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:
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:
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.