Tuesday, 9 January 2018

A New Year and a new Finish-A-Long Q1 list

Happy New Year! Happy New Finish-A-Long Year. 


I suspect the only thing that motivated me to get anything already started finished was the finish-a-long and whilst I think there were at least three further items I could have probably got finished, I am delighted with the three finishes I did accomplish.  

I also did a fair amount of adding to my Fancy Dr Who Scarf. I didn't actually expect to finish it as it requires left over scraps of yarn from other projects. Although once I'd got back to knitting it (and I did go wrong and need some assistance from Helen in getting back on track!) I discovered I'd got more yarn to add to it than I realised. It may not have been a finish, but if it hadn't been on the list I'd have probably found more excuses to put off getting back to it. Which is a shame as once I'd picked it up again I really enjoyed it!

I am delighted to report this new quarter list has no additions. I have started some embroidery, although I've not decided if I'll frame it when it's finished or add it into a fabric book I cut the leaves out for but didn't actually embellish. If it turns out to be the latter I can see this being a very long term project so I've decided not to include it here. But I might blog about it's progress if I remember! 

This also means my list is under 20 items. I reckon I could easily do at least 3 again this quarter. Wish me luck! 

Things I'd quite like to get finished. Here goes:

1. Fancy Dr Who Scarf - no optimistic of a finish because I have to generate left overs to add to this!
Finish a long


2. Birdie panel made by the last bee I was in. Wanted to make this into a cushion but I'm not sure it's a suitable shape or whether one of the panels would hold up to being a cushion.
Finish a long

3. X&+ quilt. Totally doable she says bravely. It's about half done top wise.
Finish a long

4. Highland Coo panel to turn into a cushion
Finish a long

5. Hexie flowers to turn into a knitting project bag.
Finish a long

6. Every day place mats - I started cutting at least
Finish a long


7. Panel that needs turning into a cushion
Finish a long

8. Four identical bags, interfacing and snaps in their own plastic bags. Destined to become a little shoulder bag.
Finish a long

9. HST's destined for a table runner!
Finish a long

10. plus blocks destined for a cushion
Finish a long

11. Orphan blocks destined to become a scrappy kitchen sink quilt
Finish a long

12. Never did plan a whole quilt of these. But I did plan a small quilt to use as a table centre piece
Finish a long

13. need to finish hand quilting and turn into a cushion
Finish a long

14. Bag pieces cut out for a fab Noodlehead tote
Finish a long

15.  Liberty Apple Core sewing organiser - (I'd have finished this at the weekend but I can't find my rotary cutter. The one in the picture is an old one and blunt!)
Finish a long

16. PJ Bottoms. I made these in class at the Fat Quarterly retreat. I think they only need length sorting and hemming - presuming they still fit because I think these were from 2013!
Finish a long

17. Scrappy Trip Quilt. I'd got some suitable strips left from making Chiefs quilt and had cut some more and started to sew them together. But then I ran out of steam!
Finish a long

18. My precious large star quilt. About 6 - 7 years ago these large star quilts were every where and I pulled some precious fabric started cutting and even got the back ground fabric in a zingy shade of Klona. But then I couldn't work out how to cut the blocks well given the size would be larger than my cutting mat!
Finish a long

19. Low Volume blocks - had visions of a vintage/modern heritage style quilt in low volume colours with the odd pop of colour.
Finish a long





Friday, 5 January 2018

No 21 is a wrap!

I actually started this blog post when I finished this item back in November. But I was waiting to get some decent photos of the wrap ie. me wafting around in it. However, it's taken so long to try and get any pictures of it (decent or otherwise) I'm only slightly exaggerating when I say: it almost took more time to blog about the finish than knit the wrap! That said I have seriously been considering adding the unfinished blog post to the next quarter finish a long list!!! Yes, it's been that bad.

I'm going to blame the weather, poor light and lack of anyone to photograph me in it. I'm hopeless at selfies and I can't even manage in front of mirror shots as the largest mirror is positioned so I can see what I'm wearing but no good for pictures unless you want a lot of other distracting furniture caught in the reflection. And this project does not lend itself to looking good if you're trying to photograph yourself with a hand held device. So excuses made, I'm giving up!

Number 21 on my Finish Along List was really the one I'd wanted to finish first as I'd high hopes of wearing this in Scotland at the end of last October when I went with my Mum. I had visions of wafting around the moors and lochs wrapped up in this. Alas the last few inches seemed to take forever and a day to finish and with all that was going on before the Scotland trip I didn't have chance to add any more to that never ending inch.

I decided to get on with it the other Saturday determined to finish it. (I was nearly derailed when I couldn't remember where I'd put the over sized buttons I needed to fasten it.) There was method in my sudden desire that I had to finish. The day before I'd turned a skein of gifted yarn into two balls with a view to a new project and when I started knitting I had two absolute rules that I've managed to stick by.

Rule No 1: No starting multiple projects. I have one long term project which is my fancy Dr Who Scarf other than that I only start one at a time.

Rule No 2: No hoarding of yarn. To date I have only bought yarn with specific projects in mind. (In the interest of full disclosure; I should mention that I can't remember all the projects I've bought the unused yarn for in my modest stash, which is a tad frustrating when I've bought a certain amount of yarn and can't remember what for!) But compared to fabric I have very little yarn. One and a half bags full at most. I haven't bought any at all this year because this is my first knitting project finish.


Three way Wrap - Two way Version

Oh and it's currently a two way wrap because the spacing in the pattern and the size of buttons didn't work so I had to rejig it and I don't think it now needs that third button.


Three way Wrap - Two way Version


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