Category Archives: 2020 Crafty Goals

Cross Stitch, progressing along

A Kiss for Snowman
A dimensions gold kit
9/17/2020

I finally finished the cross stitch on this Dimensions kit. It took a lot longer than I thought it would. I still have to do the back stitch so that will come around at it’s next rotation. This is not my favorite WIP to work on.  It’s a 6″ square but there are a lot of blending floss together and using 1, 2, or 4 strands at a time so it took a lot of paying attention.  I’m really happy to have gotten the cross stitch done and I hope to get the back stitch finished soon as well.

Titania
Mirabilia
9/17/2020

I worked on Titania this week and got a few stitches done before I got bored and moved on. Most of my cross stitch I stitch to finish a diagonal but this is one of those exceptions. So I don’t think I get as much done because after a couple of days I want to move on.  I may have to count stitches on this one and make it so that I get a certain amount of stitches done when it comes up on the schedule.

Gamer Nouveau
09/17/2020

And then I worked on Gamer and got another diagonal complete. This is my favorite project to work on. The kit is offered by GeckoRouge and the designer is Medusa Dollmaker. My goal for this year was 6 pages and I will have to check out where I was in the beginning of the year to figure out how much I got done. I would be really happy if I could finish the row this year.

Gamer Nouveau
09/17/2020

 

Gamer Nouveau
09/17/2020

My weekly crafty update ~on quilting

Last week I turned my sewing machine on again after 2 weeks of not touching it.

Dancing with the Stars
Still in pieces
Linda Ballard
9/7/2020

I pieced more pieces of Dancing with the Stars so I can make more blocks to fit a queen size quilt. I think I may run out of fabric and I went to Joanns to find something similar and I failed.  It may not be queen size. or, I’ll have to keep hunting.

I do not know why I stopped turning the machine on. It became too hard. My Lowery stand and my big cross stitch frame was in front of my table and the room was just messy enough that I didn’t want to disturb the piles by moving it so I can sew.  That’s not usually something that stops me. In addition, I had enough of a mess on my cutting table that I didn’t want to clean it up so I could cut fabric.  And I was at a perfect stand still in all of my projects. Most WIPs needed something pressed or cut or both before I could move into actually sewing on the machine.  And I didn’t want to press or cut. I wanted to sew.  It’s the kind of motivation or unmotivation -demotivation? – well I was immobilized by my inability to make a decision of what to do next and so did not do anything.  On Labor Day, I finally stopped with the inaction and pressed and put the pieces to Dancing with the Stars under the needle.  🙂

2012 Southern CA
Quilt Run
Area Four
Mystery quilt
3/8/2020

And over the weekend I pulled this quilt from my retreat luggage. I already had the first 2 rows pieced. I sewed all but the final row pieced together. I just ran out of energy and had to call it quits for the week.  I hope to finish the top in the next couple of weeks.

~ keep on quilting!

Melanie

 

My Sock Knitting in 2020

New sock for September
Geeky Girls Knit
5th podiversary

Last week, I finished my most recent socks. The ends have not yet been woven in and I have not yet taken a picture so that will have to wait for another day.  But I picked my new sock project and got it started.  As it’s been awhile since I’ve mentioned here what I do, I’ll go into detail as to what I’ve done.  For the last 2-3 years, around October or November I sit down and pull all the sock patterns and single skein sock yarn, match them up together and kit them up.  The very first year, I pulled all my knit picks Felici. I was part of Knitting Expat’s Sock Clubs (she had 2 that year). So it was easy, every month she had a new sock pattern and I would pick one of my knit picks felici yarn and start knitting.  I still have Felici yarn in my stash. Then that October/November, I printed all my sock patterns that I hadn’t knitted, chose yarn to go with the pattern and stuck them in a project bag with a number.  That first year, I had 15.  At that point I had been purchasing or getting free downloads of sock patterns I loved and I wanted to knit them. It was a shame to keep them in my Ravelry library and never actually knit them. So I made my own little club.  Every month, I would ask Siri to pick a number from 1-15 and I would knit whatever it chose. I do not remember how many socks I knitted that year. While part of the Knitting Expat sock club, I challenged myself to knit each pair within the month so that I could stay on track with each pattern as they were released.  Most of the time I was able to stay on track. Every once in awhile I slipped.  But as long as I knit a few rows (at least 5 sometimes more) every day, then I was able to get the pair done each month.  When I started my own mini club I tried to stay within the monthly challenge. This ended fairly quickly mainly because I now have a ton of socks and not enough drawer space. I even sent a lot with my daughter when she went away to college.  Anyway, I don’t need 12 socks every year so I do not push myself to knit a pair a month.  I think 6 weeks is a good time frame. Any longer and I get bored.  At the end of that first year, I think I had 5 projects remaining from the 15.  Then last November I did the same thing, I still had the 5 projects from the previous year and somehow I had more patterns.  So I kitted up more and I started 2020 with 13 kitted sock projects.  Now I have 5 in my project bin. So I’ve got the 1 I started for September, the 1 I still have to weave the ends in so I must have finished 6. I’m pretty sure I didn’t take pictures of all of them and post it.  I will try to do that one of these days.

I’m currently formulating my plan for next year but I do not have as many sock patterns to knit in Ravelry like I’ve had in the past.  My LYS closed this year and I helped buy all their remaining sock books.  I am thinking about picking one of those books and working my way through it and I’ll probably do that until I’ve gone through all the books.  I’ll let you know what I end up deciding. The end of 2020 can’t come soon enough. I’m done with it. I’m hoping for a better end to the year along with a great 2021.

The socks I started last week are from the Geeky Girls Knit podcast. I haven’t watched it in awhile so I’m out of date with them. But when I was watching, they were a mother-daughter team. They were based in Edinburgh when I started watching them but then moved to the Pacific North West.  It’s been a few years since I got this kit and it was sitting waiting for me to get to it.  One of the reasons why I love doing my socks this way is because it means that I will knit the things I want to knit, even when I forget about it.

~Happy knitting to my knitter friends out there.

Melanie

 

 

Update on my 2020 Crafty Plans, August

I wrote about my 2020 Crafty goals here for quilting… and here for cross stitch… and here for knitting and here for everything else

My quilting goals and updates-

  1. Staycation – in the quilt queue.
  2. Good Fortune – in the quilt queue.
  3. Glam Clam – in the quilt queue.
  4. Scrappy Stars – I started putting the sashing on…
    1. Update: I need more fabric for the sashing and I put an order in for more. It’s Moda Grunge Paper Grey so it’s fairly easy to get.
  5. Area One Mystery Quilt from 2012 SoCal Quilt Run – in the quilt queue.
  6. Area Four Mystery Quilt from 2012 SoCal Quilt Run – Right before the pandemic started I went to the first retreat of the year. At the retreat I was able to lay out all the blocks and decide how to put them together. All I have to do is put them together.
    1. Update: I pieced the first 2 rows together.
  7. Dancing with the Stars by Linda Ballard – At the same retreat I finished some of the blocks for this and realized I didn’t have any more of the white. I believe I pulled it for another project and never replaced it. I’ve since bought more white fabric and can start working on this again.
    1. Update: my daughter claimed this quilt and decided she wanted it to be a Queen so I figured out how many more blocks I need to make. I started cutting and piecing them together so I’ve done a bit.
  8. Radiant Jewel Quilt by Kimberly Einmo – this came on after the start of the year and all the blocks are done. I’m saving this for my next retreat so I have a design wall to place blocks along with quilty friends to help me try out different positions. Last month, my note said that I’m working on the border blocks but I don’t remember what this is. So, I don’t know if I still need to do this, if it was done or what. In my head, I’m done and this is on hold for the next retreat (whenever that may be).

Pictures for you:

  1. Scrappy Stars – I should take a new picture with the sashing I’ve picked so you can see how it is going but I don’t have a good place to put it with good lighting.  Hopefully that will change soon.
    Scrappy Stars Around the Corner
    3/6/2020
  2. Area Four Mystery Quilt – First 2 rows are pieced.
    2012 Southern CA
    Quilt Run
    Area Four
    Mystery quilt
    3/8/2020
  3. Dancing with the Stars – start working on this again

    Dancing with the Stars
    Linda Ballard
    8/2020

  4. Gardenvale – which is what I’m calling my current WIP..
        1. Gardenvale
          by Moda
          7/12/2020

  5. Allietare –  Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt from 2015 – Clue 1
  6. Area Three Mystery Quilt from 2012 SoCal Quilters Run – This is kitted up and I haven’t even looked at the instructions.

Now for Cross Stitch:

  1. Mama’s Bukid – Finished this! Goal was met for this one.
    Mama’s Bukid
    It’s finish!
    3/22/2020
  2. Gamer – Finish 6 pages. I finished 3 pages the last 3 months and I’m working on page 4 for the year.  I still do not think I’ll get 6 pages done for 2020 but I’m happy with my progress.
    Gamer Nouveau
    03/2020

6/30/2020

Gamer Nouveau
08/2020

Gamer Nouveau
08/2020

 

  1. A Stitch in Time – My goal is to work on this each month and I have been. I love working on this project but it is very slow. There is a lot of confetti everywhere and it’s slow going on this one.
    A Stitch In Time
    03/2020

    A Stitch In Time
    6/30/2020

    A Stitch In Time
    8/2020

  2. A Kiss for Snowman – I have not worked on this at all. This is my travel project but I haven’t been travelling so I haven’t done anything with it. I think what I will do is add this to my rotation and during the same week work on Gamer at the same time. I can do that because this is held in had while All the other projects are on frames.
  3. Mirabilia Titania – Added a new project to the rotation. Now that Mama’s Bukid is done, I decided to add another project to my rotation. This one is not nearly as complex as Gamer or A Stitch in Time as it is not full coverage and is not heavy on the confetti. There is beading and some back stitch but I think this is certainly doable. I feel like with Gamer and A Stitch in Time, having a small one like A Kiss for Snowman and this Mira will help me see movement when projects like A Stitch in Time go so slowly.

Titania – 5/25/2020

Titania
Mirabilia
6/30/2020

 

Craft on my friends.

~Melanie

Update on my 2020 Crafty Plans, July

I wrote about my 2020 Crafty goals here for quilting… and here for cross stitch… and here for knitting and here for everything else

My quilting goals and updates-

  1. Staycation – in the quilt queue.
  2. Good Fortune – in the quilt queue.
  3. Glam Clam – in the quilt queue.
  4. Scrappy Stars – I started putting the sashing on…
  5. Area One Mystery Quilt from 2012 SoCal Quilt Run – I finished this top!!! 🙂 and it’s now in the quilt queue.
  6. Area Four Mystery Quilt from 2012 SoCal Quilt Run – Right before the pandemic started I went to the first retreat of the year. At the retreat I was able to lay out all the blocks and decide how to put them together. All I have to do is put them together.
    1. Update: I haven’t touched this since then.
  7. Dancing with the Stars – At the same retreat I finished some of the blocks for this and realized I didn’t have any more of the white. I believe I pulled it for another project and never replaced it. I’ve since bought more white fabric and can start working on this again.
    1. Update: I haven’t touched this since then.

Not on my goal list but something I’ve been working on a lot the last few months is Radiant Jewel Quilt by Kimberly Einmo. I’ve got all the blocks A and blocks B done. I’m working on the border blocks.

 

  1. Scrappy Stars – Just pick something and move forward on this
    Scrappy Stars Around the Corner
    3/6/2020
  2. Area Four Mystery Quilt – piece all the blocks together and figure out if you want a border or not.
    2012 Southern CA
    Quilt Run
    Area Four
    Mystery quilt
    3/8/2020
  3. Dancing with the Stars – start working on this again now that I’ve got more white fabric.
    Dancing with the Stars
    Linda Ballard
    3/8/2020
  4. Radiant Jewel Quilt by Kimberly Einmo – I’ve actually been working on this quilt a lot and I’m putting the blocks together. I get held up when it’s time to press but I am getting pretty far on this project.
  5. Gardenvale – which is what I’m calling my current WIP..
        1. Gardenvale
          by Moda
          7/12/2020

  6. Allietare –  Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt from 2015 – Clue 1
  7. Area Three Mystery Quilt from 2012 SoCal Quilters Run – This is kitted up and I haven’t even looked at the instructions.

Now for Cross Stitch:

  1. Mama’s Bukid – Finished this! Goal was met for this one.
    Mama’s Bukid
    It’s finish!
    3/22/2020
  2. Gamer – Finish 6 pages. I finished 2 pages the last 3 months and I’m working on page 3 for the year.  I still do not think I’ll get 6 pages done for 2020 but I’m happy with my progress.
    Gamer Nouveau
    03/2020

6/30/2020

I got a lot done this last quarter and maybe if I continue at this current pace I’ll be able to finish up the row.  I don’t know though, it’s a lot of stitching and I don’t want to burn myself out. I still love working on this piece but in June I was doing 100 stitches a day and I do not think I’ll be able to keep up the pace another month.

  1. A Stitch in Time – My goal is to work on this each month and I have been. I love working on this project but it is very slow. There is a lot of confetti everywhere and it’s slow going on this one.
    A Stitch In Time
    03/2020

    A Stitch In Time
    6/30/2020

    I finished a page on this and I also love working on it.  But this is 25 count and my eyes can work on it at certain times of the day. So I work a bit in the mornings when I’m able to.

  2. A Kiss for Snowman – I have not worked on this at all. This is my travel project but I haven’t been travelling so I haven’t done anything with it. I think what I will do is add this to my rotation and during the same week work on Gamer at the same time. I can do that because this is held in had while All the other projects are on frames.
  3. Mirabilia Titania – Added a new project to the rotation. Now that Mama’s Bukid is done, I decided to add another project to my rotation. This one is not nearly as complex as Gamer or A Stitch in Time as it is not full coverage and is not heavy on the confetti. There is beading and some back stitch but I think this is certainly doable. I feel like with Gamer and A Stitch in Time, having a small one like A Kiss for Snowman and this Mira will help me see movement when projects like A Stitch in Time go so slowly.

Titania – 5/25/2020

I do not have an updated picture for this. I’ll have to take one the next time I pull it out.

I’ll have to update you on the knitting and other crafts another time as this post is too long and it’s giving me a headache. 🙂

Craft on my friends.

~Melanie

Cross Stitch: Titania, Queen of the Faeries, an update

Last week, Titania was my xstitch project of the week.

Here it was last month:

Titania
Mirabilia
3/29/2020

And here is what it looks like when I put it away last night.

Titania
Mirabilia
4/26/2020

A lot of progress has been made. This is about 700+ stitches added and it’s growing.

I am enjoying working on this more and more.

This week I’m working on Gamer again and time just flies on by. It felt like such a short time ago since I last worked on it. I hope to get a lot of stitching done this week.

Stitch on my crafty friends!

Melanie

 

 

Weasley Sweaters

So I have a long term goal that one Christmas my family (me, hubby and the kids) would take a family pic in our Weasley Sweaters.

I started with Kayla’s using Gryffindor colors first. At that point in my knitting life, Jacob was not interested in wearing any hand knits so I wasn’t about to invest a year of knitting for someone who didn’t appreciate it.  So Kayla’s was first.

Kayla’s Weasley Sweater
4/12/18

 

After Jacob saw the sweater he liked it and was okay with me making him one. And I spent 2019 making his. His is Ravenclaw colors: Blue and Gray (or silver).

 

 

Jacob’s Weasley Sweater
12/2019

So last Christmas, there were 2 –

Kayla and Jacob in their Weasley’s
12/2019

This year, 2020, I’m working on my hubby’s. I just finished the back:

Ricky’s Weasley Sweater
The backside –
4/21/2020

The color is washed out in this picture but it’s a blue/gray with a green stripe. It’s suppose to be Slytherin but the hubby didn’t want a green sweater. So I made it a gray/blue with a green stripe. The letter will be green and I plan to put green stripes in the front and on the sleeves.  The hubby ended up really liking the green but it’s Knitted Wit and I bought all the shop had (2-3 mini skeins) which would not have been enough for an extra large sweater.  I actually came close to ordering yarn for him and it was going to run close to $300.  Needless to say, he’s not planning on wearing this but once a year for our annual family Christmas picture. So, I just used the yarn I originally bought.

My goal is to get the front done in Q2, the sleeves done in Q3 and then sew it all up, knit the collar and weave in the ends  in Q4.  I’m a little behind since it’s already 21 days into Q2 but I hope I’ve given myself enough of a buffer in Q4 to still get this done in time for Christmas. 🙂

Hope you all are doing well!

~Melanie

Breadmaking

I’ve been making a lot of bread. And they haven’t been turning out well. Actually, they were good enough and I wanted to make them better.  I was using a bread machine and I do not think it was mixing the ingredients properly. Then I switched to hand and using recipes that didn’t require too much kneading. They came out better but I was missing something. Last week I decided to delve into sourdough breads. They are my favorite. So I went on theperfectloaf.com which was recommended by a knitting buddy and spent last week feeding my starter. I didn’t know if it was working or not but by this last Saturday I was going to make bread to hell or high water. (Is that the right saying?) Anyway, I did it and I love it… So now I’m setting aside some of my starter each day to give away to friends who want it.

Finished product
4/19/2020

 

Sourdough Bread
after baking for 20 minutes covered
4/19/2020

 

Sourdough Bread
after proofing for a few hours just before baking
4/19/20

Mugrugs, Coasters and orphan blocks…

 

 

I finally bound these little mats. They were orphan blocks made for one reason or another. The top one was for a paper piecing workshop offered through my guild. I used these mats to practice on my Q20 (among others) and finally got around to binding it.  Don’t tell anyone but I forgot to take the paperwork out of the top one so it’s crinkly.  I don’t care.  They will Most likely be used as coasters or mugrugs.  I love them and plan to give them away to friends.  Since the quarantine we’ve been passing along various items to each other – oranges from the trees, yeast, sourdough starters, chili, cookies, bread, etc.  So I’ll slip these and the others I’ve finally finished up.

~ Happy Monday,

btw, I’m feeling better this week and have high hopes in accomplishing a lot…

Melanie