Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Stitching happened

Schlock with Gun - August 27th and October 25th
As I wrote in my blog entry yesterday morning I was really hoping to be able to find some time to stitch this week.

Well, I figured out that the only way to do that was to really make it happen early in the week so that I could see some results.  What I didn't expect was to see the progress that I was able to do in one evening.

Last night after getting home from work I decided that Schlock with Gun hadn't seen a needle for quite a while so it was time to put some stitching in on it.  This piece had been sitting since the 27th of August without any work so figured it was time. 

Schlock with Gun - October 26
The good thing was after sitting last night and getting some stitching done I can see some good results.  I am now looking forward to getting this piece done and then I can start working on another project that hasn't seen any attention for a while.

I am now going to try and get some more stitching done this week but there won't be any updates again until Monday.

Now I must go and get some work done and then I will see what stitching I can do tonight.

Monday, October 26, 2015

No progress

Butterfly - October 18th and 25th
I can sum up this week's progress by simply saying that I didn't get anything accomplished.

My cross-stitch pieces were left untouched and even the amount of crocheting that I did wasn't very much.  Now part of the reason for this is because I was busy doing some other things which mean that my crafting time was limited.

One thing I did do last week was worked at a polling station on election day.  This was something that I had always thought about doing so this year I decided that I was going to apply for a position and I got one.  The day is very long as you are at your polling station before polls open (1.5 hours) and then you are also at your polling station for at least half an hour after the polls close.  Yes it is a 14 hour day minimum and there aren't the breaks that you get when you work a normal job.

The rest of the week was spent trying to get some work done as well as spending some evenings watching television.  I am a Toronto Blue Jays fan so that meant that last week I was spending evenings watching the games hoping that they would win.  The one thing that I found was that during the playoff games I wasn't able to focus on crafting most of the time.  Sure, I was able to crochet a few baby hats but they also weren't made at the normal speed.

Now that the Blue Jays are out of the playoffs (which I am not happy about) I might be able to get back to doing some crafting in the evenings.   I have a couple of projects that I want to get done quickly so I am going to have to focus on them to do just that.

It is now time to see what work I can get today so that I can spend this evening hopefully crafting.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Busy week

Butterfly - Oct 12th

Where did the week really go?

Last week I thought that I was going to have lots of time to sit and stitch at least in the evenings but I was wrong. I know I said it was going to be a busy week work wise but I figured in the evenings I might be able to find some stitching time.

I was able to find some time to get the first half of the butterfly completed and that was great.  Since getting to that point early last week I haven't been able to find any more time to stitch.

Butterfly - Oct 18th
The crafting that I have been able to do is working on a few baby hats but even that hasn't been very good.  Hopefully now I will be able to find a bit of time this week to stitch.  I am not going to say I will have lots of time but I do hope that I can at least find a little bit of time to stitch on something.

Part of the reason for the lack of stitching is also because I decided this semester to take another course so that is also taking up some of my free time.  This course runs until the 18th of December so I am going to be juggling crafting in between assignments and reading for the course.

I know I am late posting this week and that is because yesterday was Election Day here in Canada and I worked at a polling station all day.  It was a very interesting experience being at a polling station.  Now I have quite a bit of work that needs to be done in the next couple of days so that is going to be where my focus is going to be.

Crafting will happen at some point this week but I am once again now sure when.  I am now hoping that things will get a little more organized and I will get back to stitching soon. Until then, I am off to try and get some work done.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Another week and a bit of progress

Butterfly - Oct 4th
So I finally was able to make a bit of progress on the butterfly this week.  Well, actually all the progress was made on Thanksgiving Monday as I sat and watched some playoff baseball games. It was great having the time to sit and stitch while watching the games on television.  I quite often do my crafts while watching some sort of sports on television be it hockey or baseball.

It feels really good seeing that I was able to make some good progress even in one day, so I am going to see what progress I can make over this week.  I am trying to get this butterfly done quickly so that it can be framed and ready for display.  It always feels good when I can see some progress on something even when I have been extremely busy with other things.

Besides working on the butterfly this week I have also been working on making a few baby hats.  The baby hats are great when we are out and about and also when I just can't focus on doing any cross-stitch.  Hopefully this week I will still be able to get a few hats done but I think when possible I am going to be trying to get some cross-stitch done. The baby hats are something that normally goes with me when we are out in the car so as a passenger I can sit and crochet.  The hat pile is starting to grow but I know that they won't be going to the hospital for a while yet but that's ok, at least I will have a pile ready to go.
Butterfly - Oct 12th

Of course, work is one of the things that can change what I am working on in the evenings.  If I get something that needs to be done for work that comes first so my crafting has to wait for another day.

This week sounds like another busy week for me work wise but I am going to try my best to find some crafting time most evenings.

Speaking of crafting time and evenings, it is now time for me to finish up this post so that I can craft this evening.

Hopefully all of you will have some crafting time in the evenings as well and if you aren't a crafter I hope you will find some time to yourself.

Sunday, October 4, 2015


Butterfly - Oct 4th
This week I had another week where I didn't get a lot of stitching done that it was starting to really get to me.  I have been extremely busy with other things and just haven't found the time where I can sit and stitch.

Today I actually found a bit of time and the project that I picked up was my butterfly.  This version is one that I first put a few stitches in just after I found out that a friend of mine had passed away. Of course I didn't get much stitching done then and that was the end of August.  The piece just got put aside and I figured I would pick it up again when I was in the right mood.

I guess, today was the day for me to pick up this butterfly again and really work on it.  I had a little bit of the right wing started but that was it before today.  Now I see that I made some progress on it and I am happy that I did. This butterfly has a meaning behind it, because my friend was someone that I could talk to but I had never met in person.  We were friends through the internet and he was someone that I was very happy to get to know. This butterfly has started after hearing he had passed away from lung cancer.  For me he was finally free and wasn't going to suffer any longer. Today my stitching was done while watching the Blue Jays.

A butterfly to me is freedom and a new start.  I am going to work on this butterfly and know that my friend is looking down on me and watching as I put the stitches in.  I will especially work on this piece during Leaf games as that is one thing we always talked about.

A new week is just about to start for me and now I hope that I will be able to get back to stitching a little more.  My butterfly has given me wings again and maybe now I know why stitching has been so hard.  This butterfly needed some attention and it finally got it and now I can move forward.

I will always miss the talks I had with my friend but I know he is in a better place now.

It is now time for me to wrap up for the weekend but now I hope to get back to stitching a little more. This butterfly finally came out of hiding and maybe now I can as well.