Monday’s POA – week 15, 2018

Here were my goals from the week before:

  • 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. – I didn’t get halfway through row 14 but I came really close.  My goal for the month is to finish row 14 and get started on the next page. I’m pretty confident that I can get that done.  It would be great if I could get row 1 and row 2 done on Page 2 and page 6 which are the top and bottom pages that come next.  That’s kind of crazy and I’m not sure it’s doable. But it’s kind of fun to try. 
  • 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. – I haven’t done this yet. 😦 
  • 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.
  •  – I haven’t done this yet. 😦 
  • Knitting projects:
    • Nestled socks – April pattern for the Cosy Sock Club
      • Print the pattern, pick the yarn, and cast on! … my favorite part.  – DONE! 
    • 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.  🙂 – DONE!
    • Cowl – continue to do a round a day on this project. (dori’s voice) Just keep stitching.. just keep stitching… – DONE! There was actually one day that I did not stitch a round and that’s okay. 6/7 days is 6 rounds closer than I was last week. 

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

  • Mama’s Bukid – Page, 5, finish row 14
  • Celtic Solstice – prep the batting
  • Rainbow Garden – prep block 9
  • Knitting projects:
    • Nestled socks – April pattern for the Cosy Sock Club
      • Finish the foot
    • Weasley Sweater for Kayla – Finish the neck and weave in some ends.
    • Cowl – continue to do a round a day on this project.  

Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

Stash Report – Week 14, 2018

Nothing Used and Nothing Added.  This weekend is my LQS’ anniversary sale and I really want to go.  But I don’t need to. I have nothing I need to buy. And I have no space to keep new fabric.  I’m on a mission to use up my fabric and I’m really slow right now in the quilty area right now.  So I’m avoiding my LQS. If I’d known that the anniversary sale was happening this weekend, I would not have gone a couple of weekends ago.  But I’ll need to remember for next year.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 0 yards
  • Used year to date: 9.25 yards
  • Added since last time: 0 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 think it will be done this week as I’ve got about 5 rounds to do on the neck and all I have to do after that is weave in all the ends. I did get the Spattergroit socks finished:

Spattergroit socks
pattern by Knotty Gnome
Knit Pick Felici
Sunset Sonora
April, 2018

And because the yarn is Knit Picks Felici, I used 2 balls of yarn and I get to mark 2 skeins used!  Nothing added!

The yarn stash:

  • Used since last time: 2 skeins
  • Used year to date: 9 skeins
  • Added since last time: 0 skeins
  • Added year to date: 24 skeins
  • Net ADDED for 2018: 15 skeins

Slow Stitching Sunday

Because I’ve been busy this past week, I haven’t had a chance to prep block 9.  I’ll be taking care of that today.

 

A Rainbow Garden
Block 9 – the beginning
4/8/18

 

~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

 

Saturday Musings

It was a tough week.  It generally is the first week of the quarter. I’m pretty swamped with quarterly tasks and I’m generally waking up too early, working too late and dealing with everyone who wanted their tasks finished two days ago.  It’s not fun and this week was made worse because I didn’t stick with my morning ritual each morning and by Thursday I was totally out of sorts.  I have a morning routine that is designed to make sure I do the most important things first thing.  I work from home so it is very easy for me to roll out of bed and start working without doing the most important things.  An example of some of those important things are: drink a glass of water, take my meds, take my blood pressure, write 3 things I’m grateful for in my journal, read for 15 minutes, and knit 5 rounds on my socks.  So I generally spend an hour and a half on my morning ritual and then I can start my work day.  One day of doing this doesn’t really change anything that I notice but one day of NOT doing it really puts me out of sorts.  Especially after I’ve been doing this for a few months.  After many days of doing this, I’ve noticed that I’m much more relaxed, patient, calm, etc.  Well this week I had 2 -3 days of not doing my routine and by Wednesday evening my neck was killing me and by Thursday, I had a migraine, and Friday I had to stop work at noon to take a walk with the hubby for some exercise and to say hello to the sun. Really I spent a lot of time recuperating because I didn’t want to take the time on my morning ritual.  I know this but sometimes I just make bad decisions.

Other than that, I took the girl to Riverside to take a tour of UCR. We both enjoyed the campus. I’d never been to UCR so I was pleasantly surprised at how much we both liked it.

And I was scheduled to take this month’s quilty workshop with my guild.  Luckily the workshop was cancelled.  I can’t remember exactly what happened and I really wanted to attend as it was on machine applique.  But, I’m tired and I’ve got a lot of UFOs and WIPs that I need to take care of.  So I’m going to spend this weekend trying to finish the Rippidy Doo Dah project I showed last week.

~happy crafting

~Melanie

Cross Stitch, an update – week 14, 2018

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Mama’s Bukid
3/22/2018

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama’s Bukid
3/31/2018

 

Gamer Nouveau

 

 

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Gamer Nouveau
3/22/2018

Here’s what it looks like now…

Gamer Nouveau
3/31/2018

Happy Thursday!

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

Knitting Update, Week 14, 2018

My March socks:

Derive Socks
Knitting Expat
Wanderlust Sock Club
March, 2018

  • Kayla’s Weasley Sweater
  • Kayla’s Weasley Sweater
    3/31/18

Scrappy Vanilla Socks #1
Twisted Owl minis
Row One, 10/2017
3/31/18

~Happy Knitting!

~Melanie

 

2018 Crafty Plan – April

Celtic Solstice – So my plan was to prep the batting on 4/1 and then schedule time at Baron’s.  As far as I know they still have the Bernina long arm I can rent time on.  I’m not sure when that will happen since the next two weeks I’m busy on Friday and Saturday.  I do not know if I can go in on a Sunday. I know they have classes on Sundays but I’m not sure if that means I can use the long arm on Sundays.  We’ll see.  But, I didn’t get to prep the batting on 4/1 because we went to a friends house Saturday night to help him celebrate his birthday.  Needless to say we got home late and I had to have an easy Sunday.  So at some point this month, I really need to get the batting on this.

Also, it feels like I’m not doing much quilting.  But I do spend a bit of time each week working on something and right now I’m working on this…

Rippidity Doo Dah
Amy Bradley Designs
4/1/2018

Everything is fused down and I’m working on blanket stitching everything. It takes a lot of concentration and I do not have a lot of it at one time. I generally can spend about 30 minutes on it and then I have to stop.  The problem is, if I switch my machine to do something else, I will not put it back to finish this project. So I’m leaving it set up with 40w black Aurifil thread.  I’m hoping this will be done soon so I can move on to the next step.  There is lettering that goes on the top that says Rippidity Doo Dah and I’ll have to blanket stitch that as well.  Then I’m done with the blanket stitch and I plan to make this into a tote.

For my mini-group, we’re planning on making a baby quilt.  We’ve taken one of the Amy Bradley Designs and I’m responsible for a pig.  So I need to rummage through my stash and pull fabric together so I can take it to my mini-group meeting.  We’ll be putting all the fabric side by side to make sure they go well together. I’m pretty sure once I’m done blanket stitching Rippidity Doo Dah, I will be ready to start blanket stitching this pig.

For knitting:

  • Kayla’s Weasley Sweater – Finish the mattress stitching and the neck.
  • Jacob’s Weasley Sweater – I’m working on the back and I plan to do 20 rows each week. Kayla’s needed about 160 rows but Jacob’s will be bigger so I’ll need to measure it and him when I’m at that point.  With those numbers, it will take about 2-3 months to finish the back.  I’m in no rush. I do want the sweater to be finished by Christmas and I hope it will be.  But if it isn’t it’s not a big deal. I’d rather not stress about these things.
  • The April socks in Knitting Expat’s Sock Club.
  • Land of Sweets Cowl – continue working on this project.

For cross stitching:

  • Mama’s Bukid – Finish row 13 (which I’m very close to finishing) and row 14. Get started on the next page.
  • Gamer Nouveau – Just keep stitching! and enjoy it.
  • I keep watching flosstube and I may add a project here. I’m being called and as soon as I get a scroll frame to put Gamer on, I may just start something new.

~Happy crafting!

~Melanie

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

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