Monday, August 29, 2016

Finally getting a bit of cross-stitch done

Monarch - August 16th
The weather has finally cooled down just a little bit and I have been able to find a little bit of time in the evenings to work on some of my cross-stitch projects.

One piece got the most attention this week and that was Monarch Butterfly.  It really didn't get a lot of attention but at least it was the one that I can say that the focus on it for this week.

Monarch - August 27th
What I wanted to accomplish this week was to get to the right side of the project so that I knew how big the project was going to be.  I am happy now that I know that I have reached all four sides of the project so now it is just filling in the various areas.  I am not sure how I am going to work on this project but I hope over the next while to see some more progress on it as I am looking forward to getting it done.

The Tiger Lily did get a little bit of attention this week and that was one evening when I found that I just wanted to sit and work on it.

Tiger Lily - August 21st
The Tiger Lily is being worked on in areas instead of in colours.  I am trying to finish a block at a time with this project so that is nice as well.  What it does mean is I am not going to be seeing a lot of the design show up at a given stitch time but at least I am seeing that I am getting this project worked on.

Tiger Lily - August 24th
I have passed the half way mark on the bottom of the design and I think I am close to the half way up on the left side but will see when I check the pattern next time I pick up this project.  I think that I will now start to see more of the Tiger Lily appear as it is on the right side and upper part of the design.  This one is a lot of fun to work on because just by filling in a few blocks at a time I can see the design slowly come to life.

Sugar - April 17th
What both of these designs are showing me is I can work on projects differently depending on what I feel like.  Tiger Lily is being worked on more at a block at a time while Monarch is being worked on either a colour at a time or a section at a time depending on what I feel like on that stitching time.

One more project got a little bit of attention this week and it is Sugar.  I haven't picked this project up since Aprils so I figured it was time to try and at least put a few stitches in on it.  What I did was work on getting the outline done of the total project because this one is 10 inches square so yes it is going to be a rather large project when it is finished.  I have quite a bit of background to work on so am figuring that I am going to try and get Sugar outlined and then depending on what I feel like I can either work on the background or the actual full stitches in the design. 
Sugar - August 26th

The red threads on the design are showing me the center of the design.  It also gives me an area to show me how much of the total design that I have got done.  I would love to get the bottom of this design stitched soon but will see what happens over the next few weeks. 

A lot of my projects are being worked on slowly right now and that is because of how many I have on the go.  Blackwork Dragon didn't get any attention this week and I hope to be able to get some more of it done in the next couple of weeks.

There are some projects that haven't been worked on for over a year so I am thinking that maybe they will slowly start to see some work on them as well.   I have a list of 7 cross-stitch projects that I would like to work on over the next while so now to see which one actually gets the attention when I feel like stitching.

I am continuing to work on some baby hats and afghans and will see how many I was able to stitch in August on Wednesday of this week.  I have a pile sitting that will be going to the hospital later this fall but I haven't sat down and figured out how many hats I have completed this month. 

There are now some things that need my attention so I am going to go and do them and see if this evening I can work on one of the projects that I have sitting waiting for those few stitches to be done on them.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Progress on projects

Blackwork Dragon - August 14th
 This week I am happy to say that I was able to get some stitching done and saw some changes on three different projects.

The weather wasn't as hot this past week so it meant that I was able to spend a bit of time sitting inside and cross-stitching.

Blackwork Dragon was one project that got a bit of work early in the week and then I didn't work on it again.  It does take quite a bit of time to get the detail work done so this is a project that won't be progressing very quickly.

Blackwork Dragon - August 15th
I am going to try and work on it a bit at at time so that I can continue to see bits of progress on it.  I know that just sitting and working on this project is a little harder so at least being able to work on it on and off would be great. All of the dragon is filled in with various patterns so that is another easy it takes a bit of time.  You have to check to see which pattern you should be doing in an area and they change in different spots on the design so that is also a challenge.

Monarch Butterfly - August 9th
Another project that got a bit of work this week was Monarch Butterfly which I decided that I was going to try and work on one day and that is what I did.  Of course this project is being stitched a little different so it really doesn't look like I got a lot of stitching done on it.

Monarch Butterfly - August 16th
The Monarch Butterfly will be around 4 inches square when it's done so there isn't a lot of stitches let to get to the right hand side of the project.  I had decided that I was going to try and at least get to each side and I was able to do that on the top, bottom and left side so now to work on getting the stitching over to the right side.  I am thinking that being able to see the total size may help me get this project done quickly as it really isn't that big.

The Monarch Butterfly is again a project that I converted to cross-stitch so there isn't a completed project to compare my work with. It is fun looking at the original picture I am using and seeing how much of the design that I have been able to stitch so far.

Tiger Lily - August 14th
One more cross-stitch got the most attention this week and it was the Tiger Lily that I have been working on. This is the project that got the most attention but once again it didn't get lots of time due to the weather.

Tiger Lily - August 21st
The Tiger Lily is a bigger picture so I have just reached the half way mark in the bottom of the design but that doesn't bother me as I am slowly starting to see this design appear.

Cake Cakes yarn - Pop
Hopefully the weather will cooperate now and I will be able to spend some evenings working on these cross-stitch designs. I am happy with the progress that I have been making on all three of these designs and am thinking that instead of all of them getting attention each week I am going to either just work on one of them or two of them.  I think of lot of what stitching I do really depends on how I am feeling each day because sometimes working on the Dragon just feels like too much of a challenge so the actual x's on the other designs are a bit easier to do.

Pineapple Shawl
There is now some work that need my attention so will try and get that done so that this evening I can curl up and work on a project.  The baby hats are still being worked on and yesterday I started a shawl using some new yarn so am trying to see what it looks like.

The new yarn that I am trying to Caron Cakes and the colour I am using is Pop so it is interesting to see how it is going to work up.  I didn't get a lot of the shawl worked on yesterday but so far I am enjoying how soft the yarn is to handle and how quickly this shawl is working up.  I am not sure  how long it will take to get this project finished but at least I was able to make some progress on it quickly yesterday after getting home with it. The shawl pattern is called Pineapple Peacock Shawl and it uses worsted weight so it is something that is quick to make.

It is now time to get to work so that maybe tonight I can work on t least one of these projects that I have on the go.  I look forward to seeing how each of these projects progress this week.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Cross-stitch progress

Blackwork Dragon - Aug 8th
The heat has finally broken so I think I am going to be able to get back to doing some crafting in the evenings now.

This last week I didn't get a lot of anything done as the heat was just too much and I just couldn't get motivated to pick up a crochet hook for most of the week.  I think yesterday was the first day that I crocheted and of course I ended up working on a couple more baby hats which is great.  I continue to get them done but this month the progress as been very slow on them.

The projects that did get a little bit of attention this week were two different cross-stitch projects that I am working on.  The one that I could work on outside was the Blackwork Dragon by Jennifer Aiken-Smith.  This is one that I started in April and it was put down until this weekend when I was able to get some stitching done on it.  Having a project with just one colour was great while sitting on the balcony.

Blackwork Dragon - Aug 14th
This project was working up quickly as I did the outline but now that I have all the detail to complete it is going to take a bit more time.  I am hoping that this week I will be able to get a bit more of this done. 

The detail is going to take me some time but even getting a little bit done will make me very happy.  I am thinking that if I can get into the routine of working on this project for a while I should be able to make some progress on it.

The second project that I worked on was a Tiger Lilly design that I have.  This project was started in July but didn't see much attention until this week.  It was stitch night on Wednesday so I took this piece with me and that was the focus while sitting in a nice air conditioned area for a while.
Tiger Lilly - July 27th

Tiger Lilly - Aug 14th
During stitch night there are times when I don't seem to get much done and then there are the times that I can get quite a bit done.  Of course it looks like a large area was worked on but this is a small area but at least I am seeing some colour and that is nice.  This is another project that I hope to be able to work on this week.  I am thinking that just being able to work on it for a while would help me start to see more of the flower appear.

This week I am hoping to be able to get some more crocheting done as well as some cross-stitching.  I am not sure which project will get the most attention but will see how things go. I also have a Monarch Butterfly cross-stitch on the go so will see which projects get the attention this week. 

There are a few things that I need to get done for work this morning and then I will see what I can get done on my various projects. 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Crafting and the heat

more baby hats
This past week I have to admit that the crafting has been way down.  Of course work is part of the reason and then the heat is another reason.

The hot and humid days and evenings has meant that I really haven't wanted to do anything other than try and stay cool.  I have been trying to get a least get a few stitches in each day but crocheting has been slow.

Over the last week I was able to finish a few hats which is nice and I have a few more that are partly done so hopefully I can get some of them finished up this week.  I think most of the hats currently on the go are white which is very different for me.

I want to see if I make a dent in some of the yarn that I have to work on.  I received a little bit of yarn last weekend from a girl who's grandmother passed away.  I have promised that I would make some baby hats with the yarn so that is what I have started to do.  I am going to be keeping these baby hats separate as we are going to try and get her to drop the hats off herself in memory of her grandmother.

Santa hat
The first hat that I made with some of that yarn was another Santa hat because I saw the red and white yarn and immediately thought of a couple more of these hats.  I enjoy making these hats and figured it would also be a little different.

I am not sure how many hats that I will get out of the yarn that I received but am looking forward to seeing them come tonight in the near future.  The hats from this yarn has taken a bit of a priority over my other baby hats as I want to get them back to the grand-daughter as quickly as I can. It feels so good working on these hats because I know it made her happy when I said that I would make the baby hats with the yarn.

I have a few more projects that are on the go but have to admit that with the hot and humid weather that we have been having I haven't wanted to do much.  This week is another hot and humid week so I will see what I can actually get accomplished.

There are a few work things that need my attention today so I am now going to try and get them done.  Hopefully this evening I can get a bit of crocheting done but will see how things go.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Weekly update on hats and more

More hats in July
After writing the last blog about reaching 335 hats I tried to finish a few more hats before the end of the month and there is a picture of the remaining hats.  The final total for the period from September 1st through July 31st is 348 hats so I am happy with that total.

Over the weekend I was able to get a few rounds done on an afghan that I wanted to start.  This is how much stitching I was able to complete on Sunday afternoon while sitting chatting with some friends.

Cotton Candy Afghan
With all the heat and humidity I haven't been crafting like I normally do but hopefully soon I will be able to get back to stitching and enjoying getting some of my projects finished up.  I am really looking forward to being able to spend a bit of time cross-stitching soon as I would like to see what a couple of the projects that I am currently working will look like.

This week the weather is still suppose to be hot and humid so will have to figure out projects that work will when I am sitting outside in the evenings.  Of course, I know that the baby hats work well because they are nice and small so that will help.
Cotton Candy Afghan Yarn

Last Friday I was able to drop off a pile of baby afghans and the baby hats at the hospital.  It was wonderful being able to talk with the Manager of the Birthing Centre, as she was able to tell me what size hats work best so now I am really do better at helping them meet their needs.  I thought one size I was making was a little large and that is the size that the hospital likes the best so that is what I will be working on more often. The baby afghans can be various sizes so that is also nice as I will work on getting a few more of them finished up so that they are ready for the next drop off.

It is now time to get some work done and then I will see what the weather will allow me to work on.  At least I have projects of various sizes and complexity so depending on what I feel like doing I have something that fits that need.