Friday, January 13, 2017

A FINISH IT Friday

I used to have a section on my old blog that was titled FINISH IT Friday where I showed off my 'FINISHED' finishes. That means that not only had I finished the stitching, but I had also sewn it into something useful:) I have piles of stitching projects that are all stitched up...
I have many, many more than just these!! :) 
but I've never done anything with them and now they sit in a cabinet where no one can see them. I plan to remedy that problem by choosing one Friday a month to work on FINISHES!!!

Last week I took my sewing machine in to get some TLC and fix the bobbin winder. My machine is a Bernina 830 Record, I am guessing a late 1970's model, though I haven't done much research on it. It was my husband's grandmother's machine that was given to me when she passed away. She was a seamstress and sewed lots and lots so she bought many gadgets for the machine...
And look at these variegated threads on wooden spools!!
Okay, the point of this post wasn't my sewing machine, but my finished pieces. What I was trying to get at was that I didn't have my machine available to me until yesterday, so I'm going to focus on a couple of projects I can sew up by hand. I started earlier today by cutting these out and getting the interfacing ironed on...
But then I needed to go to town and get a few things before the supposed "ICE STORM" gets here:) Hopefully it won't be as bad as they are predicting because I really don't want to lose power!! We are prepared for if we do, but it's never fun. So the rest of my evening will consist of watching a movie with my hubby and sewing these pretties up:) I will give an update later this weekend, or Monday depending on if we have internet when this is all over.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Yarn Along - With a Finish!!!


Linking back up with Ginny at Small Things on her Yarn Along. I do have a finish, but otherwise it's going to look a bit like a repeat from last week. Here's what I've been working on...
Reading- I'm still working on Rent Collector by Camron Wright. Actually I just haven't turned it back on since last week. Going to remedy that this week and get it all finished up:) 

Knitting - I finally finished my Sockhead Slouch Hat and while I am not a great model for hats - my best feature is my hair, though I almost always wear it up, but I look a bit silly with it covered up with a hat:) That's okay though because my goal was to make a hat that I can wear with my hair up and that will keep me warm, and this hat works perfectly - plus I LOVE how the striping turned out!!! The yarn is Patons Kroy Sock yarn in colorway Blue Brown Marl. 

I am also working on Tidal Sands Cowl and got a couple more inches done on it. I am finally further on it than I have been during either of the last 2 attempts I've made:)

Crocheting - I am still working on my lap blanket. I've made some progress and have a little more than a foot of height to it now. Planning on it being 48in wide, 60in in length.

Since I have a finish it's time to go into my Ravelry account and see what I can find to knit up next:) That just might be my favorite part!! 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Stitching Fun

I almost always have multiple projects going at once, and right now is no exception. Not only do I have a couple knitting and a crochet projects going but I have a couple stitching projects going on as well. Here is what I've been working on..
Kitten Mitten - This is a current freebie that can be found on Cross Eye'd Cricket's site. Super cute and easy pattern!! And since I stitched it on 18 ct Aida fabric with DMC floss, it gives my aging tired eyes a break!! :) I'm hoping to do several of these and trying to finish them as mitten ornaments for my Christmas tree. My plan is to finish them into the shape of a mitten.
Tis The Season bag (on the right) - This one is by Blackbird Designs and was the last of 2016's Prim Ladies Society club kits. I'm really into project bags right now and couldn't wait to start this one!! The design has an alphabet and 'Merry Christmas/Happy New Year' on the back of the bag. I haven't decided if I'm going to stitch that or come up with another saying for the back yet. Love playing around with a design!! :)

On the left is 'Promise Of Spring' by Silver Creek Samplers. This was my January 1st start from last year and I still really love it, so I thought I'd pull it out and see if I can't get it done before Spring this year:) And the message couldn't be more perfect right now. We aren't in the middle of the winter mess that is going on in some parts of the country, but we did get a bit of snow this week...
And I am SOOO ready for spring. On the plus side, the cold does make for some good stitching/knitting weather:)

What are you stitching on right now? Any New Year goals/challenges/SALs that you are working on?

Friday, January 6, 2017

Taking Stock and Making Plans

2016...what can I say. It seems like it was an overall crappy year for so many. We were not spared from our dose of crappy either, but there were some really good things as well.

~We lost my father in law in March. That really is what blanketed our entire year. It still affects us and always will, not only because we lost such a great man, our daughter's rock, possibly my husbands best friend, but also because this means that my mother in law needs extra help. However, through all this, my hubby and I also got a lot closer, our relationship really has never been better and I am so thankful for that.

~This year had both my hubby and I needing minor surgeries, but both turned out well with no foreseeable ongoing problems (I will probably need thyroid meds in the future, but with my families med history, I probably would have anyway).

~Our dog is really getting up there in years. I thought she was turning 14 this year, but after finding her original paperwork I realized she will be turning 16 in March. She is slowing down and we thought we were going to have to put her down just before Christmas. The vet decided to try a chiropractic adjustment and acupuncture along with different pain pills. This seems to have helped and we are so very thankful to still have her with us. We will continue this treatment as long as it keeps working for her.

~The election - I won't go into details of my political views as that is not what my blog is about, just to say that they don't fit in with either side 100%. I wouldn't have been happy either way, so I felt there was no win, but I really was shocked that it turned out the way it did (as in having to read the reports 4-5 times, sitting down with my mouth open:/). I really don't know what to expect and so I won't speculate. My hope is that it won't be as drastic as some fear, and that some good comes out of it (whatever that might be). We will see...

As for 2017...This will be a year of transition and big milestones.

~Our daughter got her full drivers licence a couple days ago. This is pretty huge for me as it will drastically cut down on how much I need to leave the house. She will also be turning 18 this year, graduating high school and starting some college classes!! No for-sure plans on the future, just taking it slow.

~My hubby and I will be celebrating our 20th anniversary in April!!

~I will be turning 40 and will be needing to find a job at some point.

I've decided not to make a big New Year's Resolution, but instead make a few small goals for the year that I think will benefit our little family. Things like visiting extended family a bit more, writing to those that are further away, possibly a family vacation to celebrate dd's graduation/birthday. Things like that. I am working on a list, because I'm a list person:), but I'm not wanting this to be a 'HAVE TO DO THESE THINGS' stressful kind of list. This is more of a 'follow your heart/do what feels like needs doing kind of thing. More of a building relationships/clearing clutter/making things feel lighter and easier kind of list.

As for my crafting, I think for now I will just go with the flow. No big plans at this point, I didn't even join in any 'challenges' or new SALs :0) I'm sure that will change, but for now I think a quiet entry into the new year is in order. Don't get me wrong, I have lots of projects on the needles/hooks/hoops/waiting for the sewing machine, and I am actively working on them, I just am not ready to put any kind of deadlines on my projects. Just for pure pleasure right now:)

Many wishes for a quiet, easy entry into this New Year for you as well. :)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Yarn Along



After a couple week's break, I'm going to join in again with Ginny at Small Things on her Yarn Along. Here's what I've been up to..
Reading - You *might* have a hard time telling what the book I'm listening to is:) I couldn't get the picture to show up - I think the screen was too bright in the semi dark room. It is 'The Rent Collector' by Camron Wright. I've just got started on it, but so far, so good.

Crocheting - I'm slowly making progress on my lab blanket. It's getting too big to take anywhere to work on, but I'm doing a little work on it here and there at home. No pattern for this one, just a basic bobble stitch.

Knitting - Sockhead Slouch Hat - this is really coming along. I'm just a few rows from starting the decreases. Should have this one done by next week.

Tidal Sands Cowl - this one is proving to be never ending. I made another mistake, I dropped a stitch in the middle of a lace repeat and couldn't figure out how to fix it. After ripping the whole thing out I decided that I wanted to do the longest option for this pattern anyway, so I guess it's okay:) I'm just about back to where I was when I ripped it out. 

Going to see what everyone else is working on:) 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Final '12 Projects of Christmas'

Sorry for the lateness of this post, we have both the stomach bug and the upper respiratory crud going on in my household (thankfully I haven't caught either - how long do you supose that will last? 😷). I've been busy cleaning, sterilizing and trying to only breath in non-infected air!! :) 

 As expected, I got a few of the projects completed, made some progress on others and a couple didn't get any attention at all. *Here* is what I had done before Christmas and below is what I've accomplished since.
This was the mess of stitching projects I had going the week before Christmas. Do you see the paper chart, yeah - that was one I hadn't even started but...
'She Feeds Them Well' by The Scarlett House was #11 on my list and I got done and framed in time to give to my mother in law. It was my first time framing my stitching and I think it turned out really good.

Stitch/Finish Ornaments was #8 on my list. I started and finished the stocking (the name of which escapes me - I'll update once I can get to the magazine it is in. I know it's by Blackbird Designs and that it is in one of the Just Cross Stitch Ornament issues.) This was a last min gift idea that my daughter gave to her boss's family. The Santa was one I stitched up the year before, but never finished it into an ornament. This one was a gift to my sister in law. I didn't finish the other stocking from the first photo yet.

Knitting/Crocheting pictures will be updated tomorrow for the Yarn Along, but here is a rundown on what did/didn't get done...

#1. Crochet Stars - Didn't even touch these. But I do still have them out so *maybe* I will still work on them as a quick project?
#2. Project Peace - Well, I was coming along on this, not that I was keeping up with it, but it was starting to look pretty good. Then I realized that I had the cowl twisted. I really did check my work and I thought it was good, but I must of missed it, and then in a fit of frustration (or resignation), I ripped it out. Now that I'm thinking of it more clearly I'm not sure I needed to rip it out. It wouldn't have interferred with the knitting of it and as it is a longish cowl and I will be wrapping it around me twice, you really never would have noticed it. Oh, well. I will start again soon. 
#3. Make hat for me - I am almost done with this getting ready to start the decreases - updated photo in tomorrow's post. 
#5. Make Cowl for me. Take what I wrote in #2 and repeat that:/ Well, not exactly. This happened right before the Project Peace problem. I didn't twist it, but did drop a stitch right in the middle of a lace section. I could not for the life of me figure out how to fix it, not even good enough to blend in, so I ripped it out. When I started this project I bought enough yarn to make the longest length, but then decided to knit the medium length. Now I'm back to really wanting it long (it got really cold here!!), so I guess it's not the end of the world that I'm starting it again.
#6. Crochet Lap Blanket - this is slowly coming along. It's getting too big to take with me to places so I'm only able to work on it at home. Hope to get this one done this winter.

Other projects...
#7 'JOY' Decor... I like how this turned out but it isn't a professional job. I think it would have turned out better if I had used fabric. You can't see it very well in this picture, but some of the edges aren't covered very well. You really can't tell unless you look closely so I don't think it'll matter any, I'll keep it the way it is and call it good:) 

#12. Wall Decor - this one didn't get touched and that doesn't surprise me at all. I had wanted hubby to make a wall hanging that had a basket, hooks and some kind of way to attach a stitched piece to it so I could change it out with the seasons. This is still high on my priority list of honey-dos, but as we ran out of 'play' money and then he was feeling puny the last half of break, it just didn't get done...yet!! 

So only 2 projects didn't get touched, and two went backwards, the rest either got done or make good progress. I say that is a win!! 

I'm going to take a break on challenges/bucket lists for the winter. So no new list for now, maybe I'll do it again for Spring:) 

Saturday, December 17, 2016

FNSI - December

Last night was Friday Night Sew In hosted by Wendy over at Sugarlane Designs. I had big plans for this month. And I am happy with what I did get done, but it had nothing to do with the plans that I had :) I had planned on finishing up the zipper bags I started last month and sewing up a couple ornaments that I need to get done for Christmas. Instead I dug through my fabric stash and found some cute fabric...
The fabric wanted to become a project bag!! This bag is about 13x11 inch and is bigger than the drawstring bag I made last month. It's just about perfect for a shawl sized project. This is actually the second one of these I made in the last two days. You see, I started my sewing on Thursday because I knew Friday was going to be a bit busy. But I used heavyweight interfacing and that made it too stiff to be able to close with the drawstring:( Never fear, I had plenty of fabric. So while I was in town on Friday I bought some medium weight interfacing and used that. It is a little stiff, but it closes and I think with some use it will loosen up. I like the durability that using the interfacing gives the bag. I already have my Project Peace cowl sitting pretty in it:) 
AND while I was at the store getting interfacing I found some more pretty fabrics that think they'd like to become project bags as well. We will see next month what I get around to!!
Heading off to see what everyone else working on last night (and then straight to finishing up the Christmas gifts - I promise!!!).