Monday, October 18, 2021

Slowly moving things forward

It is hard to believe it is the start of another week, but at least things are starting to look a little brighter in our crazy world. We are still dealing with a number of restrictions, but things are slowly starting to open up more and more.  Of course, there are still going to be restrictions for a while, but maybe now we can start doing things again.

This picture of the rainbow was taken this morning out of my office window. I walked into my office and this is the first thing that I saw which made me smile.  So yes things are looking a little brighter in the world this morning.

This last week has been a little crazier than normal for me so finding the time or energy to actually craft hasn't happened as often as I would have liked.  I know that things are finally turning around, so now I am hopeful that I will be able to find the time and energy again to do some of the things that I love doing.

Grey wavy scarf - as I mentioned last week I wanted to try knitting this scarf with a different yarn so of course I had to start it.  This scarf was what got most of the attention this week, as I would like to be able to wear it before too long.

I am knitting this with a ball of Red Heart Croquette, and I am loving how it is turning out.  This yarn was available at Michael's, so I picked up a couple of pucks of it, and I am loving how it looks.  It has been discontinued, so that means that I will enjoy what I have and maybe find something similar in the future.  This is only part of the first 45 g puck that I have, and I am thinking it will be long enough when I finish the 45 grams.

Krozwyrd - this project got just a bit of attention this week but at least I was able to make some progress on it.  I am looking forward to seeing how much more of it I can get done as I do enjoy working on it and love how it is turning out.

Each section of this pattern is a little different and maybe that is what makes it so much fun to work on.  You start to see all the little different details appear and that is what has been keeping me motivated to get this piece moved forward.  I hope that this coming week I will be able to spend some time working on it again. 

I hope that before too long I can see the bottom section of this piece finished, and then I can move the q-snap and work on the rest of the piece.


Other projects - I continue to try and work on getting more of the projects moved forward, but there isn't a lot of movement lately, so that is why there aren't many pictures.

I hope you continue to find those few minutes each day to do something for yourself.  It doesn't matter what it is, but just being able to do it makes such a difference. Have a great week and hopefully next week I will have a bit more progress on things. 

Monday, October 11, 2021

Moving projects forward a bit at a time

Here it is the start of another week and the weather today is telling us it is still summer, but it is almost the middle of October. 

Restrictions here in Ontario are slowly being lifted, but we are still not where we would like to be with regard to the number of Covid-19 cases.

Pandemic - I picked up this piece again this week as I wanted to see if I could get it moved forward even a little.  I only worked on it one day of the weekend, and at least I can see that I did make some progress on it. I will see when I pick it up again and how much more of it I can do.

Krozwyrd - I am continuing to work on this piece, and I am now working on getting some inside designs stitched.  They do take quite a while to do as there are a lot of stitches in each little section.  

I have decided that I am going to try and work on filling in the very bottom sections so that I can move the entire piece up and finish it that way.  I had originally thought of doing all the words first but given the detail in the rest of the piece having the option of doing a letter sometimes will probably be a good idea. 

This week I hope to be able to add a few more stitches to this piece and see if I can at least get a bit more of the bottom sections done. This piece is going to take quite a while to complete, but if I can at least get a few stitches done on it each day, it might help me feel better. 

Sisters - I started a project this week, and I am looking forward to seeing how quickly it stitches. This piece is actually being done using a crochet pattern and not a cross stitch pattern. I would like to get this piece done quickly as it is part of a Christmas gift.

I decided to try and do this piece using the crochet pattern as it was laid out basically like a cross stitch pattern, so it isn't that hard to follow.  The only difference is I have to be very careful when I move from one page to another.  I am using one variegated thread for this piece, and it is stitching up pretty quickly.  I hope to get finished with the first page this week, and then I only have three partial pages to go.  If things go well, I should have this finished in plenty of time to do the rest of the gift.

Wavy scarf - I continued to work on this scarf during the week and am very happy with the progress that I made on it.  It is a very simple pattern and given the rows are short they don't take long to do.  I am thinking that being able to get this scarf done would be nice, but I am thinking I may try and knit another version of this scarf as I would like to have it for an event.

I have just added the third of the twelve yarns to this scarf and so far I have enjoyed how it is turning out.  I will see what happens this week if I continue to work on this version of the scarf or does the other idea end up getting started and moved forward. 

Other projects - I am continuing to work on a number of other projects as well, and I am looking forward to getting things done quickly if I can.  These projects are the ones that have got the most attention this past week, and I will see which projects get attention this coming week.

I am working on getting the throw for my mom finished up, but it is taking quite a bit of time to do the quilting on it.  I am actually sewing buttons in the middle of a lot of the motifs so that does take the time.  Once it is done I will be able to take a piece of it. I have a goal of when I would like the throw done, so that means I am going to need to get the buttons finished and then do the binding.

I hope everyone is continuing to find a bit of time for yourself each day. Making sure that you do something for yourself even a few minutes each day does make a difference.  Next week I would like to have some projects to show you that I have moved forward.

To my Canadian readers, Happy Thanksgiving.




 

Monday, October 4, 2021

Different projects get moved forwardd

Here it is the start of another week and things here are about the same as they have been in regard to work and Covid restrictions.  Fall is finally here, and you can feel it come days, but then other days we still have the warmth of late summer.

This week I decided that I was going to change up the projects that I was working on and wanted to see how it went.  I think I feel good about the progress on things, so now to see if I can continue with the mix of some smaller projects as well as the larger projects.

Motif from Mahala Barber - this is a project that I started in 2019, and it got put away until it finally came out and got some attention this week.  This was a fun piece to work on as I changed all the colours on it and had some fun.  I used some over dyed flosses that I had so that I could give the vase and stand some different character.  I love how it turned out, and it really didn't take me too long to finish up this piece once I got started.

I am not sure how I will be finishing this piece, but I know that it will be finished up soon so that I can have it available to hang up here before too long. I hope that I can continue to pull out some older projects to get them finished, as it does make me feel good seeing that when I can sit and focus on something I can get it done before too long.

The Snipper - here is a project that was all kitted up and ready to be stitched since 2018.  I finished the other two in the series, The Stitcher and The Ripper but never actually picked this one up to work on.  This week I decided that it was another projects that wouldn't take long to do, so I picked it up and started it and by the end of the weekend I had another finish. Again, this was a nice quick stitch and something that now I can finish.  I will finish this piece as well as the other two, and they will be ready to display before too long.

It is so much fun pulling out these little projects and actually seeing that when I can sit and work on one of them, I can get it finished up before too long.

Infinity scarf - here is the knitting that got the attention again this week, and now I am getting closer to having this scarf finished.  I have now attached the 11th colour and only have one more to go after this.  I am having so much fun working on this scarf, and I am thinking that I might make another one once this one is done.  I will maybe do the next one a single colour, but will have to see what I feel like when the time comes.

This pattern is very easy to do and something that I can pick up and work on when I have a few minutes where I just want to work on something.  I am not looking forward to seeing it together once it is done, but I will tackle that when I get there. I hope to have these two colours stitched up before long, and then will work on the next project.  

Wavy scarf - this is the new knitting project that I started and will be using the remaining 12 small balls on it.  I finished the first colour and added on the second one, and it is another one of those patterns that isn't very difficult.  It is four rows, so I do have to pay a bit of attention to it, but again I am enjoying how it is turning out.  I am not sure how long this scarf will be, but am happy to see that I am getting there on it.

Other projects - I haven't picked up a lot of the other projects that I have on the go but will see how things go moving forward this week.  I have loved working on the projects that I have done, and now to see what gets the attention this week.

I hope everyone continues to find a bit of time each day to do something that you love doing.  It does help you regain the focus that you need to be there for everyone else.  

Hope everyone has a good week and hopefully next week I will once again have something to show you.







Monday, September 27, 2021

Some good progress

Here it is the start of another week and yes I am happy to say that I did make a bit of progress on things over the last week.  Now to see what I can get done this week, as I think I might be changing up some projects for a bit of variety.

We continue to have a lot of restrictions here in Ontario, but being able to work remotely helps so much.

Krozwyrd - I decided to work on getting a few more letters added to this piece as they are a lot of run and something that I can do quickly. 

I will continue to add the letters but now what I have decided that I want to do is work on some various sections so that I can get the bottom on the pattern finished.  I am hoping to be able to focus on getting the bottom areas completed and then start working up on the pattern.  I would like to see more of the piece done, as I started to feel that bouncing around wasn't helping me see the progress that I really wanted to see.

I got the very bottom of the piece almost all finished and that made me feel good so now to work on getting more of the sections done.

Autumn - This piece got some attention as well this week and I continued to work on building the second house.  It does take quite a while to see progress on this piece, but at least I have been more of the houses done and have started to add other items as well.

I love seeing how the houses have started to come together as well as being able to add other little things to the piece as I have been stitching.  I am looking forward to seeing the rest of the piece come together, but I know it isn't going as fast as I had hoped so now maybe to take a week off from it and see what I feel like after that.

I would like to get this piece done soon but maybe taking a bit of a break from it will help me want to work on it more and see it finished.  I had first thought that I would have it done very quickly but once I started on it, I realized that there is a lot of detail on this piece, and it was going to take me longer than I originally thought to get it done.  

Infinity scarf - this project has changed again this week and part of that is because of how easy it is to knit.  I have decided to make it a bit longer, and then I will be making a different scarf out of the other yarn that I have left.  This scarf will use up 12 of the 24 balls, and then I will work on the other scarf and see how quickly I can get it done as well.

I have three more balls of yarn to add to this scarf and I have to admit that I have been having fun just grabbing the next ball and seeing what it is.  The other scarf has had a bit more planning, so that is also good.

I have started the other scarf and got a few rows done on it but nothing that will really show what the pattern is like.  Hopefully next week I will have more of it knit and will be able to show you what it looks like.  Having the simple knit patterns are really helping me right now as with everything else that is going on I need to see progress on things but can't have something that is too complicated.

Other stuff - this coming week I am thinking that I might change up the cross stitch projects that I am working on and see how that goes.  I have been working on these pieces for a while and thought that maybe a bit of a break would help some.

I have a few projects picked out that I might work on so now to see which projects get the attention because it will be a lot of fun to see progress on some of the other projects that I want to do.  

I hope everyone continues to find a bit of time each day to do something for yourself.  It doesn't matter how long you spend, but just spending a few minutes each day does help a lot. I recently was told that I had to remember that life is like when the oxygen deploys on an airplane.  Make sure you take care of yourself first, and then you will have the strength to help others. 

Have a good week and hopefully next week I will have some other things to show.





Monday, September 20, 2021

Where did the week go?

 Here it is the start of another week and I can't really figure out where the week went. I know that things were busy around here, so that is probably why I am not sure where the time went.

The restrictions here in Ontario are still in place, but that doesn't bother me, as we have been staying away from stores and such as much as possible.

Krozwyrd - here is the one piece that I did make some progress on this last week. I decided to try and work on filling in some letters in the blocks so that I could start to see what each of the words looked like.

The fill in areas are going to be taking longer than I thought because some of them have a lot of detail, but I am working on them a bit at a time and that seems to be working a little better. I hope to get more of the fill in done this week as well as getting more of the letters done.  I am having fun working on the different letters, so I am not sure when words will get completed, but it's fun just adding a different letter when I feel like working on them.

Autumn - I finally got this piece back up and figured I needed to get a few more stitches in on it.  I ended up working on getting the main colour of the second house completed and that makes me feel a little better.  I hope that I can continue to get this piece worked on as I would like to have it finished before the end of Autumn this year.  I know that there is quite a bit of time until then but considering how I sometimes stitch I need I better work on it a bit more. 

With this piece I am thinking that I might try and work on a colour at a time and see how that goes.  I have quite a few different colours in this piece, and maybe seeing progress would help me want to stitch on this piece a little more. Maybe this week I will try and work on it. 



Infinity scarf - I have been able to make some good progress on this scarf during the last week.  I have been trying to pick this up even for a few minutes each day, and I am happy with the progress that I made on it.  I am thinking that I may just finish the colour that I am currently working on and then make this into the scarf.  It is pretty long now, so I'm thinking that I might say it is long enough and then finish this one off and then start working on another one so that I can have different scarves for different outfits.

This scarf is so nice to work on as it works up pretty quickly as it is just two pattern rows, so there isn't a lot of things you have to remember when working on this piece.


Other projects - I have been able to works on bits of other projects, but again nothing that is worth taking a picture of. One of my socks finally came back up, and I got a few rounds done on it, but that wasn't worth a picture this week.

I hope everyone continues to find a bit of time each day to do something for yourself.  It is very important to make sure that we find the time to recharge our own batteries before we try and help others.

Hopefully next week I will have some more progress on a few projects that I can show you. 



Monday, September 13, 2021

Progress on a couple of projects

It is hard to believe that another week has come and gone, but I guess given the way things went I should be saying finally that week is over.  It has been crazy around here, but now maybe things are starting to get a little more organized and that will be good.


Krozwyrd - this project continued to be my focus for another week, and I am happy with the progress that I was able to get done. I have now finished outlining all the blocks for the letters and have started to do some background for it



This piece does take quite a bit of time to see progress, especially now that I will be doing the filling in of the various sections. I didn't focus on one section of the background, so that is why there are little areas done, but hopefully I will be able to pick a section and try and get it done instead of bouncing all over, but only time will tell.  I am not sure if this project will continue to be my focus or not, but will see what I feel like later today when I pick up my project.


Infinity scarf - this week I was able to work on getting a bit more of this scarf worked on and that felt great.  I have finished five of the 24 colours and am now working on the 6th colour.  I will see once I have got 12 of the colours added if I am going to make one very long scarf or two shorter ones.  I guess only time will tell, but I am lovely this project as it is very easy to do and something that I can see results.

I am going to try and continue to work on this a little each day as I would like to see more of it done before too long.  I am finding this scarf a lot of fun to work on considering I don't know which colour yarn I will be using next.  I have all the partial balls in a bag and I just grab one and start knitting with it.  It has meant that this scarf is very random, but I am loving how it is turning out so far.

Other projects - I continue to work on other projects a bit at a time, but again nothing is really moving forward very quickly.  Life has been very busy for us the last couple of weeks so now to see what it is like this week.  I hope that things have started to calm down some, and then I will be able to focus on getting some projects done that I have wanted to do.  I guess I can only wait and see what happens.

I hope everyone continues to find a bit of time each day to do something that you enjoy doing.  That time is very important as it ensures that we have the energy to help the others around us. Stay safe, and hopefully next week I will have some progress on something to show you.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

A bit of progress

Here it is the start of another work week.  I have to admit that I am not sure where the last week has gone but at least I know that we have been able to make some progress around my own office area.  

Working from home means that your office area is also areas that you use for a lot of other things, so I spent part of the weekend getting a little more organized.  I am not finished getting that done, so hopefully over the next week I can get the office area set up to the way that I would like to see it for now.

Krozwyrd - this was my craft focus for the last week and I and to move the q-snap to get to the bottom of the design.  I have now got to the bottom row of letters, so I know I have enough fabric to complete the piece.  I am now going to finish outlining the rest of the letters and then see how things go.  I hope to be able to get more of the blocks done but not sure if this is going to be my focus piece this week or if something else is going to take its place.  

I think what I really like about working on this piece is that with it only being two colours I don't have to keep checking to make sure I am using the right colour.  I am thinking that continuing to work on this is relaxing and right now that is something that is very important.  I will see what this week is like and when I post the blog next week you will see what I have been able to accomplish and on what project.

Other stuff - as the number of cases in Ontario continue to rise we are sitting back and wondering when we may get moved back a stage of opening.  We continue to be extremely careful when we are out, so now we just have to wait and see what happens. 

I haven't picked up a lot of my other crafting lately but will see what happens this week.  I don't have as many days to do the crafting, but I will see what I can gt done, and hopefully I will have some good results on at least a couple of projects this week.

Remember to take some time for yourself each day and do something that you love doing.  We all need to remember that it isn't being selfish, it is making sure that we keep ourselves well so that we can assist everyone else around us.  

 Have a good week and hopefully next week I will have a bit more to show.



 


 

Monday, August 30, 2021

More progress and finishes

Here it is another week, and we have continued to deal with the heat and humidity, so I am happy to have something to show for this week.  The forecast says this is the last day with the crazy humidity, but we will just wait and see.

Autumn - this weekend I was able to put a few stitches in on Autumn and have started the second house on the piece.  The houses seem to take a long time to do so it feels good being able to get some of it done even if it isn't finished yet.  I hope that I can continue to work on this piece and maybe get the second house filled in with the main colour and maybe even start the roof on it.

I would like to see more of this piece moved forward, but I am thinking that I might try and work on something else for a while this week, as I do have a busy schedule. I might try and work on this a little, as it is a long weekend coming up here in Ontario, so that might help me get more progress on things.

I still hope to have this piece done and on the way this fall, so that means that I am going to have to continue to work on it.  I think I can do it even if it isn't my true focus piece.  Right now I don't have one of those, and it is making me feel great.

Modern Nordic - here is a piece that was started in 2019 and didn't get any attention after it was started. I had worked two days on this piece, and then it was put away until it came back out this week so that I could see if I could get it finished.

This was my focus for the week as I wanted to get it finished up so that I could have another quick finish, so that is what I did this week. Being able to sit and focus on this made me feel good because it was one colour and that meant that I could just stitch and not worry about changing colours.  This project was also good this week, given how hot and humid it was out.

I am thinking that now that I have finished up a couple of the projects that were started a while ago I am going to try and continue to move some of these forward.  I think it would be really nice to see that I have been able to get more of these projects finished up instead of them sitting with just some stitches in on them.

Baby afghan - here is another project that has been on the go for some time.  It was started in the spring this year and I have only worked on it bits at a time, so that is why I haven't posted pictures of this before now.  I always felt that one or two rounds didn't show much progress, but now this is finished. 

This is a basic granny square using two colours of yarn that I had.  I wanted to get another afghan completed and when I was looking at my yarn I found these three balls of yarn so figured that I would just work them into a simple pattern, and then they were done.  It felt good getting this done, as this was something that I would work on a bit at a time sitting on the balcony in the evenings.


We are still dealing with the fourth wave of Covid-19 here and that isn't great.  The case numbers keep raising, so now sure what is going to be happening with restrictions.  For us, we continue to be extremely careful, so will see how things go.

I hope everyone continues to find a bit of time each day to do something for yourself.  I know that even the 10 or 15 minutes that I have found some days has helped a lot.  It has given me the energy and strength to deal with everything else that is going on around us.  Have a good week, and hopefully I will have a bit of progress to show you again next week.





 

Monday, August 23, 2021

Anoter week with some progress

 Here it is the start of another week and I can honestly say that I am getting tired of the heat and humidity that we are currently dealing with. I do enjoy the summer but when it is so hot that you can't do anything that is when I don't like the weather.  We have been having temperatures in the low 30C but with the humidity up to 40C over the last week, and it is to continue until at least the end of this week.

Autumn - one of the projects that I have been working on it Autumn as I would like to see it finished and hanging on my wall before the end of Autumn this year.  I worked on finishing up the fence and then started to work on the roof of the house.  It doesn't take long to see some good progress on this piece, so now to see how much more of it I can get done before too long.

I am currently trying to figure out an easy method of moving this piece forward, as I don't think it would really take long to get it done. What I might try and do is work on putting one thread in on this piece each day, and maybe that will help me see some more progress on it.

I have finished one of the colours already on this piece and that was the fence and roof, and now I am thinking that I just need to focus on getting little bits of this done and I think I will be a lot happier with what I have been able to accomplish. Let's see what this looks like after this week, as I would love to see more of it done.

Krozwyrd - here it the piece that got all of my attention this weekend. I decided to work on getting more of the blocks for the letters done, and it made me feel very happy to see how much I was able to get done.  The blocks do work up quickly, so that also helps.

It makes me happy to see how much of this piece I was able to get done over the weekend.  I have now reached the top of the design, and I am going to now work on reaching the bottom of the piece, just to take sure that my fabric really is the right size for the design.

I like this piece because the letters are one colour and the rest of the design is another colour, so it does seem to work up a little quicker because I don't need to figure out what colour I need next.  I love being able to just thread my needle and go, and then see how much I can get done. 

I am not sure which projects I will be working on this week as I would like to also start to work on getting some of the other projects that I have started finished.  I have a lot of those projects, and maybe it is time for me to start pulling them out and also giving them even a bit of time each week.

Infinity scarf - this week I also decided it was time to pull out some yarn and see if I could get it used up.  The yarn that I am using for this scarf was gifted to me by a friend. The yarns were from an advent calendar last year, so I have parts of 24 balls of yarn. My friend used the yarn for a different cowl, but I weighed what was left and figured out that this scarf would work, so I started it and am now on the 4th colour of the yarn.  I didn't lay out the yarns to figure out which colour was going where so what I am doing it putting my hand in the bag and just grabbing the next ball.  It is fun and I figure that considering it is going to be wrapped around my next a few times you aren't going to be able to really see the order of the colours. This project is a nice quick knit, so it makes for something that I can just pick up and work on when I have a few minutes.

Other projects - I do have a lot of other projects that I would like to get back to working on, so I am thinking that this week I might see when I have available and then try and work on some of those things. I am not sure what I will be working on, but hopefully next week I will have something to show you.

I hope everyone is continuing to stay safe, and you find a bit of time each day to do something that you enjoy doing.  We are continuing to stay home as much as possible and given how the cases here are once again going up I think we will be staying home for a while longer.  Have a good week and hopefully next week I will have things to show you.






Monday, August 16, 2021

Progress, a finish and a new start

Here it is the start of another week and yes I was able to make some progress on a few things even with the heat that we were dealing with.  We were able to spend some time on the balcony which helped, so that is how I was able to get some progress done.

The Forgotten - I have been working on this piece but not as much as I have been, so it is now going to be only worked on a bit at a time.  I love this piece but have to admit that after working on it for a while the colours start to get a little boring.  

I am not putting this piece away, but it won't be getting quite as much attention as it has been getting.  I think a bit of a break from it on a regular basis would be a good idea.  I will continue to try and work on it a bit each week, but it won't be something that I work on all the time.

I know that I love the full coverages that I have on the go, but there are times when you just need a bit of a break from them. I do have lots of other projects that I can work on.

Krozwyrd - here is a new start this week and as you can imagine I am loving the colours of this piece.  It was designed to be one colour, but I decided that I would do two shades of blue on it, and so far it has been coming along quickly. I am going to try and continue to get some more of the words done, and then I will work on filling in the background stitching, as there is a lot of that as well. This is the piece that got most of my attention this week after I started it, but that is fine, as I think the change has helped.

Autumn - here is the piece that got part of yesterday on it.  I am working on making sure that I can continue to get more of this piece stitched, as it would be nice to have it finished and hanging before the end of autumn.

I am continuing to build the first house and I will also see what else I can get stitched as there are quite a few different things that are part of this pattern.  This time I started working on the fence and how to get the fence completed and then see what I work on next.  This house is a good size and there is another house beside it, so they are the main parts of this piece, so I need to work on getting them finished up.

I am now thinking that I need to work on the very bottom section of the design so that I can continue to work up on it so that I can see the top of the piece as well. Under the fence there are some acorns that I need to do, so that is something that I will have to work on soon.

Other projects - this week I was going through a bunch of kits that I have ready to go and found this ornament that didn't need a lot of work done on it.

I think finishing the dragon took me under an hour to do, and I already head the other part completed, so now I just need to add a hanger to it, and it will be ready to hang on our tree this year.  

I have been sorting out all the different cross stitch kits and projects that are either started or ready to be started, so I think over the next while there are going to be some smaller finishes getting done.

Once the cooler weather is here I think I will be trying to make a dent in the projects that I have ready to go.  A lot of the projects that I found were from when I was going to the Creative Festival and taking classes.  Maybe, now, it is time to get those class projects out and finished.

I hope everyone is having a good summer, and you are finding some time each day to do something for yourself.  It doesn't matter what you do as long as you make sure that you take the time.   We all need to remember to take care of ourselves so that we have the energy to take care of others.

Have a great week.