Monday, June 1, 2020

Some progress this week

Mini Farewell to Anger - Jan 3
Here it is the start of another week, and things are remaining about the same here.  Working remotely from home hasn't changed, and the routine that we have is staying the same.

Mini Farewell to Anger - I decided it was time to pull out a project that I haven't worked on since the very beginning of the year.  I pulled up Mini Farewell to Anger and got a few more stitches added to this project.

Mini Farewell to Anger - May 31
You can't see much of the progress, but I was able to add four more colours into the lower section of the page, and it makes me feel good knowing that it is slowly moving forward.  I am not sure how long this project will stay out but at least I know that I was able to get a few more stitches added onto it.

Roses - May 24
Roses - this project continues to be the focus of my stitching.  A lot of that is because I want to see if I can get it finished before the end of September this year.  I am still trying to get it finished before the 2nd anniversary of me starting the piece.

Roses - project so far - May 27
I have been able to continue to work on this piece a bit each day, and it makes me feel good.  I don't get a lot of time to stitch, but even getting 100 stitches in helps move this project forward a bit at a time. 

Early last week it was time to move the piece so that I could continue to work on getting more of it stitched.  Of course, once it was off the q-snap it was time to take a progress picture of the entire piece so that I could see what it looks like. I am happy with how it is coming along but I will be happy to see it finished now that I am seeing the end in sight.
Roses - May 31

When the piece was out of the frame I decided that I could try and get most of the right section of the pattern completed and then move onto the left side.  I am not sure how long the side will take me to finish but I have started to work on the next section of pages.  I hope to see more of this finished over the next few weeks but work and everything else will determine the time that I have to work on it.

My goal is still to continue to try and get on average one hundred stitches a day in on the piece so that it continues to move forward and I will get it done before the end of September.


A few of the other projects have got a bit of time but again nothing big enough to show.  I hope that now that things are starting to get back to more of a normal schedule that I can also see progress on things.

It is now time for me to wrap up here and get the work done that is on my desk.  I hope everyone has a good week and you continue to find bits of time to do things that you enjoy doing each day.  Stay safe and well and hopefully next week I will have a bit more progress to show you.



Monday, May 25, 2020

Some progress

Roses - May 18
Another week has come and gone, and I hope everyone continues to be safe.

As it was a four day work week last it meant that things got done at a different pace but things got moved forward. 

Roses - I continue to work on adding stitches to Roses as I would like to see this done before the end of September. I have been able to work on more of the one rose, and hopefully, before the end of this coming week I will be able to start working on the left side of this area. 

Roses - May 24
I don't get a lot of time to stitch, but when I do I have been able to get a couple of threads added, and that makes me feel good.  I am now close to finishing up this area, and then I will have to move the frame so that I continue to get more of this overall project done.  I am enjoying working on this piece as it is one colour, but even with that, it doesn't take too long to start to see more detail emerge when I sit and work on it.

This has been my focus piece for the last couple of weeks, and I am going to see what this week has in store.  I have a couple of other projects that I would like to work on even for a couple of days, so I will see what happens.

v-stitch shawl - May 3
V-stitch shawl - I have been slowly working on this project over the month and figured it was time to show some of the progress on it. As this project gets longer it gets harder to show in a picture, so that is why there hasn't been a weekly update.  Also, it is hard to show weekly updates when there isn't much of a change week over week.

I have almost finished the first ball of yarn for this shawl and then I will need to decide how much longer I want to shawl to be.  I haven't measured it yet either as I am waiting to see the length once this ball of yarn is done.  It has been a fun project to work on even if I can only get a row or two done each time I pick it up.

v-stitch shawl - May 24
I have been using this project when we have been trying to relax at the end of some days, as it is something that doesn't require a lot of concentration to complete.

English paper piece - I am continuing to work on this project as well, but there isn't a new picture for this week as I would just be showing another group of motifs sewn together.  Yes, I have been working on getting another couple of groups done, and then I will start to add them to the runner.


The weather here has now got very warm, and I think we missed most of spring as we had cool weather, and now they are calling for very warm weather today.

I hope everyone is staying safe, and you continue to find little bits of time to do the things that you enjoy doing for yourself.  This week, I will see what I work on, and hopefully, next week I will have some other pictures to show you what I have been working on.




Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Progress on a project

Roses - Oct 29
Here it is the start of another week here in Ontario, but at least things are starting to open up again, so we will see what life is like.  For us, I think it will be remaining the same as companies are still working remotely.

Roses - I decided that it was time to pull out a piece that I hadn't worked on for a while.  I figured more than 6 months of not seeing this piece was too long, so I pulled it out this week and started to fill in sections of another page.

Roses - May 18
I still have a lot of work to go on this piece as I have just started on the bottom half of the pattern.  I am looking forward to getting more of this done and would like to see it finished before the 2nd anniversary of starting it which is at the end of September.

This week I was able to complete two pages of the pattern, so now I have one more on the right side of this row and then I can move the fabric and do the pages on the left of this row.  I am looking forward to getting this piece done so now to try and focus on it for a bit.

English Paper Piecing - May 18
English Paper Piecing - I decided it was time to start working on getting more of the motifs attached so that I can get the runner completed that I have on the go. It was nice to sit even for a little bit of time and get the motifs joined together.  Now I would like to continue to get this done so that the runner can be finished up.  I still have a bunch of motifs that I need to make, so maybe now that I am working on it again I will want to make more of the little motifs.


I continue to work on a bunch of projects a little bit at a time and it is helping some.  I know that I do enjoy focusing on a couple of projects each week as it means that I can see progress on something.

Life is still moving along and we will figure out what the new normal is going to be when we can see that there aren't as many cases of COVID-19.  For now, we continue to work remotely with our clients and I try and find a bit of time each day to do something that I love.

I hope everyone is staying safe, and you are also finding the time to do something you love doing each day.  I don't know what this week has in store, but I know that I will continue to find a bit of time to relax and forget about what is going on in the world.


Monday, May 11, 2020

Progress made and challenge completed

Here it is Monday morning and the start of another week of working remotely and social distancing and all of those things that we have been doing for the last 8 weeks.
Mini Magic of Books - March 21
Mini Magic of Books - this is the project that I have been working on a lot over the last two months and I am happy with the progress that I have been able to see.  I have wanted to spend some of the time working on this to see how much of it I could get done.  I also was part of a stitching challenge that ran from March 23 through to May 15th.  The challenge was to try and stitch 10,000 stitches on a full coverage piece during this time.

Mini Magic of Books - May 3
I decided that I was going to try and see if I could get all of those stitches in during this time given I am still working some of the time.  The challenge did feel a little large but then I thought that if I could focus on the piece instead of bouncing between a number of projects that I might be able to do it.

Mini Magic of Books - May 10
The good news is I did get the 10,000 stitches completed and I actually finished them yesterday and that made me feel good.  Sure I completed a lot of black stitches but at least I completed all of those stitches in the two months.  Seeing progress on this piece makes me feel very good and it shows that when I want to focus on a project I can see good results.


I continue to work on a lot of other projects but they get little bits of time and I don't see a lot of progress on them so I don't take pictures.

I hope everyone continues to stay well and you continue to spend a bit of time each day doing the things that you love. This week I am not sure that I will be working on but I know that I will continue to try and find little bits of time to do the things that I love to do. Have a good week and stay safe.


Monday, May 4, 2020

Another week with some progress

Mini Magic of Books - Apr 26
Here it is the start of another week, and another week of self-isolation or social distancing or whatever it is called now.  For us, it is social distancing and working remotely.

Mini Magic of Books - I continue to work on this project each week, and I am happy with the progress that I was able to get in on it. I have now finished all the black on the first two pages of this row of pages.  I am looking forward to adding more colour to these pages and see what it looks like. 

Mini Magic of Books - May 3
This project is still the one that I am working on for a Heaven and Earth challenge and I hope to complete the challenge this week.  I have another 1,700 stitches to do to finish the challenge, so hopefully, I can get them all done before the end of this coming weekend.

I love how this project is turning out and I hope to see more of it finished this month.

Jesus Wept - May 3
Jesus Wept - this is a project that I didn't think I would ever do, but I am happy that I have started it.  This project is a reproduction sampler and it was offered for free by Sassy Jacks Stitchery as part of the "Be Well" group of patterns that were released during March and April of this year.  This pattern was something that I looked at and decided that it might be something that I would try.

I had always said that I would never do a reproduction sampler because they didn't interest me.  Over the last year, I learned more about this type of sampler and started to want to try stitching one.  One thing I will say about stitching a reproduction sampler is that it is a challenge to stitch.  The chart is charted like the original piece, so if there are missing stitches or different colours they are included in the pattern.  It didn't take me long to figure out what you can't look at the pattern quickly and know where you are going.  You need to continually check the pattern because you might miss some of the changes the person originally stitching this pattern did.  Jesus Wept was stitched by a 9-year-old and I can say that it is going to be interesting to stitch this piece as I know that I have already run into a few areas that made me double-check the pattern.

v-stitch shawl in a ball - March 29
V-stitch shawl in a ball - I hadn't picked up my crocheting for a while, until this weekend, and I picked up a shawl that I started in March.

v-stitch shawl in a ball - May 3
It didn't take me long to see some progress on the shawl, and now I would like to get it finished quickly.  I know that I still have quite a bit of the actual shawl to finish, but hopefully, now that I have picked it up again I will be able to see some more progress on it before too long.


I am like a lot of other people and am working from home and also finding it a challenge to be at home all the time.  Sure, there are things that you can do a little easier when there isn't any commute time involved but it can also start to get to you after a few weeks.   I look forward to when things get back to normal and being out in public doesn't mean being in lines at stores or doing drive-thru to pick up a cup of coffee.

I hope everyone is still safe and well.  It is important to find a bit of time each day to do something for yourself during this time.  I continue to work on projects a bit at a time, so now to continue to do that and see when life gets back to normal, or at least to our new normal.




Monday, April 27, 2020

Progress

Mini Magic of Books - April 19
Here it is another Monday morning, and I have some progress on a couple of projects. The self-isolation continues, and like most people, I am looking to things getting back to normal.

Mini Magic of Books - I have been working on this project again this week.  I have tried to add a bit more colour to the dress, but a lot of what I worked on was getting more of the black filled in.  I have finished the black on the second page and am now working on getting the black done on the first page of this row.

One good thing this week on this project is I have reached 10% complete or 9,000 stitches done in about a month and a half.  It felt good seeing that I was able to get that much done and now to continue to work on this for a while longer and see how much I can get done.

Mini Magic of Books - April 26
This piece is also what I am using for a cross-stitch challenge, and it was to try to get 10,000 stitches done on a Heaven and Earth project by May 15th and this started March 23rd.  Since March 23rd I have been able to complete just over 6,800 stitches, so now to see if I can continue to stitch on this piece and get the 10,000 done.

Diagonal Shawl - Mar 26
Diagonal Garter Shawl - I picked up this project again over the weekend and added a few more rows.  I haven't knit on this for a while, so I figured it was time to get back to working on it.  I am not sure when I will pick it up again, but at least I know that I have got a bit more of it moved along.

It would be nice to see this project also moved forward in the next while, and I should measure it so that I know how much more I need to knit before I start the decrease.  I think I am over halfway on the one side but need to check.
Diagonal Shawl - Apr 25

I have other projects that I am also working on but again most of them get just a bit of work done so nothing that you can see any change in.  Finding time to do something for me is very important right now.  I hope that everyone else is doing the same and making sure that you take time for yourself each day.

I hope everyone has a good week, and you stay safe, and well.  Remember that you are not alone, and there are a lot of people feeling like you are. 





Monday, April 20, 2020

A bit of progress

Mini Magic of Books - April 12
Here it is the start of another week of self-isolation or whatever this is now being called.  Six weeks of doing things differently is basically what it is.  Hope everyone continues to stay safe and well during this time.

Mini Magic of Books - April 19
Mini Magic of Books - I am continuing to work on this piece a bit most days as I am looking forward to seeing some more colour being added to the piece.  This last week my focus was to get more of the first two pages across worked on, so I focused more on the black on the second page.

This week my goal might be to get the top section of black done on the second page and then start adding colour to these two pages.  It would be nice to see more of the dress appear, so that might be my focus for the next little while.
English Paper Piecing

English Paper Piecing - I am still working on getting more motifs done and this weekend I added a few more to the pile. I am looking forward to working on getting theses motifs attached to the runner so that the runner gets a little closer to being finished.  I haven't worked on the overall runner for a while, so I think it is time that I start doing that.


I continue to have a bunch of small projects on the go, and those are also helping me keep some sort of focus right now.

I hope everyone continues to find time to do something for themselves each day.  Making sure that you continue to take care of yourself as well as be there for others is important. I will continue to work on some of the projects that I want to work on for a while and who knows I may change some of the projects that I work on this week.

Have a good week, and stay safe during this crazy time we are all living in.