Christmas Gifts Crafting Update 12-02-16

In between finishing up the semester of DS’s senior year of high school, I have been trying to take care of planning for his final semester as well as get ready for Christmas, Pathfinder Bible Experience competitions in January and February, Pathfinder Leadership training classes (teaching 1) in January, and any number of other projects that crop up and seem to need to be done NOW! All of these are important, however juggling them is like juggling blobs of Jello that you hope you won’t miss catching and get splattered by. Frequently that is way easier said than done, but as human beings we keep striving to get it all done. This is particularly true of moms!

Last week and this week have been productive in all but one area: the cross stitch stocking. I have not been able to touch it since the last post. While I didn’t work Thanksgiving Day, I was busy here at home. Originally we planned for 10, but we ended up with a total of 18 people at my DFIL’s and a wonderful time and meal was had by all. DH and I were fortunate enough to catch up with friends that we hadn’t seen in over 20 years so that was an extra blessing and treat!

This week I worked on Sunday, made 10 1/2 pints of apple butter, and finished some Christmas presents. I won’t say who they are for, but I am so pleased with them. So without further ado, here are my finishes: 20161202_111547

This is the Virus Shawl crocheted with a size F crochet hook in the Rainbow colorway by Caron. I purchased three cakes, however I only used two and a smidge at the beginning of the third to end on the correct row. I am pleased with this and hope that the recipient will be too. I do have to say that this was only supposed to take 3-4 hours to crochet, however, it took a bit longer than that. Once I had the pattern memorized, though it was smooth sailing until I had it big enough.

The second project I am showing as finished, languished for a bit as I went back and forth debating whether or not to add fringe. In the end the decision was made to add a fringe, but not as long as originally intended. I hope the recipient of this one is pleased with the final product: 20161202_112644

This is doubled over and somewhat over the top of the back of my stitch chair. I chose not to make it any bigger so as not to “swamp” the recipient. Unfortunately I was unable to get any better picture of the reds.

Yarn should be delivered today so I can finish the shawl for DS’s girlfriend. I ran out way too early and even though I triple-checked the pattern and know I did it right, I have had to wait for my order to arrive. Hopefully I will get that done either this weekend or early next week.

Perhaps sometime this weekend I will be able to fit in some cross stitch time on the stocking as I really still want to get it done. Even when it is completed, I will then have to make it into a FFO (finally finished object). Then I will put DS’s on to start it. I have quite a few cross stitch projects kitted up and waiting to be stitched on as well as a sweater to finish for DD and one to start for DS. That also doesn’t include the socks I hope to knit.

This next Monday I will meet with my BFF for coffee and crafting at her house. My hope is to finish the Rainbow Ruffled coin purse for my niece and either finish DS’s girlfriend’s shawl or cast on for a secret stitch. Thanks to encouragement and persistence with coffee “dates”, I have made more Christmas gifts to give away this year. Once more, I am feeling better about giving away homemade gifts, although I am making sure not to give to people in my family who aren’t interested in homemade. I think I have learned that “lesson” as I don’t intend to set myself up for that again!

So hopefully very soon I will have more pictures and news about projects that are either FFOs or almost FFOs. Many best wishes to everyone out there who is furiously stitching away in anticipation of the pleasure that will be felt by the recipients of your gifts.

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Busy busy busy!

Life has been extremely busy around here of late. Last week DH was out of town for two different trips and while he is on vacation this week, we are home as a staycation so you know that means lots of projects and being busy busy busy!

The week started out with work on Sunday. I woke up way too early and then worked a 12-hour shift. After that you would have thought I would have reasoned that a smart person would go to bed and get some rest, but noooo…I decided to play a computer game with the family which meant I didn’t crawl in bed until 11:30 pm.

Monday after taking DD to work at 10 am., DH and I went out in the afternoon to glean apples again for our friends. Her husband is recovering nicely from his double heart bypass, however he is not able to drive at this time. Since she doesn’t have her driver’s license (long story), they rely on his mother who is older (82) to drive them places. Thankfully she is working on getting her driving permit. So back to the apples, we went and picked another five 5-gallon buckets full. Two of them they took and we brought home the other three. After a nice long visit with them Monday afternoon, we slipped away to pick up DD from work.

Tuesday morning I picked my friend up at 7:30 am. to take her to the DMV to try to get her permit. Unfortunately, she didn’t pass the test. She was so nervous and stressed it just didn’t happen. I will take her again this next Monday morning to see if she can do it this time. When I arrived back home, DH and I began processing the apples gleaned a couple of weeks ago into applesauce. Working steadily with a break to take the family to Zupa’s for supper, we finally finished shortly before 1 am. this morning. There was a total of 37.75 quarts of applesauce added to our stock. Here are 3 dozen of them: 20161123_114932

All we have left are 10 more quart jars to fill with applesauce and then 6-12 pint jars to fill with apple butter. Any apples left after that point will be eaten fresh. Then the canning for this season will be pretty much done.

I have also been knitting on other Christmas projects. The lovely shawl for DS’s girlfriend is coming along nicely, however I think I will have to order a couple more skeins of yarn. I thought I ordered the same amount as when I ordered for DD’s shawl, however, I must not have. So an order will be placed before the weekend with a skein of sock yarn added once DH decides which color he wants me to make him a pair from. As you can see, I have lots to do and also want to get to my cross stitching! Must add hours to my days somehow!

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Update 11-23-16

Despite blog “silence”, things have been busy here. The last time I worked on the stocking was on November 16, but we will show where we were before, first:

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November 7, 2016

There was still quite a bit of work to be done at this point. On the 16th of November, I put in the last few cross stitches:

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November 16, 2016

This made me really happy because I needed to get moving on the outlining and embellishments. However, I have only been able to get this far with the outlining/back stitching as due to other “interruptions” which I will talk about in the next post:

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November 23, 2016

This is actually from last week but I wasn’t able to do anything about it because of all my other “projects”. Hopefully I will get more time on it soon as I want to finish it for Christmas.

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