27 June 2022

15 Minute Challenge and end of financial year

The last week work has been a bit full on, the end of the financial year is looming and it never was that much of a deal in the past but last year was nuts and this year is a close 2nd but it has only really been the last 2 weeks.  Why of why do people leave this stuff to the last minute.  

I powered ahead with the CAL this week and did a couple of extra rows only about 4 to go unless I add a few more .... still deciding.  Its getting harder to take picture of the whole thing.  I think once its all blocked I will maybe use Mo's bed to spread it out.

There was a little bit of quilting my neck and back are playing up so I kept it to bare minimum but progress was made. 

Only a few stitches were added to my cross stitch.  

Head to Kate's to see how everyone is going.  

20 June 2022

15 Minute Challenge and no more Wisdom Teeth

Mo had her wisdom teeth removed on Tuesday.  She was a bit of a basket case leading up to it but as per usual once it was done she was fine.  It was done under a twilight and not general anaesthetic, but  she was still pretty groggy on they way home and we had an interesting conversation.  They did give us some stronger medication to take and I only gave her half of one of the tablets that first night.  She ended up sleeping all the way through with no need for anything else though I made her take Advil and paracetamol for the first 36 hours she decided she didn't want or need it much after that.  She did look like a chipmunk for much of the week but the swelling had pretty much disappeared by yesterday.  

Even though she is pretty much eating normally, I noticed when I came home from work she had talked her boyfriend into making and delivering her a big tray of chocolate pudding (the cake variety with chocolate sauce).  

There has been more progress on the Crochet CAL and I started a shawl while I was in the waiting room on Tuesday.  As I still have some rows to go on the CAL the Shawl will have to wait.  

Cross stitch progress is below. I'm enjoying doing the house with it's lovely blue bricks, they have been quite quick though I need to fill in the blanks.  

Not much quilting progress this week though I did do a couple of hours on Saturday, Sunday was a bit of a bust as we had a bit of a fridge emergency which turned out to be a false alarm.  

Head to Kate's to see how everyone is going.

13 June 2022

15 Minute Challenge and a Long Weekend

 It was a public holiday today so we have had a nice restful break.  I did some quilting today, working on the sashing now and have plenty of crochet to go on with tonight with the latest instalment of the CAL being scheduled today.  

I managed to get the required rows finished and did an extra row, the next few rows are a bit complicated but I think I will make them in the next 2 weeks.  The blanket is already bigger than it is supposed to be,  obviously have a looser tension than the pattern designer.  I still have 2 balls of yarn so I am not worrying about running out. 

I'm loving the next cross stitch in the group, it is looking very pretty with brighter colours for this one.  

I went to Fibrefest yesterday and got a lovely stash of yarn.  The plan is to make some wraps from these, I already have patterns for the whirls and looked for something suitable on ravelry last night for the dyed yarn and found a pattern for free which I think will work perfectly.  Once the CAL is finished it will be full steam ahead on some wraps.  

06 June 2022

15 Minute Challenge Wild and Woolly Weather

 We've been rugging up and staying home this last week, its been cold, windy and rainy.  DH has been on tender hooks making sure we don't have any leaks anywhere unsure if the repairs he did after the last big storm will hold.  

So its been good to stitch, crochet and quilt.  I have one more block to quilt on Springtime Romance and then I have to make a decision about how to quilt the sashing I had a few thoughts last night it bed which might work.  

I started on the No 4 Loose Feathers.  This one has a few additional colours in it but I am liking it so far.  

The Crochet Cal is slowly growing I'm hoping that the next few row are a bit simpler so I can get them done but I think I might be pushing it to get the rows finished.  Oh well I will get there eventually i've done pretty well to keep up so far.    

Mo has handed in her main assignment for the cinematography class over the weekend and on Friday she has to display her life drawing sketches for marking, I think she still has one project for animation and she is done for the semester. She told us that the new tablet we bought a few weeks ago is making animation so much easier, at least it was worth it.   Next week she has to have her wisdom teeth out then she has a break from everything for a few weeks.  I think she is pretty much in holiday mode now though.  

Thats it for the week.  Head to Kate's to see how everyone is going. 

30 May 2022

15 Minute and Winter May have Arrived

 It has finally turned cold.  Most days have been high teens to low 20's up until yesterday, so we are in a bit of shock today. It has been raining all night and most of the day and the wind is pretty cold, I guess it had to happen.  We have hardly had the heater for most of May but I think that will change now, I put it on as soon as I got home from work.  

I managed some quilting on the weekend, 6 blocks are finished 3 to go and borders and sashing.  Have a couple of week until have to enter the quilt so I will wait until I have the centre of the quilt done before I make my official entry though I will have until August to finish it.  Don't think I will enter the CAL It is probably another month until it is finished and I am thinking that I will probably make it bigger so it might not be ready in time.

I finished the 2nd Loose Feathers design on the weekend.  I think I will do no 4 next and i may move the order around.   No 5 is my least favourite so I'm think about putting it in No 9' s place.  I am waiting on some more threads, though I can probably safely use substitutes but I do like the subtle colour change of the weeks threads but they do become a bit costly.  

I'm on the hunt for the correct blue for dutch sampler.  I found the perfect thread in one of my thread boxes but the number had fallen off the thread holder.  I have tried to use the colour chart for cosmo thread  but I've managed to purchase the wrong colour each time, so as a last resort I have sent off some of the thread to a shop in Victoria to see if they can match it for me as a last resort I'll see if DMC has some (I much prefer using Cosmo).

That's it for me this week.  Hope you have managed 15 minute a day.  Head to Kate's to see how everyone is going.  

23 May 2022

15 Minute Challenge

 I've been unwell all week with a sinus infection, I try and avoid going to the Dr as he just gives me antibiotics, though after a week yesterday I really felt that I needed to go as all my home treatments weren't working, but I woke up this morning and my throbbing head had lifted.  Will still keep up the sinus washes for a few more days but I'm hoping I am over the worst of it.  Though I still feel and look like I've been hit by a truck, I have some ugly black rings under my eyes.  

I couldn't face the machine on Saturday, I tried to do some quilting but I just couldn't do it.  I did manage to get another block quilted yesterday so only 5 more to go, fingers crossed I haven't put myself too far behind.  

I've managed to do some cross stitching and a bit of crochet, I have 2 rows to go in the next week of the CAL so it was a good that I finished some rows ahead last week.  

Hopefully you have managed to keep up with the challenge.  Head to Kates' to see how everyone is going.  

16 May 2022

15 Minute Challenge Lots of Crafting

 Mo and I went to Bowerbird Market on Friday evening.  The market is run in May and November every year, usually the May one coincides with Mother Day this one was a week later and there weren't as many people and not as many stalls this time.  We always plan to get there early and have dinner at one of the food stalls before it gets busy.  There is alway vegetarian options, I was tempted by paella (not vegetarian) but we decided to get both something from Lets Eat which is vegan.  We then sauntered round the stalls.  

Mo nearly bought a pair of earrings at one of the stalls but decided against it when she couldn't decide.  When she looked at the makers etsy shop she found she could buy the earrings singularly which she was happier with.  She has 4 piercings in each ear and she wants all the earrings to be different.  She is lamenting how much it is going to cost to replace all her sleepers with silver jewellery.  

I have finished backgrounds on 3 of my Springtime Romance blocks, I would have done more but my shoulder has been quite sore since the previous week, it was a bit better yesterday but I didn't want to push it too much and I knew it was the quilting that did it.  As long as I can get the majority of it quilted by the time entries are due I will be happy that it can be finished.  

I finished adding the small squares to Nimue and started on a few rows so I could get ahead in the CAL which is a good thing because it takes a couple of nights to finish a row now and I need to get up to row 58 in next 2 weeks I'm working on 54 now, so it is doable.  

There is a little bit of progress on the cross stitch and I think I might sign up for another SAL which will go with the cryptid one that I started last year (not finished) but I have the linen all ready (the other half of the piece for cryptid).    So what is another start when I already have the supplies.  

That's it for me for the week.  You know the drill head to Kate's to see how everyone is progressing.