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I am renaming ‘New Year Resolutions’ to New Year Enthusiasms. That way, if I decide not to carry on with something then I haven’t failed to keep a ‘Resolution’. Not that I have beaten myself up in the past for doing just that, but I know I’ve felt slightly guilty when things didn’t quite go to plan and by the end of each January good habits have fallen by the wayside. So entering 2018 …
- Keep on track with the diet started in October
- Sort out craft stuff all over the house
- Think seriously about the next step jobwise/careerwise and make good choices
- Make a bucket list of things to do compelled by a particular date
- Become more involved in day to day household accounting/finance
First woolly UFO, must be about four years since I started to knit this and about two since I peeped in the bag where I’d stashed it. Love the wool. Loved that it knit up so quickly. Hated the stepped shoulder joins and the poor sewing up. Put on weight since so know finished item won’t fit….
Satisfyingly ripped back to balls (remind anyone of Christmas brussels sprouts?). Enthusiasm 2, one tick. Many more to go, craftwise, but it’s a start!
For others with new year plans, hope they are going well and you have not given up on any yet!
I promised to reveal what was made with this
I gifted a finished item it to a friend and couldn’t show off here before Christmas (or her birthday!)
Ta da! Just a hat, but a great knit. I loved making it so much and I had enough yarn left – so I made another one exactly the same for myself. We live about 180 miles away from each other so there is little chance we will bump into each other wearing it – though maybe that would be fun!
I hope you all had a good Christmas. I know I overindulged with foodie treats, chilled out a bit and knitted little. Who was able to knit or craft a lot? I hope some of you. Between chopping veg, peeling sprouts, dashing in and out of the kitchen, topping up glasses and plates that there was little time to think about picking up pins and yarn, though I did fix a little error on one WIP Boxing Day evening, more of that to be shown off here later in the week hopefully. Loving working with DROPS Nepal wool (there’s a hint of more to come.)
I am already thinking about the changes I shall make for the better in 2018. There will be more organised crafting time for one thing. There will be a little entrepreneurial thinking, some work will be sorted and I shall spend more time with loved ones far and near. I shall be glad to see 2017 gone.
If you are on a mid Christmas/New Year break then I hope you are having fun.
Just the other day I introduced a few of the lovely WIPs from In the Loop, our weekly crafting group. This week, our final get together before Christmas, we had a Christmas card exchange – we all made one, we all received one. Lots of different styles – a felted robin picture, sashiko style stitching, zentangle, cross stitch, different paper crafts and more! I love the way we’ve all got our different styles.
There was quite a bit of knitting , here’s one wrap in progress, in might look like the finished article will be ‘coffee and cream’ but look at the rest of the ball – there’s all colours of the rainbow and sparkles too! Looking forward to seeing how this one turns out.
And a finished project – well the stitching is finished, it’s the fixing it to the travel book just to go. Absolutely beautiful work and a confession from the sewist – this was started 23 years ago on a worldwide trip. Wow! Even the oldest parts look as fresh as the new! There’s inspiration to never give up on your WIPs!
We are all looking forward to our 2018 creations – completing WIPS, starting new projects, picking up tips from each other, all in all spending time with like-minded friends and having a giggle along the way. Wishing other crafters similar inspiration and fun.
Sharing a few snapshots of works in progress by some lovely friends at my craft group – as I can’t share what I’ve been working on until after 25th (current project just finished as a Chrissy gift).
In the Loop meets five times a month. Some of us knit, some sew, some crochet, some sketch. At times we chat and consume refreshments much more than we craft during the two hours! I try and take something simple as I’ve been known to knit a few pattern rows incorrectly and have to rip them back later and start all over again. (Just fondly (?) remembering the time I decided to cast on a new project and counted and recounted stitches so many times I gave up and decided the cake in front of me needed more attention than the wool!)
So, here goes, Krissy’s hexi patchwork bag. She has made several of these, all hand stitched. Patience of a saint!
Jane’s teal shawl, halfway there. The cone is 4 strands worked together, can’t wait to see it finished. One of the other ladies, Susan has a matching cone, so it’s a bit of a competition over who finishes their’s first!
Liz is making a cream alpaca sweater – to us it’s a mystery as there is no photo on the pattern. Liz is one of the fastest knitters I know.
Marianne has been busy crocheting sparkly tree decorations.
As I said a peep into last week’s get together. This week will be our last one before Christmas. To celebrate In the Loop style we aim to all have made one Christmas card in any style of our choosing. They all go onto the table and we all take a card from the same pile (but not our own obviously!). I can’t wait to see what card I am dealt.
Does anyone else out there do ‘Secret Santa’ Christmas card giving ?
Have a good day. Hope your own Christmas preparations are going well. x
A very mini project completed, a tiny Christmas hanging decoration. Quick and fun to make! Hurrah, one less project on my list of WIPs and for Christmas 2017.
We’ve had a light smattering of snow and the Christmas tree is up courtesy of hubby and son. But it’s happened again – Christmas is almost upon us and I am starting to panic about not being organised enough!
Hubby is always difficult to buy for and handknits for him are a no-no, he just doesn’t appreciate them so I can’t do an emergency knit for him. I can usually get away usually with gifting a hat and that’s about it (but I did that last year!)
A stinker of a cold arrived at the end of last week and it’s really knocked me for six. Having not left the sofa for days, fuelled only on hot honey and lemon drinks I haven’t got a lot done.
It’s imperative I finish knitting two items before the 25th and I hope I will get those done, but I sit looking longingly at a little pile of fabric on the dresser and I think amongst other things ‘thank goodness it’s Christmas next year, the table runner I’d planned will be lovely next year..’. Practically every year it comes to December and I haven’t quite got my Christmas ‘act’ together. I like to be spontaneous, perhaps that’s why I can’t bring myself to start planning too far ahead. I am not one of those people who start creating in January ready for December.
This teal ball is turning into something I can’t share here yet. Let’s just say it involves 2 sticks and a little counting here and there.
So in my five minutes of lucidity this afternoon, I’ve knitted two rows, ripped back one, knitted two more, squinted at the last wondering if the pattern sits right, then I’ve blogged here.
Later on I need to plan food for 24th, 25th and 26th December. I at least need to think about what we’ll eat and how long it all takes to get it together and what allergies and preferences guests have. This year so far there are no vats of soup or yummy cakes in the freezer. What have I been doing I ask myself?
Oh well, back to the couch for a bit.
Last Friday I had to go to Gatwick Airport to collect someone. A pleasant sunny drive on a winter’s day despite the best efforts of a purple Lamborgini driver who was determined to run someone off the M25, luckily not me!
There’s a very special atmosphere inside an airport, people can be very emotional, some look lost, some stride purposefully, some meander, some dress smart, some dress down, some hardly dress at all (think of those suntanned arriving from sunny shores!). I saw a child momentarily become separated from it’s preoccupied mother. There was an unattended bag announcement. I queued for coffee, overhearing an adventure recalled loudly by new arrivals. I chatted to someone also waiting who told me she’d just landed and was now expecting her daughter to fly in from somewhere else before they headed home together.
I was collecting someone special. I happily anticipated his arrival at the gate, hoping this time we would meet each other easily, not like last time when we nearly missed each other (he waited in the wrong place, I was late).
Whilst waiting I spied an old friend coming through from Customs. What parallel lives we may have. She was working temporarily at the airport, not travelling in from somewhere exotic. The last time our paths had crossed had been on a Eurotunnel train under the English Channel a couple of years ago when both our families were independently on their way to France. Good job I am not spooked too easily. Lovely to have a quick catch up and actually work out towards the end of this month we shall both be at the airport again on the same day!
At last my arrival ‘arrived’ safely, happy to be home for a while and we went on our merry way.
Today I was back at Gatwick, though slightly less excited. It may have been the early hour. I was dropping hubby off this time, not the same person I picked up last week.
Tomorrow I have to collect said hubby from Stansted Airport as he flies back to the UK after less than 24 hours in Holland and before we head off to the North of England to a family funeral. He travels an awful lot. Even he said today it was a long way to go for a business dinner!
No, I am not a taxi driver though reading this some might think I am. We live about an hour away from three international airports and it just happens there’s been some too-ing and fro-ing for family members. Two more airport trips this month (at least) though still not for me to actually go anywhere. Looking forward to one day when it might be me taking off and the anticipation or euphoria I feel at an airport may be one of excitement for a trip of my own!