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 …
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.
During the last three weeks I have started three projects and finished none! Flitting from one thing to another, with lots of other stuff going on besides the knitting I am trying to look objectively at my ‘progress’. I think I can say ‘progress’ though the piles of yarn balls grow beside my crafting space and the bags with needles poking out the top of them actually look like they are self-breeding. I began a chunky waistcoat, simple knitting, a little change of colour here and there. It was ok to knit whilst watching a movie until I need to count and work out shaping – that’s when it was put down and the next project picked up. Then there is a super chunky blanket, just garter stitch, as it grows it becomes slightly unwieldy, so great if you are on the sofa and not moving far, but it’s not a ‘moveable project’, so one not to take in the car as a ridealong project or to take to my knitting clubs outside the home. Then there’s a lovely cowl, only just cast on, think I need to concentrate more than I have been, having done a little ripping and reknitting on this one!
I have actually been quite knitting/woolly in other ways this month. I joined a yarn challenge on Ravelry.com. Each day of the month participants have been posting pics and comments on their knitting world/community/projects past and present. It’s been fun, quite retrospectful for me and inspirational for future projects and activities. Sometimes you need to take stock of what you have actually created and why!
I have at last pulled back a knitting project my sister gave me – half a sweater she started for her daughter a few years ago. I was never going to finish it, but had been gifted the yarn to do something with. Now to decide whether to reknit it or pass that gift on. Why is it that ripping is always much quicker than knitting!
Here a couple of pics from that yarn challenge posting. Tech issues mean they are slightly historical but from my knitty world! A green/blue/sparkly Rico Creative sweater, this came out a little snug, so I am keeping it for when I lose a bit of weight! That will teach me to not do a tension square for every project! Ooops!
And me knittng whilst wearing a David Beckham mask!
Over the next week or so I will be back in business and posting new knitting project photos hopefully – a slightly technical hitch means that just wasn’t possible today!
Happy knitting all.
Last night I completed one of my knitting projects and I pat myself on the back for it. I have to do it myself as husband and son are not exactly forthcoming with compliments. They are used to me always sitting knitting and they don’t take much notice of the type of yarn/garment/size of item/colour of wool in my hands. (I have always struggled to train them and have almost given up! However, I suspect I show the same amount of interest over whatever football match they watch on tv.) I blogged last week that I was clicking away to finish a baby hoodie for an imminent arrival – luckily the baby has not arrived, although the mum has been told to take it easy so I have finished in good time. Hurrah! I will pop a pic on the next post (sorry camera not to hand as I write this).
So today I returned to another recent knitting project, a summer top. I had been happy to put it down for a couple of weeks as it hasn’t exactly been the type of weather to need it. It has been nice to get back into the rhythm of a larger item, once I had worked out where I was with the shaping. I did a few rows after breakfast then just a few rows more after dinner tonight. It’s my next project to complete and perhaps I have been spurred on with the beautiful weather we had this Bank Holiday Weekend. Here in the South East of the UK it was actually sunny for two days in a row – and I have sunburned shoulders to prove it! Silly me!
I had a peek in my craft room too today and was a bit freaked out when I admit what I have on needles. I have been hiding projects, only from myself though! If I undid (known as FROGGED) some of my projects (known as WIPs or Works In Progress), I suspect my needle wrap would be a bit more bulky and I would realise how many of the same size pairs of needles I actually own. I don’t think I am the only one who has moved onto another project and had to purchase another pair of needles to go with it as previous needles were already being utilized. How many 4mm needles do I own? At least one set in this new top, one set just finished with, one set in a cotton cardi being made for last summer, one circular in another wrap front top, oh my goodness, not sure I can continue! I think a true knitter is someone who does have more than one project on the go. I definitely fit the bill. Do I just get bored and move on? Do I panic when it gets complicated or goes wrong? Looking for someone else to confess they have a stash of knitting WIPS……