It’s been a while since I posted on here – oops! There went one of my New Year Enthusiasms (remember the first weeks of January, having all those good intentions (resolutions) to have a better/more efficient year?!) I have been tied up with summer goings on and generally not very enthusiastic about crafting. I did pick up a couple of WIPS but made mistakes so put them down again. I took knitting to my weekly craft club (when not away on holiday), chatted, ate cake, knitted a few rows ….. then afterwards at home realised I’d knitted wrong, undid the rows again and bemoaned the fact I’d blown my sensible eating diet. On reflection, I think I needed the company of friends rather than knitting time, obviously sometimes the two don’t mix!
So, a new month, new intentions, (another) new project. Rico Creative Melange.
I have enough yarn to last me until I am about 120 years old, or so it seems. I decided to root through my stash and cast on a chunky project with the idea that a quick knit might be finished speedily giving me so much satisfaction that I might want to pick up one or two WIPs and finish them too. I am a serial project starter. I love the beginning of new projects!
I have also banned myself from eating cake again until (at least) this has been finished. Two goals! Watch this space …
For many the number 13 strikes fear. Last week we had Friday the 13th. For some people if the 13th of the month happens to fall on a Friday it means absolute horror. In the distant past I had a car accident on a Friday the 13th. I jumped on the bandwagon of believing it was a day to avoid – stay indoors – don’t get behind the wheel of a car – don’t try anything new – don’t pick up a power tool – etc.
About ten years ago I started to think differently. We viewed a lovely property to purchase on the 13th of a month. We completed the sale and got the keys on the 13th of another month. I had a job offer on the 13th of a month a couple of years later. So 13 doesn’t scare me!
Last Friday began as a day of chores. Then I went to collect a friend, by car, and we went for a lovely wander in a town nearby, finishing in a cafe for frothy coffee and cake. A reward for doing those chores. Life has to have a happy balance. Friday 13th was well balanced.
Sorry I have no pictures to share. I was going to snap my friend’s courgette, avocado and lime cake, green sponge, green icing, flower petals sprinkled on top (new cake, new experience), but oops, she ate it quickly! You will have to use your imagination this time.
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