Monday, April 6, 2020

Progress during a crazy time

Mini Magic of Books - March 29
Here it is the start of another week.  Things are still crazy in the world, but at least I have been able to find a bit of time to do the things that I love doing.

Mini Magic of Books - I continue to add more of the black to this piece, and it makes me happy to see that I have started to work up around her dress now.  There is still a lot more black to add to the piece, but it makes me feel good seeing that I have also been able to add a bit of colour to the piece. 
Mini Magic of Books - April 5

I continue to work on the next four pages all at once, so that means that I don't see a lot of progress completed in one area.  I am enjoying this project right now and am looking forward to seeing how much more of it I can get finished.  I do have a couple of other projects that I would like to move forward, so that might get a bit of attention in the next couple of weeks.

Small waves - March 29
Small waves scarf - this week, I wanted to get the rest of the rows knit on this scarf so that I could get it off the needles, and I finally was able to get that done. I finished up the scarf with 80 patterns completed.  It felt that the scarf was about the right length, so I finished it off and sewed in all the ends.  It feels great to see this scarf finished and now to see what gets added to the knitting needles in the next couple of days.

Small waves - April 5
One thing I am enjoying is having a couple of knitting projects on the go right now as well as a couple of crochet projects.  I don't get a lot of time to work on each item, but at least I have a variety, and I think that it helps a lot.


I continue to have a gift that I am working on, and it hasn't got finished yet, but I know that sitting and working on it for a while would help a lot.  I also have a couple of other projects on the go that I don't have pictures of currently.  It feels great seeing that I can make progress on things even with everything that is going on in the world right now.

I hope everyone has a good week, and you find some time to do something that you enjoy doing, even for a few minutes each day.  Stay safe and remember that we are all in this together, and we will get through it.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Progress on stuff

Mini Magic of Books - Mar 21
Here it is Monday morning, and I do have progress on some of my projects this week.  It feels good seeing all the progress that I have made, but that is due to having to stay home and not going out and doing things.

Mini Magic of Books - I continued to work on getting the black done on the bottom row of pages, and they are now all complete.  It feels good to see the entire width of the design and know that I have at least been able to get that much done.

Mini Magic of Books - Mar 29
I also was able to start to add a bit more colour to the piece, but given the bottom is all black, it is going to take me a while to have a lot of colours to show on this piece.  I hope that before too long I can at least see some colour instead of just black.  I added some brown in the upper right section of the area, so that was nice.

Diagonal Garter Shawl - Mar 22
Diagonal Garter Shawl - this project got quite a bit of attention this week as it is a great project to work on while waiting for calls to assist clients.  I have been able to get some of the length worked on abut haven't measured it yet because I have to get it to 60 inches before I start the decrease.

Diagonal Garter Shawl - Mar 29
This piece is working up quickly now, and I hope to be able to continue to work on this during the week and see how much more of it I can get done.  It is nice having a couple of projects that I can pick up and put down quickly.

Small Waves - Mar 22
Small Waves - this is another project that I have been using while waiting for work calls.  It moved forward quite quickly as well this week. I hope to have this project finished this week so that I can put another project onto the needles and have it close by.
Small Waves - Mar 29

Both Small Waves and the Diagonal Garter Shawl have been great projects to have available in my office area for when I am waiting on calls from clients.  We have assisted our clients over the last couple of weeks to get their staff to work remotely, so now we are providing support when they have issues.

V-stitch shawl - here is another project that might end up being one of those quick pick up projects. I decided to start another shawl so that I could have something to crochet.  I have been doing a lot of knitting lately, so I figured it was time to add some crocheting into the rotation.
V-stitch shawl - Mar 29


The gift is still being worked on slowly, but I haven't spent a lot of time on it, so maybe this week I will try and get back to working on it again.

We are staying safe and working remotely for all of our clients.  It is different in some ways, but now we are assisting them in helping their staff figure out how to continue to get the jobs done while not in the office. This has been interesting work and now to see when things start to get back to normal.

I hope everyone has a great week, and you find the time to do something that you enjoy each day. It is important during this time to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as well as those around you.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Progress this week

Magic of Books - March 13

Here it is the beginning of another week and now to see how things go.  I have been able to make some progress on a few things so now to see how things go.

Magic of Books - I was able to add some more black to this project, and I will see how things go.  I know that making sure that I can see some overall progress on things.
Magic of Books - March 22

I was also able to add a few stitches in another colour, so that makes me feel good.  There is still a lot of black to be added to this piece, and I will continue to work on it over the next few weeks. I have figured out the floss that I need for this project and some of it I don't have, but that will have to wait now until things start to get back to normal.  For the floss that I don't have, I can just leave those stitches empty and fill them in later.

Alzheimer's - Feb 2
Poem About Alzheimer's - I finally was able to pick up this piece again and make some progress on it.  I haven't wanted to work on this, but now I figure it is time to get it done.

Alzheimer's - March 22
I worked on this over the weekend and was able to get at least two sentences completed and will see how much of it I can get done this week. It is nice having a project that I can see progress on quickly because right now while working on all the Heaven and Earth projects, I don't see a lot of progress quickly.

Small Waves - Mar 15
Small waves - I have been working on this project most days and have seen some good progress on it.  I now have 45 patterns completed, but I am not sure how many more I need to do.  I know that the scarf isn't long enough yet, so now, to try and keep knitting on it.

I love this project as it is something that I can sit and work on for a few minutes, and I can see progress on it. 
Small Waves - March 22

Diagonal Garter Shawl - March 15
Diagonal Garter Shawl - this project hasn't got a lot of attention this week, but I was able to work on it long enough to get the increases done, so I am now working on the main section of the shawl.  I hope to be able to get more of this shawl done.


Diagonal Garter Shawl - March 22
I am continuing to see progress on a few projects that I have on the go, and I continue to work on the gift so that I can see it finished soon.  Like a lot of people, we are dealing with COVID-19 restrictions.  It is something that everyone is dealing with.

I hope everyone has a good week, and you find some time to do the things that you love each day.  Stay safe and remember we are all in this together.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Progress on Projects

Mini Magic of Books - March 7
Here it is the start of another week, and I have made a bit of progress on some projects. 

Mini Magic of Books - this past week, I decided to start to figure out the section of black that I had to work on for this project.  I know it is a lot of stitches as there are around 30,000 stitches in black in this project.

Mini Magic of Books - March 13
I have some of the areas now outlined and will see how long it takes me to fill in all of this black.  I also have the area outlined where I can add other colours if I want that change as well.  It is nice to see that I can get some of the stitching done so now to work on doing some of it even if it is only a few stitches at a time.  I hope that I can continue to move this project forward a little bit at a time.  Sure there is a lot of black at the bottom of this piece, but it gives me something that I can work on when I just want to stitch and not count stitches.

Small Waves - March 7
Small Waves Scarf - this project got a bit more attention this week, and I am slowly starting to see the scarf get longer.  I have now more than doubled the length of the scarf from where it was last weekend. This scarf does knit up quickly when you can sit and focus on getting it done. 

Small Waves - March 15
The pattern is four rows, and only the first row is the actual pattern, so that makes it something very easy to work on.  I would like to continue to get this scarf knit up, and it sits by one of the chairs I sit in, so it means when I have a few minutes, I can add a couple more rows to this project.

Diagonal Garter Shawl - March 15
Diagonal Garter Shawl - I started another version of this shawl as I would like to have this one ready for a possible craft sale in the fall. If there are craft sales in the fall, it means that I need to start making sure that I have items that I would like to see.  I started this project this week and will see how quickly it gets moved forward.


I am also continuing to work on a gift that I am making, so there are no pictures of it until it is finished and gifted.  I hope that I can get the gift finished soon.


I hope everyone is staying safe and finding ways to manage all the news that we hear each day.  Until next week I hope you stay safe, and you continue to find time each day to do the things that you enjoy. 

Monday, March 9, 2020

Some progress this week

Mini The Forgotten - Feb 23
Here it is the start of another week, and I have a bit of progress to show you from the last week.

Mini The Forgotten - This is one project that got some attention this week as I decided that I wanted to try and get one page finished of the pattern. The actual pattern is 12 pages, so it is going to take me some time to get it all done. 
Mini The Forgotten - Mar 4
After focusing on stitching a bit at a time, I was able to get the first page done.  I am happy to see that I have that done, and I also have a bit of the next two pages stitched.  I am not sure how quickly I will get the next page finished, but I am going to be working on it a bit at a time.

I am looking forward to seeing this pattern moved forward as it is something that I would like to see finished up and hung up at home soon.  Of course, because of the size of the design soon isn't going to be in the next couple of months but we will see when I can get this piece finished and framed.

Mini Magic of Books
Mini Magic of Books - so this week, I decided that I was going to start another design.  Yes, I know that I have quite a few Heaven and Earth Designs on the go, but this one spoke to me right now.  It is a girl sitting and reading in a window, and that is something that I always loved to try and do.

Mini Magic of Books - Mar 7
This is another pattern that is twelve pages in size, but the bottom page was only twelve rows, so I have finished the first page of this already. 

V-stitch Afghan - I normally have something small that I can work on when I have a few minutes, and a v-stitch afghan is sometimes that project.  I had this project sitting around for a while now, so I decided that I was going to get it finished.  I worked on getting the last few rows of the actual piece done and then did the border, so this project is now finished other than blocking it.
Small v-stitch afghan - March 8

This afghan is only 22 inches by 26 inches, so it is good as a preemie blanket or a doll blanket.  At least it is done, and I can now start to work on another project.

Small waves scarf - I found some yarn that I love working with, and it is called Meandering, and I found some of it at Michaels.  It is a worsted weight yarn, so I have decided that I am going to try and knit some scarves and shawls with it.  This week I cast on a small waves scarf and started working on it.  I haven't got very far, but I only work at it a few minutes at a time, so it is going to take me some time to get it all done.
Small waves - March 8




Of course, I have a few other projects that I am working on as well, but there aren't any pictures to show of them. If I can find some time this week, I am going to continue to try and get some stitches in on at least a couple of these projects.  I may start something new as well in the knitting category, but I am not sure right now. 

I hope everyone is staying healthy and finding a bit of time to do things you love each day.  We are trying our best to avoid all the flu's and colds around here as well, so until next week, I hope everyone has a great week.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Where did the week go

Diagonal Garter Shawl - Feb 23
This past week went extremely fast, and I am not exactly sure where the week went. Things around here have been busy, so I haven't had a lot of time to do much of anything other than work and the normal other things that everyone has to do.

Diagonal Garter Shawl - Feb 29
Diagonal Garter Shawl - I continue to work on this a little bit at a time and am happy with the progress that I have made on the shawl.  I decided to put a marker at the 20-inch mark and see how much more I could get done.  I put the marker in over a week ago, and I am not over 30 inches completed but still have to continue to work on this piece until it measures 60 inches, so still, quite a bit of knitting to go. 

I love how this pattern is turning out and also love that it is so easy to work on.  It is basically two rows of pattern, and one is a decrease/increase and the other is plain knitting so now.  I have to continue with this pattern until the side measures 60 inches, and then I can start working on the decrease.

English Paper Piecing - Dec 20
English Paper Piecing - I decided this past week that I would pull out this project and see if I could get it moving forward again.  I have some of the motifs already made, so that meant that I could start joining them all together. This project is going to take quite a while to complete, but I am enjoying working on it.  Now to see how many motifs I can get made this month and also how many I can get joined onto the runner.  The runner has around 220 motifs in it, so I am still quite a way away from finishing it, but I am starting to enjoy this again.
English Paper Piecing - March 1

I hope that I can continue to work on the runner and maybe see that I can make some good progress on it soon.  There are so many other designs that I would like to try, but I need to get this runner finished before I start working on something else.


I am also working on a gift project that doesn't have any pictures of it because I want it to be a surprise for the person that I am making it for.    I will take pictures of the project once it is finished and has been gifted.  This is the project that I try and give my bits of free time to so that I can get it finished up quickly.


I hope everyone has a good week, and you find a bit of time each day to do the things that you enjoy doing.  I am now off to get some work done that is sitting on my desk.  Have a great week, and I will see what progress I have to show you next week.

Monday, February 24, 2020

A week with some progress

Mini The Forgotten - Feb 15
Here it is Monday morning, and I have a bit of progress on a couple of projects. It continues to be busy around here, so that isn't a lot of time to craft, but at least I am trying to make some progress on things a bit at a time.

Mini The Forgotten - Feb 23
Mini The Forgotten - this is the cross stitch project that has been getting the attention.  I was able to spend some time over the weekend stitching and am happy with the progress that I was able to make on the piece.  I was working on filling one section, and it does take quite a bit of time, but at least now, I am starting to see one corner of the pattern getting closer to being finished. 

I really love the app Pattern Keeper as it makes it so much easier to see where the various colours are in the pattern.  I also like that the app shows me how many stitches I complete each day and also the percentage of completion that I am at.  As of last night, I am 9.14% completed on this pattern, and that makes me feel good.

I know that I am not close to getting this project finished, but at least I am seeing that I am slowly marking progress on it, and that is the main thing. 

Diagonal Garter Shawl - Feb 13
Diagonal Garter Shawl - this is one project that I can pick up and work on even I have a few minutes and see some progress on it.  Before this week, I had just finished getting one edge of the shawl stitched, and now I am really working on the main section of the shawl. I need to stitch the longest edge until it measures 60 inches and I am now around 27 inches, so I still have a ways to go.  I love how the yarn is working with this pattern.  I am using Meandering, which I picked up at Michaels.  It is a nice soft acrylic yarn with a bit of variegation in it.

Diagonal Garter Shawl - Feb 23
This week I hope to be able to work on this shawl a bit as it would be really nice to see that it is getting closer to being finished.


I do have another project that I am working on, but I will not be showing it until it is finished as it is a gift. 


I have a lot of other things that I am working on and am keeping busy.  I hope everyone has a great week, and you can find little bits of time each day to do something that you love doing.

I now have to get the work done that is on my desk and then will see if I have some time this evening to do something that I love doing.  Have a great week.

Friday, February 21, 2020

A new tool for sewing

Pot Holder
For those of you that have hardwood floors and you sew, I have found something that works great to control the foot pedal of your sewing machine or serger.

I have been looking all over for something that would prevent the foot pedal from slipping, and I finally found something in a kitchen section of Ikea. What I found was a potholder made of silicone, and I can put it on the floor and then put the foot pedal on it, and it stays put.  It is a 7" square and is something that is easy to move, especially considering I don't have a standard sewing spot.

Here is the potholder that I picked up, and for $3.49 Cdn, it is so worth it.  We had picked up one a while ago for around the kitchen, and I love it because it prevents mixing bowls from moving as well.

I know I probably could have found an actual sewing machine pedal pad at some store, but this was a lot easier to find considering we were at Ikea the other day picking up a couple of other little things that we wanted.  I would recommend if you are looking for a pedal mat for any of your machines, it is worth going to Ikea and getting this one.


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Progress and a finish

Mini Forgotten - Jan 11

Here it is Tuesday morning this week, and I am going to try and show you a little bit of what I have been working on in the last week.

Mini Forgotten - Feb 15
Mini Forgotten - this project has come back out and got some attention this weekend.  I decided that it was time to see if I could make some good progress on it. I worked on filling in some of the areas for a while and then decided that considering there is a lot of black in the piece that I would try and focus on it for a while.

The project is still a long way from looking like much, but at least I know that I am 7.35% finished on this piece.  I am using Pattern Keeper App for tracking my progress on this piece, and it makes me feel so good when I can see where I am on the project and also the number of stitches that I have completed.

I look forward to seeing if I can get some more of this project worked on in the next little while as it would be nice to see more of the areas filled in that I need to work on and then I might start to see the different areas of the design start to come to life.

Diagonal Shawl - Feb 10
Diagonal Garter Shawl - I worked on this piece again to make sure that I could get to the point where I was able to see the actual width of the piece.  I am now at the point where I increase at one end of the row and decrease at the other end to keep the overall size of the shawl the same.  I am now going to be working on the overall length of the shawl so, that means that I will be working on it for a while as I need to get the one side to measure 60 inches before I do the decrease for the other side of the shawl.

Diagonal Shawl - Feb 13
The yarn that I am using for this is Meandering by Loops & Threads.   I had been looking at this yarn for a while, and then I saw it on sale, so I figured I would pick it up and work on this shawl. The label says it is a worsted weight yarn, but I think it might be slower to a double knitting or sports weight yarn, but for this project, it is working up fine.

Fidget Blanket - this is a project that I have been thinking about making for a little while now, and finally, this weekend, I sat down and worked on it.

Fidget blanket - A fidget blanket is a lap-size quilt that provides sensory and tactile stimulation for the restless hands of someone with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia, such as ADD, or an autism spectrum disability.

Fidget Blanket - Feb 17
I have to admit that it was interesting to work on to make sure that the different items fit into the areas that I had but also that they were all working, and none of the pieces are not attached.  I am now going to see if I make any more of these in the future, but at least I know that it does take a lot of planning to make one of these.  I know that I could have added probably a couple more items, but I also didn't want to make it too complicated.  


I am happy with all the progress that I made over the last week on things. I do have another project that I am working on, but I won't be taking a picture of it until it is finished as it is a gift.  

I hope everyone has a great week and you find little bits of time to do the things you love to do each day.   I am now going to get the work done that I need to get done and then will see if I can find some time to work on some of these projects this week.



Monday, February 10, 2020

Some progress and a finish

Linen and Threads Ornament#1 - Feb 8
Here it is the start of another week and, I can say that I was able to get some crafting done even if it was just a few minutes each day.

Linen and Threads - this year, Linen and Threads decided that along with the monthly section of the big project, they would include an ornament that we could also stitch.

I haven't started the big project for this year but, I decided that I was going to try and make some progress on the ornaments.  I started the January ornament, and after one day of stitching, I was able to see some good progress on it.  I hope to continue to work on this ornament and get it done soon.

I do love the patterns that Brendon Kirk puts out and now to see if I can get the ornaments done as well as the 2020 project before the end of the year.  I also need to finish the 2019 version of his stitch along, so that means that I need to get working on these projects again.

Simple Shawl - Feb 9

Simple Shawl - Feb 2
Simple Shawl - last week, I said that I was going to try and get the 29 increases done this month to make sure that I could get the shawl moved forward.  Well, the 29 increases ended up to be 45 increases, and it meant that the shawl was done.  I am happy to stay that over this last week I finished knitting that shawl which I didn't think I would finish as quickly as I did.

I still need to sew in the ends on this shawl, but at least it is knit, and I should get the ends sewn in either tonight or tomorrow night.


Diagonal Shawl - Feb 9
Diagonal Garter Shawl - after finishing up the simple shawl, I decided it was time to start something else that I wanted to work on.  This shawl is worked on the diagonal, so it is a little different, but I love it.  I am still working on making the increases done for the edge of the shawl, but I hope to have that done within the next couple of days.

The yarn that I am using for this shawl is a little marbled, so it is giving some nice colouring on the overall pattern.  It is another simple pattern, and I am enjoying working on it as I can quickly see some results on it or at least right now I can.  I might not see the fast results once I am working on the center section of the piece.


I continue to be busy with several things, so I am not getting lots of time to sit and do the things that I love.  I have been trying to at least find a few minutes each day to do something for me, and I am happy with the progress that I have been seeing.

I hope everyone has a great week, and you find the time to do the things that you love to do each day. You don't need a lot of time to do something for yourself, so remember it is important for your personal care that you look after yourself as well as looking after others.  I am now off to get some work done that needs to get done and will see how the rest of this week goes.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Busy week

Poem about Alzheimer's - Feb 2
Here it is the beginning of another week and now to try and recap what I worked on over the last week.  I have to admit I didn't have a lot of time to do anything, but at least I was able to find a few minutes each day to do something.

Poem about Alzheimer's - this past week, I decided that after finding a poem about Alzheimer's that I would chart it and then stitch it.  The actually charting of the poem didn't take too long to get done, so then it was time to start to stitch it, and I did that.  I am using one colour of silk to stitch the poem in and so far have been liking how it has been turning out.  I still have quite a bit of stitching ahead of me, but so far, it seems to be moving ahead as a fairly quick speed.

Simple Shawl - Feb 2
Simple Shawl - now this project sure doesn't look like I have done much work on it, but I was able to find time to get a few more rows added to this project.  I am now thinking that my goal for the month is to ensure that I have increased the number of stitches by 29 before the end of the month.  I don't think that will finish off the shawl, but it should mean that I am getting closer to having a finish.


This past weekend we were helping at the Walk for Memories organized by the Alzheimer's Society of Toronto.  It was a wonderful event with over 1,400 walkers participating and around 300 volunteers.  There was a Friday evening event as well as the walk on Saturday morning, and both of them were enjoyable to be involved in.  We haven't heard the final total of money raised, but on Saturday, they announced it was around $600,000, and there are still two weeks left to donate.

It is now time for me to wrap up here and maybe find a few minutes of crafting time before I call it the end of my day.  I am happy that I have found a few minutes to do something for myself most days and will try and continue to do that.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week and I hope that you also find a few minutes each day to do something for yourself that makes you happy.