Cross Stitch, an update – week 8, 2018

 

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Mama’s Bukid
02/13/2018

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama’s Bukid
02/20/2018

Gamer Nouveau

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Gamer Nouveau
2/13/2018

Here’s what it looks like now…

Gamer Nouveau
2/20/2018

Happy Tuesday!

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

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Monday’s POA – week 8, 2018

 

We’ll be heading home today.  My family loves a good road trip so hopefully the roads are clear.

Here were my goals from last week:

  • Mama’s Bukid – Page, 5, finish row 9 – I actually almost have half of row 9 done.  So I would really like to get through all of row 9 this week!
    • UPDATE – DONE!
  • Celtic Solstice – finish piecing the backing – I’m not going to be able to do this this week.  We will be out of town this weekend celebrating the long weekend so I will not be able to do the massive piecing this requires.
  • Rainbow Garden – work a bit on it on Sunday
    • UPDATE – DONE!
  • Knitting projects:
    • Warm and Snug socks – February pattern for the Cosy Sock Club
      • finish the leg so I can do the heels this coming weekend.
      • UPDATE – DONE!  This was a bit of a cheat as I just decided that I would work on the leg last week and wherever I was Friday I would start the heels.  And so I did.
    • Weasley Sweater for Kayla – continue to work on the sleeves
      • UPDATE – DONE!  I’m not done with the sleeves but I’m still working on it.  I didn’t take this project with me to Tahoe so I didn’t work on it this weekend but I’ll continue to work on it this week.
    • Cowl – since I finished the Martine hat, I moved my Cowl to one of the top 3 primary projects I work on each week.
      • UPDATE – DONE!  I have been working a bit on this project every day when I can.  This is the third item on my daily knitting projects so I do not always get to it every day.  But I do on most days so I am seeing a lot of progress on this one.

And for this week’s goals, here’s what I want to get done.

  • Mama’s Bukid – Page, 5, row 10 – get halfway through row 10.
  • Celtic Solstice – finish piecing the backing – Again, I’m not going to be able to do this this week.  This weekend is QuiltCon so I will not be able to get to this project over the weekend.
  • Rainbow Garden – Since I’ll be at QuiltCon this weekend this is another project I will not be able to work on.  Oh well.  I’m really excited about hanging out at QuiltCon and hopefully meet some fellow Twilters!
  • Knitting projects:
    • Warm and Snug socks – February pattern for the Cosy Sock Club
      • Work on the foot this week. I finished the heels this weekend and now I’m working on the foot.  I hope to get a lot of the foot done this week so I can finish these socks by next week.  I think I’m right on schedule.  I’m sure faster knitters are laughing at me right now but it’s all stockinette knitting and it is so BORING. I can’t sit and do round after round of stockinette knitting.  Instead I try to do about 5 rounds per day so by the end of this week I should be at the 35 round mark.  I need about 48 rounds for my foot so if I follow the plan I should be on track for finishing next week. 🙂
    • Weasley Sweater for Kayla – continue to work on the sleeves
    • Cowl – continue to do a round a day on this project.

Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

Stash Report – Week 07, 2018

I know I go on and on about the same things… but I rarely win things and Sunday’s is a stash report.  I won this basket of about 17 yards and again I’m not going to add it to my stash report. In the past I usually do so I get an accurate report at the end of the year of what came in and out.  But this year I’m being more particular because I’m trying to be more mindful of what I buy and bring in.  Which I can’t be with winnings.  I want to enjoy my winnings but it would be disastrous for my stash report and make me feel a bit low about it.  So I’m not going to add it this time around.  I’m not sure if that will be the case for always but it’s the case for now and probably for this year’s reports.  Other than that I have not purchased anything or finished anything.  I’ll take those numbers!  woohoo!

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 0 yards
  • Used year to date: 4.25 yards
  • Added since last time: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 8.5 yards
  • Net added for 2018: 4.25 yards

For yarn: Since I’ve finished the Martine Hat!

Martine Hat
2/14/2018

You can find details as to the yarn and pattern on Ravelry.  I’m mellies1000needlz on Ravelry. But that’s one skein used.  It didn’t take a whole skein but I’m counting it as a whole skein.  It would be too cumbersome for me to count in grams or yardage.  So I make it easy on myself and only count the number of skeins used.  The leftover gets put in a bag and I’ll use it somewhere else later when I get around to it.

The yarn stash:

  • Used since last time: 1 skeins
  • Used year to date: 3 skeins
  • Added since last time: 0 skeins
  • Added year to date: 7 skeins
  • Net ADDED for 2018: 4 skein

Slow Stitching Sunday

Here is what it looked like last weekend:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 8 – in progress
2/11/18

And here’s what it looks like now:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 8 – in progress
2/18/18

Slow progress but progress nonetheless!  I’m in Tahoe this weekend so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to play with this piece while I’m here.  I did take it with me just in case as I really want to get a bit of hand work today.

~Happy Sunday!

~happy crafting!

~Melanie

see more stash reports at Quilt Paint Create’s site  and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching and Quilting is more fun than Housework

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

 

Saturday Musings

This last week was a blur.  I had a minor surgery the week before and this last week still had me limping around as I recover from it.  I didn’t realize how long it would take and didn’t give myself enough time.  But I’ve been taking things slow.

Monday night, I was at my local guild’s monthly meeting.  And I won this wonderful basket:

It doesn’t look like it but there is about 17 yards of fabric there.  As I said in a previous post, I’m not going to add this to my stash as I won these and I’m so excited!  I’m not sure what I will be doing with all of these but I first need to wash them because I pre-wash all my fabric.  🙂

Tuesday evening, I attended a friend’s mom’s 40th day.  In my culture (Pilipino), when someone passes away, we do a prayer on the 40th day of their passing.  By the end of the evening I was in a bit of pain and the hubby and I went home earlier than we would normally have had I not still been recuperating.

Wednesday was Valentine’s Day and my surgeon took my stitches out.  It made me queezy so the hubby and I didn’t do anything special.  We normally don’t but it was even more not special as I laid on a recliner and knitted until bedtime.

Thursday was the hubby’s birthday so after work, we hung out.  The girl cheered at a basketball game so we went to IHOP for dinner afterwards.  We were planning on heading out to Tahoe early Friday morning so we spent Thursday evening packing.

North Lake Tahoe
2/16/18

I took Friday off and we took a road trip from Los Angeles to Lake Tahoe.  My family loves Lake Tahoe and we try to go every few years or so.  The last time we were in the area was about 4 years ago so it was time.

Follow me on Instagram for pictures … @ThousandNeedles

~happy crafting

~Melanie

TGIFFF, 2/16/18

I do not have a finish very often so when I do… I must celebrate!

Martine Hat
2/14/2018

 

The family and I are off to celebrate the 4 day weekend at our favorite place in the whole wide world – Lake Tahoe! We were hoping to catch some snow but it doesn’t look like that will be happening.  Oh well.  My plan is to find a quilt shop, a yarn shop, and possibly a needlepoint shop.  I’ve taken a carload of projects with me (who needs clothes anyway?) and I hope to get a lot of crafting done. 🙂

~Happy Friday!

Melanie

2018 Crafty Plan – February Update

Happy Birthday to the hubby!  Yes, his birthday is the day after Love day.

  • Mama’s Bukid – Finish Row 8 and 9 of Page 5
    • UPDATE – I finished row 8 and I’m halfway through row 9.

Mama’s Bukid
02/13/2018

  • Gamer Nouveau – Finish prepping the fabric and start Page 1
    • UPDATE – I got the part I needed prepped and I started on Page 1.  Since my primary focus is Mama’s Bukid I don’t have any really goals for this project other than to work on it at least weekly.  Because I really want to work on this all the time, I’m not having any problems working on this project.

Gamer Nouveau
2/13/2018

 

  • Kayla’s Weasley Sweater – Finish the sleeves. I am planning on doing a RS (right side) and WS (wrong side) on each sleeve a day and spend Thursday night Knit Nights working on it.  I hope that’s enough time to finish up the sleeves in February.
    • UPDATE – I’m about 1/3rd to half way through both sleeves.  I’m working them both at the same time.  I’m not sure I will be able to get the sleeves done this month because it’s a bit tedious but I’m working a bit every day and as long as I continue to do that, I’m happy for whatever progress I make this month.
  • The February socks in Knitting Expat’s Sock Club.
    • UPDATE – I am working on the leg.  My plan is to have the heels done this weekend and that should put me in line with getting these done this month.
  • Martine Hat – Finish the hat. I’m currently working on the hat part but I’m almost to the point where I can start the decrease.
    • UPDATE – This is finished!

Martine Hat
2/14/2018

  • Celtic Solstice – Finish the back together and quilt this
    • UPDATE – I maybe wanted to do too much for this task.  I was able to get the back almost done at 100″x120″.  I need it to be 120″x120″ so I’m a little short.  But since we’re out of town this weekend and next weekend is QuiltCon I will not be able to work on this again until March 3rd!  So, this is on hold until then.

Celtic Solstice
2/6/2017

Celtic Solstice
The back, not yet finished
Daaaang, that’s big!
2/15/2018

  • Enjoy QuiltCon!
    • UPDATE! Of course, my plan is to enjoy QuiltCon! Unfortunately, my Road2CA galpal will be up in Santa Clara enjoying Stitches West. I’m not sure why these two were planned for the same weekend but someone will need to get their act together. Okay, maybe not. Thankfully, QuiltCon is only on this coast every other year so my plan is to attend Stitches West next year when QuiltCon is on the East Coast. I am not planning on buying anything but have got my eye on a few things. Quilter’s paraphernalia (t-shirts, bags, etc) is at the top of the list.  But my budget for QuiltCon is MUCH lower than my budget for Road was.

~Happy crafting!

~Melanie

Cross Stitch, an update – week 7, 2018

Before I update you on my cross stitch projects, I have some good news.  I went to the San Fernando Valley Quilt Association’s (SFVQA) meeting last night and won a raffle basket!  I was ecstatic!  I counted it all and there was about 17 yards of fabric.  I didn’t take a tape measure to it so give or take a few yards.  It’s all winnings so I’m not going to add it to my Sunday Stash report.  I do need to figure out where I’m going to put it but here’s a quick pic of the basket.

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Mama’s Bukid
02/6/2018

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama’s Bukid
02/13/2018

As you can see row 8 is finished and I’m almost halfway through row 9.  I hope to get row 9 finished this week.

 

Gamer NouveauHere’s what it looked like last time:

Gamer Nouveau
2/6/2018

Here’s what it looks like now…

Gamer Nouveau
2/13/2018

I’m working on one shade of gray.  It’s kind of boring but I’m still excited by the newness of the project and I’m enjoying working on it.  I do not really know much about cross stitching but I believe this is 2×2 on 18 count Aida.  Hopefully I got that right! 🙂

Happy Tuesday!

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

Monday’s Plan of Action for week 7, 2018

 

Here were my goals from last week:

  • Mama’s Bukid – Page, 5, finish the second half of row 8 – DONE!
  • Untitled quilt – finish binding the other side – DONE!
  • Celtic Solstice – finish piecing the backing – MOSTLY DONE. I STILL HAVE TO PUT TOGETHER 20″ X 120″ TO FINISH THE BACK.
  • Rainbow Garden – work a bit on it on Sunday – DONE!
  • Knitting projects:
    • Warm and Snug socks – February pattern for the Cosy Sock Club
      • finish the cuff and knit a lot of the leg. – DONE!
    • Weasley Sweater for Kayla – continue to work on the sleeves – YUP… DID SOME WORK ON THESE!
    • Martine Hat – Finish the last 4 rounds of the hat and start the next part. – DONE!  THIS PROJECT IS FINISHED! WOOT!  WOOT!  I’LL FEATURE THIS PROJECT IN AN UPCOMING POST THIS WEEK.

And for this week’s goals, here’s what I want to get done.

  • Mama’s Bukid – Page, 5, finish row 9 – I actually almost have half of row 9 done.  So I would really like to get through all of row 9 this week!
  • Celtic Solstice – finish piecing the backing – I’m not going to be able to do this this week.  We will be out of town this weekend celebrating the long weekend so I will not be able to do the massive piecing this requires.
  • Rainbow Garden – work a bit on it on Sunday
  • Knitting projects:
    • Warm and Snug socks – February pattern for the Cosy Sock Club
      • finish the leg so I can do the heels this coming weekend.
    • Weasley Sweater for Kayla – continue to work on the sleeves
    • Cowl – since I finished the Martine hat, I moved my Cowl to one of the top 3 primary projects I work on each week.

Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

Stash Report – Week 06, 2018

A quilt…
untitled for practice quilting
2/9/2018

The other side of
A quilt…
untitled for practice quilting
2/9/2018

You can find details of this easy project in the previous post.

For this post, I can add 2.5 yards in the USED column! yaas!!!!

 

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 2.5 yards
  • Used year to date: 4.25 yards
  • Added since last time: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 8.5 yards
  • Net added for 2018: 4.25 yards

For yarn: nothing added and nothing used. but something is coming close!!!!

The yarn stash:

  • Used since last time: 0 skeins
  • Used year to date: 2 skeins
  • Added since last time: 0 skeins
  • Added year to date: 7 skeins
  • Net ADDED for 2018: 5 skein

Slow Stitching Sunday

Here is what it looked like last weekend:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 8 – in progress
2/4/18

And here’s what it looks like now:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 8 – in progress
2/11/18

I finished the bottom stem and the stem on the left.  I have one stem remaining to stitch on and I can move on to the next thing.  I’m not sure what that will be but I’m thinking the blue buds of the flowers.

~Happy Sunday!

~happy crafting!

~Melanie

see more stash reports at Quilt Paint Create’s site  and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching and Quilting is more fun than Housework

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie