Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Story of My Day - block 21 and 22

Oops, I didn't get around to blogging last week's block, and this week's block went by so quickly. That's why there are two blocks blogged this Tuesday.

Block 21 - Walk the dog.

Block 22 - Make a daisy chain.


Last week was a busy one.. I started the week by having Monday off work (which I regretted when I checked my work email Tuesdag morning..) but I needed it after spending the weekend camping with the scouts (ages 7,5-9). It was "only" from Saturday evening to Sunday afternoon, but when you've got 16 boys all over the place, some of them who'd never slept over with strangers before, and very little sleep for us adults during the night... it's more or less needless to say that you run out of energy coming home. I was walking home from the scout house on Sunday afternoon, reaking of campfire smoke, and feeling so drained that I was both dissy and nausious. Not really my favorite state of being, you might say.. Ended up taking a hot shower, before eating some leftover dinner from the night before - and sleeping on the couch the rest of the evening. 

Monday morning I waited until the others had left for school, kindergarden and work, before I went up to my sewing nook. I had plans, and I had every intent to stick to those plans. So, before lunch (yup, it took that long...) I got the flimsy from the fussycuttingsewalong/focuscuttingsewalong 2019 ready for quilting (batting and backing fastened), and after lunch I tackled another quite big project - the block of the month Dancing chickens and flying pigs from Anni Downs / Hatched and patched. I decided to finish it in a classic style rather than folding the backing over and making an invisible edge (I think that was according to the pattern), so I'll be making and attaching the binding when it's quilted.

I've shipped both quilts to my mom for quilting - making a trade, since I've been spinning yarn for her lately. 

It feels really good to know that these two large projects are almost done now.. And I know I have a couple more projects waiting to be finished - which are lacking some or little work to get done too. But which one should I prioritise first? The eldest? The one lacking the most work? The most recent one? How do you decided which one to finish first?

Edited to add : 

I've updated this blog to add another page - Works in progress - listing all/most of my current slumbering projects. There were more than I thought.. but I really enjoyed revisiting them while making the list. My fingers are itching to get them done. Most of them, anyways. There's one or two that might just have to go. I don't see myself finishing them. And I don't feel bad about it at all. 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Story of My Day - Block 20

Just stopping by - quickly - to post block 20 of The Story of My Day. 5 more blocks/weeks to go. *iik!*

Yes, the picture is horrid.. suitable for the month of Halloween. *giggle*

Friday, October 09, 2020

Story of my Day - Block 19

6 blocks left!

This one was so quick to stitch - it was like the needle worked like a hot knife in butter. (Ew.. sticky.. but you get what I mean?)

I've started to prepare some additional stitchery projects to work in in between these last 6 blocks - and after all of these 25 are completed. The lights in our living room are not the most optimal to work on these little ones in the afternoons, but some evenings are better than others. 

In more knitting related news, I'm almost done with my A top has no name  designed by Laila at Værbitt. I'm on sleeve island, as one might call it, but seeing as this is a top (more a tshirt) the sleeves are extremely short (only 3 + 3 cm, roughly). Which is also the reason why I'm winning my game of yarn chicken (in more understandable words : I thought I was running out of yarn, but decided to knit on instead of ordering more yarn - just in case - and it does look like I'll have more than enough to finish this top, even after changing the lenght of the body from a more cropped style to somewhere below the waste/over the bum).  

My next knitting project has been planned, more or less, as I'm going rogue and without a pattern for this one. I've bought the yarn, but not wind it up. I'm trying to stich to and finish one project (of this size) at a time, insted of burying me in the fluffness of wooly fibers.. perhaps this should be transferred to sewing projects too. Or perhaps not, seeing as I can already bury myself pretty deep in the piles (and piles) of works in progress (sounds kinder or more optimistic than calling them unfinished projetcs).

I'm currently spinning some fibre my mom has dyed. It's much different than my last spinning project, which was a mix of merino and silk - this is pure wool. It's looking good - and I'm curious to see how it'll knit up in the end. 

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

This is my house block for week 41 of the #focuscuttingsewalong hosted by @naomialicec 💚 World Mental Health Day, and this little gem of a fabric seemed to be just the right choice. 💚 Take care of you, take care of those around you - and remember, speaking up or reaching out is not a sign of weakness, but strength.

Story of my Day - Block 18

I feel like the weeks are flying by rather surpricingly quickly these times. Not quite sure how I've completed 18 blocks - meaning it's been 18 weeks since my mom and I started this little sewalong.

I'm planning and thinking about the advent calendar for my mom these days - inbetween planning for scouts activities and wondering what will happen to Halloween. Halloween is a big thing for our kids - and our neighborhood is completely flooded with kids and teenagers on Halloween night, going from door to door. But this year will most likely see a different celebration.. There's a meeting at P's school tomorrow, and Halloween is actually one of the topics up for discussion. With all this COVID around us, colouring several cities in Norway red (Oslo is one of them) and us still working from home, avoiding travelling to the office or using public transportation, it would seem a little strange if going from door to door asking for candy would be an apropriate thing to do. 

Thursday, October 01, 2020

Story of my Day - Block 16

Well, not exactly block 16, but here's the missing block - making my total come to 17 of 25 finished blocks.

Not the best picture, but the eggs and soldiers are ready for serving. 

I'm still loving the process of stitching these little blocks, and I'm starting to look forward to sewing them together and finishing this project.

Story of my Day - Block 17

Not quite sure what happened to the publishing of these blocks, as we're now jumping ahead in the numbering - although the blocks are published as they're completed, but who cares. :-P

This is block number 17. Feed the animals. A sweet little block. :-)

Quite remarkable how fast these weeks fly by. Already on block 18, and thus on week 18 of this little sewalong.