Saturday, 10 January 2015

Currently on the WIP List

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!

Amy

41 comments:

  1. A lot of lovely projects to get on with. The Cath Kidston books are delightful, I have those books and like you have not completed the kits, I also have the rag doll edition not completed as well. Love the ripple blanket, the colour combination is stunning and will be a real asset to the garden.

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  2. Love that blanket you want to make and thank you for the mention lovely :o) I am just about to sew all the layers on the quilt together and then it's on to making L's one. Got some gorgeous stag printed fabric for that as well as dark blue fabric printed with tiny white stars. Also have the wadding so just need some backing material. I really like the flowery backing sheet you've got for your quilt.
    That is a lot of WIPs you've listed, but on the other hand, it's lovely having projects on the go. I'm thinking of doing some cross stitch- L and I were looking at kits in hobby craft yesterday, he picked out several which inspired me, so something else to add to my list too! xx

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  3. What a lovely post! I loved reading about your crafty undertakings :) The blanket looks lovely and I'm sure the width difference isn't too noticeable, the colours are great! And I'm in awe of all your stitchy plans! Those cushions are particularly gorgeous :) 'Finish' seems to be a very apt word for me this year too :S xx

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  4. Amy, I so enjoy all your projects. I remember the first afghan I corcheted...turned out much like the one you have pictured. Interesting how you think you are keeping the tension the same, but obvious at the end.

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  5. Tack your zip in before you machine it, then it is easy to take out if it is not right.

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  6. Wow all that lovely crafting just waiting in the wings. Enjoy every minute x

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  7. It sounds like a lot of projects to me, good luck.

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  8. Well I just love the blanket and I cannot see any difference in the width of the stripes. But you are so right in not taking it apart. Sometimes different colors of yarn in the same yarn brand are narrower or slightly wider so over a few rows it would make a difference. I have tension problems myelf and they have nothing to do with yarn.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  9. Dear Amy
    Lots of exciting things for you to do this year! I have lots of projects too...I think if you are a crafter, you will never just have one project on the go, it just doesn't work like that. Variety is the spice of life, as they say! I look forward to following your progress.
    Best wishes and Happy Crafting
    Ellie

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  10. You are going to be a very busy girl! But oh what bliss to dip in and out of so many lovely projects!

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  11. Enjoy all those WIP's, AND as all crafters know you will have another list just as long or longer by the end of the year. I love your blanket but in particular I think that the tapestry is awesome!

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  12. Wow, that's a lot of things to be getting on with, but all lovely. I've always faniced doing a sampler, the one you have is especially pretty, it will look wonderful when it's done.

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  13. So many lovely things to work on! I smiled at your comments about going to great lengths to avoid sewing zippers - I am the same way :)

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  14. That's certainly a lot of projects. I always have a problem with tension, especially if I sit something down and then start it again after a good length of time. The blanket looks fine though and, like you said, it is going to be used a lot, so doesn't have to be perfect. I could never enter anything I make into any competition. My finishes are usually pretty pathetic. But my thought is that handmade doesn't have to be perfect, that's the beauty of it, and what gives it personality. Good luck getting things done.

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  15. What a lot of projects Amy, and all lovely too.

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  16. So much on your list Amy. Hope you will get them done this year. The blanket looks beautiful! Love that Chevron pattern!

    Madelief x

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  17. Ha ha!! Your bits and bobs stash is quite minimalistic!! My first love is quilting, I have countless boxes and bags stuffed with fabric!! Then I enjoy a bit of knitting or crochet, so the drawers in the spare bedroom are rammed full of yarn of all description!!! I am trying to work my way through it, and have been quite controlled this past year, only buying what I need to finish a project. But as hard as I try My stashes never seem to lessen!!! Knitting tonight!! Good luck with your projects, I love the cross stitch patterns!! X

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  18. Good for you, Amy. It sounds like you've got a good plan for the year and I look forward to seeing your progress.

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  19. Lots of yummy projects to play with. There really are more crafts to do than hours in the day! :) x

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  20. What a lovely lot of projects! I am trying hard to keep my number down by not letting myself start any more until I have finished some of many things on my needles. Not that easy. Things keep calling to me.

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  21. Wow - love your ambition Lady! I can't wait to see those projects come to life!
    I love the colors in that ripple blanket. And I love the style of that scarf. But that fabric with the red cabbage roses and red buttons just SPEAKS to me! I can't wait to see what that will become. ;)
    Have a lovely weekend. xo

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  22. Oh my Amy, what a list of WIP's !!! What will be the timeframe for all this work ?
    I am most curious to see the finished tapestry work - I love tapestry sooo much, but where I live, I just cannot find those pretty english tapestry sets... (I need to get back to London to go shopping at Liberty's !)

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  23. You'll get so much use out of that tapestry frame. They are brilliant for working and watching the telly at the same time!

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  24. I don't make a list of the things I want to make for one simple reason - the list would be so long, it would take ages to write it and I'd never have time to make anything from the list. LOL

    Can't wait to see how you get on with yours! :o)

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  25. Wow, someone who sounds like me!!!! I do get things finished, especially if they are presents, but because my mind is always designing as soon as I see fabric or wool, I want to start something else. I don't do a lot of X stitch any more as my eyes just can't see the tiny holes, but I'm sure looking forward to seeing yours done. Between us, I do have some unfinished ones in that WIP box. Once you put it on your blog, you feel you've got to finish it.(giggle) Your ripple rug looks great and I think your idea for that gorgeous scarf is a good one. My tension is quite tight when I crochet too. Looking forward to seeing some of your progress in coming posts. Tke care.

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  26. These will keep you busy for a long time! I am working on a ripple blanket for my daughter but find it rather mind numbing.... I noticed that my crochet and knitting tension changes over time, too. Have a lovely weekend.

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  27. Some really lovely things there Amy, the new cushion will be gorgeous. I bought myself a little cross stitch kit for Christmas. I haven't started it yet. Like you I have quite a few WIPs. A couple of quilts, a knitted scarf, a few hexagons that might be a quilt one day, a little wool that might be a blanket one day and a voucher for Wool Warehouse. Oh yes, and some wool for fingerless mittens. And there might be something else that I've forgotten lurking at the back of the wardrobe. January is a good time for lots of creative energy though isn't it. CJ xx

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  28. Wow - you have projects to last a while. I used to do a lot of cross stitching and I started a family tree that was really detailed. That was about 10 years ago - I still need to finish it!

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  29. Gah! That is a looooong list! Kudos to you for ambition alone! The ripple is fine, you'll never see it laid flat like it is in the photograph; it will always be folded or draped or scrunched up somewhere. It's pretty just as it is :-) if you get even half of those projects done, you can give yourself a round of applause, especially the stitching ones! Xx

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  30. You've got a lot to keep you busy, I had a photo sess today with my WIP's I'm being brave, although I not prepared to confess how many items are on my want to make next list, loving the hammock blanket xxx

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  31. Oh, I see that you like the Caron Simply Soft yarn too! Love all the colors that you choose.
    I don't see how you find time to blog, you amaze me!

    OH! And I don't know why, but I wasn't a follower of yours, but I AM NOW!!!

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  32. I love the hug and kiss tapestry kits. I've had the same problem with my granny blanket.....it was completely skew whiff! But it's a blanket and I still love it as its cosy but I think I have a tension prob too. I also made a granny scarf although not squares.. It was like a very long granny rectangle and it does roll up at the edges! Good luck with all your WIPs. I've yet to find all mine lurking in cupboards and on shelves. X

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  33. A long list of things to make but what great opportunities! Love your patchwork quilt with the contrasting backing fabric.

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  34. Good luck with your list Amy there are some beautiful projects there, i'm just like you have projects a mile long and so many more I want to start, if only there were more hours in the day!: :) xx

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  35. D'you know, I have started a ripple blanket THREE times this week and unravelled each time because I just got fed up with the counting (I used 'The Royal Sisters' chevron pattern because I wanted sharper points)which was nothing to do with the lovely pattern and everything to do with my stupidity! I'm in awe of your Ripple Blanket - big up to you on nearly finishing it. You've certainly got your work cut out for you with all the other stuff you want to do. Good Luck. x

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  36. I LOVE your ripple blanket, Amy!!! It is gorgeous. (I may confess sometimes in tension is different in knitting and crochet! Something I have to try to be aware of... arghhh) And, you are a machine! And, not a one trick pony for sure! Awesome. blessings ~ tanna

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  37. Hello Amy,, so many beautiful WIP's ready for completion.

    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  38. Good things to do! And no time to do them? That's a perennial problem. You need to find a way to blog, tapestry and cross stitch all at the same time; then you'll have plenty of time for everything!

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  39. You have a lot of things to make and finish, Amy. I'm sure you'll be able to get it all done this year. I have the Cath Kidston Sew book too. I bought mine years ago and still haven't gotten around to making the free bag. Not sure if it will ever be made! x

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  40. I love this, Amy! "Finish!" You and me, both! I love, love your projects and can't wait to see them as you finish them. GO US! Haha! Love and hugs! :)

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  41. I've made that Cath K bag, I love and use it lots x

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