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Cross Stitch, an update – week 3, 2018

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Mama’s Bukid
1/10/2018

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama’s Bukid
01/17/2018

I had to move the scroll as it was becoming harder to stitch on the right side of the frame.  So going forward, here’s the pic that you’ll most likely see…

Mama’s Bukid
01/17/2018

I didn’t do a good job at getting the lighting right but I’ll pay more attention to that in the future.  For now, you get the idea.  I’ll try to unscroll and show you a picture of the full thing now and again because I love to look at it.  But I’m not sure how often I’ll be able to do that.  In the meantime, progress is slowly being made.  Once I get row 7 done, I’ll be halfway through this page.  And my 16 year timeframe, which was cut in half to 8 years recently maybe even shorter than that.

In addition, I still haven’t received Gamer.  I looked at my purchase order and they have a one month turn around.  I should have it early February at the latest.  Hopefully it comes sooner than that.  I may have to take out some little stitching projects to intersperse with Mama’s Bukid.  I’m enjoying Mama’s Bukid for now so I may just continue to work on it as much as possible before Gamer arrives.

Happy Wednesday!

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

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Knitting roll call, 1/16/18

Here are all the knitting I’m working on in one place:

  1. Resfeder Socks from Knitting Expat. I am at the point where I need to get the heels on. The goal for this week is to get through the heels and start the foot.  This is my primary project as I would like to get this done this month.  As long as I work on it each day this shouldn’t be a problem.

Resfeber Socks
Knitting Expat
Wanderlust Sock Club
January, 2018

2. Christmas Socks – which is the Mercury pattern.  I’m almost done with these socks so the goal this week is to finish the toes, kitchener, take the final pic and finish the project on Ravelry.  This is my secondary project and is pretty much almost done.

Christmas Socks
Almost finished
1/16/2018

3. Vanilla socks – using the minis from my Row One subscription from October, 2017. Yarn is Twisted Owl Fiber Studios.

Scrappy Vanilla Socks
Twisted Owl minis
Row One, 10/2017
1/16/2018

I actually messed up the ribbing on this one but I’m just going to keep it as is.

4. Kayla’s Weasley Sweater – Even though this is 4th on the list, it’s actually the third MUST work on project.  Once I finish the Christmas Socks, this will become my secondary project… It’s getting to the point where I feel it is almost done so this will be part of the daily tasks once the Christmas socks are finished.

Kayla’s Weasley Sweater
1/16/18

5. Martine Hat

Martine Hat
1/16/2018

6. Land of Sweets Cowl

Land of Sweets Cowl
1/16/2018

7. Fairyhill Shawl

Fairyhill Shawl
1/16/2018

8. Stormy Affair Poncho

Stormy Affair Poncho
1/16/2018

9. Cozy Memories Blanket

Cozy Memories Blanket
1/16/2018

Monday’s Plan of Action for week 3, 2018

 

First, my plan is to finish my 2018 crafty plan posts and post them. – DONE

Second, I want to get going on the routine I’ve set for myself and see how it will work.  You’ll read more about my routine when we get to the last post of my 2018 crafty plan. – I POSTED THE ROUTINE AND SO FAR, I’M FOLLOWING IT.

Third, create January goals… – DONE

Here were the specific crafty goals I made last week:

  • Mama’s Bukid – Page 5, Row 5 – Finish Row 5.  I am halfway through and will post an updated picture some time this week. – DONE
  • Resfeder socks – do 5 rounds per day, which would be about 35 rounds for the week.  I believe that will mean that by the end of the week, I’ll be done with the leg and ready to start the heels. – DONE
  • Christmas socks – I’m working on the foot and I have about 2-3 pattern repeats to do until I’m able to start on the toes. – DONE
  • Harry Potter – I have to connect the shoulder and start on the sleeves. – DONE BUY THE GIRL TRIED IT ON AND WOULD LIKE THE SLEEVES TO BE A BIT BIGGER.  SO I’VE GOT TO RIP OUT WHAT I’VE DONE FOR THE SLEEVES (LUCKILY IT’S ONLY A COULD OF ROWS) AND REDO IT A BIT BIGGER.  I NEED TO DO IT ABOUT 2 INCHES BIGGER.
  • Celtic Solstice – put the back together. – I DID GET STARTED AND I’M WORKING ON IT.

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

  • Mama’s Bukid – Page 5, Row 7 – I realized last week that somewhere along the way my numbers got messed up.  I’m actually in the middle of row 7 right now and I’d like to finish row 7 this week.  There are 14 rows on one page so when I finish this I’ll be halfway through page 2!
  • Resfeder socks – finish the heel
  • Christmas socks – finish the toes, kitchener, take a picture and post to ravelry.
  • Harry Potter Weasley Sweater for daughter – I’d like to create a page so that I can take appropriate pictures to make it easier for me/you to find and rip out the sleeve portion I’ve already done and redo it a bit bigger.
  • Celtic Solstice – Continue piecing the back together.
  • I’ve got Road2CA this week!

Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

Stash Report – Week 02, 2018

So 2 things happened since last week.  The first, I found a coupon in one of my bags for my LQS. It was a Buy One Yard, Get One Yard Free card.  And the last day to use it was yesterday.  I could not let that go to waste. Second, I received a $50 pre-paid mastercard from a survey I took before Christmas.  I actually received it a while ago but must have thrown it in one of my drawers to look into later.  Luckily, I cleaned my junk drawer last week and found it.  What is a crafter to do but go to her LQS and buy a couple of yards of fabric.  I’ve still got a bit left on the card so I’ll be taking the balance with me to my LYS or maybe Road if it lasts that long.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 0 yards
  • Used year to date: 0 yards
  • Added since last time: 2 yards
  • Added year to Date: 2 yards
  • Net added for 2018: 2 yards

For yarn: nothing in and nothing used.

The yarn stash:

  • Used since last time: 0 skeins
  • Used year to date: 0 skeins
  • Added since last time: 0 skeins
  • Added year to date: 0 skeins
  • Net for 2018: 0 yards

Slow Stitching Sunday

Unfortunately, I will not be doing anything for Slow Stitch Sunday again. 😦  I have a family thing this afternoon.  But I’ll be spending a bit of time this morning piecing a back together for Celtic Solstice.

~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

 

I think I have a problem…

 

Resfeber Socks
Knitting Expat
Wanderlust Sock Club
January, 2018

 

While cleaning my craft table I decided to do my daily task of knitting 5 rounds for my Resfeber socks. And while I was doing that, watched the newest episode of The Crazy Sock Lady on YouTube.  And while I was doing that, she mentioned how she was using her Row One minis for scrappy socks.  You guys… a lightbulb went on in my head and I decided I needed to start one as well.  I’ve got 4 months of these minis.  One is in my cozy memory blanket project bag.  And the other 3 are just hanging out waiting for me to use it.  In addition, I just bought the Addi FlexiFlips and was dying to try them out!  So instead of cleaning my floor, I casted on one sock and did about 3 rounds before I got control of myself again.

The yarn is from Twisted Owl Fiber Studio which I received in my October, 2017 Row One Subscription. I picked this one because the minis are 5 grams and felt that these little minis – mini of the minis if you will – are perfect for scrappy socks.  I’m planning to keep going until I use up the mini and then switching out to another mini but I’m not sure how long 5 grams will go on a sock.  I do want them to be scrappy so if it goes too long I may switch it out after a few rounds.  At this point, I’d like both socks to be different but if I ended up switching the mini out before I use it, I may just put whatever I don’t use on the next sock and it will be a bit more matchy matchy.  On to my next task for the day…

I just made plans with a girlfriend to have dinner at OO-Kook, our favorite Korean BBQ spot in KoreaTown, so now I’ve got to get my sh*t together. 🙂 I’ve got a couple of errands to run and I do need to give my Luna some love. As a reminder, Luna is my beloved sewing machine. The big one that stays at home as opposed to my little Bernina that travels with me or Lola, my featherweight.

Have fun friends!

Melanie

 

Saturday Musings

This week, I was able to focus and follow my current project rotation. The plan is laid out in this post if you have no idea what I’m referring to and are curious. But I haven’t been doing so well on the work front. I’ve only wanted to craft and my craft room and work office is the same room.  So I only have to look over and see crafty projects calling my name.  It’s been difficult and there have been times where the longing to do just a bit more on a craft project won the battle.  I blame it on being sick for the latter part of my vacation and not being able to craft my heart out during that time.

Today is Saturday and here is the plan for today:

Weave in ends, Quilting, bag making, sewing, cross stitch on Mama’s Bukid and Gamer

But first, here’s a picture of my craft table. It’s kind of a mess.  My floor needs a bit of attention too.  So, before I can focus on the things I want to do, I’ve got to clear this table off (I will need to cut fabric and I need that table to do so).

And I will need to clear off the floor.  Then I can have fun today.

Gamer has not yet arrived so that is not on the docket today.

~Happy crafting!

~Melanie

 

 

2018 Crafty Plan – January

We’re almost halfway through January but I wanted to my January goals posted.  I always have these in the back of my mind but it’s always helpful for me to post them so I have a concrete place to look for my monthly goals.

  1. Mama’s Bukid – Finish Row 5 and 6 of Page 5
  2. Kayla’s Weasley Sweater – attach the front and back and work on the sleeves
  3. do Resfeder socks
  4. finish Christmas socks
  5. Celtic Solstice – put the back together
  6. Enjoy Road to California

~Happy crafting!

~Melanie

Cross Stitch, an update

“Mama’s Bukid” …

A lot of time has passed since my last update. I didn’t realize… The holidays happened and I was engrossed with enjoying the time rather than posting on the blog.  And then I got sick soon after Christmas through the New Years.  I finally started getting back into my normal crafty self on the 4th and then I had to catch up with work and other things.  Anyway, here’s my cross stitch update.

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Mama’s Bukid
12/6/2017

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama’s Bukid
1/10/2018

Sorry for the not so great lighting but I did not have time to take it outside to get the right sunlight.  You can see the progress though.  On my Crafty Plan for Cross Stitching post, I mentioned the Gamer Nouveau cross stitch and I was able to purchase the kit a few days ago.  It’s coming from the UK so hopefully, the wait is not too long.

I’m really excited about getting this started.

Happy Wednesday!

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

2018 Crafty Plan – Creating a routine and a ritual

Just as a reminder, here are my overarching themes this year:

  1. Use what I have
  2. Get rid of the things that I don’t love anymore
  3. Only buy things I will use now

And the previous posts in this series: quilting, knitting, cross stitching

I really believe that to get things done, I need a routine and in doing a routine regularly, it becomes somewhat of a habit and a possibly a ritual.  It clears my mind from getting frantic about all the projects I want to work on when I know that I will work on each of my crafts at some point during the week or month.  And as long as I keep to my routine, the project will one day cross the finish line.  Here’s the routine I’ve planned out and want to establish.  I’ll continue to do my Monday POAs where I detail the specific tasks I want to accomplish each week.  This helps me narrow down my focus and celebrate the completion of mini-goals along the way.  It keeps me motivated and focused.

And because I have to acknowledge this in my brain – Obviously things come up.  I have dinner with friends and we get together on weekends and when those things come up, I obviously can’t get through whatever is on my “routine” to do.  I know this and I hope that by knowing this, I’m not too hard on myself.  I know!  I know!  I sound crazy.  I’m one of those people who expect so much of herself that it’s nearly impossible to do anything right.  So I try to consciously give myself grace and take things in stride.  Some people can do this easily.  And over the years, it’s becoming easier for me to do.  But to prevent myself from hyperventilating with all the things I want to do, I have to give myself the OK if I don’t get all the things done right from the start. 🙂  And usually, I don’t get all the things done.  But I get a hell of a lot of it done. So, here is the routine I’ve worked out for now and may be modified if I need it to be to work out better:

My routine –

Daily knitting – 5 rounds of Knitting Expat’s sock of the month and project #2 (currently Christmas socks but may change as I focus on other projects)

Monday – I usually have guild meetings on Monday nights.  I think there is one Monday during the month that I do not have a guild meeting on.

FIRST MONDAY – MINI GROUP – RAINBOW GARDEN WOOL APPLIQUE PROJECT

SECOND MONDAY – SFVQA MEETING – I KNIT ON MY COZY MEMORY BLANKET AND SOMETIMES SOCKS IF I GET TIRED OF THE BLANKET.

THIRD MONDAY – THIS IS MY FREE MONDAY NIGHT SO I WANT THIS TO BE A QUILTY THING. MAYBE MY RAINING CATS AND DOGS HAND QUILTING PROJECT.

FOURTH MONDAY – VALLEY MODERN QUILT GUILD MEETING – COZY MEMORY BLANKET KNITTING AND SOCKS IF I CHOOSE

Tuesday evenings – Cross Stitch on Mama’s Bukid

Wednesday  evenings – Hat knitting

Thursday evenings – Knit night / Sweater night.

Friday evenings – Clean my craft room and get ready for weekend crafting.  And knit on my cowl, or poncho or shawl.

Saturdays – Weave in ends, Quilting, bag making, sewing, cross stitch on Mama’s Bukid and Gamer

Sundays – Quilting, Rainbow Garden, bag making, sewing, cross stitch on Mama’s Bukid and Gamer

And that’s the rotation I hope to implement this month.  I started yesterday as it was Monday and I like to start new things on a Monday.  I had my traditional guild meeting with the San Fernando Valley Quilt Association (SFVQA)  and during the meeting I worked on finishing knitting up a square on my cozy memories blanket.  That was square #8.  I didn’t feel like working on my socks as I was motivated to finish the square.  I should probably time myself and see how long it takes me to knit up a square.  On my current socks, Resfeder socks by Knitting Expat, it takes me about 7 minutes per round (and I do two at a time socks on a magic loop).  I’m a slow knitter but that’s actually a minute faster than I was when I last checked last week.  I’m trying to knit faster as I want to get more done this year and speed will help me do that.

So that’s it!  I’ll keep you updated on how I’m doing and where I’m at.

~here’s to a great new year!

~happy crafting!

~Melanie

2018 Crafty Plan – Cross Stitching

If you missed the start of my 2018 crafty plan series, see my first post about my quilty plans. The second about knitting, and this is the third which continues with cross stitching.  The final post in the series will outline my rotation that I will be implementing this month.

I’ve been watching FlossTube which is basically cross stitching podcasts on YouTube.  And I’ve been exposed to the world of cross stitching as I never knew it.  If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know that I learned how to cross stitch from my grandma in the 90’s.  I inherited all my patterns and projects from her and they reflect her tastes from that time period.  She past away in 1999 and a couple of years ago I picked up an old pattern that I had worked on years ago and finished it.  Then I picked up the project called Farmland 2 that I renamed to Mama’s Bukid.  I’ve been working on it ever since.  I’m on page 5 of the pattern but it’s really only the second page of the 8-page project.  Since I started watching FlossTube I started buying more patterns and kits.  The ones I got were small ones that if I worked on it regularly could finish in a month or two.  As with everything, I’m not fast.  And the ones I got are seasonal and I’ve put them aside until I’m ready to work on Halloween and Christmas crafts.  Unlike other crafts I do, all I know is what my grandma taught me.  I am picking up a few tips and tricks from the flosstubers I’m watching but I don’t care if my back is a mess or if I make a mistake here or there.  Recently, I saw a YouTuber stitch this and absolutely fell in love with Gamer Nouveau.

I love it.  The only thing is that I’m afraid it will get in the way of me finishing Mama’s Bukid and I don’t want it to do that.  But I’m afraid if I do not get this kit now I may miss out and not find it 10 years from now when Mama’s Bukid is done.  So, I’m going to buy this kit and add this to a rotation I’m putting together for all my projects.  Hear about my rotation tomorrow as I finalize it.

~Happy Cross Stitching!

~Happy Crafting!

~Melanie