Sunday, 29 June 2014

Year of Projects 3: Round up

We have finally reached the end of the third Year of Projects! I don't know where the last six months have gone. I seriously fell off the wagon a few months ago, and have barely touched the list since then. The last "proper" finish was back in January! That said, I have a substantial list of finishes covering all areas of the list I wrote last year, so despite the last few months I am considering this year a success.

Existing WIPs

Ok, so I didn't finish my beads-and-laceweight epic. Starlight became Chunari, and has languished without a further stitch knit since about April. Peerie Flooers remains sad and unblocked. However, I did finish my Obnoxious Socks, and have vowed to never knit another pair of knee high socks again.

Carried Forward from Last Year

A lot more success in this category! I finally knit my Ishbel shawl, and I love it. I wore it so much over the winter and early spring. Such a cheerful colour. And $5 in Paris was a quick and easy knit once I got started. I loved knitting with the Cascade 220 I bought in San Fransisco, and I loved the pattern so much I have another on the needles already.

The rest of my list

I successfully turned my Cascade Ultra Pima Paints into a hat, and knit several dishcloths from my stash of Lily Sugar'n Creme. Of the four skeins of yarn I set aside for shawls, two have been knit - Wingspan and Dragonfly Wings.

I did fall down on the sock front, as none of the sock yarn I had lined up made it even onto the needles, let alone into finished socks. Must do better this year!

Baby things were more of a success, with three baby blankets for various work colleagues, and a couple of adorable toys for Christmas presents for my friends' children. Including the dinosaur I'd been itching to knit for a long time.

The Ridiculous Never-ending Project of Doom

Well, I made a decent start on the Game of Thrones blanket. Charts all done, and converted to colourful Excel spreadsheets. I've even finished designing the layout and the centre chart! As far as knitting it goes, two and a half out of ten (eleven, counting the centre) charts is not great showing, but intarsia is tricky and requires concentration!

So, 19 finished projects to show, plus two new WIPs. I think that's more than I did in Year 1 or 2! With any luck, I'll stay focused this year and manage even more finishes from my list!

I'll be posting up my new list next week, in the mean time head on over to our Ravelry group if you want to join in the fun with Year Four of the Year of Projects!

Friday, 27 June 2014

FO: Harlequin scarf

Hey everyone! I knew that I hadn't posted in a while, but it wasn't until a friend visited last weekend and pointed out that I hadn't posted in ages that I realised it has been about two months since my last post! Unfortunately, life has got in the way of crafting, or doing particularly interesting things, so I haven't had all that much to post about. There are a few things I've made/done/worked on in these last few months that haven't made it onto the blog, however, so I'm going to try and catch up over the next few weeks. The new Year of Projects starts next week as well, which will be an extra kick to get me back into my good habits.

So, as it's Friday, I'll start things off by linking up with Tami and sharing a finished project.

I cast this on back at the end of March, when I was ill with a virus and not keen on knitting complicated lace-and-beads or intarsia. The yarn is Stylecraft Harlequin Chunky and the pattern I chose to use was the Sulka Scarflette. It was incredibly quick and easy to knit up (only a couple of hours in total) but it took me almost a week because I was so ill I couldn't knit many rows before having to put it down again. It also took me a while to decide where to put the buttons!

I haven't worn it yet because the weather warmed up considerably after I made this, and I think it would be best suited to the really cold days in January and February. So for now it is resting on the shelf in the hallway, waiting for winter to roll back around.

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