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Many Varied Projects

The Many Projects I Have on the Go

Like many of us I like several different crafts – knitting, embroidery (both hand and machine) and quilting – and I have decided I need a system. A way of rotating through them, so the less preferred projects do manage to get (eventually) finished.

Basically, I have split my projects into types – knitting, etc – and I try to do one type a day and then I move through the list of projects in that type. For example, in knitting I currently have my Hap for Harriet, my sock yarn blanket and Miss A’s meow mitts. So when it’s knitting’s turn I rotate through these three projects.

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Stranded Colour Work -2

Colour Work Cowl

My colour work cowl is progressing nicely – a bit of unpicking, but it is obvious when the pattern starts to go awry.

The course (see the Online Class Section) is fabulous – definitely recommend it.

It has been much easier than I expected.

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2017

Finished objects from 2016

First, happy new year to everyone!

So 2017? For me this is the year to be more thoughtful, to take on fewer projects, but to spend more time on each one – thinking about the process and the product. I aim to spend more time doing the things I love.

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Holidays

How great are the days between Christmas and New Year?

Knitting, wine and reading (Jane Austen: The Secret Radical)

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Birds …again

Resting Birds Progress

Resting Birds Progress

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It is easier to see my progress when you look at the back.

So in the evenings (or during the day) when I am tired and very unlikely to do anything productive I sit down with my needlepoint and work a few more stitches.

I’m just working tent stitch (which is a fancy way of saying half cross stitch). Being an orderly type of person (some might say a bit of a control freak), I like to have an order to my stitching. Currently that order is rotating through the colours; white, light-green, medium-green, dark-green, navy blue, white, … even just listing all of the colours is mesmorising.

I have now finished all of the light-green (yay! although this is all about the process and not so much about the end product).

This particular project has proven to be easy to do and very relaxing – more people should take it up.

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How We Spend Our Time

A Work in Progress

A Work in Progress

It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do

Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen

I have been thinking a lot about what I say (and buy) as opposed to what I do.  I read a lot of blogs, buy a lot of craft materials and look at a lot of pretty things on pinterest, but my out put is minimal. I think about craft, but there always seems to be something more pressing to be done. Craft feels like an indulgence that has to be done in the margins, which makes no real sense because the amount of money I spend on craft suggests it is extremely important to me. However, I know the way I spend my time says something about my priorities and what is important to me.  It is time to think about my time and how to best spend it. Sometimes you just have to get on with it – there is never going to be a perfect time and there is always going to be something that needs to be done at home.

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Oh Dear!

Back to the start

Back to the start – again!

Yes that does mean I am completely back to the start. I twisted it when I joined the round – so frustrating. I’m having to dig deep to stop myself from quitting.

On a lighter note I am enjoying this bird needlepoint (canvas work) – it is super easy to do – doesn’t require any great concentration or eye power (I can easily do it while watching T.V)

Fine Cell Bird Cushion

Fine Cell Bird Cushion

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Aahhhh!

Back to the start!

Back to the start!

There was a mistake in the lace before my first lifeline. Why can’t I do this? Anyway, I knew it would bother me and consequently I would never wear it, so I ripped it back. Above is the cast on and one round of knit.

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Creativity Workshop with Pip Lincolne

Craft for the Soul - Pip Lincolne

Craft for the Soul – Pip Lincolne

I went to a creativity workshop (run by Pip Lincolne) at the Perth Writers Festival.

I sat beside a lady wearing a spectacular green cardigan – did she make it herself? I should have asked.

There was another lady who brought along her crochet work in progress – not granny squares more like granny hexagons (it was that kind of morning).

We spent time discussing how to live a better, more creative life. There were questions to be answered – what are our strengths, skills, achievements, hurdles … we all found this difficult. As women (and Australians) we are not encourage to boast or even celebrate our successes. How often were we told ‘not to put tickets on ourselves’?

What did I take away from the day (apart from a purple pom pom and a half made pony)? You just have to get on with it – the stars are never going to align, the timing is never going to be perfect. So start now – just a little bit everyday, declare your creativity (whether loudly or quietly – this goes back to the tickets on your self thing – would I be getting ideas above my station if I called myself creative?) and reassess (check in with yourself) often. Are you happy with how things are? Yearning for a different life? To be in a different place? Then do something about it.

The other thing I noticed (about myself, but it might be helpful to others) was how I filled my time with busy work. For a few reasons – to legitimise my existence (look at me I’m hard working, I volunteer, I do maths tutoring, I keep my house clean …) and because I am afraid to put myself out there to be ridiculed and/or to fail.

But if not today, then when? Small steps …

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2015 – In Review

My small collection of finished objects!

My small collection of finished objects!

It is a strange feeling to look back and see how little I finished this year. Just one pair of socks, a pin cushion, canvas work sampler, canvas work pendant and one quilt block. I have taken on longer projects – with the my weekly embroidery course plus I have taken on extra (maths) students this year, which does eat into my time.

One of the highlights of my year was the Canvas Work class – for three hours a week I sit down with like-minded souls and stitch. Every week I would think ‘no I don’t have the time for this’, but after ten minutes the calmness seeped in and at the end of the session I was ready to face my hectic life again.

This year it is all about finishing things off :- Miss P’s socks, Miss A’s hat, fingerless mitts, sampler quilt, embroidery and a tapestry cushion kit I bought in Sydney.

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