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Monday makings and to do’s, 10/16!

Last week’s tasks and accomplishments:

  • Secret Project #1 – take a picture – DONE!
  • Secret Project #2 – piece the back – DONE!
  • A Rainbow Garden – block 8 -DONE
  • Kimono – weave in the ends – DONE
  • Starting point Shawl – knit 3 rows per day – DONE
  • Harry Potter – knit 2 rows per day – DONE
  • Mama’s Bukid – finish Row 14 (and page 1) and start on the first row of page 5 – DONE
  • Socks from my Secret Mandala sock blank – need to create a plan and work on the foot.  I’d like to get the foot done this week but I’m not sure that’s feasible with my knitting speed. – I CREATED A PLAN AND I’M HALFWAY THROUGH THE FOOT.

My List for next week:

  • Secret Project #1 – post about this; put my page up.
  • Secret Project #2 – tackle my batt scraps and make frankenbatting.
  • A Rainbow Garden – continue working on block 8.
  • Starting point Shawl – knit 3 rows per day
  • Harry Potter – knit 2 rows per day
  • Mama’s Bukid – Page 5, Row 1 – My goal this week is to stitch the first line on Row 1
  • Socks from my Secret Mandala sock blank – Finish the foot.

~Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

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Monday makings and to do’s, 10/9!

Last’s week’s tasks and accomplishments:

    • Secret Project #1 – take a picture – NOT DONE
    • Secret Project #2 – piece the back – NOT DONE
    • A Rainbow Garden – take to my mini group meeting and work on block 8 – NOT DONE BECAUSE I DIDN’T MAKE IT TO THE MINI GROUP
    • Kimono – weave in the ends and bind off – THIS IS BOUND AND I STARTED WEAVING THE ENDS.
    • Starting point Shawl – continue to knit 4 rows per day. – DONE. I’M WORKING ON CLUE 3 ON THE SECOND HALF OF THE SHAWL.
    • Harry Potter – knit 2 rows per day – DONE
    • Mama’s Bukid – finish Row 14 (and page 1)! – NOT DONE BUT I’M PRETTY CLOSE. I ONLY HAVE ABOUT 2 ROWS LEFT FOR 1 COLORWAY.
    • Socks from my Secret Mandala sock blank – finish the heel, turn the heel, pick up the stitches on this and the St. Patty’s socks and start the foot. – DONE.

My List for next week:

  • Secret Project #1 – take a picture – STILL NEED TO DO THIS
  • Secret Project #2 – piece the back – NEED TO DO THIS TOO
  • A Rainbow Garden – block 8
  • Kimono – weave in the ends
  • Starting point Shawl – knit 3 rows per day
  • Harry Potter – knit 2 rows per day
  • Mama’s Bukid – finish Row 14 (and page 1) and start on the first row of page 5
  • Socks from my Secret Mandala sock blank – need to create a plan and work on the foot.  I’d like to get the foot done this week but I’m not sure that’s feasible with my knitting speed.

~Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

Monday makings and to do’s, 10/2!

Last’s week’s tasks and accomplishments:

  • quilting
    • Secret Project #2 – The top is done, I need to piece the back this week. – NOT DONE
    • A Rainbow Garden – Work on this for Slow Stitch Sunday – NOT DONE
  • Knitting
    • Kimono sweater – I have about 2 inches knitted for the collar.  The pattern says it should be about 7 inches.  The lady at my LYS (Local Yarn Shop) said at a minimum it should be 4 inches.  It seems that people generally get tired of this project and settle for somewhere between 4-7 inches.  I’ve figured out that it takes about 3 days to do 1 inch if I knit 2 rows every day.  So I should be at 2 inches every week going at the pace I was at last week.  If I’m okay with a 4″ collar I might be done this week.  If I want it longer, it can be another 3 weeks before I’m done.  I’ve already started on Kayla’s Weasley sweater but I haven’t gotten that much progress on it.  I may add it to my daily set of craftiness in order to get some it going but it will have to be the last thing on my daily crafty to do list so I can be sure to get everything done. – KIMONO IS DONE
    • Starting Point Shawl – continue to knit 2 rows per day.  I think I’ve only got a day or two and clue 2 will be done.  I will be starting clue 3 this week and I need to create a project plan so that I can work towards having clue 3 finished by 10/31 for both halves. – CLUE 2 IS DONE AND I GOT STARTED ON CLUE 3
    • Q Train Socks – Finish the toes! Then I need to take a picture, post it here and on ravelry! – DONE
  • Cross Stitch
    • Mama’s Bukid – finish Row 13! – DONE

My List for next week:

  • Secret Project #1 – take a picture
  • Secret Project #2 – piece the back
  • A Rainbow Garden – take to my mini group meeting and work on block 8
  • Kimono – weave in the ends and bind off
  • Starting point Shawl – continue to knit 4 rows per day.
  • Harry Potter – knit 2 rows per day
  • Mama’s Bukid – finish Row 14 (and page 1)!
  • Socks from my Secret Mandala sock blank – finish the heel, turn the heel, pick up the stitches on this and the St. Patty’s socks and start the foot.

Mama’s Bukid
9/27/2017

~Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

Monday makings and to do’s, 9/25!

 

I’ve been knitting a lot and I’m not very good at take pictures.  It always just looks like a mess to me and so I don’t.

Last’s week’s tasks and accomplishments:

  • quilting
    • Secret Project #1 – Hand stitch the label and wash the quilt. – DONE
    • A Rainbow Garden – Work on this for Slow Stitch Sunday – DONE
  • Knitting
    • Kimono sweater – I want this sweater done so I can start working on my Weasley Sweater for Kayla.  But I do not know if I can do more than 1-2 rows per day on the collar.  I think for this week, my goal is to do 1-2 rows per day and to measure how long it takes to do 1 row.  Then next week I’ll be able to figure out how long it will take me to finish 4-7 inches and if that works with my internal goal.  I want the Weasley Sweater done for Christmas so that determines my timeline for the Kimono sweater. — DONE, THERE WAS ONLY 1 DAY I DIDN’T WORK ON THIS SWEATER LAST WEEK AND THAT WAS A VERY BUSY DAY.
    • Starting Point Shawl – knit 2 rows per day – DONE!  I’M ALMOST DONE WITH CLUE 2 FOR BOTH PIECES.
    • Q Train Socks – These socks are for Kayla and she likes a slightly longer foot than me.  Her feet are a smidge bigger.  So I normally knit about 44 rounds on the foot for me and I decided to work towards 48 rounds.  At which point, I’ll have her try it on to see if she likes it or not.  I’ve worked it out that I want to do 4 sets of a 2 round patter (8 rounds) per day.  It’s going to be difficult because I timed it over the weekend and it takes me about an hour to do all of that.  I’m planning to do a set in the morning, a set during my morning break, a set during my afternoon break, and a set in the evening.  I hope to get the foot done this week and then get the toes done next week. – DONE!  SHE’S TRIED THEM ON AND I’M READY TO WORK ON THE TOES
  • Cross Stitch
    • Mama’s Bukid – finish 2 colorways this week in Row 13.  Since I finished Row 12 last week, any additional work is now gravy for this month.  I worked it out and there are 8 colorways in Row 13.  I’m actually enjoying cross stitching right now and I work on it about 2-3 times per week.  I hope to keep at it as I have Row 13, Row 14 and then just a bit into Row 15 left to finish the first page. – DONE – I’VE GOT 2 COLORWAYS LEFT ON ROW 13!

My List for next week:

  • quilting
    • Secret Project #2 – The top is done, I need to piece the back this week.
    • A Rainbow Garden – Work on this for Slow Stitch Sunday
  • Knitting
    • Kimono sweater – I have about 2 inches knitted for the collar.  The pattern says it should be about 7 inches.  The lady at my LYS (Local Yarn Shop) said at a minimum it should be 4 inches.  It seems that people generally get tired of this project and settle for somewhere between 4-7 inches.  I’ve figured out that it takes about 3 days to do 1 inch if I knit 2 rows every day.  So I should be at 2 inches every week going at the pace I was at last week.  If I’m okay with a 4″ collar I might be done this week.  If I want it longer, it can be another 3 weeks before I’m done.  I’ve already started on Kayla’s Weasley sweater but I haven’t gotten that much progress on it.  I may add it to my daily set of craftiness in order to get some it going but it will have to be the last thing on my daily crafty to do list so I can be sure to get everything done.
    • Starting Point Shawl – continue to knit 2 rows per day.  I think I’ve only got a day or two and clue 2 will be done.  I will be starting clue 3 this week and I need to create a project plan so that I can work towards having clue 3 finished by 10/31 for both halves.
    • Q Train Socks – Finish the toes! Then I need to take a picture, post it here and on ravelry!
  • Cross Stitch
    • Mama’s Bukid – finish Row 13!

Mama’s Bukid
9/20/2017

~Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

Monday makings and to do’s, 9/18!

I was supposed to take another class on Saturday and to be honest, I’m tired of classes.  I enjoy taking classes but I think 3 back to back was just too much.  I’ll have to keep that in mind next time. But the class this past Saturday was cancelled so I was able to take an unplanned break.  I played with my embroidery machine and made a couple of labels for some secret projects I’m working on.

And on to my crafty plans this week…

Last’s week’s tasks and accomplishments:

  1. quilting
    • Secret Project #1 – Label and wash this – HALF DONE… THE LABEL IS READY. I NEED TO HAND STITCH IT ON TO THE BACK OF THE QUILT.
    • Embroidery machine – play with the machine while it is out. – DONE
    • A Rainbow Garden – Work on this for Slow Stitch Sunday – NOT DONE
    • Raining Cats and Dogs – Hand quilt this. My goal for the month is to do all of the cream quilting for the third row. – NOT DONE
    • Civil War Diary Quilt – do one block – NOT DONE
  2. Knitting
    • Kimono sweater – Finish garter of the left sleeve – DONE. I actually seamed the sleeve and side of the sweater. I’m not actually sure if “seamed” is the right word but they are attached and I’m not working on the garter stitches of the collar.  I need 4-7″ of this and I’m not sure how long this will take.  I’ve got almost 200 stitches on the needles at this point and it takes forever to just do one row!
    • Starting Point Shawl – knit 2 rows per day – DONE
    • Q Train Socks – finish the leg and start the heel – DONE
  3. Cross Stitch
    • Mama’s Bukid – finish 2 colorways this week in Row 12. – DONE. I ACTUALLY FINISHED THE WHOLE ROW!
  4. Bag Making
    • Maxwell Bag – finish covering the second handles – NOT DONE
  5. LAFS
    • Pajama Pants – NOT DONE

My List for next week:

I’ve shortened my list this week as I’m focusing my bit of crafty time on my secret projects, my 3 knitting projects listed below and my cross stitch.

  • quilting
    • Secret Project #1 – Hand stitch the label and wash the quilt.
    • A Rainbow Garden – Work on this for Slow Stitch Sunday
  • Knitting
    • Kimono sweater – I want this sweater done so I can start working on my Weasley Sweater for Kayla.  But I do not know if I can do more than 1-2 rows per day on the collar.  I think for this week, my goal is to do 1-2 rows per day and to measure how long it takes to do 1 row.  Then next week I’ll be able to figure out how long it will take me to finish 4-7 inches and if that works with my internal goal.  I want the Weasley Sweater done for Christmas so that determines my timeline for the Kimono sweater.
    • Starting Point Shawl – knit 2 rows per day
    • Q Train Socks – These socks are for Kayla and she likes a slightly longer foot than me.  Her feet are a smidge bigger.  So I normally knit about 44 rounds on the foot for me and I decided to work towards 48 rounds.  At which point, I’ll have her try it on to see if she likes it or not.  I’ve worked it out that I want to do 4 sets of a 2 round patter (8 rounds) per day.  It’s going to be difficult because I timed it over the weekend and it takes me about an hour to do all of that.  I’m planning to do a set in the morning, a set during my morning break, a set during my afternoon break, and a set in the evening.  I hope to get the foot done this week and then get the toes done next week.
  • Cross Stitch
    • Mama’s Bukid – finish 2 colorways this week in Row 13.  Since I finished Row 12 last week, any additional work is now gravy for this month.  I worked it out and there are 8 colorways in Row 13.  I’m actually enjoying cross stitching right now and I work on it about 2-3 times per week.  I hope to keep at it as I have Row 13, Row 14 and then just a bit into Row 15 left to finish the first page.

Mama’s Bukid
9/12/2017

~Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

Monday makings and to do’s, 9/11!

This weekend was full of classes.

I took another bag class on Saturday and made this Ditty Bag!

Ditty Bag
9/9/2017

And on to my crafty plans this week…

Last’s week’s tasks and accomplishments:

  1. quilting
    • Secret Project #1 – bind 2nd of 4 sides – DONE… I ACTUALLY FINISHED BINDING THIS.  I FOUND THAT I COULDN’T DO ANYTHING ELSE WITH MY MACHINE UNTIL THIS WAS FINISHED BECAUSE OF THE THREAD AND THE STITCH I’M USING.  So I wanted to get this done quickly.
    • A Rainbow Garden – Work on this for Slow Stitch Sunday – DONE
    • Raining Cats and Dogs – Hand quilt this. My goal for the month is to do all of the cream quilting for the third row. – I DID A BIT OF WORK ON THIS AT MY MINI GROUP MEETING BUT not really a whole lot.  Better luck next week.  With Football and Basketball starting soon, I’m sure I’ll be working on this more.
    • Civil War Diary Quilt – do one block – NOT DONE
  2. Knitting
    • Kimono sweater – Finish the stockinette part of the left sleeve – DONE
    • Starting Point Shawl – knit 2 rows per day – DONE
    • Q Train Socks – finish the ribbing and get started on the leg – DONE
  3. Cross Stitch
    • Mama’s Bukid – finish 2 colorways this week in Row 12 – DONE
  4. Bag Making
    • Maxwell Bag – cover the handles – I HAVE ONE HANDLE FINISHED AND I’M WORKING ON THE SECOND ONE.
  5. LAFS
    • Pajama Pants – NOT DONE

My List for next week:

  1. quilting
    • Secret Project #1 – Label and wash this
    • Embroidery machine – play with the machine while it is out.
    • A Rainbow Garden – Work on this for Slow Stitch Sunday
    • Raining Cats and Dogs – Hand quilt this. My goal for the month is to do all of the cream quilting for the third row.
    • Civil War Diary Quilt – do one block
  2. Knitting
    • Kimono sweater – Finish garter of the left sleeve
    • Starting Point Shawl – knit 2 rows per day
    • Q Train Socks – finish the leg and start the heel
  3. Cross Stitch
    • Mama’s Bukid – finish 2 colorways this week in Row 12.
  4. Bag Making
    • Maxwell Bag – finish covering the second handles
  5. LAFS
    • Pajama Pants

 

~Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

Happy Labor Day!

The plan for today is to spend some time in my craft room!

Last’s weeks task and accomplishments:

  • Quilting –
    1. Secret Project: hand bind 1 side of my secret project – DONE
    2. Raining Cats and Dogs – hand quilt once this week – NOT DONE
    3. A Rainbow Garden – hand applique on Sunday – DONE
    4. Civil War Diary Quilt – do a block – NOT DONE
  • Knitting –
    1. Kimono – finish the stockinette part of the left sleeve. – NOT DONE BUT I’M HALFWAY THROUGH.  I DIDN’T REALIZE HOW MANY ROWS THE STOCKINETTE PART REALLY WAS.
    2. August Socks – Central Park – finish the toe and weave in the ends. – DONE
    3. Starting Point – I have 10 rows left of the first clue.  I’d like to get these last 10 rows finished this week. – DONE
  • Cross Stitch –
    1. Finish Row 11 – DONE
  • Bag Making –
    1. Maxwell Bag – wrap the fabric around the handle – IT’S WRAPPED BUT I STILL NEED TO SEW IT SHUT.  IT’S CURRENTLY PINNED.

      Final Step – somehow get the cord into the fabric tube

  • Clothes Making – figure out where I am in the pajama pants and finish it. – NOT DONE

My List for next week:

  1. quilting
    • Secret Project #1 – bind 2nd of 4 sides
    • A Rainbow Garden – Work on this for Slow Stitch Sunday
    • Raining Cats and Dogs – Hand quilt this. My goal for the month is to do all of the cream quilting for the third row.
    • Civil War Diary Quilt – do one block
  2. Knitting
    • Kimono sweater – Finish the stockinette part of the left sleeve
    • Starting Point Shawl – knit 2 rows per day
    • Q Train Socks – finish the ribbing and get started on the leg
  3. Cross Stitch
    • Mama’s Bukid – finish 2 colorways this week in Row 12
  4. Bag Making
    • Maxwell Bag – cover the handles
  5. LAFS
    • Pajama Pants

~Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

This week’s POA, 8/28/17

Happy Monday!

I wasn’t able to get that much done last week.  With the kids going back to school, my system is still just getting used to it and off our summer schedule.

Last’s weeks task and accomplishments:

  1. Quilting –
    1. Secret Project: hand bind 1 side of my secret project – NOT DONE
    2. Raining Cats and Dogs – hand quilt once this week – NOT DONE
    3. A Rainbow Garden – hand applique on Sunday – DONE
    4. Civil War Diary Quilt – do a block – NOT DONE
  2. Knitting –
    1. Kimono – finish the right sleeve and do 7 sets of right and wrong sides of the left sleeve. – DONE
    2. August Socks – Central Park – finish the foot and have it ready for the toe by the weekend. – DONE
    3. Starting Point – I have 16 rows left of the first clue.  I’d like to get 8 rows finished this week. – NOT DONE but I only missed this by 2 rows.
  3. Cross Stitch –
    1. Finish 3 colorways of Row 11 – DONE
  4. Bag Making –
    1. Maxwell Bag – (not on my monthly goal list) but I want to get through the next few steps.  I’m taking the next bag class on Saturday so I want to get through the 4 steps the instructor had given me at the last class. – NOT DONE.  I did get through the 3 next steps but I was having such a difficult time with the 4th step that I waited to attend the Saturday bag class to see if there was a better easier way to do it.  Nope there wasn’t but one of the ladies at the shop gave me an idea to try.  Hopefully that works.  If it does, I’ll share it with you.  You can see my struggles here.
  5. Clothes Making –
    1. LAFS – figure out what the next step is on my pajama pants and do it. – NOT DONE

My List for next week:

  • Quilting –
    1. Secret Project: hand bind 1 side of my secret project
    2. Raining Cats and Dogs – hand quilt once this week
    3. A Rainbow Garden – hand applique on Sunday
    4. Civil War Diary Quilt – do a block
  • Knitting –
    1. Kimono – finish the stockinette part of the left sleeve.
    2. August Socks – Central Park – finish the toe and weave in the ends.
    3. Starting Point – I have 10 rows left of the first clue.  I’d like to get these last 10 rows finished this week.
  • Cross Stitch –
    1. Finish Row 11
  • Bag Making –
    1. Maxwell Bag – wrap the fabric around the handle

      Final Step – somehow get the cord into the fabric tube

  • Clothes Making – figure out where I am in the pajama pants and finish it.

~Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

This week’s POA, 8/21/17

 

It’s Monday!  A great start to a new week.

My Plan Of Action from my last post a couple of weeks ago was on the shorter end because I was going out of town and I knew I wouldn’t have as much crafty time as usual:

  1. quilting –
    1. A Rainbow Garden – I was going to take this project with me on my trip but I ended up not doing that.  I felt I had too many projects to bring and didn’t want to pack too much.
  2. Knitting –
    1. Kimono” – My goal was to have the right arm finished and I would have but I forgot that I needed to do a bit of garter stitch at the end. I finished the stockinette portion.
    2. Starting Point Shawl – My goal was to finish clue #1 on the second half.  I didn’t realize while it looked like I was at the end the last portion said to repeat row 2 – 78.  ugh.  So I am in the middle of that repeat.
  3. Cross Stitch – My goal was to do 2 threads a week.  I was able to get a bit done and posted an updated picture here. But I wasn’t able to get anything done since then.  I hope to get 3 threads done this week and 3 threads next week to make up for the missed week.
  4. Other – I wanted to get the Teflon foot for my machine and I did this!

I was able to work on projects not on my goal list – like my August socks!

For this coming week, here’s my POA:

  1. Quilting –
    1. Secret Project: hand bind 1 side of my secret project
    2. Raining Cats and Dogs – hand quilt once this week
    3. A Rainbow Garden – hand applique on Sunday
    4. Civil War Diary Quilt – do a block
  2. Knitting –
    1. Kimono – finish the right sleeve and do 7 sets of right and wrong sides of the left sleeve.
    2. August Socks – Central Park – finish the foot and have it ready for the toe by the weekend.
    3. Starting Point – I have 16 rows left of the first clue.  I’d like to get 8 rows finished this week.
  3. Cross Stitch –
    1. Finish 3 colorways of Row 11
  4. Bag Making –
    1. Maxwell Bag – (not on my monthly goal list) but I want to get through the next few steps.  I’m taking the next bag class on Saturday so I want to get through the 4 steps the instructor had given me at the last class.
  5. Clothes Making –
    1. LAFS – figure out what the next step is on my pajama pants and do it.

~Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

This week’s POA, 8/7/17

POA – Plan of Action for those who didn’t know.

On 8/1, I posted some very ambitious goals for someone who had lost her crafty sewjo.  I’m slowly getting it back.  I’ve moved everything around in my sewing room (post about that coming soon) and revamped it completely.  I found a lot of things that have been waiting for me to get to so taking the time to finish is high on my list.  As I was preparing this post I realized that this will be a short week for me.  I will be out of town Friday – Monday so a lot of things that I normally do on the weekend will not be happening.  😦   Oh well, here’s my short list this week.

  1. quilting –
    1. A Rainbow Garden – I will take this project with me on my trip and start appliquing some of the wool pieces.
  2. Knitting –
    1. Kimono” – I will continue to work on this by doing a right and wrong side each day.  I try to go to my LYS at least once a week for knit night and this is my go-to project.  I would like to have the right arm finished this week.
    2. Starting Point Shawl – Like the Kimono, I’m working a row or two on this each day.  I get tired really easy (probably because I do not sleep enough) so by the end my eyes are drooping.   I’m working on the second half of the shawl for Clue #1 and I’d like to get that done this week.
  3. Cross Stitch – work on this weekly.  I believe I’m on Row 10 and I’d like to have Row 10 finished this month. So for this week, I’d like to do my 2 threads that I usually do when I work on this project.  I need to count and see if I’m really on Row 10 cuz it might really be 11 and how many colorways need to be finished before I can move on to the next row.

And because I’m gone this coming weekend, I will not have any time to do anything for my bag making goals or my clothes making goals.  One of my bag making goals was to buy the Teflon foot so I may have some time to go to my Bernina dealer and buy that.

I plan to visit a quilt shop and a yarn shop while traveling so look forward to some enhancements.

~Happy Crafting!

~Melanie