Thursday, December 30, 2010

Now to try to get back to normal

Christmas is now over and things are starting to get back to normal for most people.  Some are still on holidays until next week but at least the craziness of the season is winding down.

As promised here are the items that I made as gifts this year.

The teal wrap was for my sister and it was a pattern from a kit that I bought for myself in October.  My shawl is going to be gray but knew that the teal would go with a lot of clothes that my sister wears.
Close up of shawl for my sister
 Here is a picture of the full wrap once my sister opened it on Christmas day.  It has pockets on both ends which is what made me want the wrap for myself.
Mary Maxim kit - Tweed blanket wrap
 I am really enjoying making these curly scarves and decided that my mom could use one so made her one for Christmas.  I bought the wool-ease white-multi which had a metallic thread in it so it made it a little dressier.
Curly scarf - white glitter yarn

Besides getting a bit of a chance to craft this week I haven't really got a lot to show for what I did.  I was able to sew in ends on some projects.  My ufo count is finally starting to go down as I worked through finishing a few knit hats that I had on the go. 

Oh, besides a bit of crafting I also did a bit of craft shopping.  I know I have enough yarn to last for a few years but had to pick up some more black yarn for joining lapghans together.  I also picked up some gray yarn to make three more curly scarves for people.  Will take a picture of the one I just started as it is using two yarns instead of just the one I normally use.

First I need to work for a while today and then will sit and craft until the new year.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Holiday Spirit

It's now two days before Christmas and I am very happy to say that my handmade gifts are now complete and ready to be wrapped and given as gifts.  I sat this morning and finally finished the last gift and love how it turned out.  I will take pictures before giving it away.

Last night I finally sat down and worked on some cross-stitch which I haven't done for quite a while.  For those that know me you know that I don't normally stitch on Aida cloth anymore but decided to take it very easy and do some ornaments.  Yes I just started some Christmas ornaments so it means I should have them finished by next year.
Bucilla- Counted cross stitch mini ornaments
Oh, I forgot to mention that these ornaments are very simple and something that doesn't take a lot of effort to stitch.

I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year.

I hope next year to be able to post a little more often about things that I can doing.  I am not going to give myself a schedule.  I am now going to start thinking about my goals for next year and at the beginning of the new year I will review my 2010 goals.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

6 days to go

I have to admit that I am starting to feel a little better about the gifts that I am currently still trying to get finished before Christmas.

One of the items just needs the ends sewn in and then it's done so should have that done tomorrow.  The other gift is looking a lot better as I decided yesterday to work on it for a while and now can see the end in sight.  Hopefully I can sit and knit on it either today or tomorrow and get it off the needles and then just have the sewing up to do.  Pictures will be taken and I will post them after Christmas.

I haven't had a lot of time to do crafting but that is fine as I am doing something else that I love doing.  I am working on a few client projects for work so that is making me happy as well.  I am hoping that over the holidays I can make some good progress on both my crafting and my work projects.  I may even find a bit of time to work on my name tag for the Gitta's Getaway Retreat which is in April.

So if I don't post before Christmas I want to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year.

Monday, December 13, 2010

This time of year

Yes I have been crafting quite a bit in the last week but of course it's on the gift that I need to get finished by Christmas.  I am looking forward to getting this project done so that I can get back to all the other projects that are sitting waiting to be finished.

I looked around over the weekend and found that I have quite a few projects started that just need some time to finish them.  I think my goal after getting the gifts done will be to finish these projects so that I can get things back under control.

The list of started projects include:
     2 lapghans
     2 mobius scarves
     1 baby sweater
     1 baby afghan
     2 hats

Yes lots of different projects that I need to focus on and get them out of the way.  Having a week between Christmas and New Years is going to be great as I think I will work on these projects.

Now to get to work on some work projects so that I can get them out of the way so that I can get knitting.

Monday, December 6, 2010

December crafting

It's hard to believe but it's the last month of another year.

I am hard at work on a couple of projects that I cannot show yet as they are for others and cannot show them until they receive it.

Saturday had a lot of fun as it was Gitta's Open House at the store so we went there and spent most of the afternoon there.  It is amazing how many people spent quite a bit of time just talking to one another while doing some shopping.  Yes I added to my stash of needlework projects and have actually put a couple of stitches on one of them. 

Now to work on my projects to ensure that they can be completed by the end of this month.

I do want to figure out some of my goals for 2011 and that is something that I guess I should be starting to thinking about now.

Sitting looking out a window while writing this and it is looking like winter today here and already hating the snow.