Last week, Titania was my xstitch project of the week.
Here it was last month:
And here is what it looks like when I put it away last night.
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!
So I have a rotation of cross stitch projects and in general, I work on a project for a week then on Sunday switch to a new project. I have 4 projects in rotation.
- A Stitch in Time
- Mirabilia – Titania
Gamer is my priority project so when I am working on Snowman which is a small 6″x6″ I also have Gamer on the frame for me to put a few stitches in each day. That way I’m able to work on Gamer for 2 weeks and hopefully get this finished faster. This last week I was working on A Stitch in Time, by Aimee Stewart and is a Heaven and Earth Design.
And how it looks now after I’ve worked on it a week before I put it away…
I must have forgotten to take a picture and update you on my March progress but it’s coming along and I’ve gotten it on the frame that Mama’s Bukid used to be on.
Today is day 17 and I’m finding it difficult to stick with a schedule. I normally work from home so that’s not my problem. My kids are home all the time but they are older and do not require as much from me as they would if they were younger. Last week I was supposed to be on vacation. But with everything going on with the stock market I worked for most of it. I was able to get off early in the day and do various things but not nearly as much as I wanted to. I’m okay with it. But life will be more hectic next week as we finish up one quarter and start another. So I need to figure out how I want things to be.
In the meantime, here’s what I’ve been working on:
Knitting – I’m still knitting on my morning socks and almost daily I’m able to knit a couple of rows on Ricky’s Weasley Sweater. But those pictures are no fun. Just a little bit longer and bigger than the last picture. I will try to take pics this week since the month is ending and I want to take end of Month pictures. My real knitting love is this hat:
I ran out of the white yarn and luckily I have a friend who’s knitting the same hat with me. As soon as she is done, she will be dropping off (social distancing being kept) her leftover white. In the meantime, I just love looking at it. I am still working on my mix wave cowl, water lily top, etc. Basically I’m doing my daily and weekly knitting. Mostly.
For cross stitch, since I finished Mama’s Bukid I started working on Titania by Mirabilia. I started this a long time ago – 2018 – and only did a bit on it. I hated working on it. Really hated it. I had never worked on linen before. Before this, I didn’t realize that there were different fabrics and every Flosstube I watched was talking about how great linen was. So I kitted this project up with linen and did not like it. I couldn’t see the holes and they were uneven. It was awful and sat in a box for 2 years. Every once in awhile early on I would take it out and try for a bit but it’s been in complete timeout this last year. This time I started working on it again and while I can’t say I love working on it, I am better at it and it is now doable. I am loving what I’m seeing and it was my focus xstitch project for this week:
Here’s what it will grow up to be:
I finally finished this dress:
I’m not totally in love with it but it makes a great house dress. This is my second real dress but the first time with set in sleeve, gathers, my first time with darts, and a bunch of other things, I am really happy with how it turned out and how I can wear it. I plan to make skirts and other dresses one of these days.
On the quilting front: It’s harder to take pictures. I finished putting together this inner top –
I know the picture is not the finished top. It was harder to take a picture it because it is just too big.
Here it is on my bed. I plan to do a small border – maybe about 5 inches all around. I am loving it but put it away for now.
Here are some other things I’ve been working on here and there…
I bound a few mats that I had practiced quilting on the Q20. Here’s a table runner. I picked up the top at one of our guild’s treasure hunts for, quilted and bound it. Now it’s gracing my table.
Hope you are doing well during this time. I’m up and down and tend to stay offline when I’m not doing so well. I also try to remember that things are not so bad, people experience and survive much worse than being stuck at home with all the crafts, and I try to be very grateful for what I have and where I am. It’s still hard and there are a lot of sad things going on. Stay strong, friends.
Just wanted to drop by and let you know, I’m okay and my family is okay. I’m not part of a high risk category but my family and I are self-quarantining because we can. I work from home mostly and the 2-day a week job I was commuting to before was moved to virtual support which is what I do normally. Today is day 11 for me and it’s helpful to take the dog on walks and say hello to the sun every day. For awhile, it was raining and every time it stopped I would rush outside to breathe fresh air and take the dog out. It’s no fun taking her out when it is raining. I can say yesterday was a difficult day. It was my son’s 15th birthday and he was happy to stay in his room and play on his computer. The rest of us got on each other’s nerves. I isolated myself from the rest of the family in my office/craft room to avoid tensions rising higher. Today is a much better day.
Since last I posted, I got this done!
Hope you are staying safe and keeping your sanity!
Last time I posted a picture here, was when I listed my 2020 Cross Stitch Goals. Here is a picture from the beginning of the year.
This project is part of my rotation. I switch projects every Sunday in this order: Mama’s Bukid, Gamer, Mama’s Bukid, A Stitch in Time. Yes, I do Mama’s Bukid every other week because it’s my priority project and I want it done soon. It’s also my longest xstitch project and I’m really sick of it. So, the sooner I’m done with it, the sooner I can frame it and give it to my mother. Anyway, I stitch a little bit every week night. Lately, my week nights have been full of things that take up my time and I haven’t been able to spend as much time as I want so I do an hour or so here and there over the weekend. Here’s where I finished at yesterday:
Because there is so much confetti, I’m only able to do about 55 stitches an hour. It sounds like I’m a really slow stitcher but with color changes for every single box, there’s no way to do it but slow and steady. It was difficult to do anything on this this week as I was overwhelmed with the complexity and how slow I am at it. But I persevered and was able to get 400 stitches done this week. My goal was to do 1200 but it’s just not possible given the amount of time I’m able to devote to this project. Some may say I have too many projects and that I should probably work on one project at a time but that’s just ridiculous!
Here is where I’m at with Mama’s Bukid. When I finish this set of columns, I will be finished with this project. I’m so excited I can hardly stand it. But I’m putting it away. I can almost taste the finish that’s how close I am. I’ve been working on this project for a week and it’s not my favorite project. If I force myself to keep working on it, I will not pick it up at all. I know myself. So, I will work on “A Stitch in Time” this week and next week… I will stitch a bit more on this project and maybe, I’ll have a finish. There’s a lot of full coverage as I get to the bottom of these columns and as a result, I’m not certain I’ll be able to finish in a week. It may take another 2 weeks of stitching. Either way, I’m okay with taking a break on this and moving onto one of my favorite stitchy projects.
So much has happened in the last 2 weeks. First I wasn’t able to post because of Road to California and all the shenanigans that happen there. I was exhausted on Sunday and spent the day resting. And that morning, Kobe Bryant and his daughter passed away in a helicopter crash. It’s heartbreaking and I continue to cry every day. I cannot imagine what his wife and family are going through and I offer my prayers and hugs to them.
And here’s my update…
First, the week before Road:
I didn’t cross stitch at all that week, I did some knitting and that was it. I went to yoga once. That’s it. I played on the Bernina Q20 that Friday and quilted on practice sandwiches. At the end, I took out this table runner and quilted it. Now it’s done and all I have to do is bind it.
I also went to a featherweight maintenance class and now I have the knowledge I need to oil and service my featherweight!
On Sunday, I spent the day finishing up clue 3 on my scrappy quilt (no pictures because I was so busy sewing). Time just goes by so fast. Then the week started up again.
So this past week, I was a bit more productive. I cross stitched 4 of the 5 days and I finished the columns I was working on last time and now I’m on the next set of columns.
I went to yoga once so I’m averaging about once a week. Much better than not going at all but I’m striving for twice a week.
Next I accomplished my morning knitting on socks for 15 minutes every Monday – Friday.
These babies are now done!
All the ends are woven in and I started on my next monday morning socks:
Second, my evening knitting on Ricky’s Weasley Sweater every Monday through Friday.
I checked this off for 6 of 10 days. Here’s an updated picture:
It’s hard to see the green stripe but it’s still there.
I only worked on the Fairy Hill Shawl during knit night but that’s okay. I have about 7 rows left to do.
I hope you all have a happy crafty week!
I’ve done very little this past week. It seems to have gone in a blur. Last Saturday’s post I complained about being sick and not getting as much done as I wanted to and this week I do not even have the excuse of being sick. I just had a lot of family and other obligations that kept me from crafting to my heart’s content.
Monday was my quilt guild meeting and it was a good meeting. I’m co-membership chair so I have a bunch of duties I needed to do to prepare for the meeting. At least I was able to knit on my socks during the meeting.
On Tuesday, we went to the Los Angeles Clipper game and had a blast.
Wednesday, I was in Century City, and went with a friend to a yoga class. Which was awesome! I haven’t gone to yoga for almost a month and while the class kicked my butt I was very glad to go.
Thursday was knit night and it was my daughter’s last night with us before she headed off to college. So I went to knit night for a couple of hours before the family and I went to sushi for the girl’s last night.
And on Friday, we woke super early to get the girl to the airport for her early flight. It was fine and at 1pm my parent’s called to say they were on their way to visit for the weekend. I love that they are here visiting but my plan was to spend Friday sitting on my butt stitching. Instead I had to run around getting them dinner. I’m okay with it.
Anyway, that’s my busy week. So what was I able to actually do?
First up – morning knitting on my socks for 15 minutes every Monday – Friday.
I checked this off for 5 of 5 days.
The cuffs are done and I’m working on the heels. I have about 2 or 3 more rows on the heels and then I can kitchener it and call it a finish! woohoo…
Second, my evening knitting on Ricky’s Weasley Sweater every Monday through Friday.
I checked this off for 1 of 5 days. I only did about 2 – maybe 3 rows during knit night so any picture I take today will not be much different than what I showed last week.
I had dropped a stitch on my Fairy Hill Shawl and spent some time trying to fix it. Mindy spent more time on it but I didn’t get anymore done on it than that. And I got another small blip done on my mix wave cowl.
For Cross Stitch, my goal is to work on it every evening Monday – Friday.
I did nothing on this project all week. 😦 So it looks the same. I wanted to finish up those columns last night but it will have to wait until my next free xstitch moment.
And finally Quilting! I was able to finish Glam Clam last weekend and posted about it during the week. But here it is again!
And finally for Sewing, the top and bottom of my Megan dress is put together and my next class is tomorrow. I’m excited to get that to the next step.
I guess I made small progress on some projects and no progress on others. That’s okay. And I have a finished top so that is reason to celebrate. I hope life calms down a bit over the next few months so I can get back into the rhythm of crafting, creating, and relaxing.
I hope you all have a happy crafty week!