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A little knitting finishing, Nepal

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nepal2.jpgThere’s been a lot going on,  including a little knitting finishing.  My camera is playing up – so forgive the wonkiness of these pics (it’s not sewed up wonky, it’s just the way it’s laid out!)

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I love this Drops Nepal Blanket in cream, navy and dark teal. It’s a big knee blanket size – started as a gift, but now to be kept for myself (I have gifted an alternative knit so the intended recipient hasn’t missed out!).

I’ve been out and about a bit, another trip to Whitstable – my first of 2018 – rather chilly and blowy but ooh it was lovely to chase the winter cobwebs away one afternoon.

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I’ve been meeting with friends, one of my plans for the New Year to do just that.

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Hubby and myself getting windswept in Whitstable! 

I have been sewing, two tops, a pair of shorts, pics will follow.  For now I’m just packing them in a suitcase for another trip – this time to slightly further shores – looking forward to a 12 hour flight, movies planned, knitting planned.   Watch this space!

 

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Keeping up Enthusiasm, a yarn story

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Another week into 2018.  Am I keeping up my Enthusiams?

Reiteration from last week  –

  1. Keep on track with the diet started in October
  2. Sort out craft stuff all over the house
  3. Think seriously about the next step jobwise/careerwise and make good choices
  4. Make a bucket list of things to do compelled by a particular date
  5. Become more involved in day to day household accounting/finance

Yes, the dieting has been going well, despite eating out twice, according to my own bathroom scales I am still more or less on track.  My view is, enjoy food, enjoy company, be extra sensible when eating at home. the two counterbalance each other and life doesn’t get boring!

Craft sorting is slow but still sorting.

Another yarn project ripped back and well into the reknit. Another Drops Andes project, it was a short sleeved jacket, a DROPs pattern which just was a disaster, now it’s 3/4 of a cushion using a Sirdar pattern when gauge this time is not so important.

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A little fabric project has also been decided upon – will blog pics when finished – technically this will become a fabric/yarn combi project.  Any guesses?

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Job/Career – a few prospects thought about, one visited, no conclusions yet.  Who would have thought of a coffee shop run from a horse box parked in a restaurant car park?  That was just one opportunity.  Yes, really!

Bucket list – the bucket is empty at the moment!

Household accounting – can I count last week’s decision to menu plan rather than random buy the main weekly shop?  It means I will use up everything I buy, not throw out a thing, not waste any money!  This isn’t big inroads to my ‘Enthusiasm’ but it’s a start.  You should have seen my husband’s surprise when I served up ‘cauliflower rice’ for dinner yesterday (Enthusisam 1. Diet planning, Enthusiasm 5. Using what we had, Conclusion – we both thought it delicious, it was a win/win!)

Happy crafting and creating.  Another week, another zillion projects in the making!

 

A ripping afternoon

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Keeping up ‘Enthusiasms’ for the new year (see yesterday’s post) I’ve had a ripping afternoon.

I remember starting this when a lovely new wool shop, Little Woollie in Beckenham, Kent opened. DROPS Muscat, a beautiful mercerised cotton, three different shades. I found the pattern and the knitted piece ‘hidden’ in my craft room. I was trying to adjust a child’s pattern and as it grew realised it wasn’t going to work out how I imagined.  I struggle with the gauge of DROPS yarns sometimes.  Does anyone else?

This is what I have now.  I am happily satisfied rather than guilt ridden with yet again another WIP or a UFO.

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A mini project of the future!  

 

 

New Year Enthusiasms, a Woolly Beginning

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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 …

Enthusiams:

  1. Keep on track with the diet started in October
  2. Sort out craft stuff all over the house
  3. Think seriously about the next step jobwise/careerwise and make good choices
  4. Make a bucket list of things to do compelled by a particular date
  5. Become more involved in day to day household accounting/finance

andesgreen2First 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!

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For others with new year plans, hope they are going well and you have not given up on any yet!

 

Christmas Reveal – 2 for 1

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I promised to reveal what was made with this

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I gifted a finished item it to a friend and couldn’t show off here before Christmas (or her birthday!)

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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.

 

Christmas Card Creation, Finished crafting and more Cake !

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loopcardsJust 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.

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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!

 

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And of course there was cake !

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.

 

 

 

 

Knitting, Stitching, Crocheting and eating cake

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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!)

loophexi1.jpgSo, 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!

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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. loopknit1

Marianne has been busy crocheting sparkly tree decorations.   loopdecs1

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