My goal for Gamer is to do 100 stitches per day until I finish a diagonal. Then switch to MFE SAL 2022. For that I increased my goal to 200 stitches per day so I can finish a month’s clue each month.
And here’s my update on my MFE SAL.
I’m so thrilled that I was able to get the page done this month. This is the page/clue released in May 2022 so I’m way behind. I will be attempting to get one page done each month so I can be finished with this project this year. It’s about 2500 stitches per page. If I do 200 stitches per day I should be done in about 13 days. Because it’s pretty much the same floss, 200 stitches per day is doable.
Another diagonal completed! As I work down the page the diagonals get longer and take longer to complete. Here’s where it starts to be more of a slog for me and I have to be more diligent about doing my 100 stitches every day.
I finished the second page of the third row and I’m about 34% complete. I do not remember if I ever mentioned this before but I use Pattern Keeper for all my full coverage projects. I love it. Unfortunately it isn’t an app that is compatible with Apple’s system so you can’t get it on an iPad. I am an iPhone user since the first iPhone and I had an iPad before it went kaput. I never replaced it as they cost a lot of money and I rarely used it. I had a kindle fire (I still have it going on 10 years) to read and listen to books. When I first got it I tried to use it for other stuff but never did and it’s hanging on allowing me to do the two things I need it to do. But I couldn’t get Pattern Keeper on it because it was so old. So several years ago I bought a Samsung Galaxy Tablet to use Pattern Keeper on. I know that sounds excessive but I use it every day and it’s been worth whatever it was I paid for it. All that to say, this is how I know I’m at 34%. I could give you the exact number to the second decimal out but I’d have to get up and look and I don’t want to do that. lol
Now that this page is done, I’ve set her aside while I work a bit on my MFE Sal.
This was where I was the last time I worked on this piece. I am starting to work on the May clue.
Gosh, a year and a half has almost gone by and I’m still only on page 2 of the third row!
I did start the year out working regularly on her and was getting a lot done. But her face was always problematic for me. If you notice on the first picture from 2021 her coloring looked a bit off. At some point I decided I couldn’t take it anymore and I ripped out and redid it. I like it so much better now. After, I was so annoyed that I had to do that that I put it away for a few months.
I’m back to working on her regularly and she’s my primary stitching project.
This weekend I went on retreat with the SoCal Stitchers. I think this was my 4th year attending but it could be my 3rd. I cannot remember anymore. I love retreats and I try to go to as many as I could afford. The retreats I like the best are the ones where I can work on any project i want to.
This retreat is a cross stitch retreat so I worked primarily on my cross stitching. I stitched on Gamer and my MFE SAL daily as those are my primary projects. But one night I worked on Jeanette Douglass’ Cheerful.
As I continue working on the MFE SAL I’m leaning more and more on stopping. I’m not loving the project as much as I had in the beginning and my time is limited. I am enjoying stitching 1×1 on 28 count. That is what keeps me going. However, I just finished the April clue and I’m 5 months behind. So it will take forever… maybe I’ll set it aside for right now.
I continued to knit on my shawl daily. The rows are really long. I don’t want to do the calculations to figure out how many stitches there are per row right now as it will probably discourage me. So I just knit a row a day and admire my progress.
And here’s Gamer! I really love working on her right now and it’s hard to put her away to work on something else. I know I should because I know myself. If I work on her too much I burn out and will set her aside for months. I don’t want to do that. I’ll keep working on her for this week and will switch to a different project on Sunday.
I worked on some needlepoint too but I forgot to take pictures of my progress.
I make a lot of progress at retreats because I can focus on just the projects I bring. and at this retreat we are spoiled with 3 meals a day so we don’t even have to think about what to eat.
I have a smaller retreat scheduled next month. It’s one where we go home every night but spend our days at a local quilt shop. This one is a quilt retreat and I bring so much more stuff for it. The projects are already in a suitcase because I work on specific retreat projects. The nice thing about this retreat is if I forget something I can bring it the next day.
I’m still in a funk… not getting enough crafty time on and my projects stare at me forlornly.
I am still knitting a row a day on my shawl, Orient Express. I’m on row 117. It ends at 189 but then there are borders I’ll need to learn how to do. I hoped to get this done by December. At the rate I’m going that will probably not happen. but that’s ok. The rows are long now and I find it hard to do more than a row a day.
I am still xstitching on Gamer… I am finishing up another diagonal and will be switching back to my MFE 2022 SAL. I won’t be joining the SAL next year. I plan to be more focused on my projects and make sure I’m working on something I enjoy. Don’t get me wrong, I like it but I am not in love with it. I admire my friends who started and put it away when they decided they didn’t care for it. One just never knows with a mystery if one will love it.
I finally got my Provence quilt under the Q20 needle and I should be quilting on it but I haven’t gotten it back in my schedule and my weekends have been full.
My featherweight sisters and I have been on the lookout for a while/celery featherweight since one of us scored one several weeks ago at the Pasadena flea market. I’ve found several way above my price point. But one found it’s way home to me this past weekend.
Introducing my new to me vintage machine-
I am so thrilled. I’m still thinking of a name.
I have several vintage machines I’ve collected over the years and I don’t think I’ve introduced them all yet. I introduced my first featherweight several years ago – a black one born in 1952 and I called her Lola which means grandma in Pilipino.
But the other 3 are more recent additions in the last 3 years. I have a treadle, a hand crank and a mid century machine. All three need to be cleaned and restored. For now I simply store them in my house as is. The hubby is none too thrilled. But I love them so 🤷🏽♀️.
And this came home with me as well
I’m not a spinner. But I love vintage crafty things on display at my house. It would be great if I could use it too. I’m not yet sure if it’s usable but I’ve got quite a few spinner friends who are willing to teach me.
Every day I do a row on this knitting project. I’m just about halfway through the project and it will take another 6 weeks or so to finish but a row a day will get me a finished project in a few weeks.
Every day I do about 100 stitches on this cross stitch project.
I go back and forth between Gamer and this one every week. Right now that’s enough.
For quilting, I’ve been working on my BOM- Plum Fusion. I love these colors. We are getting close to the end of the month and I’m about 3 pages behind, page 18, 19, and 20. Page 18 is almost done… I just have to square up these blocks to 12.5”.
I’m also trying to finish a quilt for the September meeting. It’s probably not going to happen. I am piecing a back and it’s not yet done. most of it is but it’s not done and so I can’t baste and can’t quilt. This project seems to be a weekend project and my weekends are booked solid. I try to do a little after work on the weekdays but I find I’m too tired for that kind of effort.
And I’m also working on some hand stitching. I have these ornaments that I’ve been on and off again working on since last December (2021). I’ve got all the wool blanket stitched down and now I’m playing with the embroidery and some beading. I’ve also got together with some of my hand stitched enthusiasts and are doing a sampler of sorts of embroidery stitches. I’m well behind the others. I really need to do 2-3 a day and eventually I’ll catch up but it’s the last thing on my list and I often don’t get to it.
Well that’s where I am with my crafting. Every day with a little bit of progress brings me joy.
Last week, Gamer came up on my Tiny Decisions App. And if you remember, my goal for 2021 was to finish row 3, which after some calculation, meant I would need to do ~700 stitches per week. I can tell you that that’s not going to happen. I struggled hard at the beginning of the year to do the 700 stitches per week and after a couple of months, put it away until now.
Here’s a close up of what I’ve worked on recently: