Posts Tagged ‘WIP’

Today is Friday, the children went back to school last week, today is an inset day! Crazy, crazy, crazy. We’re going to make the most of the parks being relatively quiet because all the other children will be at school, but wish me luck as we’ve got to do a supermarket too!

Luckily my WIP still fits in my bag, so whilst they’re playing, i’ll knit, win-win! I’m not entirely sure what i’m making. It’s a triangular scarf and it’s like the basic garter stitch for the ginkgo but with a completely different cast on, so I shall have to wait and see how the lace border goes, may have to write my own, but more on that as I get there.

Each Saturday, I email our wedding party + mums with an update of the week’s progress. This week I have so much to write about as we’ve really motored on – as one does when you’re getting wed only 16 weeks after your man proposed, so we’re at 13 weeks and 1 day to go and all the big stuff is out of the way I can think about all the fun creative D.I.Y. stuff.

Beautiful yarn


Beautiful location



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What a year!

This past year has been utterly crazy. I’ve moved house twice, once half way across the country, i’ve got divorced, got engaged, sent my youngest off to school with her big brothers, learnt how to have a passion for cooking, finally completed the dreaded Girasole, taken 1000s of photographs and am now planning a wedding.

So once again apologies for not keeping up with this blog, but other things needed my time and attention and to be honest I was in no fit state to post anything. But I am now out of the other side and very much for the better. Life is so very good at the moment, i’m the happiest I have ever been, I really am just loving living life which is an amazing place to be in.

Technically, the blog name now needs to change as I have moved house and it was a nod to my road name, but I really can’t be bothered to start a new one so for the time being, here is where we will stay.

The children and I moved from Kent to the Cotswolds in May and it has been fab! We now live amongst hills and rolling countryside, simply beautiful surroundings that are stimulating my creative senses but i’m trying really hard to resist!

Crafting has definitely taken a back seat in recent months, but I was spurred into action by my lovely friend Naomi, over at Bilgewater blog, to complete the dreaded Girasole that has been a part of my life for what feels like forever. We motivated each other and we grrr’d with each other. It was simple pattern to follow, my first ever time of knitting in the round and using a chart, bu that doesn’t mean it was fun! Oh my goodness, no words can express how depressing knitting some of this was, 640 stitches per round at one point, each took 40mins even in plain knit rounds. I’m really proud of myself for doing it, and it really would not have been possible to complete without Naomi cheering me on, but would I ever do another? NO! ABSOLUTELY NOT! NEVER! Lots of people have commented on how beautiful it is and it really really is, but when i look at it I just see all he hard work, the sweat, the tears and the torment that went into completing it. I used aran weight yarn and so it is huge, big enough for two to snuggle under nicely. Here it is with my daughter to give a bit more representation of size:

I’ve entitled this picture ‘Beauty and The Beast’ I think that sums it come quite well. (I just need to block it, then it is truly finished!)

I got engaged 3 weeks ago, to the most incredible man. T and I have a very deep, intense and complicated history, which I promise to post about soon as it is a true love story, with high, lows and redemption right at the heart of it.  I could waffle on for pages and pages about that though, so i’ll save that for another post. We finally confirmed all the venues last Friday and we are in fact getting married on 15th December 2012. I’ve jumped into action, i’ve got lists, lists and more lists and i’m loving the fact that it’s taking my mind of my littlest starting school. I’m going to be D.I.Y.ing a few bits for the big day, so no doubt i’ll be posting here about them.

I’m going to stop writing now and start stalking my postie for some gorgeous hand dyed yarn that my friend Hannah over at ‘The Hen House’  custom dyed for me for my bridesmaid gifts which i’m making, so watch this space….


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This is a really tough subject for me, I struggle with it on a weekly basis. I am generally a very organised person, I write lists for everything, I write lists about writing lists, there is no greater feeling in the world then having everything crossed off a list. However, when it comes to yarn and projects I am not organised in the slightest, in fact i’m extremely fickle.

I have a yarn cupboard, it houses old pattern books, magazines and general patterns (that my mum has passed down to me), a bag of odd yarns and my needle and hook collection:


As you can see it’s really not the tidiest thing in the world. I actually gave it good spring clean a few weeks back and cleared out the biggest bag of odds and ends i’ve ever had.  I really need to organise it properly, i’m imagning a little plastic draw thing for the books and needles. I definitely need to purchase a needle roll, or in fact just make one (you do not want to see the untidiness of my fabric stash!) I guess I should take some time and sift through the patterns from my mum and perhaps think about giving back the ones i’m not going to use. However, I don’t really feel that having a messy cupboard creates messy work or a fussy mind as my current WIP lives in it’s own little hole and ‘the cupboard’ never needs to be accessed except for inspiration for the next project.

The current WIP lives here:

Again, probably not the tidiest thing, but to be fair this is HUGE now and doesn’t fit anywhere. It is actually next to ‘the cupboard’ and of course, next to my seat on the sofa, ready to picked up at any point. All the yarn for this is kept in a superb bag that was made for me by Craft Fairy a few years back:

I couldn’t get a great inner shot of it but inside it has a really handy pocket which i use to keep a few hooks of the sixe i’m using for the project as they seem to get misplaced so easily (that’s organised right??)

This is my corner of everything (I cant believe i’m actually posting evidence of this online!) Underneath all the rubbish you can see the Girasole project bag posted yesterday and hiding under that is a big bag of shetland wool ready for my fair isle experiment. I really detest looking at this corner and also don’t like looking at WIP that i’m not actually doing right now so this corner helps to keep it out of sight, out of mind!

My physical yarn/pattern stash may not be very organised, but my online patterns are. I use ravelry to keep ‘wishlist’ patterns in check and I also try to put as much as possible into Evernote, so that I can access patterns and yarn requirements anywhere. Particularly handy when going into my LYS, everything I need is on my phone, brilliant.

Lastly, I think that I keep my yarn obsession under control by only buying what I need, when i’m ready for it. I will only go to the LYS when there’s something I need and I’ll buy enough for the project to begin with so that I don’t have to be tempted by going in a second time and spending the minmum to use my card or get loyalty points!

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You can find out more about what this is here.

This is such a fabulous idea and I am totally jumping on this bandwagon.

I’ve been away on a long weekend so will be starting today with day 2, so how have I come on in a year? What have I learnt?

This time last year I still saw myself as a beginner just knitting squares and beginning to pick up a hook. I didn’t really understand terms or even how to read patterns – I just made it up as I went along.

So, I made it a personal goal to learn how to read patterns, but I didn’t start with something easy, oh no I started with this Girasole! Some may call me nuts, others ambitious, and most just plain crazy. What made it extra complicated was the fact that I had also never used DPN’s or knitted in the round. This project is still very much a WIP as I’m currently preferring crochet and the fact that if the kids grab it I only have to pick up 1 stitch as opposed to hundreds. This is how it looks at the moment


You can see I really didn’t get very far, but I think it looks ok for my first ever attempt at circular knitting, will look even better when it’s finished!! Look how much more yarn I have to use though:


There’s loads!! Think this may have to be a project for this year too!

What I learnt this year with crochet?
The first word that pops into my head is most definitely patience. This is an attribute that I really don’t associate with myself so my next project has been a major labour of love – it’s an Attic24 granny stripe blanket. Oh, how I completely love that blog, I could just sit and stare at the screen for hours (and I have!). Before starting this blanket my crochet skills were limited to a dodgy granny square blanket for my son,

20110329-090958.jpgsome hairbands to keep my dreadlocks presentable



and a few Christmas decorations such as snow flakes, Christmas trees and stars. I don’t have any photos of those as they’re in the loft with the Christmas decorations!

You can see that my crochet skills, didn’t really add up to a skill at all ,in fact it was more just a basic theory knowledge, so i took the plunge and ordered some yarn

This lovely style craft DK yarn then created this:

which in turn became this:

I’m pretty sure i’m about 2/3’s of the way through the stripes and then will need to do the border. It’s very therapeutic just sitting doing stripes. I haven’t worried too much about what colour stripe to do next, just picked up what i fancied. I started with a fondation of 270 which is the perfect size to fit my bed with overhang, especially when the border is done. It takes me 20mins to do a row so 40mins per stripe. I often don’t think i’ve amde any progress then lay it out and realise that a child can snuggle underneath it and then an adult and i get all excited about it again. I’ve got just under 30more stripes to go so not too long till the border, just hoping i dont run out of wool!!

I think this post needs a bit of  what projects/crafts do you plan to learn in the next year?

I only say this because I am so excited about some finds I came across in an old second hand book shop

That’s right, fair isle knitting! I really am beyond excited to have found these. I’ve often admired fair isle from afar and couldn’t find a pattern book I liked the look of enough things to buy, so when i saw these for 20p each, i really couldn’t let them go.

I also intend of trying my hand at more pattern writing. I have written one pattern so far, it is for my grey head band above and can be found on Ravelry and also a few posts below.

So, that’s my progress in a year.

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