I am gutted that we’ve already reached the last Friday of October. This was such a hard month for us, but I’m happy to report that we’ve had some major successes this week that have given me a tremendous amount of hope. So things are looking up around here! And I have a lot of crafting from this week to share, so please come on in and catch up with me.
I finished up these socks today! The pattern is DRK Everyday Socks and they’re knit up with KnitPicks Muse in Thrill (here’s my Rav link). I am always so surprised by how quickly a pair of socks can knit up, especially when you’re only picking them up here and there throughout the day. These socks were never my main focus over the last week, but nevertheless – they were completed in exactly 7 days.
These Bloom quilt blocks were my main crafting focus this week. I only get down to the basement to sew after all three kids are in bed for the evening, which is around 9pm these days. Several times this week I surprised myself by looking at my watch and discovering it was after midnight and way past my bedtime. But of course — these are so addictive! This picture shows blocks 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the quilt. I am waiting a bit to order an 8.5″ ruler to trim them down to size and sew on the borders for each block. But they’re still so darling even when they’re unfinished like this!
A Plump Wife – I finished cross stitching this project last Friday! Next step is to figure out a frame size and how to mount it.
Flower a Day – I finally managed to get up early enough to put in a few morning stitches on this project! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve made any real progress on it, so there’s nothing new to share.
Shifty (Ravelry link) – Bryce and I watch a few PBS Kids shows before he goes to bed each evening. I had been cross stitching during this time, but switched over to my Shifty because I finished A Plump Wife last week. So I’ve made progress! The next row is the 4th yoke increase, so I’m looking forward to tackling that one tonight.
Mandolin Quilt – This is my current handsewing project. I’ve got the pieces for my next block cut and basted. I’m planning to start sewing them together on Monday.
I ordered the Blackbird Designs Winds of Autumn booklet and am excited to get started on a fall themed project. I have been itching to cross stitch but, because I’m so new to this craft, I don’t really have anything at the ready to work on! I don’t have very many patterns in my stash nor do I have any linen to speak of, so I can’t easily start anything new like I can with my other crafts. I know that will all come in time, but it’s a little frustrating when we’re getting started with something new.
Thank you all for your kind comments on my Stillness post this week. I am so grateful for this space and your friendship. It means more than I can put into words. Tonight’s post-9pm agenda: Practical Magic, hot chocolate, and my Shifty. I hope some of you will be able to join me in spirit!