Three on Thursday | In Progress.

Today was the first day in two weeks that I didn’t have a single “commitment”. no Zoom or FaceTime. no pressing to-do list items. just me and a whole open (free?) column on my calendar. Pre-SAH, I typically had 2-3 days like this each month … and I’d usually spend them “at home”. maybe I’d take a long walk in the park with Lauren, but more likely, I’d dive into a project (Kon Mari-ing with Marc on Feb 11, or photographing a bunch of clothes for StyleBook on Feb 18). Here are three things I dove into today:

Thing One. Cutting my first Cleo Skirt.The fabric is a gorgeous Nani Iro cotton sateen (I bought a while back for another project). I also got my serger re-threaded with navy thread. ALL of the pieces I needed to cut were rectangles, and leaning into my new-found skill/love for the rotary cutter (sewing masks) I cut all the pieces that way. Tomorrow I sew!

Thing Two. Reading 100 pages of The Space Between Us. The story is really compelling and I’m almost not wanting to see how things turn out. I can’t imagine it’s going to be a happy ending.Still … I just had FOUR of those with the binge though Veronica Speedwell. Yes, I have four squares on my card, and The Space Between Us will fill the second row, fifth column.

Thing Three. I made more forward progress on my afghan.After Tuesday night’s unraveling, I decided this might not be the best project for after-dark/TV. Today, I think I found the perfect accompaniment! I’m a huge fan of Gretchen and Liz’s daily IG Live (4pm ET) … and I completed a full row plus a little while I watched.

Here’s the full view.I still have a long way to go. good thing I’m still in love with the project!

Joining in with Carole for Three Things and Kat for Unraveled Wednesday (of course all I’ve talked about is making and reading).

What good project is filling the free space in your calendar these days?


17 thoughts on “Three on Thursday | In Progress.

  1. The Space Between Us sounds like an interesting read. I have never read it but maybe I need to put it on my TBR list. I am looking for some good books to add to my stash. I have just about read through everything on my nightstand!

  2. oh my – can’t wait to see that new skirt on you! It’s going to turn out fabulously in that fabric. So glad we caught up with Veronica and Stoker…now to anticipate 6 and 7! They filled up 3 squares on my bingo card, and now I’ve picked a square for Great Expectations- more than 500 pages. I love book bingo…

  3. That skirt looks like all kinds of fun – to make and to sew. Great fabric. I think if I made a blanket, I would crochet one. Maybe it would go faster? Maybe not as I rarely crochet and know only a few basic stitches. Yours has very pretty colors.

  4. I was so excited to see a picture of the full afghan as it is now. It’s pretty enough when you show a close-up of the current row, but it really is stunning when you see the full thing!

    I am going to try sewing some masks this weekend. I really have very little experience in sewing, but I keep seeing people recommending a particular tutorial, so I’ve bookmarked it and printed out the templates. I figure even if I don’t do an amazing job, as long as they’re functional, I’ll be happy.

  5. Your afghan is beautiful and it reminds me of the one my Nana knit for me when I was a little girl. She used all her scraps from mittens and hats and made me a very very big feather and fan afghan for my bed.

  6. After seven oclock in the evening, I do not do anything difficult with my projects AND I do not rip out either. I wait until I am fully alert and have my senses about me. Love your afghan and the colors!

  7. Your afghan is so pretty! I’ve been contemplating crocheting an afghan myself, but then remembered that I have four of them from my MiLthat I don’t use stored in the linen closet. Right now, it’s Hitchhikers filling my time.

  8. Oooh, those afghan colors! I’m in love with it, too! With 5 at home these days, I don’t have free time on my calendar…but I am being conscious of prioritizing my time. So each day I keep something creative on my list…lately it’s practicing piano and taking an online photography course (this has been on my list for a long time…so much room for improvement)!

  9. Such a pretty afghan Mary – kind of like a coat of many colors. I’m crocheting too – and it’s been 45 years since I had a hook in my hand – lol. that skirt is going to look so fabulous on you – can’t wait to see it. Have fun sewing!

  10. That afghan is going to be so much fun to have around when you’re finished! What a great project for These Days. 🙂 And the skirt fabric is just lovely, Mary. I’ll be eager to see what you think of the skirt when you’re finished. (And, yeah. Rotary cutters are great for those “straight” shapes, aren’t they???) XO

  11. Oh that afghan makes me smile. I have grand ideas of making one of those big bright granny square types one day. Learning to make a granny square is key to the project though. 🙂 I’ve got my stitch and bitch happy hooker book and have fiddled around but I do think I need a human. And honestly…I’m not quite sure what is filling my time these days as those socks are still not done!

  12. Your afghan is looking so nice! It tempts me to order some yarn and make on too, but it’s been years since I’ve crocheted an afghan! I like your skirt pattern too and that fabric will be perfect for it. I hope you enjoy all your projects!
    Right now, nothing is holding my interest…not books, not knitting, not stitching. Maybe it would help if the weather was nicer and I could spend some time outdoors. What I really want to do is go out for lunch with my friends!!!

  13. Wow, that afghan is a burst of sunshine! Great that you’ve found a way of doing it and listening to something inspiring at the same time. I’m noting ‘The Space Between Us’ – such an evocative title. Looking forward to seeing your pretty skirt – though we have sunshine here, there’s a cold east wind and I think it’ll be jeans and jumpers for quite a while here!

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