Saturday, May 7, 2016

Fits and Starts

I seem to accomplished not a thing so far this weekend except for balancing my checkbook and cleaning the bathroom.   I have started about a half dozen jobs.  Fits and Starts is what my M-in-L used to call it.   These fits of mine have lead me down the rabbit hole and the oft asked question....what was I thinking when I bought this? what did I plan for this? or why are these bundled  fabrics together?  Not to mention, I seemed to have also lost April!  Where did it go?

I have a week of vacation this week to head west and visit that new grand baby and of course, help my d-in-l.  The new parents are very sleep deprived.....I remember those days.  Somehow we get through it.  Just let grams get there and help.  I am sure I will have a pix or two to share of my Will snuggle time when I return.  As well as I am sure there will be more snuggle time then project work to share.

I finished my pre-stitching which was a breeze.....except for those darned bees!  Three stitches is all they are and I manage to put them two threads too high, or two threads too low or, flying the wrong way.  Frog, frog, frog!  Silly, you can stitch a row of herringbone cross no problem.  I can almost hear the ocean waves and porch rockers calling me from my upcoming June class.

I have moved back to concentrating on my Pining To Stitch smalls as my main stitching project.  The last piece I need to complete is the needle book.  The pattern requires paying attention a little more then the other pieces so it is not  a piece to carry to work.   For this week in Grammy-Land, I am taking my sewing machine and hope to work on completing the fabric pouch the pieces are to be housed in.  Great expectations right?  A group of us are getting together on Memorial Day weekend to work on the actual finishing of the smalls and I'd like to have my bag done, at a minimum,  by then.  I am sure I am being a little over zealous in what I think I can accomplish between laundry, cooking and cleaning for the new parents.

I also started to knit a baby blanket.  Now nothing like waiting until the baby got here.  I did attempt this with several starts, both knitted and
crocheted, and several times of pulling it off the needles and rewinding the yarn.  I sat next to a friend at a guild meeting and she was knitting a baby blanket using the same pattern I use for making wash cloths and it was a light bulb moment!  Why not?  I have spent so much time in the car lately driving here and there that if only I could knit and drive I could've done by now if only.....I guess it is best for everyone that I stick to a book on tape while I drive.   My current read is the second trilogy by Petra Durst-Benning, "While the World Is Still Asleep".  It does make the ride more enjoyable to listen on tape as I go as well as a good read while on the treadmill when at home.  I read her first trilogy last year, "The Glassmaker's Daughter", and enjoyed the series.  It is light, easy reading.

Next up on the stitching front, I am changing out my challenge pieces for my guild challenge.  What was I thinking when I put humongous projects on my list?  Thank goodness we are able to do a  mid-year swap out.   I need to do a little more than a simple stitching bag sorting this weekend as well as craft room sorting.  Not much else one can do on this 13th day of rain here on the east coast.   I think I can almost hear the weeds growing in my gardens.   I already lost an hour in my craft room this morning when I went to put something away.  It is the room where anything I don't know where I want to put gets stashed.  And it seems to squash my creativity when it is out of order.  Having  a grand sort out of my craft room  is a good way to refresh the memory on what may be hiding up there and to spark the creative juices with something that may catch my eye differently this time around.  After spending the day up there I hope to have a new, more manageable lists of challenge pieces ready to switch up at my June meeting but first to tackle the kitchen, dining room and bedroom and get them shipshape before I play in my craft room.

OK, break over, back to work....

May your stitches be many and your frogging be nonexistent! Happy stitching all.


Stasi said...

Robin, your pre-stitch looks great! Isn't it nice when there isn't a lot involved?
We have a lot in common. I too listen to books on tape when I'm driving and am currently on the final Harry Potter book. I have read them a couple times but listening to them has been a lot of fun. The guy that reads and does all the voices is fantastic!!!!
As for fits and starts, I have gotten nowhere today because I keep getting distracted by FB, Ebay and the such. I started going through more charts to sell and have them spread out on my bed only to get interrupted by other things. I will be going back NOW!!!!
Have a great visit with that grand baby and Happy Mothers Day!

Robin in Virginia said...

I liked your baby blanket light bulb moment. Your pre-work looks good; glad you got it finished. Enjoy your snuggle time with the grandbaby!

Rose Threadandpassion said...

I just joined your blog, it's really nice!
Congrats for little William Geoffrey and happy stitching!

Jeanne said...

Hope you're having a grand time visiting your new grandchild! Your projects are coming along nicely. I'm with you on why do we keep starting these huge projects but it's so hard to resist. I've been diligently working on a couple old UFO's but once they're done I can't wait to start some new things!