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Monday’s POA – week 8, 2018

 

We’ll be heading home today.  My family loves a good road trip so hopefully the roads are clear.

Here were my goals from last week:

  • Mama’s Bukid – Page, 5, finish row 9 – I actually almost have half of row 9 done.  So I would really like to get through all of row 9 this week!
    • UPDATE – DONE!
  • Celtic Solstice – finish piecing the backing – I’m not going to be able to do this this week.  We will be out of town this weekend celebrating the long weekend so I will not be able to do the massive piecing this requires.
  • Rainbow Garden – work a bit on it on Sunday
    • UPDATE – DONE!
  • Knitting projects:
    • Warm and Snug socks – February pattern for the Cosy Sock Club
      • finish the leg so I can do the heels this coming weekend.
      • UPDATE – DONE!  This was a bit of a cheat as I just decided that I would work on the leg last week and wherever I was Friday I would start the heels.  And so I did.
    • Weasley Sweater for Kayla – continue to work on the sleeves
      • UPDATE – DONE!  I’m not done with the sleeves but I’m still working on it.  I didn’t take this project with me to Tahoe so I didn’t work on it this weekend but I’ll continue to work on it this week.
    • Cowl – since I finished the Martine hat, I moved my Cowl to one of the top 3 primary projects I work on each week.
      • UPDATE – DONE!  I have been working a bit on this project every day when I can.  This is the third item on my daily knitting projects so I do not always get to it every day.  But I do on most days so I am seeing a lot of progress on this one.

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

  • Mama’s Bukid – Page, 5, row 10 – get halfway through row 10.
  • Celtic Solstice – finish piecing the backing – Again, I’m not going to be able to do this this week.  This weekend is QuiltCon so I will not be able to get to this project over the weekend.
  • Rainbow Garden – Since I’ll be at QuiltCon this weekend this is another project I will not be able to work on.  Oh well.  I’m really excited about hanging out at QuiltCon and hopefully meet some fellow Twilters!
  • Knitting projects:
    • Warm and Snug socks – February pattern for the Cosy Sock Club
      • Work on the foot this week. I finished the heels this weekend and now I’m working on the foot.  I hope to get a lot of the foot done this week so I can finish these socks by next week.  I think I’m right on schedule.  I’m sure faster knitters are laughing at me right now but it’s all stockinette knitting and it is so BORING. I can’t sit and do round after round of stockinette knitting.  Instead I try to do about 5 rounds per day so by the end of this week I should be at the 35 round mark.  I need about 48 rounds for my foot so if I follow the plan I should be on track for finishing next week. 🙂
    • Weasley Sweater for Kayla – continue to work on the sleeves
    • Cowl – continue to do a round a day on this project.

Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

2018 Crafty Plan – February Update

Happy Birthday to the hubby!  Yes, his birthday is the day after Love day.

  • Mama’s Bukid – Finish Row 8 and 9 of Page 5
    • UPDATE – I finished row 8 and I’m halfway through row 9.

Mama’s Bukid
02/13/2018

  • Gamer Nouveau – Finish prepping the fabric and start Page 1
    • UPDATE – I got the part I needed prepped and I started on Page 1.  Since my primary focus is Mama’s Bukid I don’t have any really goals for this project other than to work on it at least weekly.  Because I really want to work on this all the time, I’m not having any problems working on this project.

Gamer Nouveau
2/13/2018

 

  • Kayla’s Weasley Sweater – Finish the sleeves. I am planning on doing a RS (right side) and WS (wrong side) on each sleeve a day and spend Thursday night Knit Nights working on it.  I hope that’s enough time to finish up the sleeves in February.
    • UPDATE – I’m about 1/3rd to half way through both sleeves.  I’m working them both at the same time.  I’m not sure I will be able to get the sleeves done this month because it’s a bit tedious but I’m working a bit every day and as long as I continue to do that, I’m happy for whatever progress I make this month.
  • The February socks in Knitting Expat’s Sock Club.
    • UPDATE – I am working on the leg.  My plan is to have the heels done this weekend and that should put me in line with getting these done this month.
  • Martine Hat – Finish the hat. I’m currently working on the hat part but I’m almost to the point where I can start the decrease.
    • UPDATE – This is finished!

Martine Hat
2/14/2018

  • Celtic Solstice – Finish the back together and quilt this
    • UPDATE – I maybe wanted to do too much for this task.  I was able to get the back almost done at 100″x120″.  I need it to be 120″x120″ so I’m a little short.  But since we’re out of town this weekend and next weekend is QuiltCon I will not be able to work on this again until March 3rd!  So, this is on hold until then.

Celtic Solstice
2/6/2017

Celtic Solstice
The back, not yet finished
Daaaang, that’s big!
2/15/2018

  • Enjoy QuiltCon!
    • UPDATE! Of course, my plan is to enjoy QuiltCon! Unfortunately, my Road2CA galpal will be up in Santa Clara enjoying Stitches West. I’m not sure why these two were planned for the same weekend but someone will need to get their act together. Okay, maybe not. Thankfully, QuiltCon is only on this coast every other year so my plan is to attend Stitches West next year when QuiltCon is on the East Coast. I am not planning on buying anything but have got my eye on a few things. Quilter’s paraphernalia (t-shirts, bags, etc) is at the top of the list.  But my budget for QuiltCon is MUCH lower than my budget for Road was.

~Happy crafting!

~Melanie

Monday’s Plan of Action for week 7, 2018

 

Here were my goals from last week:

  • Mama’s Bukid – Page, 5, finish the second half of row 8 – DONE!
  • Untitled quilt – finish binding the other side – DONE!
  • Celtic Solstice – finish piecing the backing – MOSTLY DONE. I STILL HAVE TO PUT TOGETHER 20″ X 120″ TO FINISH THE BACK.
  • Rainbow Garden – work a bit on it on Sunday – DONE!
  • Knitting projects:
    • Warm and Snug socks – February pattern for the Cosy Sock Club
      • finish the cuff and knit a lot of the leg. – DONE!
    • Weasley Sweater for Kayla – continue to work on the sleeves – YUP… DID SOME WORK ON THESE!
    • Martine Hat – Finish the last 4 rounds of the hat and start the next part. – DONE!  THIS PROJECT IS FINISHED! WOOT!  WOOT!  I’LL FEATURE THIS PROJECT IN AN UPCOMING POST THIS WEEK.

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

  • Mama’s Bukid – Page, 5, finish row 9 – I actually almost have half of row 9 done.  So I would really like to get through all of row 9 this week!
  • Celtic Solstice – finish piecing the backing – I’m not going to be able to do this this week.  We will be out of town this weekend celebrating the long weekend so I will not be able to do the massive piecing this requires.
  • Rainbow Garden – work a bit on it on Sunday
  • Knitting projects:
    • Warm and Snug socks – February pattern for the Cosy Sock Club
      • finish the leg so I can do the heels this coming weekend.
    • Weasley Sweater for Kayla – continue to work on the sleeves
    • Cowl – since I finished the Martine hat, I moved my Cowl to one of the top 3 primary projects I work on each week.

Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

2018 Crafty Plan – February

February is another busy month but I have high hopes:

Mama’s Bukid
01/31/2018

  • Gamer Nouveau – Finish prepping the fabric and start Page 1

  • Kayla’s Weasley Sweater – Finish the sleeves. I am planning on doing a RS and WS on each sleeve a day and spend Thursday night Knit Nights working on it.  I hope that’s enough time to finish up the sleeves in February.

  • The February socks in Knitting Expat’s Sock Club.
  • Martine Hat – Finish the hat. I’m currently working on the hat part but I’m almost to the point where I can start the decrease.

Martine Hat
1/30/2018

Celtic Solstice
2/6/2017

  • Enjoy QuiltCon!

~Happy crafting!

~Melanie

2018 Crafty Plan – January Recap

Here’s an update on where I am on my January goals.  I know I just posted my goals not to long ago but I’m trying to get back into the swing of things so here you go:

  • Mama’s Bukid – Finish Row 5 and 6 of Page 5
    • I’m finishing up row 7!
    • I finished the month in the middle of row 8.
  • Kayla’s Weasley Sweater – attach the front and back and work on the sleeves
    • done, I’m working on the sleeves.
    • Yes!… I finished the month on the third set of the decreases on the sleeves
  • do Resfeder socks
    • I’m working on the foot
    • Finished this pair in January!
  • finish Christmas socks
    • done
  • Celtic Solstice – put the back together
    • working on this.
    • Finished the month with the back mostly finished!  One more weekend and it should be done!
  • Enjoy Road to California
    • yay, this is coming up this weekend!
    • Another great trip to Road.

~Happy crafting!

~Melanie

2018 Crafty Plan – January Update

Here’s an update on where I am on my January goals.  I know I just posted my goals not to long ago but I’m trying to get back into the swing of things so here you go:

  • Mama’s Bukid – Finish Row 5 and 6 of Page 5
    • I’m finishing up row 7!
  • Kayla’s Weasley Sweater – attach the front and back and work on the sleeves
    • done, I’m working on the sleeves.
  • do Resfeder socks
    • I’m working on the foot
  • finish Christmas socks
    • done
  • Celtic Solstice – put the back together
    • working on this.
  • Enjoy Road to California
    • yay, this is coming up this weekend!

~Happy crafting!

~Melanie

2018 Crafty Plan – January

We’re almost halfway through January but I wanted to my January goals posted.  I always have these in the back of my mind but it’s always helpful for me to post them so I have a concrete place to look for my monthly goals.

  1. Mama’s Bukid – Finish Row 5 and 6 of Page 5
  2. Kayla’s Weasley Sweater – attach the front and back and work on the sleeves
  3. do Resfeder socks
  4. finish Christmas socks
  5. Celtic Solstice – put the back together
  6. Enjoy Road to California

~Happy crafting!

~Melanie

2018 Crafty Plan – Creating a routine and a ritual

Just as a reminder, here are my overarching themes this year:

  1. Use what I have
  2. Get rid of the things that I don’t love anymore
  3. Only buy things I will use now

And the previous posts in this series: quilting, knitting, cross stitching

I really believe that to get things done, I need a routine and in doing a routine regularly, it becomes somewhat of a habit and a possibly a ritual.  It clears my mind from getting frantic about all the projects I want to work on when I know that I will work on each of my crafts at some point during the week or month.  And as long as I keep to my routine, the project will one day cross the finish line.  Here’s the routine I’ve planned out and want to establish.  I’ll continue to do my Monday POAs where I detail the specific tasks I want to accomplish each week.  This helps me narrow down my focus and celebrate the completion of mini-goals along the way.  It keeps me motivated and focused.

And because I have to acknowledge this in my brain – Obviously things come up.  I have dinner with friends and we get together on weekends and when those things come up, I obviously can’t get through whatever is on my “routine” to do.  I know this and I hope that by knowing this, I’m not too hard on myself.  I know!  I know!  I sound crazy.  I’m one of those people who expect so much of herself that it’s nearly impossible to do anything right.  So I try to consciously give myself grace and take things in stride.  Some people can do this easily.  And over the years, it’s becoming easier for me to do.  But to prevent myself from hyperventilating with all the things I want to do, I have to give myself the OK if I don’t get all the things done right from the start. 🙂  And usually, I don’t get all the things done.  But I get a hell of a lot of it done. So, here is the routine I’ve worked out for now and may be modified if I need it to be to work out better:

My routine –

Daily knitting – 5 rounds of Knitting Expat’s sock of the month and project #2 (currently Christmas socks but may change as I focus on other projects)

Monday – I usually have guild meetings on Monday nights.  I think there is one Monday during the month that I do not have a guild meeting on.

FIRST MONDAY – MINI GROUP – RAINBOW GARDEN WOOL APPLIQUE PROJECT

SECOND MONDAY – SFVQA MEETING – I KNIT ON MY COZY MEMORY BLANKET AND SOMETIMES SOCKS IF I GET TIRED OF THE BLANKET.

THIRD MONDAY – THIS IS MY FREE MONDAY NIGHT SO I WANT THIS TO BE A QUILTY THING. MAYBE MY RAINING CATS AND DOGS HAND QUILTING PROJECT.

FOURTH MONDAY – VALLEY MODERN QUILT GUILD MEETING – COZY MEMORY BLANKET KNITTING AND SOCKS IF I CHOOSE

Tuesday evenings – Cross Stitch on Mama’s Bukid

Wednesday  evenings – Hat knitting

Thursday evenings – Knit night / Sweater night.

Friday evenings – Clean my craft room and get ready for weekend crafting.  And knit on my cowl, or poncho or shawl.

Saturdays – Weave in ends, Quilting, bag making, sewing, cross stitch on Mama’s Bukid and Gamer

Sundays – Quilting, Rainbow Garden, bag making, sewing, cross stitch on Mama’s Bukid and Gamer

And that’s the rotation I hope to implement this month.  I started yesterday as it was Monday and I like to start new things on a Monday.  I had my traditional guild meeting with the San Fernando Valley Quilt Association (SFVQA)  and during the meeting I worked on finishing knitting up a square on my cozy memories blanket.  That was square #8.  I didn’t feel like working on my socks as I was motivated to finish the square.  I should probably time myself and see how long it takes me to knit up a square.  On my current socks, Resfeder socks by Knitting Expat, it takes me about 7 minutes per round (and I do two at a time socks on a magic loop).  I’m a slow knitter but that’s actually a minute faster than I was when I last checked last week.  I’m trying to knit faster as I want to get more done this year and speed will help me do that.

So that’s it!  I’ll keep you updated on how I’m doing and where I’m at.

~here’s to a great new year!

~happy crafting!

~Melanie