Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Second Progress Report

Time to check in with progress...

Backwards sucks.  I got through 2000, still have 1999 and 1998 to go.  It is really hard to tell whether I'm on track to have the things that should be in 2 page layouts in 2 page layouts.  Spent way too much time working that out on Saturday at Valerie's house.

I do have all the patterned paper pulled out for the scrapbook.  I'll need to make a run to the local scrapbook shop to fill in the solids as photo backers.  Black is always good, and I'll make sure I'm well stocked on colors that go with the CM "Delight" pack.  (In the fiber world, we'd call that a colorway.)

Chair Seat:
No icing (see the last status report).  More of the background worked on at Jane's.  More background to go, and I'll need to cut more wool tomorrow.  Then more background and more background.

Fewer appointments, less knitting done.  The hoodie is just over 1/2 done, so still I feel like I've made good progress.

Bee Welcome Applique:
Did the bees.  I misread the directions, and instead if attaching the bees to the background with buttonhole stitch, I just went  around the outside of the bees, like I did for the flower.  So I had to whip stitch the bees on after they were assembled; not the smartest thing I've done all month, but they look fine.  Monks cording is done, so now I have the pieces to attach to the backing and the hangers to stitch and assemble, and it will be finito!

Monday, September 6, 2010

First Progress Report on The Plan

Here's my progress to date on the four projects I picked to work on.

I purchased all the photos from 1998 - 2000, and sorted all but a handful of the 1998s into their correct month.  I'm working backwards for the page layouts, starting with the end of 2000.  I made it from Christmas that year all the way back to late September when we took the trip to Yellowstone.  I'm not really sure why I chose to work backwards for this one; I guess I wanted to make sure I ended on a two page spread.

I'll continue creating layouts through this week, and into the weekend when Val has her workshop.  With any luck I'll know if I need a second coverset by Saturday.

Chair Seat:
I took the daughter with me to Jane's on Wednesday and got about two hours of solid hooking in.  This time I hooked in more than I pulled out.  Yeah me!  Jane won't have a workshop this week, so I suspect I won't make much progress on the chair seat until week after next.  The plan will be to pick it up then.  Anything else is just icing.

I've made some good progress here, if slower than I would like.  I took the knitting to Jessica's doctor's appointments this week, that's the allergist, the dentist, and the orthodontist, and knit at the pool at the Grand Californian.  I'm guessing I've done in the neighborhood of 1.5 inches,

Bee Welcome Applique:
This has the advantage of being a quick project if you work on it steadily.  I haven't been, so getting it done has dragged out quite a bit.  On the other hand, it is a fun project to do, so it isn't hard to pick it up for a bit to get it going.  I worked on it on our first evening at the Grand Californian.  I've gotten to the monk's cording and the bees, I think I will assemble the bees before doing the cording.

Me Darling's Gone to Sea

Ah, the lament of mothers in ages past. The youngest has gone to sea.

Of course, in this case, we sent her to camp aboard a tall ship, the SSV Tole Mour, and will pick her up at the week's end. The SSV designation means she is a sailing school, and they train by ASTA (American Sail Training Association) standards.

The daughter will have an assigned line (last year it was the mizzen downhaul, which she really liked because it was right by the helm); they have 3 watches for their sailing duties, and by rough calculation based on the GPS transponder on board, they hit 11 knots today. Not bad.

I'm publishing this a full two months after I started it, so I guess it isn't cheating to say that the daughter had more than an assigned line to haul.  She was the mate for the fore gaff sail (I'll have to get the really-o, truly-o correct name later, she's konked out right now) on her watch.  And there were older, more experienced kids aboard.  Yeah!  That's my girl.