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Hand Quilt Along – 9/12/18

Hello everyone!

Here is our update for our quilt along and I do have some progress to show on my EPP! This is very exciting as there was no progress last time.

I am not sure how much will get done over Christmas with all the family we have visiting but I’m happy with progress!

Please don’t forget to check out what the others have been up to, there are some wonderful projects!

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.
Here are the others participating in this HQAL, please go check their posts!
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18 for 2018 – November update

Happy Monday readers!

There hasn’t been much progress on my goals over November but I still thought I would give you somewhat of an update with my 18 for 2018.

18 letters sent to friends – 4/18
With the interstate move I would like to keep in contact with friends so I want to make the effort to send them handwritten letter throughout the year.

I might still achieve this with Christmas cards, does it count if I write a personal message on each? 😅

17 new recipes tried – Completed in July
If you’ve been following me for a while you will know that I love cooking and baking so this should be pretty easy. Plus, the monthly bake-along will definitely help me with this one!

I’ve actually tried 2 new recipes this month, but forgot to take a picture for one of them. The first was chicken filets with a garlic and bread crumbing (it was totally delicious, the garlic really made a big difference) and the second was white fish fillets wrapped in bacon and served with lentils, yum!

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16 painted units of miniatures – 5/16
My husband and I play a miniature game and one of the fun parts is to build and paint our own miniatures. I haven’t done much last year so I hope to catch up this year by painting more models.

There is no way I’m completing this goal this year but that’s okay! I’m still 5 units closer to have all my miniatures painted. 

15 books read – 9/15
I’ve decided to tune down this goal from last year, as I don’t have a lot of time to read. But I feel like 15 would be a good number to reach this year.

Do 10 pages long children books count? 😂 More seriously, I’m still reading several books at the moment depending on my mood, including the 6th Harry Potter which I’m reading to Clark aloud before bed. We’re enjoying going slow on this.

14 mitered squares added to my memory blanket – 5/14
I have started a knitted memory blanket using my scraps of yarn from previous projects (mostly socks) and I’d like to see it grow this year.

None added this month but I still have hope!

13 batches of baked goodsmade and eaten – Completed in August
Again, with the bake-along this should be quite easy to accomplish!

I tried Tracy’s orange glazed cookies on Friday and they were so delicious! Thanks again for the recipe Tracy!

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12 pairs of socks – 4/12
We have real winters in Melbourne, so hubby and I will definitely need new socks, I thought one per month was a manageable goal.

I’m not finishing this goal either but I’ve started on a pair of tube socks for Clark, and they are going to be so cute! I’m using the same yarn I used to make hubby his pair too, so they’ll have matchy socks. 

11 new stitch markers made – Completed in October
I have been playing with shrinking plastic lately and I’d like to make new stitch markers using some cute drawings.

10 new movies seen – Completed in May
We go to the movies almost every week, so I think this goal will be easy to reach, but it will give me a change to blog about movies I see a bit more.

We actually managed to go to the movies this month thanks to my wonderful MIL coming down to watch Clark. We saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and I absolutely loved it!! 

9 amigurumi made – 7/9
I obviously love amigurumi enough to design some! I want to precise that those 9 amigurumi will be from other designers, I might even participate in another ami-along.

No new amis this month, but I think I might be able to make 2 small ones in the next month, I just need to figure out which ones! (if you have patterns to recommend, I’d be keen, anything as long as they are cute ☺️)

8 months cross-stitched on the snowflower diaries calendar – 2/8
This did not get worked on at all last year, so I’d like to finish it this year.

I’ve given up on my cross stitch for the year, I think this goal will carry on to next year as I still want to finish it.

7 games of 40k played with hubby – Completed in September
The good thing with painting miniatures is that I will definitely want to play more (I’m hoping anyway) and this will definitely be a fun activity to do with my husband.

We have played a lot more games, mostly small, and we just got a new battlefield to try out next weekend!

6 new designs published – 3/6 
As you know I already have two new designs that I need to write up and publish. I have also started on a knitted shawl design using the beautiful yarn I got in NZ. Very excited about this one!

I’ve finished designing Nate the Narwhal and Archie the Archaeopteryx but I haven’t put together the PDFs yet. Considering I’ll also need to have them tested before publishing the patterns, this goal is pretty unlikely to be completed this year!

5 k steps walked every day 13/30
I changed this goal. I am still trying to keep moving during my pregnancy to not transform into a couch potato! Hopefully this will help me keep healthy despite the weight gain.

I’ve almost walked my goal half of the month! and I had a day at a whooping 11000 steps, so not bad overall

4 LOTR squares finished – 2/4
Yes I know I’ve been making this for ages but 2018 is the year I get it finished!

OMG this is taking me so long. I also had some drama with my hook, the outside soft plastic handle started coming off so I had to glue it back together. December will be the month!

3 jumpers knitted – 1/3
Similarly to the need for socks, I will need more jumpers this year! I already have the yarn and a pattern for my first jumper so I’m hoping this goes smoothly.

I only have half of the second sleeve left to do, so close!

2 getaway trips – Completed in July
We are trying to save money for a house deposit this year, but I’d still like to get a couple weekends away with hubby. We already have one planned, we will be going to the Bendigo sheep and wool show in July

1 thesis submitted – Completed in June
I’m so keen to finish my PhD, so this is definitely my n°1 goal this year!

So overall, I didn’t actually get any goal done this month but I’ve still been able to work on a few projects at the time so I’m happy with where I’m at! A lot of those goals won’t be reached by the end of the year but overall the year has been very productive which is what I was hoping to achieve by setting those goals.

How have you guys been getting along on your goals? I’d love to know

Emma

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18 for 2018 – October update

Happy Monday!

I’m a bit late this month but here is my update for my yearly goals. And guess what? I’ve finally made my stitch marker!

18 letters sent to friends – 4/18
With the interstate move I would like to keep in contact with friends so I want to make the effort to send them handwritten letter throughout the year.

One more this month, I still need to print out pictures of baby Clark and send them to friends overseas.

17 new recipes tried – Completed in July
If you’ve been following me for a while you will know that I love cooking and baking so this should be pretty easy. Plus, the monthly bake-along will definitely help me with this one!

My MIL and I made a shepherd’s pie, and it was my first time trying her recipe, it was super yum!

16 painted units of miniatures – 5/16
My husband and I play a miniature game and one of the fun parts is to build and paint our own miniatures. I haven’t done much last year so I hope to catch up this year by painting more models.

I’ve had no time to paint this month, I prioritised crochet instead!

15 books read – 9/15
I’ve decided to tune down this goal from last year, as I don’t have a lot of time to read. But I feel like 15 would be a good number to reach this year.

One more book, I’ve finished ‘Your baby and child’ from Penelope Leach. It was a nice read and I’ll probably go back to it as Clark grows older.

14 mitered squares added to my memory blanket – 5/14
I have started a knitted memory blanket using my scraps of yarn from previous projects (mostly socks) and I’d like to see it grow this year.

None this month.

13 batches of baked goodsmade and eaten – Completed in August
Again, with the bake-along this should be quite easy to accomplish!

I’ve made banana bread and peanut butter cookies this month.

12 pairs of socks – 4/12
We have real winters in Melbourne, so hubby and I will definitely need new socks, I thought one per month was a manageable goal.

No new socks this month.

11 new stitch markers made – Completed in October
I have been playing with shrinking plastic lately and I’d like to make new stitch markers using some cute drawings.

You guys! I’ve made it!!! I used different finishes, some rings to fit on knitting needles and clasps for crochet.

10 new movies seen – Completed in May
We go to the movies almost every week, so I think this goal will be easy to reach, but it will give me a change to blog about movies I see a bit more.

We went to see Venom this month.

9 amigurumi made – 7/9
I obviously love amigurumi enough to design some! I want to precise that those 9 amigurumi will be from other designers, I might even participate in another ami-along.

I’ve made a cute little jellyfish for a friend’s baby.

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8 months cross-stitched on the snowflower diaries calendar – 2/8
This did not get worked on at all last year, so I’d like to finish it this year.

No cross stitch this month again.

7 games of 40k played with hubby – Completed in September
The good thing with painting miniatures is that I will definitely want to play more (I’m hoping anyway) and this will definitely be a fun activity to do with my husband.

We’ve played some more model games with hubby and his best friend who visited us.

6 new designs published – 3/6 
As you know I already have two new designs that I need to write up and publish. I have also started on a knitted shawl design using the beautiful yarn I got in NZ. Very excited about this one!

I’m currently working on writing up Nate the Narwhal’s pattern and I’m also working on a design for the amigurumi.net yearly contest.

5 k steps walked every day – 7/31
I changed this goal. I am still trying to keep moving during my pregnancy to not transform into a couch potato! Hopefully this will help me keep healthy despite the weight gain.

Still not great last month but I’ve now recovered okay so I should do better in November.

4 LOTR squares finished – 2/4
Yes I know I’ve been making this for ages but 2018 is the year I get it finished!

Definitely been working on a square but I don’t have enough time it would seen to actually finish it!

3 jumpers knitted – 1/3
Similarly to the need for socks, I will need more jumpers this year! I already have the yarn and a pattern for my first jumper so I’m hoping this goes smoothly.

Almost finished the first sleeve on my second jumper, getting there. 

2 getaway trips – Completed in July
We are trying to save money for a house deposit this year, but I’d still like to get a couple weekends away with hubby. We already have one planned, we will be going to the Bendigo sheep and wool show in July

1 thesis submitted – Completed in June
I’m so keen to finish my PhD, so this is definitely my n°1 goal this year!

And that’s it! Have a great week!

Emma

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Hand Quilt Along – 28/10/18

Happy Monday!

Wow I can’t believe I actually haven’t blogged in 3 weeks. Time has just flown by and my hands have been very full with Mr Clark. I haven’t done much work on my EPP over the last few weeks (or much craft at all) but I guess that was to be expected with a newborn!

As promised though, here is a picture of my little progress (can you spot it?) with Clark on the blanket!

Please check the other amazing people participating in our hand quilt along by following the links below.

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.
Here are the others participating in this HQAL, please go check their posts!

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Hand Quilt along – 7/10/18

Happy Sunday!

I’m happy to report I have done some sewing despite the love overload and interrupted nights I’m currently receiving from baby Clark. Which means that his EPP blanket top is getting closer and closer from being finished.

So that’s another decent portion added and one happy Emma!

We have a new member joining us this month on the HQAL, welcome Gretchen! As always you can find everyone’s blogs linked below. Until next time!

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.
Here are the others participating in this HQAL, please go check their posts!

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Hand Quilt Along – 16/09/18

Happy Sunday everyone!
I hope you have been well, I have been tired but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, I will be getting induced this week if baby doesn’t decide to come out on his own and it’s a huge relief as I’m just feeling so so drained. I am happy with the progress I’ve made on my EPP this time, it will not be finished in time for baby but that’s okay, I’m still enjoying the slow stitching and that is what matters. Plus, it’s actually quite big so he will still get plenty of use from it.

 

It is getting closer and closer and I still love the organised randomness of the colours and patterns. I think I might be done with the top in 2-3 updates before I start the quilting and I can’t wait!

As usual, don’t forget to check the other awesome projects from our group!

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.
Here are the others participating in this HQAL, please go check their posts!

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18 for 2018 – August update

Happy Monday!

It’s the beginning of a new month which means it’s time for another update for my yearly goals! Not a huge amount of progress but any progress is good progress with how drained I’ve been feeling.

18 letters sent to friends – 2/18
With the interstate move I would like to keep in contact with friends so I want to make the effort to send them handwritten letter throughout the year.

No letters sent, I might still make up for this goal around Christmas, we shall see. 

17 new recipes tried – Completed in July
If you’ve been following me for a while you will know that I love cooking and baking so this should be pretty easy. Plus, the monthly bake-along will definitely help me with this one!

No new recipe this month at all, I’ve not been feeling very adventurous with meals and we didn’t bake along. 

16 painted units of miniatures – 4/16
My husband and I play a miniature game and one of the fun parts is to build and paint our own miniatures. I haven’t done much last year so I hope to catch up this year by painting more models.

None this month but I’ve started painting a new unit. I don’t think I’ll get 16 done this year but I still have done more than last year so it’s a win!

15 books read – 8/15
I’ve decided to tune down this goal from last year, as I don’t have a lot of time to read. But I feel like 15 would be a good number to reach this year.

I’ve read the two next books in the French series I’ve already talked about, Ellana and Ellana, l’envol. Those are real tear jerkers so I had to make sure I was safely at home with a box of tissues before reading them but I still enjoyed them so much. There is something very special about how those books are written that gets me every time. 

14 mitered squares added to my memory blanket – 5/14
I have started a knitted memory blanket using my scraps of yarn from previous projects (mostly socks) and I’d like to see it grow this year.

One more added this month. I should be able to add a couple more next month as I have some left over sock yarn from previous projects.

13 batches of baked goods made and eaten – Finished in August
Again, with the bake-along this should be quite easy to accomplish!

I’ve baked so much again this month, with 2 new batches of the peanut butter cookies (Kate they really are amazing and they have been perfect pregnancy snacks) and another batch of montecaos at the express demand of hubby who loves them. 

12 pairs of socks – 4/12
We have real winters in Melbourne, so hubby and I will definitely need new socks, I thought one per month was a manageable goal.

None this month as I was trying to get my jumper done as much as possible but my needles are hitching to start a new pair!

11 new stitch markers made – 0/11
I have been playing with shrinking plastic lately and I’d like to make new stitch markers using some cute drawings.

Does receiving at least 50 stitch markers counts? Still haven’t gotten around to play with shrinking plastic. I think I might end up failing this goal 😅

10 new movies seen – Completed in May
We go to the movies almost every week, so I think this goal will be easy to reach, but it will give me a change to blog about movies I see a bit more.

We are taking advantage of baby now being here yet to go to the movies almost every week still. This month we went to see the newest Mission Impossible, Darkest Minds and Crazy, Rich Asians.

9 amigurumi made – 6/9
I obviously love amigurumi enough to design some! I want to precise that those 9 amigurumi will be from other designers, I might even participate in another ami-along.

I have finished the second Orbit and I’ve also made two Eevee for a grand total of 3 new amigurumi this month, not bad!

8 months cross-stitched on the snowflower diaries calendar – 2/8
This did not get worked on at all last year, so I’d like to finish it this year.

It’s funny that winter really makes me lose all want to cross stitch. One of my new friends I made at the pre-natal class does embroidery and cross stitch though so I might get back to it with her. 

7 games of 40k played with hubby – 3/7
The good thing with painting miniatures is that I will definitely want to play more (I’m hoping anyway) and this will definitely be a fun activity to do with my husband.

No game of 40k this month but I just got hubby a new miniature war game so we will be playing a lot of that (and as a bonus the game uses the same miniatures, win!)

6 new designs published – 2/6 
As you know I already have two new designs that I need to write up and publish. I have also started on a knitted shawl design using the beautiful yarn I got in NZ. Very excited about this one!

I really wanted to publish the pattern for Cooper this month but I’m still waiting on pictures from one of my testers so that should come soon. I’ve also been working on a whole new pattern that I’m pretty excited about, a blue whale/narwhal convertible amigurumi!

5 k steps walked every day – 4/31 
I changed this goal. I am still trying to keep moving during my pregnancy to not transform into a couch potato! Hopefully this will help me keep healthy despite the weight gain.

Hum hum, can we talk about an epic fail here? Okay I got a great excuse but I’ve just been feeling a bit down about this goal. On the other hand, I can’t really walk more than 10 minutes without feeling pelvic pain at the moment so it’s probably better that I didn’t overdo it. 

4 LOTR squares finished – 2/4
Yes I know I’ve been making this for ages but 2018 is the year I get it finished!

Still working on the third square, but not much as I focused on my jumper and my spinning mostly.

3 jumpers knitted – 1/3
Similarly to the need for socks, I will need more jumpers this year! I already have the yarn and a pattern for my first jumper so I’m hoping this goes smoothly.

I’ve made progress on my second jumper yay! I’m not dividing for the front and back, and I hope that means I’m almost there!

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2 getaway trips – Completed in July
We are trying to save money for a house deposit this year, but I’d still like to get a couple weekends away with hubby. We already have one planned, we will be going to the Bendigo sheep and wool show in July

1 thesis submitted – Completed in June
I’m so keen to finish my PhD, so this is definitely my n°1 goal this year!

That’s it for me this month. I hope you’ve been productive too and have achieved what you wanted. It was a bit slow for me but I’m still happy there was progress on some bigger tasks. Bring on September!

Emma

 

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Hand Quilt Along – 26/08/18

Hello everyone!

I’m a bit late to share my progress on my EPP. There is not as much as I would have liked but the last few weeks have been very busy with friends and family visiting us so my normal crafting time has been somewhat disturbed.

Here is my progress for this time.

I can almost see the end but it’s been more and more uncomfortable for me to sit for long periods of time, the reason being that baby has decided that he would have a growth spurt and is now measuring 4 weeks ahead of schedule. He has been pushing on my sciatic nerve a lot so I’m struggling finding a good position and I have to lay down most of the time (which isn’t very practical to sew).

Anyway, I hope you made more progress than me, next time I show you this baby might have been born, which is exciting! Don’t forget to check out all the beautiful work done by the others participating in the HQAL.

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.
Here are the others participating in this HQAL, please go check their posts!

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WIP Wednesday – Spring shirt

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I hope you’ve all had a great week so far, I’ve been pretty good since last week one of my friends lent me her spinning wheel so I’ve been having fun with it 🙂 I can’t remember if I told you but when I was over in Queensland I got gifted two beautiful bags of alpaca fleece and I’ve started spinning the dark fleece.

What I really want to show you today though is my current progress on a Purl Soho Spring shirt I’ve started a few weeks back. It’s an A-line sweater knit bottom up in the round (which I’ve never done before) and it’s been a bit boring so far but I’m sure it will get much faster once I divide for the back and front. I still have about 4 inches to go on the body so I’ve done most of it, yay!

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I really love the colours I’ve chosen, they are nice and bright and will be perfect for spring 🙂

What projects are you currently working on?

Emma

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Hand Quilt Along – 5/08/18

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s that time of the month again when we share our progress on our hand quilt along. I’ve been working a lot on my EPP and I’m past half way, yay! I knew all that extra planning from last time would pay off. The top is now at full height as well, so it’s “just” a matter of filling in the space 🙂

Now, I’m hoping to get the better part of the quilt top done by next update, it might be a bit ambitious but I do have some spare time so fingers crossed!

Please don’t forget to check out the other amazing people working on their hand quilting. Bella is currently taking a break but you can still go check her blog 😉

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.
Here are the others participating in this HQAL, please go check their posts!

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