There’s just a little bit of work left to be done on my Happy Corner miniature kit! It’s so tiny, and I’ve really enjoyed the process. I set up the wiring and everything works!
One of my goals in scheduling my hobbies in the evenings was to try to work on my sock scrap blanket a little bit. I only have one evening a week assigned to knitting because knitting is something I can do throughout the day, the kids are not destroying it or anything like that. During that time I wanted to focus on a few specific projects – one of them is mitered squares for the sock scrap blanket I’ve been working on. I’m hoping to get at least two squares a week completed, even that small amount would be a big step towards getting this blanket rolling. Each section is 3×3 squares, and I’m going to stitch them together. I haven’t decided how I’m going to do that yet, whether it will be with a crochet boarder, or just whip stitch or some other method. I’ll probably have to see what I prefer. Each square is 20×20 stitches, and they knit up pretty fast so long as I can remember which way to pick up stitches from.
The coffee house and the book store are completed (minus trimmings along the outside) and the glue just needs to dry before I move on to the bakery and the flower shop! I’m pretty excited to get these completed. It will take a few more sessions, but I can’t wait to see it all wired and lit up.
I enjoy a lot of craft related hobbies, but I rarely have time to dedicate to all of them, and I tend to binge craft and then forget about everything else for months at a time. Other times I’m so tired that without a clear idea and path of what to work on I’ll just sit at my desk and do nothing. Then it’s bed time. So I set out a schedule for my crafts and then organized them according to whether I can do them when the kids are awake / around or if I need to wait until they’re asleep (ie: using needles in cross stitch means I need to wait until they’re asleep).
Anyway, I’ve been using this schedule for almost a week and so far it’s going very well.
- Knitting: Tuesdays
- Cross Stitch: Monday/Friday
- Miniatures: Saturday/Sunday
- Spinning: Wednesday
- Drawing: Thursday
I figure that this way at least my crafts / items are being used, and over time projects will get completed even if I don’t binge on them. I also made mini goals for each craft so I know what I’m working on. Now, this may seem counterproductive to a creative mind but this method works for me and actually has me feeling better about things than I have in a while. If I’m not feeling up to working on something I just don’t. No big deal, these are not hard set rules or anything like that, it’s just a bit of direction.
Maybe when I have a bit more free time than 2 hours in the evenings I’ll be able to open this up a bit more but for now, I’m just going to keep doing what works.
Last night was another miniatures night (Saturday & Sunday are the two evenings I’ve set aside for this hobby) and I built myself a little cash (complete with menu) and a shelf unit – I also glued together two chairs and a table, but they have to dry before I install them into the small tiny coffee cafe. My glue work needs .. some work, but at least it dries clear and shouldn’t show up quite as much.
I’ve been having fun working on this little project. It’s a trial in patience, which is pretty rare for me (as in I have no patience). I’m eager to get this place wired properly and have the lights working, it’s really going to look swell then. I also need to find a better way to photograph the thing.
I recently created a schedule for myself to organize my hobbies – I know, it sounds a bit silly, but I have a lot of hobbies and I wanted to make sure I worked on them a little bit each week, so that at the end of the month I could see some actual progress. I can assess the hobbies any time and they’re not in stone or anything like that, it’s more to do with the fact that in the events I tend to sit at my desk and think about all the things I could be doing instead of actually doing any of the things I could be doing (if that makes sense).
Last night was miniatures night (and so is tonight). The schedule is organized so that activities that HAVE to be done at night (ie: after the minions are sleeping) get a little more time than hobbies I could potentially do while they’re awake, or when it’s the weekend. Since this hobby uses knives and glue, it’s something I don’t want to do with the 2 and 4 year old poking into everything.
I’ve been working on my first miniatures kit. I bought it some years ago from Wish, which is pretty hit and miss if you’ve ever ordered from them before. I think I spent a total of $15 per kit, and I bought three of them. They are TINY scale, much smaller than 1:12, and that makes it awkward but I’m having a lot of fun slowly working on it. This kit is called ‘Happy Corner’ and is a bunch of little shops and some cute accessories on the street. I had to build the balcony from scratch, and you can see my glue is drying (it will turn clear once it dries) but I still love it so far. I also had to add lights, do the wiring for that, and there are a billion other little small details and pieces I’ll work on. I can’t wait to see it done and get it all wired so that it works.
I know the cowl is supposed to be 12″ long before I start the ribbing again, but I tried it on and honestly I think this length is perfect for me. So now it’s time for k2p2 ribbing for 3″ and then this project will be completed, ready for next winter. I have to say, I’m REALLY glad to almost be done. Not only is the pattern a bit of a snore (great for TV knitting, but a bit too slow for me even with that) but the yarn is difficult to work with. It’s single ply thick and thin chroma from Knitpicks, and I’m honestly not a fan. This was yarn I bought when I was just starting out, and I’m determined to use it up.
I have been having a difficult time settling on what I want to knit next, so I decided to take some advice and finish off a few WIP – or at least work on them a bit while I mull over what comes next now that my shawl is complete. I started this project back in November 2020, and intended on having it done for winter, but now it will have to wait until next winter. Sometimes scarves are just not ideal, so I wanted a cowl to wear that would keep me nice and warm. Unfortunately it’s not the most interesting of knits, a lot of ribbed work and then a lot of plain knitting in the ground followed by a whole lot more ribbing. I’m determined to get it done, eventually.
The yarn is single ply chroma from KnitPicks, a bit awkward to knit with but it’s coming along beautifully so far. It will be nice to get this out of my stash.
I was looking for a simple knit to use up some of my hand spun yarn – so I made this ‘pin me up’ head band from a pattern over on Ravelry. It’s cute, it used my whole skein, and it was an instant gratification project that I’m pleased with.
I’m honestly not sure what project to pick up next now that I’ve finished my massive shawl (that I adore). It’s blocked and almost ready to wear, I have a few small things to fix (like dropped stitches that I’ve picked up with stitch markers to fix at a later time). I’m thinking it MIGHT be time to bring out the Silver Bell Sweater that I’ve had in time out since December. I could almost stomach fixing it. I think.