Monday’s POA – week 14, 2018

Here were my goals from the week before:

  • Mama’s Bukid – Page, 5, row 12 – finish the row – DONE
  • Celtic Solstice – This upcoming weekend we are having a small get together for the boy’s birthday so I will not be able to quilt this project.  I will see if I can schedule time to rent the long arm for the first weekend of April.  – NOT DONE
  • Rainbow Garden – do a little bit of work on this on Sunday. And wouldn’t it be great to get this finished and get block 9 started? – DONE
  • Knitting projects:
    • Derive socks – March pattern for the Wanderlust Sock Club
      • Finish the foot and toe and finish these socks! – DONE
    • Weasley Sweater for Kayla – Mattress stitch the pieces and then work on the neck.  Wouldn’t it be great to get all the ends woven in and have this as a finish this week? – NOT DONE
    • Cowl – continue to do a round a day on this project. – I work on this when I have time to get in a third primary project in so I do not always have time to do this every day. I’m happy to make a little progress each week and right now I’m about halfway done with it. 

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

  • Mama’s Bukid – Page, 5, finish row 13 and get halfway through row 14. It would be great to have this page finished but I think that would be too much in one week.
  • Celtic Solstice – I would like to get the batting done this week and rent the long arm sometime in the next few weeks. If I can rent it on a Sunday that would work really well for me.  I’m just not sure they are open on Sundays for me to do that.
  • Rainbow Garden – prep block 9 – you know the prep, trace all the pieces on freezer paper, cut, put it on the wool, cut again, etc. that will take some time but needs to happen so I can have something to work on.
  • Knitting projects:
    • Nestled socks – April pattern for the Cosy Sock Club
      • Print the pattern, pick the yarn, and cast on! … my favorite part.
    • Weasley Sweater for Kayla – Mattress stitch the pieces and then work on the neck.  I’m almost done with the mattress stitch. I think I’ve only got one sleeve left which may take me 3 days.  Then I can start working on the neck. I’m not sure what that will entail but I will figure it out when I get there.  I do not think I will be finished with it this week but I want to get the mattress stitch done and get started on the neck.  🙂
    • Cowl – continue to do a round a day on this project. (dori’s voice) Just keep stitching.. just keep stitching…

Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

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Stash Report – Week 13, 2018

Another couple of weeks has flown by since my last report.  Last week was my baby boy’s 13th birthday party and it wasn’t much of a party but more of a hangout.  He invited a few close friends to play video games with and that was all he wanted.  We invited a few of our close friends to help us celebrate not having children in the house anymore.  And celebrate the beginnings of the next phase… A house with only teenagers.  They are fast growing up and soon will be heading off to lead their own lives.  I’m sad and happy all at the same time.  Anyway, by the time it was Sunday I was just exhausted and couldn’t do more than sit in front of the TV and binge watch Requiem.  I don’t generally do scary but somehow I got sucked into this show on Netflix.  I blame it on exhaustion that caused me not to think clearly.  I did make it out to my LQS at some point this last 2 weeks and supported them a bit by purchasing 3 yards of fabric.  I think it’s because my numbers were going in the right direction that I had to add to it again to bring it back to the negative.  /sigh  Oh well.  I will do better next time.

 

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 0 yards
  • Used year to date: 9.25 yards
  • Added since last time: 3 yards
  • Added year to Date: 11.5 yards
  • Net added for 2018: 2.25 yards

For yarn: I am still almost done with Kayla’s Weasley sweater and I hope that it will be done soon so I can add some major numbers to the “used” bit.  I’m about to make the same thing for Jacob but in blue and silver.  And my order came in last week.  In addition, I’ve got 2 pairs of socks finished and I’m almost done with 1 more.

The yarn stash:

  • Used since last time: 2 skeins
  • Used year to date: 7 skeins
  • Added since last time: 10 skeins
  • Added year to date: 24 skeins
  • Net ADDED for 2018: 17 skein

Slow Stitching Sunday

Here is what it looked like last time:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 8 – in progress
3/18/18

And here’s what it looks like now:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 8 – finished!
3/25/18

It’s done. Now I have to get Block 9 started. I already pulled it out of that bin and it’s sitting in it’s bag waiting for me to give it some love and attention. 🙂

~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

 

2018 Crafty Plan – March Recap

 

Celtic Solstice – I would relaly like to get this done this month. I mean, finish the backing, prep the batting, and get this quilted.

==> I’m still not done with this project.  Because this is so big I can only work on it during the weekend when I have the time to spread it out.  I have the back done but I still need to prep the batting and quilt it.  There was just too many things going on this month and didn’t have enough free weekends to finish this.  I hope hope hope that I’m able to find a weekend in April.  It might have to be a Sunday in April as the kids and I went through and planned a bunch of activities over the next few Saturdays.  

For knitting:

  • Kayla’s Weasley Sweater – Finish the sleeves. I’m not sure how much more I need to do but I can smell the finish. I need to have Kayla try this on and see how much longer I need to go on the sleeves.  I hope that I can get this finished this month. Since I’m a newer sweater knitter I can’t tell whether that is doable or not.
    • I did finish the sleeves and I’m almost done mattress stitching the sides.  One that is done, the next step is to pick up and knit up the neck.  I think this can be finished in April.  On Thursday, I got the yarn for Jacob’s Weasley Sweater and I casted on for that.  

Kayla’s Weasley Sweater
3/31/18

  • The March socks in Knitting Expat’s Sock Club.
    • DONE!!!!

Derive Socks
Knitting Expat
Wanderlust Sock Club
March, 2018

  • Land of Sweets Cowl – I need to take a picture of this for my next knitting update.  Now that the Martine Hat is finished I moved this project up to the third primary position.  The plan is to work a round every day.
    • I’m a little more than halfway done. I do not always get a round done every day but I am making progress.  

Land of Sweets Cowl
3/17/2018

 

For cross stitching:

  • Mama’s Bukid – Finish row 10 (which I’m very close to finishing), row 11, and row 12.
    • DONE!  I’m actually working on row 13 so I’m progressing quickly on this project. 

Mama’s Bukid
3/31/2018

  • Gamer Nouveau – Just keep doing what I’m doing. This is not a priority project so keep doing a bit every day as I feel like it and see where I am at the end of the month.  I do want to get a scroll frame for this project. I outgrew the small plastic hook I had and I’m currently using a small QSnap.   I have a larger QSnap that I will use but once this project outgrows the larger QSnap, I plan to get another scroll frame.  I do want to save some money for this though as I don’t need it right now.
    • At the beginning of March, I bought a scroll and table frame specifically for this project.  But it never came.  I bought it from ABCStitch.com and after 4 weeks of waiting to hear when it would be shipped (I communicated with them and they couldn’t tell me when they would get it and ship it out) I cancelled my order.  I do not have a local needle shop (LNS) but found one about 30 minutes away.  I guess to some that would be local but it’s pretty far from me distance wise and I would have to make sure I went when there was NO traffic because that 30 minutes in traffic would become an hour and a half.  Anyway, I called the shop and made my way there and they are ordering me one.  The ladies were really nice and they will call me next week to let me know the timeframe of when I can expect to have the items.  Because of the holiday (Passover/Easter), their normal distributors were closed.  

~Happy crafting!

~Melanie

Cross Stitch, an update – week 12, 2018

 

 

 

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Mama’s Bukid
3/6/2018

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama’s Bukid
3/22/2018

 

Gamer Nouveau

 

 

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Gamer Nouveau
3/6/2018

Here’s what it looks like now…

Gamer Nouveau
3/22/2018

I am still enjoying this project immensely. I have to force myself to work on Mama’s Bukid. I love how Mama’s Bukid is coming out but I’m not drawn to work on it like I am Gamer.  I wrapped up all the sides of the fabric and made a grime guard.  I found a cool tutorial here. Hopefully, the link works. I found that I have a ton of fabric to smush because it’s a big piece and the grime guard didn’t keep all the fabric in.  So next time, I will make the width of the guard a bit bigger to accommodate the bunch of fabric I want it to hold. Once I’m done filling in all the pieces on this page, I will need to migrate over to the 11×11 QSnap.  I started making the grime guard for that one when I made the grime guard the 8×8 so the fabric will still be too much for this one.  But I will finish the one I started and use that for now.

Happy Thursday!

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

Knitting Update, Week 12, 2018

My March socks:

Derive Socks
Knitting Expat
Wanderlust Sock Club
March 17, 2018

I still have a few pattern repeats to complete on the foot before I can start the toe.  MyPOA for this week is to finish these socks this week and as long as I keep working on these every day that should happen.

  • Kayla’s Weasley Sweater

Kayla’s Weasley Sweater
3/17/18

As you know from my POA post, I finished the cuffs.  Yay!  I am loving this sweater and I can’t wait to be finished.  I plan to mattress stitch the sleeves and sides together and then finish up the neck part.  Depending on how the neck part goes, I’m hoping this will be finished this week? Okay, maybe that’s dreaming so it will probably be more like a couple of weeks.

  • Land of Sweets Cowl

Land of Sweets Cowl
3/17/2018

I haven’t made as much progress on my cowl as I’d like but a bit of progress is better than none at all.  🙂

~Happy Knitting!

~Melanie

 

Monday’s POA – week 12, 2018

Here were my goals from last week:

  • Mama’s Bukid – Page, 5, row 12 – get half way through row 12 – DONE! and I actually did a bit more than halfway!  
  • Celtic Solstice – measure the backing and prep the batting. Find a place to quilt this sometime next week. … I really wanted to get this quilted this month but this weekend is the only weekend I can quilt it.  If I am able to measure the backing and prep the batting during the weekdays then I’ll be able to quilt it on Saturday.  The problem is I don’t know if I’ll have time to do it.  I have something going on every night except Friday.  I think the most important thing is to measure the backing and as long as that measures right I should be able to get the batting cut and prepped for Saturday.  So I will try to measure the backing Monday afternoon and if it is good to go I will schedule time on the Long Arm for Saturday.  😀 wish me luck…  – NOT DONE!  I was able to measure the back but I didn’t have a chance to do it during the week so I could then schedule time over the weekend.  So I measured the back this weekend.  It is barely 120×120 and I’m going to go with it.  I know that I’m pushing one side and if I load it a bit off then the quilt will slant and I will not have enough backing.  I hope I have enough. 
  • UFO list – finalize this and bring it to my guild meeting to turn in. – NOT DONE!  I am having a hard time writing this list so I’m just going to not do this right now. 
  • Rainbow Garden – do a little bit of work on this on Sunday. – DONE!  and I’m almost finished with block 8!
  • Knitting projects:
    • Derive socks – March pattern for the Wanderlust Sock Club
      • do the heels and start the foot – DONE!
    • Weasley Sweater for Kayla – the cuffs! – DONE!
    • Cowl – continue to do a round a day on this project. – NOT DONE!

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

  • Mama’s Bukid – Page, 5, row 12 – finish the row
  • Celtic Solstice – This upcoming weekend we are having a small get together for the boy’s birthday so I will not be able to quilt this project.  I will see if I can schedule time to rent the long arm for the first weekend of April.
  • Rainbow Garden – do a little bit of work on this on Sunday. And wouldn’t it be great to get this finished and get block 9 started?
  • Knitting projects:
    • Derive socks – March pattern for the Wanderlust Sock Club
      • Finish the foot and toe and finish these socks!
    • Weasley Sweater for Kayla – Mattress stitch the pieces and then work on the neck.  Wouldn’t it be great to get all the ends woven in and have this as a finish this week?
    • Cowl – continue to do a round a day on this project.

Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

Stash Report – Week 11, 2018

It’s been a couple of weeks and life has been a bit hectic every weekend.  Last weekend I was away at another guild workshop.  This time I attended a class with Pat Blair on Free Motion Quilting.  And that Friday night attended another UFO Party with some friends.  I had these practice sandwiches I made that I finished off with some binding and am now using as place mats.

Don’t look at them too closely. These started out as a practice quilt on my midarm back in the day.  After quilting, I cut them up into placemats and they’ve been waiting to be bound ever since.  I finished 3 of them and that’s about 1 yard used.  Woot!  Then at the workshop I used up 7 practice sandwiches.

This weekend, I made this cute little bag… and it used 2 FQs!  So, are you counting, that’s about 5 yards used!  14 FQs (Practice sandwiches) + 2 for the baggie = 16 FQs/4 = 4 yards plus the 1 for the mats. 🙂

baggie
3/18/18

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 5 yards
  • Used year to date: 9.25 yards
  • Added since last time: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 8.5 yards
  • Net used for 2018: 0.75 yards

For yarn: I am almost done with Kayla’s Weasley sweater.  I’m about to make the same thing for Jacob but in blue and silver.  Since I need a little break between the two sweaters, I’m in no rush and told my LYS to order it when they next do their main order. In the meantime, I’m going to start a new project and bought 3 skeins from my LYS.

The yarn stash:

  • Used since last time: 0 skeins
  • Used year to date: 5 skeins
  • Added since last time: 3 skeins
  • Added year to date: 14 skeins
  • Net ADDED for 2018: 9 skein

Slow Stitching Sunday

Here is what it looked like last time:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 8 – in progress
3/4/18

And here’s what it looks like now:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 8 – in progress
3/18/18

I am almost done with this project. I’ve got two of those dark green circles to applique down and then do any other extra embroidery stitches.  Then I can move on to Block 9!

~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

 

Monday’s POA – week 11, 2018

Here were my goals from last week:

  • Mama’s Bukid – Page, 5, row 11 – I’m halfway through row 11 so I want to finish it this week. – DONE!
  • Celtic Solstice – measure the backing and prep the batting. Find a place to quilt this sometime next week. – NOT DONE!
  • UFO list – finalize this and bring it to my guild meeting to turn in. – NOT DONE!
  • Rainbow Garden – do a little bit of work on this on Sunday. – DONE!
  • Knitting projects:
    • Derive socks – March pattern for the Wanderlust Sock Club
      • These came out on 3/1 and I started the cuff (I work my socks cuff down).  I’ve got all the ribbing done and I am starting the pattern of the leg.  Each pattern repeat is about 12 rounds.  I usually do not make my socks very long in the leg area but I would like to see how these feel longer than I normally make them.  I think if I made them the length I usually make them it will be about 2 pattern repeats (about 24 rounds) so I’ll try to get in 3 pattern repeats this week.  If I like how the pattern is knitting up, and I have the time, I may even do a 4th pattern repeat before I start the heel. – DONE! I actually did 4 repeats and I’m ready to start the heel. 
    • Weasley Sweater for Kayla – I need Kayla to try this on again and determine if I should do the ribbing of the cuff now on the sleeves or continue in stockinette a bit longer. – DONE! I am actually on the cuff now and I am planning on doing about 3-4 inches of cuff.  I hope to get the cuffs done this week. 
    • Cowl – continue to do a round a day on this project. – ummm… Okay so that short answer is NOT DONE! but I did it for most days.  I think there was only one or two days that I didn’t work on this project and that’s really okay.  Even though this is one of my priority projects its Priority #3 and I don’t have to really touch it every day.  I just need to touch it most days and it will get done eventually.  I’m about halfway through right now.  

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

  • Mama’s Bukid – Page, 5, row 12 – get half way through row 12
  • Celtic Solstice – measure the backing and prep the batting. Find a place to quilt this sometime next week. … I really wanted to get this quilted this month but this weekend is the only weekend I can quilt it.  If I am able to measure the backing and prep the batting during the weekdays then I’ll be able to quilt it on Saturday.  The problem is I don’t know if I’ll have time to do it.  I have something going on every night except Friday.  I think the most important thing is to measure the backing and as long as that measures right I should be able to get the batting cut and prepped for Saturday.  So I will try to measure the backing Monday afternoon and if it is good to go I will schedule time on the Long Arm for Saturday.  😀 wish me luck…
  • UFO list – finalize this and bring it to my guild meeting to turn in.
  • Rainbow Garden – do a little bit of work on this on Sunday.
  • Knitting projects:
    • Derive socks – March pattern for the Wanderlust Sock Club
      • do the heels and start the foot
    • Weasley Sweater for Kayla – the cuffs!
    • Cowl – continue to do a round a day on this project.

Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

Knitting Update, Week 10, 2018

Here’s an update on my current set of priority knitting projects. Last month, I finished 2 projects on my knitting priority list.

My February socks:

Warm and Snug Socks
Knitting Expat
Cosy Sock Club
February, 2018

and my Martine Hat:

Martine Hat
2/14/2018

I have 3 priority projects that I work on each day and I think 3 projects is a good number for me.  I can generally do a little bit every day on each project.  I know if I was monogamous I would get a lot done on one project and do it faster but I get bored working that long on one project.  So I get a bit done on each and I don’t get bored.  Right now those projects are:

  • March Socks

Derive Socks
Knitting Expat
Wanderlust Sock Club
March, 2018

  • Kayla’s Weasley Sweater

Kayla’s Weasley Sweater
2/28/18

  • Land of Sweets Cowl

Land of Sweets Cowl
2/28/2018

I have prioritized 3 projects to work on each day because I have a lot of knitting WIPs and I want to get them done. I’m not very good at working on one project at a time so I try to do a little bit every day on 3 main projects.  The socks is my number one project as I’m part of a KAL (Knit A Long) and need to get the pairs of socks done within the month to enter it in a drawing.  But like I said I don’t have the wherewithal to work on just the socks so I know where I should be at each week of the month in order for me to be finished by month end.  The sweater doesn’t have a deadline but I want to get it done as I’m going to be making a Weasley sweater for each of us (my family).  I have this insane idea of taking our holiday pictures in our Weasley sweaters.  I think it will be so cute and the hubby is willing to go along with it.  I do not think that I’ll get it done for this Christmas but I’m hoping that it will be done in the next few Christmas’.  Anyway, so I need to keep working a bit on these each day and one day they will be done.  The cowl is the same in that I do not have a deadline other than I want to get it done and pushing it to #3 on my priority list means that it will get worked on regularly and it will be done one day soon.

~Happy Knitting!

~Melanie