to be woven in, and then it is done.  This scarf was a lot of fun to knit and really didn't take that long at all.  I think if I could have focused on it, I could have made it done in a week, but of course other things took some of my time, so I got it done in just about two weeks.

Other things - I am continuing to try and get a few other things moved forward, but other parts of life and work are taking my time, meaning I don't have a lot of time or energy to put into getting projects moved forward.

We all are starting to figure out how to get things done and right now I know that with things moving forward for everyone making sure we take time for ourselves each day is going to be important.  Make sure that each day you take some time for yourself and do something that you love.  Take the time to know that, makes sure you have the energy to helps others.


Hope everyone has a good week, and maybe I will have some projects to show you next week, but time will tell.