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Treasures found

So this month I had to travel down to my dad’s. He was having a procedure done that would require him to stay overnight in the hospital.

For the last several months he has been going through his house and purging. He came across some things he knew I would want. I stitched this back in the mid-90’s.

My dad doesn’t remember exactly who stitched these. They weren’t done by me. But my parents did have a friend in Germany that stitched so perhaps she stitched the wall hanging. Not sure about the ornaments.

Of course this will be added to the decorations this year.

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Crocheted Scarf

Finished crocheting my first ever project. It’s very wonky and has some other issues but I believe I know where I went wrong therefore can correct it for future projects. The rest will come with experience.

So here is what I learned from this experiment, I shouldn’t have given up so easily 25 years ago with I attempted to learn. I really enjoyed crocheting once I got it down. The repetitive motion is very relaxing. I plan on keeping some yarn in my hobby bag.

I have still been stitching on I Will and have finish the entire saying. I still need to finish the border and add the date but I’ve decided to put it away to pull out Happy Ever After again. I’ve started the September block.

I’m also still crocheting my scarf even though it’s looking a bit wonky. I’m pretty sure I know where I went wrong and hopefully the next scarf won’t like so askew.

Learning something new

Years ago I thought I wanted to learn to knit or crochet, so once when my cousin was visiting I asked if she would show me. Rose is an incredibly talented crafter and when it comes to needlework she does it all except cross stitch. Though I know she finally did a piece a few years ago I’m not sure if she stuck with it. Anyway she had a crochet project with her and attempted to teach me. It didn’t go well. The fingers of my left hand didn’t want to cooperate. I became frustrated quickly and said never mind.

However every now and then I would see people knitting and would again think I wanna learn to do that. About five years ago some friends and I were driving down to Florida for a race and one of them pulled some knitting/crocheting out to work on it. She said she taught herself by watching videos on YouTube.

A couple weeks ago I was reading another friend’s blog were she talked about giving a go at doing needlepoint. She liked it! Yay! But it got me to thinking again about learning to knit and/or crochet. So I searched for some videos, asked the Internet which was easier and made a stop at the craft store. I picked out some yarn and some learn to kits.

The Internet said that crochet was easier to learn. Not sure if that’s true but I decided to start there.

Day One I practiced the chain stitch then the single crochet. The chain stitch was pretty easy but I needed to work on consistency. The crochet was a little harder and after two tries it didn’t look anything like the girl’s in the video.

After two and a half days (not really just a hour or so each day) and rewatching the video a few times, I realized my mistake and tried again.

So I’m starting to get the hang of it. Though this one isn’t perfect by any means. The next one will be better… hopefully. I still need to work on consistency and the turn around.

I Will Progress

Although I haven’t been stitching much I have been stitching a little on the I Will project designed by My Big Toe Designs. I’m almost finished with page two.

I also starting getting things together for a new start though I don’t know when I might actually start it.

Until the next update…

Five years ago my friend and I ran the first Glass Slipper Challenge (now the Fairytale Challenge) and decided that we wanted to run this race again. This is the only race I’ve signed up for so far this year. Not sure I will be doing any others with the exception of a few virtual ones.

I was not well trained for this race at all and have decided that will not happen again. We decided to walk the 10K on Saturday together.

On Sunday’s half marathon I decided I wanted to run as much as possible. It started off well. Then the sun came up and with it the humidity. Not a great combo. Sometime after mile four I started fast walking the remainder of the race. But I finished and crossed the finish line.

Now according to my watch I completed the 13.1 in 3:02:50 which I stopped at the distance but before crossing the actual finish line.

My phone app I stopped after crossing the finish line.

Here you see that it recorded a distance of 13.5 miles. My official time for the race from runDisney is 3:08:46. Not by best but not my worst either.

My first IHSW

So last week I joined a FB group… International Hermit Stitching Weekend. I think this group has been around a long time. I know I’ve read other blogs that have mentioned participating with IHSW and thought it is a great opportunity to inspire me to get more stitching time.

Unfortunately, my weekend didn’t go as planned. Saturday my husband went car shopping and then I ended up having to go down to the dealership with him to see the truck he wanted. The car he’s been driving is about to be paid off. Our 17 year old daughter is about to get her drivers license. She likes his car. Instead of her buying a nice used car we decided to pass on his car to her. Of course, that leaves him needing a car. He’s been wanting a truck for awhile. A long while. So… his new truck. A 2018 Ford F-150.

Monday we went to the movies to see Black Panther. Very good. We are huge Disney and Marvel fans in this house and this lastest Marvel movie did not disappoint.

So my stitching progress.

Friday before stitching…

After the long weekend…

Yeah, I didn’t get much done.

Until the next update…