Wednesday, October 3, 2018

October 2018 plans

As much as I love the fall, I still can't believe that October is here!  Seriously... where has this year gone!

I am going to continue with my reduced plans and updates for October, since it seemed to work for September.

  • I really liked how the Durene Jones ornament went last month, so I think I will attempt another one.  I would love to stitch all three... and I might even do an extra one for retreat :O
  • I am still behind for July and August, so you never know... I might get an extra one done.
  • November is all ready to go.  I can't believe I'm almost done these! 
  • I am currently on part 7 and there are only 8 (last part coming out soon)... I am hoping to get this one done!
4) WIP
  • With the Dutch Tile SAL (hopefully) done this month, I will need to pick a new focus.
  • My choices at the moment are:
    • Tapestry (Ink Circles)
    • Dragons of Sumatra (Ink Circles)
    • Sneek (SAL) (Long Dog)
    • Prickly but Cute SAL (Fuzzy Fox)

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

September 2018 update

I reduced my plans in September to try and get back on track.  I have come to realize the success I had for the first 6 months is just not going to happen at the moment.  I have come to be be okay with it though... as many things have changed.

Lets see how I did do in September:

1) Ornament a month - KINDA
  • I wanted to get caught up with ornaments, but that didn't happen
  • I did get ONE down however, so I'm happy with that... especially since I even finished it!
Polar Bear Ornament - Durene Jones
2) Year in Chalk - YES
  • This is something I have been able to keep up with !  October was done early into the month.  It still needs to be ironed and laced.
Year in Chalk - October
Hands on Design
Fabrics by Stephanie - 32ct linen slate
3) Dutch Tile SAL - YES
  • I managed to get the 6th part done, and am working on the first tile on the 7th.  I call this a win
Dutch Tile SAL - Peppermint Purple/Lakeside Needlecraft
4) WIP - NO
  • I really only stuck to the items above, so no other WIPS were really worked on.  I did pull out Canada sampler for a bit, but it didn't hold my attention.

I have been doing some knitting as well this month.  I actually finished my first pair of socks on the 30th!  I can't wait to cast on my 2nd pair :)

I also participated in the charity KAL at my local store, and did a knitted knocker.  This was the first time using DPN's.... not a fan.... not a fan.

I also have 2 shawls on the go... the ardent and the hitchhiker beyond.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

September 2018 plans

Well hello September!
I am continuing to reduce my plans for the months until my stitchy bug shows that it will stick around.

  • I am now behind for July and August... so I am going to try and get caught up by doing at least two this month.  I have started one... I just have to finish it
  • I also need to get an ornament ready for November retreat... so I really need to get on these!
  • October is up next
  • I would like to stay caught up on this SAL.  I am only one part behind as of the 3rd of September.  The 6th part comes out on the 8th and the 7th on the 21st.  While weekends are going to be busy this month, I should be able to manage this. 
  • Maybe I will have a finish in October after the 8th part comes out!!
4) WIP
  • There are so many things I want to start... but need to keep WIPS at a maximum of 10 (where I find it comfortable).  
  • This means getting back to focusing on something during the month.
  • My oldest non-UFO wips are Canada Sampler and Tapestry.  I will make one of these my focus until its done... probably Tapestry.
Wishing you all a happy, and productive September!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

August 2018 plans update

How crazy is it that it is already September!

As you can tell, I am still behind in my blog posts.  I have been doing a bit of stitching though... so that is good.

Until I get 100% back on track, I will be doing monthly goals plans and then the recap.

Now... lets see how I did in August!

1) Ornament a month - NOPE
  • I have started one, but it didn't get finished
2) Year in Chalk - YES
  • I did complete September, but it isn't laced yet... hopefully tonight

  •  I have not made any progress on Sneek or the cactus SAL
  • I HAVE made progress on the Dutch Tile SAL.  Currently on part 5!
  • If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I stitched my wonderful friend Lianne's second release - Hearts Aflutter.  She is designing under 1897 schoolhouse samplers and you should totally check it out!
  • Here is my interpretation as I made a couple of small changes

All in all, still not back to Pre July, but definitely better than July.
Lets see what September brings... and just remember

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

August 2018 plans

Well Hello August!

I hope with your arrival, my stitchy bug comes back to hang out!  Since July was so crazy, I am reducing my plans for August.  If I do more... GREAT!

  • Not sure what it will be, but I know it will be small and easy.  I also hope to get 2 done this month... so I'm back on track
  • September is up next
  • I am currently in 3 SAL's... although only actively in 2... The Dutch Tile SAL and the Long Dog Sal.
  • I will try and get a part on each, but will be happy with getting a part on at least one
  • I had a goal to finish by a specific date, but I don't' think that is possible now.  I am going to try and focus on this until that date to see how far I can get.  After that... no matter if it is done or not, I will be able to post pics :)
That's it!
Lets hope my update has more to offer than July did!!!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Weeks 29 and 30 - the nothingness

So again I'm behind on my posts... but the main reason is my stitching bug still has not returned.

I did start something last week, and got a tiny bit of progress on it, but I can't share it

Speaking of last week, I was on holidays... and I did get a lot of knitting done!

Here is my hitchhiker shawl as of Saturday the 28th.

As of last night, I was at 34 of the 42 teeth

July 2018 plans update

July wasn't a good stitching month for me.  From a horrible cold at the end of June, to the heat, and also including the ornament from hell that ran off with my stitchy bug.

Lets see how I did...

  • In fact the one I started totally stole my stitchy bug.  I put that little bastard in UFO bin.

2) YEAR IN CHALK - August - YES
  • This is did do.  Its not laced as of this morning... but at least it is done

3) LONG DOG SAL - Long Dog Samplers Mystery - Sneek - NOPE

4) FOCUS WIP - Canada Sampler - NOPE
5) NEW START - Dutch Tile SAL - YES
  • I started and got done Part 1 of the SAL.  I am not behind two parts now, but that is okay!
Dutch Tile SAL - Part 1

Fingers crossed I have a better stitching month in August!