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

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