Wednesday, January 11, 2017

WIP Wednesday 11 January 2017

I'm running late - it's a little after 11 p.m. so I better get on with it.

Not a lot done on the crafting front, but Retirement Means has gone from here

to here.

It's done, except I've decided to do beads instead of French knots so have to wait for them to arrive. I had thought I was done a bit earlier, but as I was looking it over I realised I had missed the second E in Retirement, so had to frog and redo. I was not happy with me at that point.

The doll outfit went from here

to here, front

and back

plus booties that need to be sewn up.

Then a hat with a bow and outfit #1 will be done.

Thank you everyone for your kind words about my friend's husband. He had open heart surgery on Monday where a planned double bypass became a quadruple on the operating table. Surgery went fine, but he reacted badly as he started to wake up and they had to heavily sedate him to control heart and blood pressure. Today he is improving steadily and hopes to be out of cardiac ICU either tomorrow or Friday.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

WIP Wednesday 4 January 2017

I am still not used to writing 2017 so I must pay close attention. And welcome to the first WIP Wednesday post of the New Year. So lets get going.

Retirement Means got a little attention going from here

to here.

Looking forward to her head and face being more defined.

The Great Blue Heron got just enough attention that I could say I started, going from a blank piece of fabric to this.

It's the very top of his head.

And Stormy got the same minimal start.

It's the uppermost leaf on the left.

Nothing like starting with Krenik!

And I did get in some knitting time, from here

to here.

I need to sew up the skirt, add 2 tiny buttons and sew in the ends. It does fit the doll (first thing I checked after I cast off) so hopefully next week you will see her wearing it with either the matching hat or panties or, deep breath, maybe both.

My oldest UFO didn't get touched.

I had hoped to do more, but my craft partner/best friend's husband had a heart attack around supper time New Year's Eve and another one around 3 a.m. New Year's Day. He and Cynthia (thank goodness there was room for her) were med-evacced to Vancouver, St. Paul's Hospital, where he is being fast tracked for open heart surgery as he has several blocked arteries. Needless to say I am worried about them both and feeling so frustrated and helpless as they are 500 miles away by air, double that by road. Any crafting for the next little while will be something that doesn't take concentration.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, peaceful, very crafty 2017, with strength for the not so good times that may show up.

I've actually made a stitching plan for 2017. I'm shocked at myself, I never do that, but I am inspired by all of you who do. So, the overall aim is to reduce my WIPs, most of which are big projects so even a couple of finishes would make me happy. I've joined 2 SALs on Facebook and I want to keep on with the Christmas Ornament SAL (and actually stitch something) run by Kaye at Kitten Stitching and work on my oldest UFO (how often have I said that?).

So this is what my months should look like.

Days 1-7: Ornament SAL. I have a plan this year - and patterns - Dragon Dreams version of 12 Days of Christmas called 12 Dragonlets of 2012 - and fabric! But I'm short floss so January will probably have 1-7 and 22-28 reversed. Hmmm, this is NOT an auspicious start!

Days 8-14: One of my Facebook SAL new starts Crossed Wings Great Blue Heron. I have everything to start him.

Days 15-21: My oldest UFO. This was the last progress picture I took 26 July 2015. Eek, I didn't realise it hadn't even been touched in 2016.

Day 22-28: The second of my Facebook SAL new starts HAED Stormy.

I have everything to start this and because there is no background I'm stitching it on a piece of Colour Cascade Fabrics called Midnight Blue.

Day 29+: I'll concentrate on my .non-cross stitch projects. If my ornament doesn't take all of Week 1, I'll have some "whatever I want" crafting.

Now to see if I can stick to this.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

WIP Wednesday 28 December 2016

24 hours late! Here we are, the last Wednesday of 2016 and I'm late!

I did get in a little craft time this week, which makes me feel so much better. I finally got the repeat pattern in the doll costume sorted out, so my knitting now looks like this.

It doesn't look like it, but I have started the shaping to make the dress top.

Retirement Means has gone from here

to here.

Not a lot of back stitch, but at least the shovel and hose look like what they are.

I'm hoping to get some stitching time this weekend, so we shall see how things go.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas!

I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Joyful Celebration of whatever tradition you follow.

May you experience love, laughter, the joy of family & friends, peace and hope.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

WIP Wednesday 21 December 2016

And I have nothing. Nothing! I didn't put one stitch in Retirement Means and I have pulled out the start of the doll outfit TWICE now as I keep screwing up the pattern repeat. Hopefully the third time will be the charm.

We've been having some cold (for us) weather and there was this lovely winter waterfall just outside my apartment block.

Such a sad little post. LOL  I will try to be back on track next week.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

WIP Wednesday 14 December 2016

Well, we're still dealing with minus temperatures and it's supposed to snow again this weekend, then rain for four days. That won't be so bad as long as it doesn't freeze again after. Oh well, excellent excuse to snuggle indoors, stitch and pet cats. Speaking of stitching, what's happened?

Well, I had a small finish

for a friend whose daughter is Eeyore crazy.

Retirement Means went from here

to here.

Cross stitch is complete, back stitching about to start.

And I started my new non-cross stitch project.

There is only one doll in the kit, but enough yarn to make all 3 outfits and blanket. I haven't knit with such small needles and wool in years, but if it turns out well I will probably give it to the Seniors' Centre to raffle at the Spring Tea.

Is everyone (anyone?) close to being ready for Christmas?