It has been a cozy week here on the homestead. I don't get too much done craft wise but I try to touch all the bases...cleaning, organizing, cooking, maintaining and crafting. Here's what I worked on this week.......
I had an accident with my sock #2....I was working on the heel flap which is no problem at all until I turned on the radio. Why do I think I can pay attention to 2 things at once? I can't so I messed up and then tried to put in an afterthought lifeline and that didn't work so I frogged it. It's okay. I'll start again this week. You would think I would know after all this time that I cannot watch t.v. or listen to the radio if I am doing any knitting other than just the knit stitch only. Whatever is loudest gets my attention and even without any diversion sometimes my mind just goes off on it's own! I really have to be careful and I definitely cannot do anything that requires focus when I am tired. And to think, years ago I could multi-task with the best of them. What happened?
On a more positive note let me show you what I was able to move forward on......I finally got my 32 half-square triangles done for Mystery Quilt Step #1 - January. Now onto February!
I worked on the Star on Monday, Wednesday and Friday...........2 done 14 more to go.............loving it!
I worked on Turkey Time, a small, on Tuesday and Thursday and it's getting near the end but I am missing one color that I either need to replace with something else or order.....
I worked on Betty Glover last Sunday........and will today again...............
As for new items/haul/stash.........there are certain "rules of cross stitch" which are just for fun. I don't know all of them but Brenda and Laura of Brenda and the Serial Starter came up with most of them from their years of experience. 1) No pattern shall travel alone ie; never order just one pattern....2 at a minimum! 2) Buy all the Blackbird Design books 3) Always be working on a Blackbird Design 4) always have a red work sampler going. If there are more I will let you know but these are the ones I am aware of. There are also times when you should start new projects such as holidays and birthdays and special events. So, I did not have a red work sampler so I ordered one and since no pattern should travel alone I also ordered some little St.Patrick's Day smalls.............these were pdfs that I was able to download from Pineberry Lane..........
aren't these cute?
I saved the best for last as I ordered a needlepoint kit. I did needlepoint years ago before cross stitch. I think first I learned crochet, then sewing, then needle point. I saw a project on Instagram (talk about the rabbit hole of all rabbit holes!) and I fell in love with it immediately.....I did not pass go or collect $200......I thought about it for days but I knew I had to have it. It is coming from the UK so it might be a few weeks but when it gets here I am dropping everything to work on it! You betcha! Here it is..............it is a pillow 36" X 12" and it is on canvas and comes with all the wool yarns.....There is another one similar with the word Lucky but I am more Happy than Lucky so I went with this one.
It may not be everyone's cup of tea but it sure is mine! I can't wait until it gets here!!! I am so excited! It will reside on my bed when it is finished.
As for the week ahead and my YOP goals....they are the following:
1. Cut and sew more strips for crochet rag rug
2. Cut more material for hexies
3. Order materials needed for red work sampler and Irish smalls
4. Start sock #2
5. Work on Mystery Quilt Step #2 - February
6. Order yarn needed for Brill shawl...remember that one! It got buried!
7. Final Finish Irish XS
8. Work on XS in rotation
9. Cut out hat for applique snowman
That should do it for this week.....if I get all that done I will be a happy camper! I get my 2nd vaccine shot this Wednesday! Happy Days!!!
I hope you are all safe and well and warm!