So while I am not blogging :$ I plan to do the following

Which I know is way too much for one year but I want to try and do more this year….so here goes

Knitting – These are either all purchased and set up or a definate do

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Just the bridesmaids as a gift for some bridesmaids. Alan Dart Bridal Bunnies

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Pigling Bland Beatrix Potter by Alan Dart

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Cascade Cable rib top – for my sister

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Tiggy Winkle Beatrix Potter by Alan dart

 

 

Martin Storey “Sugar” – cant find pic

And I need to put together Beatrix Potter Jemima that was knitted last year.

Crochet

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Attic24 Neat Ripple Blanket

 

Cross Stitch

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Clouds Factory We’re All Mad Down Here Biscornu

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Clouds Factory Fast and Furious

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Clouds Factory Be Polite (probably drop to next year)

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Hooties in Wonderland – Planning to do 1 a month for 9 months to make sure I get a mini finish for at least some months

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Anchor Little Tiger (to go with Penguin done before)

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Anchor Little Panda (to go with Penguin done before)

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Shaun the sheep bookmark mostly done in Xmas break just a small bit needed to finish

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Heaven and Earth Designs Mini Princess and Pea – already in progress but a long way to go!

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Anchor Little Polar (to go with Penguin done before)

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Tiger from The world of cross stitching

Sewing

I want to make some more Q Snap covers for the other sizes.

Craftsy overlocker course which I have had for ages (oops)

Sewing machine cover – don’t know what sort yet and only for when machine is out mid project

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Oops the Kimono that I purchased the stuff for last Jan

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Rachel of Greenfield Wall hanging

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Interchaneable needle holder

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Straight knitting needle roll

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Scraps bucket

Other

Two small lace items to get me back in the swing

Reading

After struggling this last year I really want to get back into it in earnest this year so I’m planning to read the following

Nightmares and Dreamscapes – to finish

Insomnia

Rose Madder

Green Mile

Desperation

Regulators

Wizard and Glass

Bag of Bones

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

Hearts in Atlantis

On Writing

Secret Windows

Dreamcatcher

Black House

In short I have way to much planned for the time I have but I want to push myself hard to get things done whilst keeping to the most important thing I have learnt last year…which is you need to work on what you are enjoying.  There is no point in trying to do something when you are not into it as it just won’t go right.  This doe’s not always mean that you will never do it, just today is not the day.

Epilogue – oh dear things I am already thinking about for next year, what am I saying merely the extras for this year!

 

Well I am definately bad at this

I started writing the post in about September.  Clearly my heart wasn’t in it.  Well at least while I am not blogging I have been crafting…..I am sure not as much as some but it seems quite a lot when you put it altogether, well it should, we are all about to see.  As there is quite a lot I am going to do mainly pics.

So first up is my new/old machine.  I have had it since about February when I finally decided I didn’t like my machine.  It’s an early 1980’s Bernina 930.  So far we are friends, I recently bought a walking foot and I was lucky enough to get a 1/4 foot for my birthday so my feet collection is pretty much back to where it was with my old machine.

So here are so of the things I have done with it so far

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Saved my coat sleeve edges

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Outside of folded up cross stitch travel case

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Very basic Prima top my first project with the new machine

Somewhere there are some french knickers that go with this but I made some cutting and instruction following errors so they are realistically in the scraps pile

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Full view of cross stitch travel case

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End pattern pocket on cross stitch travel case

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Notions pocket on cross stitch travel case

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Inside my home made cross stitch travel case

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Baby sack joint project between sewing machine and overlocker

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Tie backs shortened

There has also been some minimal hand sewing, obviously only where absolutely necessary

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Another save..I loved this cardi so its had to have some patches to cover the small holes…

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Ironing board cover refashioned from a large one bought from the discount bin for £1.50

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Ah and the sleeve board refashion pal of the table top board also made from same full sized cover

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Ok weird I know but ever since I got a sindy in a flasher mac, wellies and no knickers when I was 4 I think knickers are important. So finally Ada has some

We had a little fun at work and made some guinea pigs from the comic relief craft book.  So here is a few different takes on the same project.

And an entirely no sew as it turned out, work chair recover.

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Knitting well my “Pearly” has still spent most of the year consuming me.  Its been a running out of yarn disaster. Despite a very kind French lady sending me a ball of her same dyelot for free I still ran out again, hence you can see the dyelot difference in the bands.  The buttons are the only ones I could get anywhere that would fit the holes and had to be bead shanked.  I am not happy with the sleeve length.  It is safely in the drawer until I feel like looking at it again

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And here are some happier knits

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Collette by a French designer on Ravelry. I love this pattern, the 20% wool/80% acrylic does not doe it justice but its my work throw on so had to be practical. Unusually I might actually do another one

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Bride and groom for colleagues wedding

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Timmy now has his wife goody

And something else not so great.  I had thought I would do the Learn to knit an afghan.  I have now decided not.  I had done a few squares but was then trying to work the blocking, I have never blocked before, I didn’t really know what I was doing and could clearly see that attempting to manipulate them all to size really was not going to be fun.  The effort required to knit it all would be quite epic to follow it up with the blocking just didn’t appeal.  But hey it cleared a few spots for next year 😉

 

Cross stitching has had few finishes but with a new project on the go progress will be slow for a while….

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Racing car, stitching on black is certainly different

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Yes I know I should have ironed it. Jammie staffie Dmc kit

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Ahhh emergency stitch

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Ready for future weddings, great little travel project

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Ready for future weddings, great little travel project

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Ready for future weddings, great little travel project

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A card for my cousin’s special birthday

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A kit given to me by someone who can no longer manage to do cross stitch so I though I would make it up for them as a thank you for all the other stuff that came with it

I have made a bit better stab at crochet this year although it is still a bit of a struggle coming from the world of knitting and I am certainly not fast and my fingers and not that happy with it *ouch*

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An owl from a craft magazine it was described as a cushion but its tiny so I don’t know what its a cushion for!

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Boofle friend Purly the penguin

 

 

Everything else I suppose is quite slow I haven’t read nearly as many Stephen King books as I planned to.  I did have this as my “work am” project though, the idea was to work one row each day before I started work, most days I managed it and it made for a good start to the day.

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And finally some Christmas presents

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Oops no photo of it finished

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Roofle another of Boofles friends

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An emergency last minute request!

And the reason why cross stitch will be slow…I have finally given in to a Heaven and Earth design (google if you have not seen) essentially they are crazy fully stitched no visable fabric cross stitches.  Mine is a mini but is still 34882 stitches.  The plan was not to start until after Christmas but I couldn’t wait.  So this is how far I have got which is about 7500 stitches so quite a way to go.  Here is a day by day montage to show the progess, it certainly is a new way of stitching….

And baring there being many extra unexpected free hours before Christmas this is where it will be left until the new year

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I may have forgotten something but it has been such a long time since I posted who knows!

This post has been prewritten and scheduled for publication

Only one thing to shown again

I have finished this cross stitch which is for a gift and was not on the initial year plan….photo

I have been progressing with my Pearly cardigan but have not really got on very well with anything else.  I have got distracted by a number of things.  Including trying to set my ipad to do things I want it to do and also had to get a new computer because I could no longer use WordPress and a number of other sites on my old XP machine. Although I have quickly discovered there are quite a few things I can do on my XP machine that I cant on the new windows 7!  Oh yes I didn’t go to windows 8 that is s stretch too far.  I did consider trying to manage without a PC but I just couldn’t see it happening.  And as usual work gets in the way.  I also really have been getting on well on the reading front.

Well time to go and attempt to achieve something then!

A long time and a case of De Ja Vu

Well I originally started writing this post on 03/06/14.  I did actually publish it on 13/07/14 and if you appeared on the internet at just the right/wrong moment you would have seen it but with broken picture links. Well all I can say is technology got the better of me somewhere.  I had to write the post on the app on the ipad as my home computer will no longer let me access the wordpress page (and many others) as apparently something is out of date.   After that I know not what happened but its not on the Ipad or the internet anymore which is even cleverer on the basis that at one point it was on the ipad twice.  Anyway back to the official story. Yes its been a long time but at the minute I know have no WIP, I am sure I will manage to change that before the week is out!

Books

I finally finished “It”.  It was a long slog and a heavy read, as its over 1400 pages!  I don’t know whether it was slow because of this because I had all ready seen the film, obviously there is way more in the book, or just not in a reading mode?  Anyway another one off the list 6 months late so I really have got to get a move on if I want to reach my target by the end of the year. With that in mind I have finished the next one already!  Yay only a tiddler in comparison though.  Eyes of the Dragon, a bit of an oldie wordly one, like the Dark Tower one,which has not really been a favourite but it was nice to see one of the recurring characters again.

Gifts

Here are the two gifts which I was working on for weddings.  Both weddings now been and gone so they can be unveiled.

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Cross stitch

Also on a cross stitch front I started this very recent purchase which should never had made it to the top of the pile but it was only small and its done already!

 

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Knitting and not knitting!

Here is the cardi that I have been working on from the vintage book, the second attempt, its all done and has been knitted for a while.  However many other people had mentioned that the front bands needed reinforcing and indeed they did.  So I have spent considerable time stitching gross grain ribbon to the inside of the bands whilst carefully stretching to the appropriate length, ably assisted by my clover clips – see below,  and then I really had to pluck up the courage to cut the button holes in the ribbon.  This was assisted by fray stop and some hand sewn button holes.  Yes I saw the instructions after I started that said you should do the button holes in the ribbon before you stitch it on but with the stretching required I just dont think that would have worked.  Any way it has all been worth it as I am pleased with the result.

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And here is the not so knitting,  wow she was a project in knitted construction.  All the parts were easy enough knot but then there was a lot of putting together not least the making of the legs……pipe cleaners, straws, glue, wool!  Again another thing done, she unfortunately does not stand of her own accord but is a much better effort than Tom.

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Pattern Weights 

As I never do any sewing I though I would make these for not sewing LOL.  They are supposed to be pattern weights as I say if I ever get around to using them!

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A little spend

And I had a little spend on some things I had been hanging out on buying for a while.  I thought at least if I buy tools I am only buying things to help not extra things to do!  And the clover clips are awesome.   Anyway of to work out what to do next and hopefully get things done a little sooner this time.

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I also think maybe I should blog each thing otherwise I just end up with round up emails which looks like I havent been doing anything.  AND I FORGET STUFF!

Edited again as I did forget stuff!

Crochet

I have now done “official” snowflakes, when I say official I mean with the wool that was intended for them.

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Also

Kind of buying, kind of doing, kind of being helped…

Newly spangled new bobbins….thanks Joan

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Prototype, but pretty much final, bobbin winder,………thanks Dad

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Ah so just another thing that I need to find time to get around to!

Ok so I’m getting somewhere at last

Tom is done. He does not look like Tom from the books nor does he look like Tom from the pattern! Which I also feel does not look that much like the one from the book but never mind. I gave up on the knitted eyes and went for cat safety ones as the knitted ones kept turning out weird. But here he is

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The sheep quilt is now also finished and I do like this. As was rightly said by someone I have already shown it “what’s the point?” Yeh ok I suppose it’s just decorative and I will never put it up but I have enjoyed doing it, especially considering its mainly hand sewing. In the end the worst bits of it are the bits I machine sewed!

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Vintage cardi now also doneish. The main part is knitted and sewn together but I need to finish the neck tie and the same as others have mentioned I think it probably needs the bands stabilising as they are knitted as part of the garment, not separate and then knitted on, so I me to look for something to do that.

I will confess to having purchased, received and swapped/shared some extra projects which now means that either this years list is looking even more crowded or that I have made a start on next years already!

I have now started another of my gift projects which will hopefully not take too long but I am yet to decide what I will do along side/when this is done.

And the “problem child” from earlier posts may have found a new home, fingers crossed.

A rediscovered problem child….

You may or may not have seen this when I originally blogged it.  It was a super mammoth project  but I have never been entirely happy with it.

Hare and Tortoise Flat

The “steeks” have issues.  Steeks are for things knitted in the round and then cut (screams of horror!) to then knit in sleeves or bands etc.  The neck did not turn out too bad but the sleeves are not great, it may in fact be my picking up in combo with the steeks but they are just a bit weird.

However the real biggest problem is it doesnt fit, well you will see from the photo it goes on BUT getting it off is super tricky.

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A lot of love, time, effort and money went into it and I just have no idea what to do with it it just sits in the drawer.  I could unravel it and make something else but I feel “ugh” about that idea.  I suppose maybe I could keep it until I am really old when I shrink and maybe it will fit then?

Ever happened to you?  What did you do?  Yeh I’ve done it it the past but not on this scale in terms of time/money

January

Well I suppose its been sort of successful…….but sometimes you just have to do want you want to do and maybe that means starting new stuff in stead of finishing old!

So here goes

Wristers made with wool for xmas

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Cute little penguin, also an xmas gift

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Owl Sack which satisfies my need for using up leftover wool, its the remains of last years aran, possibly not the best choice for a baby as its real wool?  What do I know about babies?!  And it meant I could buy some new knitting needles as my interchangeable set were living up to their price tag.  Its sad as they are so pretty but ATM I am liking the new ones better to knit with even if not so pretty.  Also made a start on a hat to match but ran out of wool so need to modify it 😦

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Some more practice crochet, I think its improving, blue is from before xmas with nasty plastic hook, yellow is after with Knit pro Waves and red is in 4 ply (thats why its diddy) with Clover soft touch which I think is the best look one so wonder whether this points at hook of choice?

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And started another crochet project which will be a nice little challenge but not super hard, hopefully an update next time.

This though does mean only a little progress on Tom and Sam, I did do some xmas week but it is now all sewing up and features which you really have to be in the mood for else it goes quite wrong and its not car friendly…..Reading “It” is but I am still struggling through