Annette's Acre

Stitching, knitting, reading, life…whatever catches my eye
January 2nd, 2012

2012 Goals

Tis the time of year for looking ahead…

I’m keeping it simple this year ūüôā

2012 Goals:

  • Keep up with TUSAL posts
  • Keep up with Measi’s WIPocalypse plans and posts
  • Have fewer WIPs at the end of 2012 than the start (47!!)
  • Start stash cataloging… (tool TBD)
September 4th, 2011

September Goals

Last month, the Boys went with the generic list:

  • Start Something
  • Finish Something
  • Read Something
  • Make Progress on Something
  • Stitch

I can happily report I was 100% successful!!

  • Start – August Pine Mountain Pillow and Venice Mandala
  • Finish – July Pillow
  • Read – Finished Ghost Story by Jim Butcher and started Crunch Time by Diane Mott Davidson
  • Make Progress – Calling this good given the start/finish numbers
  • Stitch – Yup!

Of course, the fact that I had a one week vacation certainly helped.¬† I’m keeping the same goals for September.¬† The new start sorta happened already¬†on Friday….

Sew and Sew Freebie by Mary Garry.  Over-1 on 28-ct Jubilee using mix of GAST and DMC

August 2nd, 2011

All My Acres – Goals For All

Joe: Hello Stitch Fans!  Welcome to a Special Edition of the Monthly Goal Post

Fred: Special Edition?

J: Yeah.. you know that thing we’ve been working on?¬† It’s time for the debut!

F: Finally going to share our idea with the world?¬† Help those poor misguided crafters meandering their way thru their monthly plans?¬† Looking for clear guidance and crying out for any help they can possibly find!!¬† Aching for…

J: Fred.  Dude.  Lighten up.

F:  Ok.

J: Let’s do a quick recap of July’s plans.

  • Finish Mirabilia RR and mail (started on Saturday)
  • Finish Chatelaine Exchange piece
  • Start/Finish July Pine Mountain pillow
  • Finish Moon Over Soho and River Marked

F:  Well, not bad at all.  75% success.

J:  Yes.  The only miss was the Pine Mountain piece.  I call it a successful month.  What do you think?

F: 75% is a C, so that’s a passing grade.

J:¬† Uh yeah.¬† Let’s move on to The Big News!

F: Stitch Fans РHaving trouble setting your own Monthly Goals?  Feeling the telltale twinge of envy as you cruise the blogsphere and read thru post after post of plans and clearly defined time-boxed entries?  We have the answer!

J: We’ve done an exhaustive evaluation* of monthly goals and developed a turn-key solution!¬† A set of goals with tremendous potential:

  • Use them As-Is
  • Customize for your current projects
  • Generate personalized goals based on our handy template

F: That’s right, folks.¬† This is *The* most flexible goal-setting solution!¬† Are you ready to join the thousands** of bloggers on the Monthly Goals bandwagon?¬† Ready to report real progress each month or simply¬†increasing your posts per month if not your actual stitching progress….

J: Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Copy the Base Goals listed below
  2. Paste to your own Blog Post
  3. Customize (optional)
  4. Post!

That’s it! Sit back and enjoy a clear conscience knowing *you* have a clear strategy and plan for your stitching time.***

F:¬† Just to show how simple it is, we’re going to use only the Base Goals for Annette this month.¬† Here they are…

  • Start Something
  • Finish Something
  • Read Something
  • Make Progress on Something
  • Stitch

That’s it! Short.¬† Simple. And at least one guaranteed with a single stitch in a given month.

J: No need to thank us, Stitch Fans!¬† We are here to meet all your Goal and entertainment needs….¬† Until next month!¬†

F: Keep Stitching and We’ll Keep the Frogs Away!


  • *Have to make this gig work for us somehow
  • **At least two or three that we know of.¬† I’m sure there are more we don’t know, right?
  • ***Your Mileage May Vary.¬† Results Not Typical. Please keep your hands inside the car at all times.¬† No animals were harmed in the creation of this post.
April 2nd, 2011

All My Acres – April Goals

Joe:  Hello Stitch Fans!!  Wow.  Four weeks turned into a few more.  Hey Fred!  How ya been? 

Fred: I’m good, Joe.¬† Been keeping busy.

Joe: Oh? Anything of interest to the readers?

Fred: No.

Joe: Oh.¬†Well, then, let’s get right to it! I suppose we should start with a recap of February.¬† Can you flip back the calendar and remind the readers of the plans?

Fred: Sure…..

For February, we had a few goals:

1 ‚Äď Finish the Chewy Panther socks.

Joe: A moment of silence is in order, I think.¬† That project simply wasn’t meant to be.


Fred: Next on the list:

2 ‚Äď Finish Mill Hill Winter Wonderland

Joe: Hmmm… another miss.¬† I guess that blue on blue just did her in.

Fred: I thought I heard some muttering about the fabric and something about “tiny holes”.¬† Maybe, related?

Joe: Could be.  Though have you seen some of the stuff she works on lately? None of the holes are very big! 

Fred: Well, the next goal had a different result…

3 ‚Äď Start/Finish Pine Mountain February Band for DH for Valentine‚Äôs

Joe: Yes! Started. Finished. Skipped the t-shirt.

Fred: And last, but not least….

4 ‚Äď Select the next WIP for finishing out of the overflowing WIP box.

Joe: One would have thought this was the simplest of all.

Fred: Ain’t that the truth, Joe.

Joe: Well, forget the past! It’s April and that means we can move on to brighter and greener pastures!

Fred:¬† Uhhh…sure.¬† Anyway, this month’s list doesn’t look bad.¬† At least we’ve got a full 30 days.

1 – Start/Finish April Pine Mountain kit

2 – Start/Finish Susan’s Mira RR

Joe: Two solid goals.  And definitely workable.  I think I spotted the Mira working copy and a pile of floss this afternoon.

Fred: Probably.¬† Baseball season has started, too, and you know what that means….

Joe: Hot dogs and apple pie??

Fred:  Not exactly.  Focused stitching time!

Joe: Oh yeah….

Fred: Do you want to see the remaining three goals for the month?

Joe:¬† Lay ’em on me!

Fred: Here they are:

3 – 10 hours on Greek Mandala

4 – 10 hours on Swan Lake

5 – One full pattern repeat on Helix scarf

Joe: Ambitious!¬† Especially if she has to make another NY business trip.¬† And the job has definitely kicked in to high gear in the last few weeks.¬† Oh, and don’t forget all the new book releases that have arrived on the doorstop lately…..

Fred: That’s all for this month’s show.¬† See you all next month with the results!

Joe:….and her new iPhone and that Angry Birds game.¬† Do you think she’ll get hooked on Words with Friends, too?

Fred:¬† Hey, Joe?¬† Don’t discourage her before she’s even gotten started this month.¬† She’s got decent time management skills….

Joe: Well, yeah, but that Crafty ADD is a killer….

Fred: True that….

February 1st, 2011

All My Acres

Joe:  Hello Stitch Fans!!  It is great to back here at The Acre in 2011. 

Fred: Great to see you, Joe.¬† It is nice to be back for the Monthly Goal Roundup.¬† Hopefully, this year we’ll make it longer than three months.

Joe: {nodding} Agree with you there, Fred. Of course, we’ve already missed January, so this month we’ll only be looking at the plans for February.

Fred: And quite a plan it is!¬† Let’s get to it…….

For February, we’ve got a few goals:

1 – Finish the Chewy Panther socks.

Joe: Chewy Panther?

Fred: I just read, Joe.

Joe: True that.

Fred: Next on the list:

2 – Finish Mill Hill Winter Wonderland

Joe: Well, that last progress pic was looking good.¬† Of course, it is the closest we’ll get to snow in Arizona!

Fred: Oh! Look here… a new start is in the works:

3 – Start/Finish Pine Mountain February Band for DH for Valentine’s

Joe: Oh, how romantic. Moving on….

Fred: And last, but not least….

4 – Select the next WIP for finishing out of the overflowing WIP box.

Joe: Heaven knows she’s got plenty to choose from.

Fred: Ain’t that the truth, Joe.

Joe: That’s it for this month!¬† See you in four short weeks to review just how things work out…

March 2nd, 2010

All My Acres….

Joe:¬† Hello Stitch Fans!¬† It’s great to be back here at The Acre!

Fred: Yes, Joe, our little trip to Vancouver was fun, but it’s sure nice to be home.

J: Hey, Fred, did you manage to see any of our coverage of the Zamboni Races on TV?  The network gave me a schedule, but my DVR recorded some crazy infomercial, instead.

F: We didn’t make the network schedule, Joe.

J: Oh.

F: But we know we’ll make The Acre schedule!¬† Let’s get to today’s events!

J: Sure thing. Fred.¬† We’ll start with the Market Report!¬† Looks like She made a few purchases at the LNS Market Day last weekend.¬† I see Autumn at Hawk Run Hollow with a nice piece of 30-ct fabric, but it looks too small?

F: She’ll be doing it over-1, Joe.

J:¬† Wow.¬† That’s pretty ambitious.

F: Yes, but She can handle it.  A good light and magnifier, you know.

J: I have confidence!¬† I also see Lizzie*Kate’s Artfully Aging with a nice piece of Maritime White fabric and the new Jenny Bean sampler.¬† And I’m sure it’s no surprise to the fans to see those scissors!

F: Oh no, I think we could have easily predicted that one!¬† Don’t forget the French Country Homes and the last Loose Feathers.¬† All in all, a great selection.

J: Next on the program is the February Goal Review. 

F: I’m afraid we don’t have the positive results we saw for January’s.¬† This was a challenging month.¬†

J: Let’s review one by one…

  • Complete all stitching/beading ‚Äúbelow the fold‚ÄĚ on Summer Queen

Sadly, this one didn’t get addressed at all.¬† But let’s not dwell….

F: The next one isn’t much better, Joe.

  • Complete LUV Letters by Primrose Needleworks

We did see a little progress, but didn’t make it to the finish line.

J: Next up:

  • Start/Finish next LHN Ornament: ¬†He‚Äôs a Flake

F:¬† Ouch.¬† She “Flaked” a bit on this one.

J: You could say that, yes.

F: All is not lost, we hit the last one!

  • Start knit scarf for SL

J: Oh yes.¬† The photography can use some help, but that’s a huge start!

F: Should we mention that finishing the scarf was her goal for the Knitting Olympics?

J: No, let’s celebrate the monthly goal success and let the medal chance go without comment.

F: Sure thing….¬† all in all, not a stellar performance, but given the work hours and the *great* progress on the scarf, I’m willing to give her a passing mark for the month.

J:¬† Me, too, Fred.¬† Me, too!¬† Let’s move on to March’s Goals.

March Goals:

  • Finish Baktus scarf for S
  • Finish He’s¬†a Flake ornament
  • Start/Finish Jenn’s Mirabilia RR
  • Make some progress on Summer Queen

F: I think that’s a good set.¬† Not too easy, but not too demanding.¬† There are several books on the shelf that will be demanding attention, after all.

J: And of course, we have a birthday at the end of the month.  Our intrepid reporter in the field! The big 2-0!

See you next month, Fans!

January 31st, 2010

All My Acres – January Goals

Joe: Hello Stitch fans!! ¬†Welcome to this special edition of “All My Acres.” ¬†Today, we’re reviewing the January Gooooooooooooo…

Fred: Hey, Joe?

J: …aaaaaallllllllllsss…. ¬†Yes, Fred?

F: I know you’re a frustrated soccer announcer and all, but let’s not overdo, ok?

J: ::sigh::  Someday, Fred.  Someday.

F: Let’s recap the Goals set way back on January 2:

  • Finish page 3 of Summer Queen
  • Finish MP bookmark
  • Finish pink baby blanket for S
  • Hit 50 days on the Xbox streak

Definitely do-able on all counts.  How did she do, Joe?

J: Not bad, considering one was impossible. ¬†Let’s go thru them one by one:

  • Finish page 3 of Summer Queen

Here’s the current progress pic:

Summer Queen 1-31

Using the handy Photo-Strater, I’ve highlighted the area where she went above and beyond the goal:

Photo-Strater Capture

F: Wow! ¬†That’s a good amount of overage there. ¬†Nicely done.

J: Yes. ¬†I think we need to up the ante for February. ¬†But we’ll save that for the end of the show. ¬†Next we have:

  • Finish MP bookmark

F:  I know that was done! We saw the picture on January 15th.

J: ¬†And a fine finish it was. ¬†Another Goal to mark “Complete!”

F: ¬†Can we carry that on to the next one? ¬†“Finish pink baby blanket for S”

J: ¬†I’m afraid that one is still in consideration. ¬†I know the plan was to finish the blanket on a car trip scheduled for yesterday, but unfortunately that trip got cancelled. ¬†I see the blanket sitting on the couch and less than a half skein of yarn to go, so we still have a chance to see a finish yet today.

F: Hmmm… it would be easier if we had some football or baseball on this afternoon.

J: I know. ¬†We do have a How It’s Made marathon. ¬†And there is always the DVD collection. ¬†I think She can do it.

F: As long as She isn’t distracted by….

J: Shhhhh…. stay positive.

F: Got it.  What about the last goal?

J: Sadly, this one was never possible. ¬†If She’d checked her streak numbers on the day She posted, She’d have seen that it was broken on January 1. ¬†So the best we could have hoped for was hitting 30 days.

F:  Did we get that far?

J:  No.

F: Oh.

J: Yup.

F: Ah.

J: So that’s it for the January Goal Recap. ¬†Did you have anything else to add?

F: Why, yes, Joe, I do! ¬†We know She was out of town most of this past week, but there was stitching accomplished and coming home early allowed for another finish in January! ¬†This is the Pagoda Pincushion from one of last year’s Gift of Stitching magazines:

Pagoda Pincushion

J: Very nice! ¬†Especially that it’s, you know, finished. ¬†Care to share the floss and bead details with the fans?

F: I thought you’d never ask!

  • Overdye: ¬†Needle Necessities 1781 – Alpine Meadows
  • Floss: DMC 3834
  • Beads: Delica 432
  • Fabric: 32-count antique white evenweave

J: That means we’ve got three finishes so far this year. ¬†Great way to start. ¬†Are we ready for the February Goals?

F: Absolutely! ¬†I hope you took into account it’s a short month.

J: Why would I do that? ūüėÄ

F: Because we don’t want to lose our jobs??!?!

J: ¬†Hmmm… true. ¬†Ok. ¬†::scribble:: ¬†Here we go…..

February Goals:

  • Complete all stitching/beading “below the fold” on Summer Queen
  • Complete LUV Letters by Primrose Needleworks
  • Start/Finish next LHN Ornament: ¬†He’s a Flake
  • Start knit scarf for SL

F: I’m not familiar with that second item. ¬†Did She sneak in a new start??

J: It’s the annual Valentine piece for Him [DH]. ¬†I guess the usual pillow approach didn’t appeal this year. ¬†Here’s a pic:

F:  How romantic.

J: Pretty much.

That’s it for today’s Gooooooaaaaallllll Edition of All My Acres! ¬†See you mid-month for the regular update!

F: ::sigh::