I looked at the calendar today and asked myself, "Self - what the heck happened to January?" I think I said that last month and the month before too! OY! So little progress on anything and I've been trying like the devil. My mojo is back, but there definitely seems to be a lack of time due to all that life stuff. So before the end of the month hits us and we're into February, I figured I'd make a post on my rather lackluster doings in the craft world the past few weeks. Finger's crossed February will be a more productive month.
First off, stitching on AWFAA has been really bad. I went great guns on this sampler and then peetered out on the fill in - but I've loving the colors:
But there was other stitching. I joined Becky's challenge and promptly picked out a piece to stitch. But I changed my mind. I really didn't want to start something "brand" new. My goal this year is to finish up WIPs and work on stash where things are kitted and ready to go. The operative phrase this year is, "Do not spend money - you own a small craft shop in the basement"!!! Anyway, last year I had started Ann Rayner and got all of this far on my one day of stitching:
I also finally tamed the savage beast with the knitting and got those YO's down pat and started on my daughter's scarf. I had quite a bit of yarn left over from the Guernsey scarf and DD picked out a pattern, asked for a gray scarf and this is where I am - probably 1/3 finished - she wants a long scarf:
Then I've been doing some quilting. In that attempt to get rid of WIPs both in stitching and quilting, I went back to the Farmer's Wife and was able to attach three more rows of blocks. I really, really wanted to start working on the Cotton Club (a BOM that I started receiving last year), but I just knew that if I did that, the Farmer's Wife would just remain a pile of blocks (you can click on the picture for a close-up, but please excuse any stray threads).
And last but not least, I did a little bit of handwork. Now, normally I hate handwork. I used to do it all the time when I made dresses and costumes for my daughter, but ask me today to sew on a button or anything like that, and I run in the other direction. I don't seem to have the patience for it (probably why I don't hand applique). But I had a couple small kits for scissor fobs that I had received from my Guild and we're to receive another one next month, so since it's a good thing to clean out some stash, and the fact that my bazillon pairs of scissors mostly do not have fobs, I made up the couple kits that I had - a watermelon and strawberry:
And I'll leave you with this picture:
So that's the report this time around. Not much for 20 days of work. But all those little bits of progress will eventually end up in a finish, right? I've managed to find a couple new things to add to the craft room (yes, one or two more sewing machines among other things), and some vintage things from my grandmother that I discovered in a box in addition to some things I had as a child. It's always a delight to find those things especially when they are from family.
Hope that everyone has a great week!