Monday, July 15, 2024

A finish and a new start

Here it is the start of another week and yes it has been hot and humid here so that has meant that I haven't wanted to do a lot of crafting over the last week. I had also a bunch of work that needed to get done so that also took away from the time I could have crafted.
 
It looks like we are going to be having a few more days of hot and humid weather so that means that trying to get things done is going to be a bit more of a challenge, but I will see how things go.

Laver Shawl - here is the project that got the attention as I wanted to see if I could get it finished up quickly. I knew it was going to take some time to get the rest of the rows knit but it was the cast off that I knew was going to take a while to get done and it did.

This version of the shawl was a lot of fun to stitch, and I knew that being able to focus on it I might be able to get it done relatively quickly and I did. The cast off was an icord cast off which I hadn't done before so it meant that I had to figure out how to do it and then just sit and work on it until it was done.

It felt so good seeing that I was able get this shawl finished and as soon as the icord bind-off was done I got the ends sewn in so that I could say that the project was finished. Of course, finishing one project only means one thing and that is it is time to figure out what the next project is going to be.

I have lots of projects that I would like to start working on as I have lots of fingering weight yarn and still more on a wish list which I would like to get very soon.

Laver Shawl - Denim - so this weekend I wanted something that I could work on without having to think too much so I decided I would try and make another Laver Shawl but this time using the denim blue yarn that I have.  By the time the end of the weekend was here I had got to just over 15% finished and am looking forward to seeing how quickly I can get this done finished. 

Other projects - this past week I didn't pick up any cross stitch but that was ok because I was able to make some good progress on my kitting. I also was able to pick up and work on my English Paper Piecing for a little while so that has nice seeing some of that done as well.

I hope everyone is finding that bit of time to do things that make you happy. The weather may make it a bit more of a challenge to get things done but at least getting things organized is moving projects forward.

This week I will see what projects I can move forward and maybe I will see if I can spend some time working on some cross stitch as well. Hope everyone has a good week and I hope to have some progress to show you next week.



Monday, July 8, 2024

Two finishes and some progress


Here it is the start of another week and yes, the heat and humidity are back again. It does mean that it is a little harder to focus on things but at least I know that I have been able to get a few things done.

I have been able to make some progress on my crafting which is good and now to see if I can continue to make some progress over the next couple of weeks. There are things that I would like to work on and now to see if I can spend some time giving them some attention.

Laver Shawl - this show has got some attention this past week and I am happy with the progress that I have been able to make on it. 

This is a simple knitting pattern to work on and it does work up relatively quickly so that is one good thing about it. Once I got to know what the pattern was it made for a simple knit and something that I could work on while sitting outside. I hope to continue to work on this shawl as it is getting close to a finish which would make me happy.

Penguin Greetings - this is the project that I was working on at the end of last week and I figured that it shouldn't take me very long to finish it up. As Monday was a holiday here in Ontario, I was able to spend some time working on the piece and before dinner I had got all the actual cross stitches in on it.

It was a lot of fun to work on and I knew that before long I would have the rest of it completed which was just doing all the backstitch that was needed to complete the piece. I decided to take a picture of the penguin before I added any of the backstitch as I wanted to see the difference and yes there is a considerable different in how the penguin looks now that all the backstitch is done.

The only thing left to add to this before I make it into an ornament is adding the "Merry Christmas" onto the strings that the penguin is holiday. I will be doing that once I have figured out how I am going to be finishing this piece.

Of course, once this piece was finished it was time to figure out which project would get some attention next, and it didn't take me long to figure that out.

Ramsay - here is the next cross stitch piece that I picked up and it was another very quick stitch which does make me happy. I started this little owl ornament on Saturday and by last night (Sunday) I had it finished.

I will be making this into a Christmas ornament as well and again need to figure out just how I am going to finish it. It was a fun piece to stitch, and I will be doing another couple of these owls as they are going to be ornament gifts this year. 


Other projects - I haven't been working on any other projects as I wanted to focus on getting some of these things completed which I did.

Of course, I have other things that I would like to work on so that means that I need to figure them out and then start working on them. Hopefully this week I will be able to figure out some of the other projects that I will give some attention to and maybe I will have something to show next week.

I have been enjoying a bit of time on the balcony most days and that is one of the spots where I can sit and enjoy working on something and recharging my personal battery. I hope you are finding that bit of time as well to do just that.

If things go well, I hope to have some progress to show you next week but time will tell. Have a good week and if you are dealing with the heat and humidity, remember to drink lots of water and stay cool. 

Monday, July 1, 2024

English Paper Piecing - June progress

Here it is the start of another month and time to show what I was able to accomplish in the last month. To say that my English Paper Piecing didn't get much attention would be an under statement. 

Popsy's throw - I did pick up and work on at least making a few motifs but that only happened on the 30th of the month. June was a month where I was focusing on a bunch of my other crafts, so this one just didn't get the attention.

Other projects - of course, I have a bunch of other projects that I need to give some attention to so hopefully in the next couple of months I can try and focus on my EPP a little bit more.

If you are working on your EPP, I hope it got a bit more attention than mine did but at least I know that I was working on some other projects and got them done. Let's see how much attention my EPP will get in July because I would like to get back to moving projects forward again. Until the end of July I hope everyone has a good month.


Closer to a finish and lots of progress

Here it is the start of another week, and it is the start of another month. The weather has cooled down again but I think the forecast shows that it is going to be getting warmer out in the next couple of days.

Have been busy trying to get lots of work done so that has meant that having a focus on a project hasn't been something that I have been able to do very well. I have been picking up projects this last week and I do have some progress to how for that bouncing around.

Half the Fun - here is a project that I started on our vacation at the end of March, and it didn't get much attention as I was working on a bunch of other things. This past week I decided to pull it out and see if I could make some progress on it. Something I decided to do was to work on getting at least the bottom row of the various modes of transportation completed.

This is a lot of fun to work on because there are times when you are stitching that you don't see what the thing is until you hold it back some. As this project is a mandala it means that I will be stitching each of the items four times so I will be bouncing all over on this piece just so that I can't bored of working on it. I know that it is also nice when you can get one or two of the smaller items done because it means that you have another finish. I am looking forward to adding some more to this project over the next little while.

Lamina Wrap - this has been my focus project as I have wanted to get it completed. The good news is I have finished the actual knitting of this wrap and all that is left to do now is to sew in all the ends and then block it.

This wrap was a lot of fun to work on, but I really should have worked on sewing some of the ends in as I went along because right now just looking at all the ends doesn't make me happy.

My idea now is to try and work on sewing in a few ends in each day so that I can get them done. I would like to see this project to finished so I know it is going to be a wrap that I pull out when I need something to wear. Of course, once I finished working on the knitting it was time to figure out which project I was going to try and move forward for a little bit. There are a few projects in this category so it wasn't too hard to look around and figure out which project would get at least a couple of days of attention.
Penguin Greetings - here is a small project that I just started yesterday, and I think it should stitch up quickly. It is going to be a Christmas ornament when it is done so I will see how quickly I can get it done.

This is a lot of fun to work as it is a lot smaller than any of the projects that I have been working on later.  Hopefully I can continue to give this piece the attention it deservers and I will see another finish before too long. 

After all the stitching is done you thread some small alphabet beads to spell of "Merry Christmas" so that is something that will have to be done just before I get it ready to finish.



Laver  Shawl - of course, after finishing up the Lamina wrap it was time to figure out which was going to be the next project that I was going to work on.

This shawl uses double knit weight yarn and larger needles, so it is so different to work on. It is working up relatively quickly so that is nice because it is something else that is on my list of I would like it completed soon. I am trying to spend at least an hour a day on this project as I would like to know that I can move it forward quickly. I am just over 25% done on this project, so I already have the next project figured out that I want to work one or at least it's the one I am thinking I will do next.



Asymmetrical Lace Knit Shawl - I decided to pull out this project for a little while right after finished the Lamina Wrap.  When I was getting close to finishing the Lamina Wrap, I said that I wanted to give one of the projects that I have on the go at least a couple of days attention so that is what I did.

I added around 50 more rows to this project so at least it got some attention. I am thinking that I might need to have this project in a location where I can pick it up when I have even a couple of minutes so that I can continue to move it before. There are still quite a few stitches in the increase section before I get to the lace work, so I just need to try and focus on it for a while to see progress on it.

Other projects - after working on these projects there wasn't a lot of time to work on other things.  I did try and make a beaded bracelet but that was a bit of a failure, so I am going to try that again and see how things go. It would be nice to figure out what I did wrong and then make some beaded bracelets that I can wear.

I hope everyone is finding a bit of time where you can do something that you enjoy. This coming week I hope to be a bit more focused on my projects so that I don't have quite as many that I am working on but you never know.

Being able to enjoy what you are working on is very important and if it means you bounce around from time to time that happens. Knowing that you are happy, and you are recharging your personal battery is what it is all about.  If things go well, I should have something to show you next week as I hope to move at least one or two of the current projects forward some. Have a good week and will see everyone next week.




 

Monday, June 24, 2024

A finish and progress

Here it is the start of another week and hopefully I will be able to continue to move things forward. It is going to be a busy week so that means that I am going to have to see what I can find those little bits of time to work on the projects that are calling me.

At least the heat and humidity has come down a bit so that means that we might be able to focus on things a little easier now or at least that is what I hope. Last week was a slow week given how hot and humid it was. Now to see if we can get more things done this week.

Star Touched Meadows Stitch Along - January - here is the cross stitch project that I have been working on. I was looking at this piece at the beginning of the week and thought that if I could just work on it for a while I might get it finished.

The good news is after spending some time once the heat and humidity broke, I was able to add the rest of the colours into this piece and it is now finished. It did take me longer than I had hoped to get this piece finished but it is now done. 

I haven't decided what project that I am going to work on next, but I do know that I need to figure that out. There are a lot of projects wanting some attention so maybe this coming week I will pull out something that I haven't worked on for a while and put in some stitches on it. I would like to see if I can move something along quickly because it would be nice to have another finish, but I am not certain when a finish is going to happen.


Lamina Wrap - here is the knitting project that has been getting some attention and I am happy with the progress that I have been able to make on it. I am now at the point that I am going to be deciding if I am going to just do 23 lace sections or will I do all 25 sections. This is a decision that I will be making very soon because I am now on the 21st lace section, and the wrap is getting pretty long. 

This project is a lot of fun to work on and I enjoy seeing it come to life so will see what it really looks like once it is finished, and I can block it. I do know that I have been enjoying working on this project and am looking forward to working on my next project. The Lamina Wrap is a nice pattern to work on as it is easy to follow and something that I can pick up and put down based on how much time I have to work on the piece.

Hopefully this wrap will have at least all the knitting completed this week as I already have the next project figured out that I would like to start at the beginning of July.

Other projects - I haven't been working on any other projects because I have been focusing on trying to move these projects closer to a finish. This coming week I do have another project that I would like to try and move forward a bit so will see how that goes. Maybe now that the cross stitch focus for this month is finished I can work on something else for a little while.

I hope everyone can find that bit of time to do something that makes you happy each day. It doesn't have to be anything big but at least spending a little bit of time doing something that helps you regain your focus is important. Being able to relax is what is important and having that bit of time does help.

This week I am not certain what I will be working on other than the Lamina Wrap but I hope to have some progress to show you next week. Have a good week and hope your weather is cooperating.


 

Monday, June 17, 2024

Getting closer to some finishes

Here it is the start of another week and there are a few things that I would like to get finished up quickly this week. It is going to be a busy week here but at least I hope to find a bit of time where I can spend some time working on my projects.

Last week I said I wanted it to warm up a little bit and now this week we are under an extreme heat warming with temperatures in the 30's Celsius and with humidex warnings into the 40's so it is going to be a hot week here. This means that I am going to have to work hard each morning to get things done before the heat makes it difficult to focus on work.

Of course, I will so be trying to make some progress on a couple of projects as I am starting to see that both projects are getting closer to a finish.

Star Touched Meadows Stitch Along - January - this is my cross stitch focus lately and I am starting to see that I am getting closer to having this piece finished. I have reached the 75% complete and only have four more colours to add into this project.

I am happy with the progress that I was able to make this last week on this piece and hopefully this week I can continue to add more of the colours and stitches to it. It does take a while to complete each of these months because of how many stitches there are in them. After January is completed, I think I might be picking up something different to work on for a little while just for a bit of a break from these pieces.

Lamina Wrap - this is the knitting project that got all the attention last week and I am loving how quickly I have been able to see progress on it. This piece has got quite a bit of attention over the last week and part of that is because I am enjoying working on it. Of course, I still have a way to go on the wrap because I am just working on the 18th lace section out of 25 so still a bit of a way to go on it.

I have been trying to add at least 12 rows a day to this wrap so that I can see progress on it and right now that does help see that I am getting closer to a finish. The one thing that I am not looking forward to doing is sewing in all the ends that I have. I do know that I am so happy with how the wrap is turning out and I look forward to seeing it off the needles and blocked.

Of course, I have a list of shawls and wraps that I would like to work on after finishing this project so I will see which one I pick to work on after this one is done.

Other projects - I have worked on a couple of other projects for a little bit but not enough to have any progress to show. Hopefully soon I will have enough done on something that it is worth showing but for now it is just a project that I have worked on in the car.

I hope everyone is finding that bit of time each day to do something that you enjoy. For me, it is my crafting that helps me recharge my personal batteries most of the time. There are other days where just sitting and watching the world go by that helps the most. It doesn't matter what I do as long as I take that bit of time each day to do something to help me recharge.

This coming week I hope that I can continue to move these two main projects closer to a finish. Seeing that both projects are getting closer to being finished makes me happy. We will see what I can get done this week and a lot of that will depend on how hot it is out and what I feel like doing.

Hope everyone has a good week and if you are dealing with extremely temperatures, please take care of yourself and remember to drink lots of water.

Monday, June 10, 2024

Making a bit of progress

Here it is the start of another week and I know that I have quite a few things that need my attention. Hopefully I will also be able to find some time to also get some crafting done. Of course, there is also work that needs to get done, so my crafting is something that I do after I get the work done.
The weather has once again cooled down, so not sure when we are going to be back to some late spring weather. It would be nice if the weather warmed up a bit, so I could enjoy sitting on our balcony and crafting. 

Star Touched Meadows Stitch Along - January - here is the cross stitch project that has been getting some attention. I am continuing to work on getting more of the sections or colours completed.

What I have been trying to do with this project is trying and complete a colour at a time. Given the sections repeat, it makes it an easy project to work that way. I am not certain if I will complete the rest of the project this way, but it is working out well currently.
 
It would be nice if I could see this section of the stitch along finished, given this is the January section and the June section has been released. I also know that I am not putting pressure on my self to keep up with this project, so that is good. Hopefully I will be able to continue to move this project forward a bit more, as it would be nice to see a couple more of the colours added.

If things go well, I will be able to get the other section of diamonds completed this coming week, and then it is just a matter of filling in the other smaller sections. I am continuing to focus on this piece for now as I do know that there is another project that I will be starting on August 1st so need to make sure that I have got things completed by then.


Lamina Wrap - here is the knitting project that has been my focus, and I am so happy with the progress that I was able to make on it over the last week. This has been my focus project over the last week, and I have been able to at least get more of the sections done. The lace sections are only 12 rows so they don't take a long time to do when you can focus on working on them.
 
I have been trying to get this project completed by the end of the month, so it means that it will be a focus until it is done. The pattern calls for 25 lace sections and given I am just on the 13th lace section I still have a ways to go before this piece is done. This week I hope to make a bit more progress on this, as seeing it closer to a finish would make me feel so much better. I do have a bunch more shawls and wraps that I would like to start, but I have decided that I am going to be working on them one at a time to ensure that I can see progress on something.

Other projects - I haven't been working on any other projects this last week, and part of that is because I have wanted to try and more these two projects closer to a finish.

I have been trying to at least take a bit of time each day to do something that I enjoy. It has helped me recharge my personal battery, so that does make me feel a lot better. Hopefully I will be able to continue to do that and see more things completed over the next while.

If things go well this week, I should have a bit of progress to show you next week on at least one of the projects. It would be nice to have both of them moved forward over the week, and that is going to be my goal. Until next week, please remember to take some time for yourself each day, as it is important to make sure we are caring for ourselves so we can be there for those around us.


Monday, June 3, 2024

Moving projects forward this week

Here it is the start of another week, and I can say that I have been able to move a couple of my projects forward in the last week. Now to see what this week is going to be like as I know that there are things that need my attention so will see what I can get done.

The weather hasn't been the best as we have been getting quite a bit of rain and the weather is still cool. Hopefully the weather will improve soon, and we will be able to enjoy being outside more.

Star Touched Meadows Stitch Along - January - here is the project that I picked up after finishing 324. This project I put down in March and it finally got a bit more attention this past week. I am happy with the progress that I have been able to make on it so far.

It feels better seeing that I have been able to pick up a project that I had on the go and finally make some progress on moving it forward. Of course, this is the January section of the stitch along and the June section was just released on Saturday so yes, I am way behind on this stitch along but that doesn't bother me. I am enjoying working on the various projects that I have on the go and will finish this entire stitch along at some point. I knew when I started it, I wasn't going to be keeping up. I do enjoy working on these pieces as they are an easy stitch, but they are full coverage, so they do take quite a bit of time to finish each of them.

I am going to be working on this piece as I would like to see it finished before too long. I still have a way to go on it but at least I am moving it forward again.

Lamina Wrap - here is the knitting project that I have been working on. It does knit up pretty quickly when I can sit and focus on it. Being able to work on each of the sections is a lot of fun and I am enjoying this wrap. The pattern calls for 25 lace sections, so I still quite a bit of knitting before I see the end of this project.

I hope to be able to continue to move this project forward a bit at a time as it does make me happy seeing that I have got the sections done. This hopefully will be my knitting focus for a while as it makes me happy when I can work on a project and see progress on it.

Other projects - I have been working on a couple of other projects a little bit but nothing major. Now what I want to do is try and keep a focus on only a couple of projects and move them forward. Seeing results like I have seen on these two projects this week makes me feel good.

I hope everyone is taking that bit of time each day to recharge your personal battery. It is important to take a bit of time for yourself to ensure you are able to be there for everyone else.

This week I hope to be able to continue to move my projects forward and will have a bit of progress to show you next week. Have a good week and I will be back next week with a bit of an update.




 

Saturday, June 1, 2024

English Paper Piecing - May progress

Here it is the end of another month and I have been able to make some good progress on at least one of the projects. Hopefully through the month of June I will be able to spend some more time working on moving a bunch of projects forward.

Popsy's throw - here is the project that got the attention in May and that is because I wanted to try and get some more of the motifs made so that I could work on joining them all together. 

The good news is I got the motifs made but I didn't get any of them joined together. Now that I have a bunch of motifs made, I am thinking that I should start to work on joining more of them together so that I can work on at least moving the entire project forward.

Other projects - I didn't work on any of the other projects that I have on the go so I need to figure out just how to move all these different projects forward. Of course, I keep thinking of other things that I would like to make but I need to get the ones on the go finished up first.

I am not certain which project or projects will get the attention in June, but I do know that I would like to see something moved forward. If you are working on some EPP, I hope that you are continuing to move your projects forward even if it is just a little bit at a time. 

At the end of the month, I hope that I will be able to have something to show you again. Just moving projects forward a little bit at a time is good and now to make sure that I can continue to do that. Have a good month and I will be back at the beginning of July to show you what I got done through the month of June.
 

Monday, May 27, 2024

A finish and not much else

 Here it is the start of another week and hopefully a week where I will be able to spend some time working on things and not getting as distracted as I have in the last week.

Work has been busy, and I think this week might be similar so I will just have to wait and see what happens. Hopefully I will be able to find some time to do some crafting.

324 - here is the project that got my focus this week as I was working towards a finish. 324 has been a lot of fun to work on and now what I am going to finish because this week. I focused on my cross stitch and by the end of the week, I was able to say that this project is now finished. I love how the piece turned out and it was a lot of fun to work on it and see all the different colours start to come together. 

So, yes there are 324 different colours of floss in this piece, and it measures around 11 inches square as I stitched it on 18 count aida. It feels great seeing this piece finished but not I need to figure out what I am going to work on next. I do have lots of progress that I need to finish up so maybe one of those will come out and get some attention this coming week.

What was also nice about this piece was my sister was also stitching it and she also finished this weekend.  I don't know what she is going to work on next, but I will be pulling out a project that I already have on the go.

Other projects - given that I focused on getting 324 finished I didn't make a lot of progress on anything else. I did pick up my knitting for a few minutes and added a couple of rows to the Asymmetrical Lace Knit Shawl that I have on the other, but no real progress was made.

Hopefully now that I am not focusing on trying to get 324 completed, I will be able to find some time to work on some of the other projects that I would like to make progress on. The list of projects is rather long, so that means that I need to get back to making progress on things and will see how that goes.

This week I will try and make some progress on at least a couple of things, but I will just have to wait and see what happens. Hope everyone is finding that bit of time each day to take time to recharge your own personal pattern. It doesn't matter what you do as long as you take that bit of time to yourself. This weekend instead of crafting to recharge my battery, I took my coffee outside and sat and listened to nature. It was a nice change and hopefully something I can do again soon.

Have a great week and hopefully I will have some progress to show you next week on some projects. 




Monday, May 20, 2024

A finish, a start, and some progress

Here it is the start of another week and yes it has been another busy day for me so I haven't been able to get as much done as I would have liked. This coming week I hope that I can make some more progress on the various projects that I have on the go.

324- here is the cross stitch project that is getting all of the attention and I am looking forward to seeing when I get it finished.  It would be nice to have it done so I can get back to other projects, but I am also enjoying working on this piece.

This last week I decided to try and work on getting more of the diagonal rows done, so that I could start to see that I am getting closer to having it finished. Of course, I ended up working on a bunch of the different diagonals so instead of moving across the pattern I have been bouncing all over. Hopefully before long I will get more of the diagonals finished and I will also see that this project is finished.

12 Bird Mystery Knit Along - this past week I was able to finally cast of the 12 Bird Mystery Knit Along and I am so happy with how it turned out. The cast off did take a bit of time because there were almost 300 stitches on the needle, and you had to do the stretchy cast off which takes more time than some of the other cast offs that I normally do.

I have done some blocks of the shawl already but I need to do a bit more so that it lays nice and flat. I enjoyed working on this project as it was something that I hadn't done before. I had never participated in a knit along, so this was fun. I know that I got behind on the knit along but at least I got the shawl finished and that is what is important.

It felt so good being able to get back to knitting some of the different projects that I have wanted to try. If you are like me, you know that once you finish one project it is time to figure out what you are going to be working on next. I have a list of different patterns that I want to work on so that means deciding on the pattern and then figuring out the yarn for the next project.

Lamina Wrap - here is the new start that I did, and I have been loving this project. I haven't had a lot of time to work on the wrap this week but at least I have made a start on the wrap. This coming week I hope that I can find some more time to continue to work on this as I need to complete 25 of the teal sections before the wrap is done so I still have lots of knitting ahead of me.

I still have a rather long list of patterns that I want to knit and of course, I have lots of yarn so now to work through what is going to be the pattern I work on after this one or at least do I have the yarn for the next pattern.

Other projects - I am still trying to get all my floss organized and that is taking some time and part of that is because I haven't focused on it. It has been a little hard to focus on given I keep pulling out the threads that I need for 324 so I have a pile of those threads that I need to put back into the main stock.

This coming week I am going to try and continue to move projects forward as it would be nice to see that I have been able to get more things done. I might try and do a bit more EPP as well this coming week but will have to wait and see what happens.

I hope everyone is continuing to find that bit of time each day for yourself because it is important. We need to ensure that we have our own personal batteries recharged so that we can help those around us. If things go well, I hope to have some more progress to show you next week but until then take care of yourself and remember to do the things that you enjoy doing.



Monday, May 13, 2024

Moving projects forward

Here it is the start of another week, and it is hard to believe that May is almost half over already. I am not certain where the month is going but hopefully, I will be able to figure it out soon. I think being busy has made the month go by quicker.

324 - here is the cross stitch project that has got the stitching attention again this past week. I am happy with the progress that I have been able to make and now to see if I can continue to move this project forward this week. 

This past week I worked on the project a little differently as I have been trying to get some flosses ready so that I can lend them to my sister as she is also stitching this project. So, what I have done is for the last 6 rows of the pattern I did the colours that she needs to borrow so that is why it looks so different. 

I am loving how this piece is turning out and am looking forward to being able to have it finished so that I can see the entire piece at once. At least I know where the top of the pattern is and that is nice and now to see how quickly I can finish adding the rest of the motifs to the entire project. My goal for the next week is just to see how many of the remaining motifs I can get completed.


12-bird mystery knit along - I have been continuing to work on my knitting and it has been nice to see that I have been able to move this project forward as well as past week. I cannot wait to see what this shawl looks like when it is finally off the needles.

The good news is I have finally finished knitting all the rows on the shawl and now I just need to cast off the stitches and block it. I have loved working on this piece and am now excited to see what the shawl looks like once it is blocked. I think the blocking of the shawl will probably happen over the next couple of days or at least I hope that is when I can focus on doing that.

Now that 12-birds shawl is finished it's time to figure out what the next knitting project is going to be. I have a couple of shawls that I would like to start working on, but I will just wait and see what I feel like doing after I have finished casting off this shawl.

Other projects - after working on my knitting and cross stitch I haven't had a lot of time to work on other projects. I have however been able to spend a bit of time making motifs for a throw so that has been nice. Being able to at least do something else has been good and now this coming week I will see how much time I have to do crafting.

It feels good seeing that I have been able to continue to make progress on my crafting even when things have been busy. I know that this week is once again another busy week so that means I am going to have to figure out how to find some time to work on my crafting as well.

My crafting is one of the ways that I recharge my personal batteries and even just a few minutes a day makes a big difference. I hope that you find a way to recharge your personal battery each day as well.

I hope everyone has a good week and hopefully next week I will have some more progress on things to show you.

Monday, May 6, 2024

Some good progress this last week

 Here it is the start of another week, and I am happy to say that over the last week even with it being a busy week I was able to make some progress on both my cross stitch and knitting project. Now to see if I can do that again this week as it would be nice to see that I am moving both of them forward.

324 - this is the cross stitch project that has been getting all of my cross stitch time and I think it will until it is finished. This project is a lot of fun to work on and sometimes it does work up quickly.

This past week I was able to work on it most days and am happy with the progress that I was able to make on it. I was able to get about 3 and a half rows completed this last week and once I have finished this row that I am working on I will only have 6 more rows to do.

I love how this piece is turning out and can't wait to see it all finished and off the scroll bar. I keep scrolling it up as I finish some of the rows so that means that I don't get to see the entire piece come to life all at once. I will see it when it's done and so far, it has been a lot of fun to work on. This week I hope that I can continue to move it forward and I will see how much of it I will be able to complete.

12-Bird Mystery Knit Along - here is the knitting that has been getting my attention. It is coming along and am happy with the progress that I was able to make on it this past week. I now have 44 rows left to knit on this shawl and am looking forward to seeing what it looks like once it is all finished.

There have been some challenges with this project, and it isn't that the project is difficult it has just been some stitches are different and they have taken me a little while to figure them out. So far, I have figured out all the stitches that are in this pattern. It would be nice to see this shawl finished soon because I am looking forward to being able to see what it looks like.

This coming week I hope that I can continue to add some more rows to this shawl and get it even closer to a finish. Part of me just wants to sit and work on getting all of these rows done and then there is the part that is enjoying working on this a few rows at a time.

Other Projects - I have been able to spend some time on my English Paper Piecing so that has also been nice. I have been making some motifs so will be able to show some progress on that at the end of the month.

There are lots of projects that things that I would like to do so I need to make sure that I can get the work stuff done and then I will find the time to work on my crafting. I am trying to find that bit of time each day to sit and do something that I enjoy and my crafts have been what I have been focusing on this last week.

I hope everyone finds that bit of time each day to do something that you enjoy. It doesn't have to be long but being able to recharge your own personal battery is what is important. Hopefully next week I will have a bit more progress to show you.