There are a LOT of things on my WIP list. That is, Work In Progress, for the non crafters. Before Christmas I had a bit of a burst to get things finished instead of hanging around and I really want to get on and get some more done too. I also have a lot of things that aren't started, but that I want to get made and done so that I can move on to other things without the thought of these things sitting waiting to be finished.
The first thing to get finished is my All The Colours Blanket. This seems to have been a WIP for a long time now. I have been and am working on it, but you know when something reaches that stage where you want it done so that you can use it, well that is where I am with this.
I had been planning to do five stripes of each colour, when I compiled this list earlier in the week I was only a few stripes away from the fourth round of each colour and I had decided that would be long enough - otherwise it will go up over your head! Last night though I finished the last two stripes and it was only then that I realised that something has gone awry.
Somehow, the top of the blanket is narrower than the bottom.. The stitches are the same, the ripples all line up beautifully, but I can also see that the stripes themselves are narrower in width and I think that my tension has tightened up as I have been working on the blanket over the months.
It is intended to be used in the summer on my hammock though, so I am not going to worry. I will not be unpicking it and starting again. It will be used outdoors and will be washed frequently no doubt and goodness knows what else - thrown in the back of the car and all sorts I expect. As it is a functional item I won't worry.
What I will not be doing though - and not that I ever intended to! - is be entering it into any competitions! So, I just have the ends to sew in and then I will be back to show you it finished. So this is really a very nearly done WIP - thank goodness for that!!
Next on the list is my Granny Square Scarf. For some reason it rolls up from the edges and is therefore very uncomfortable to wear. I was going to try blocking it first and if that didn't work, I was going to try unpicking the stitching that I used to join the squares and doing that again.
However, after some further inspection, I think the issues is probably the tension of the edging. It seems that I might have a tension problem! So I am going to remove the edging and redo it with a larger hook size and see if that resolves the problem and if not, I will try some of the other things and see what happens.
This isn't really a WIP as I haven't started it at all yet. It is for my February Mantel. No more can be said at this time. Shhh!! I do need to get on with it though as we are already nearly a third of the way through this month - eek!!
My quilt... I made this quilt top last summer. It is folded in four in this picture, so it is a lot bigger than this. Countryside Tales has been inspired to take up crafting and sewing - she bought a new machine! - and is making a quilt. She just started and will be done before me at this rate, so I really have to get this one done ASAP!!
I have the batting for the middle, and the backing fabric - below, still in the bag it was wrapped in after purchasing! - I just need to get on and sew it....
These five balls of yarn were another purchase from my holiday last year. I ordered another 5 balls from Wool Warehouse to go with them and I see another blanket on the horizons. I will write more about it when I start making it. I am thinking of a variation on this.
A Christmas present this year was this brand new Cath Kidston Sewing Book. Like most of her books it comes with a kit to make the sewing - or anything else you like really - hold all thingy that you can see on the inside cover of the book.
I really want to get this made so that I have made use of the book. I am rather scared though as there is a zip!! I have NEVER sewn a zip. I made some awful - really, truly dreadful - clothes in needlework at school and managed never to have to put a zip in. I made a hideous wrap around skirt in fabric that resembled a chewed sack so I didn't have to do a zip!
Some years ago I also had the previous Cath Kidston Book called Sew as a gift and that also comes with the makings of the Shoulder Bag in the picture below, so that is another thing to get done.
It is a lovely book, so I really want to make use of it. Thankfully this bag has no need of a zip. It does have button holes, but I think I can get around those!! Terrible really isn't it. I might get my clever gardening friend who is taking a sewing course to come round and give me a hand!
The next few things are all stitchy. First is a Cross Stitch Kit which shows three of the buildings at Strawbery Banke (yes, spelt correctly), a historic living museum that we visited on the last day of our holiday last year.
I had also bought a Cross Stitch Kit at Orchard House.
As well as those two I have this beautiful Cross Stitch Sampler that I bought on a National Trust visit some time ago. I love samplers, but have never made one so I am really looking forward to this.
There is going to be a lot of cross stitch going on it seems. Good job that the days are getting longer and lighter! I might have to go and purchase a lamp to go on my tapestry frame though so I can see well as my eyes are definitely not as good as they used to be - ageing, it comes to us all!! What a delight...
As if those were not enough stitching projects, Hubby bought be the Kiss cushion kit for Christmas - he claims that stuff about the wool winder was to throw me off the scent of this - and he had previously bought me the Hug kit for our Wedding Anniversary. These are also cross stitch, but with a larger gauge canvas and using wool thread, not embroidery silk.
The final stitchy item is the tapestry cushion that is currently on my new Tapestry Frame. I need to get that one done before I move on to any of the others - because apart from anything else, the frame is busy in use already.
The last item I want to make is a crochet hat to go with my Candy Stripe Cowl and Wrist Warmers. I need to get this done so that I can wear the hat while it is still cold. Plus I need a hat!
Oh, and another one! Some one - perhaps two - round crochet granny square notebook/diary covers! Again, needed sooner rather than later otherwise the year will be over!
That is a grand total of 15 things. Not a lot in some ways, but a lot of work, especially the cross stitch and tapestry things. Three of them are actually WIP's, but 11 things that haven't even been started is not good is it. There are also other little kits around and about from magazines that should either be done or let go of. I can think of at least three of those off the top of my head... Actually, I just thought of another one. That means at least four of those. Plus the two that just came yesterday with the latest editions of my monthly magazines! Eeeekk!!
I am also gradually building a collection of fat quarters in the hope to do some more quilting at some stage. I would love a hexagon patchwork quilt - there is probably a proper name for that! - one day!
I have no idea how this all compares to other peoples WIP's and stashes, but it seems masses to me and I really want them to be done. I am going to get the three WIP's done first - blanket, quilt and tapestry, and sort out the scarf and make the hat, and possibly the notebook covers. Then I will try and just do one new thing at a time so that the makes are not piling up. Especially as I am likely to get the desire to make other things along the way as well. I am going to try and just stick to doing these things though until they are all done.
We will see what transpires!
Although I have clearly said, I am not making resolutions, and I do not have a word for the year, it seems that this is rapidly turning into the year of finishing things. We have jobs in the garden to finish, jobs around the house to finish, I am trying to finish/complete all the things listed above and trying to get through my vast pile of books. Perhaps I should have a word, either "get on with it" (I know, four words!) or "finish".
For now though, I will just keep on keeping on!