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Thoughts on the Unfinished

Unfinished Projects

Unfinished Projects

Some finished blocks!

And this …

I have been thinking about the unfinished lately and why I have numerous unfinished projects – not to mention the fabric, yarn and embroidery thread (both machine and hand) stash. I think it comes down to greed, which is quite a shocking thought. I’ve always considered greed to be about food and money, but I have decided it can about anything. As soon as I see something new and interesting (not to mention pretty) on a blog I simply must have it – I have this fear that when I am finally ready for it it will no longer be available. And although this might be the case, there is bound to be something else equally pretty and available when I am ready. I also do this with books and to some extent magazines.

I have no idea what steps to take to overcome this problem (and it is a problem because I am feeling overwhelmed by all of the stuff I own). I’ve imposed ‘no buy’ bans, but as soon as I get a bit stressed I pop out and buy sock yarn, or fabric bundles or a new craft book.

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A Work in Progress

Some finished blocks!

Some finished blocks!

I finally found some motivation to get on with my sampler quilt. Both of my girls were really keen to make pencil cases in the holidays and I think a simple sewing project reignited my interest in sewing.

I have decided that I am going to quilt each block independently – quilting as you go – like here. I’m hoping this approach has two advantages; first, it is physically easier to maneuver around my sewing machine and secondly, it will just feel less overwhelming.

 

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2013 in Review

SewWitty's 2013

SewWitty’s 2013

I was quite disappointed when I look back on 2013 not much finished. I was away for July, but still very little was done.

My sampler quilt has proven to be quite a road block. I either need to knuckle down and finish it or give it up.

Last year’s goals

  • Miss A’s Plus Quilt – No progress made at all
  • Baby Clothes Quilt – No progress made at all
  • Master knitting socks using the magic loop method. – Done although I think I am happier with double points.
  • Master knitting socks two at a time – Done although I think I enjoy knitting one at a time.
  • Attempt colour knitting – No progress made at all
  • Finish digitising my foundation quilt blocks and release the set – I have finished the digitising, but not the quilt.
  • Start working on a new embroidery set – something modern without too much fill – I started working on blackwork and will continue with this.

2014 Goals

  • Finish the Sampler Quilt and release the designs.
  • Design and knit 4 pairs of socks.
  • Continue digitising.
  • Baby Clothes quilt.
  • Miss A’s plus quilt.

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Yarn Bombing in Kings Park

Yarn Bombing Near the Botanic Gardens

Yarn Bombing Near the Botanic Gardens

Look what I came across on my run this morning – it made me smile.

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Half a sock

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Half of my second  sock is finished.

I had a little bit of trouble with this sock – I kept knitting only half a round before moving to the next round. In the end I had to rip what I had done and start the whole thing over again. I just couldn’t seem to maintain focus.

While knitting I have been watching the The Paradise on DVD. Definitely recommend it if you like bonnet dramas – it was beautiful to look at, had a bit of romance and intrigue. Now I am going to watch Mr Selfridge .

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The Year That Was … 2012

SewWitty's 2012

SewWitty’s 2012

Well another year is ending. When I look back I’m a bit disappointed by my output. Only two quilts were finished and four knitted items. I did try a few things which went no where (February jumper) and I have improved my digitising skills (with little to show for it).

Next year I want to finish

 

  • Miss A’s Plus Quilt
  • Baby Clothes Quilt
  • Master knitting socks using the magic loop method.
  • Master knitting socks two at a time
  • Attempt colour knitting
  • Finish digitising my foundation quilt blocks and release the set.
  • Start working on a new embroidery set – something modern without too much fill.

 

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Progress

I’m still working away on the Jane cardigan and I’ve decided I need to break things up and get on with some of the other half finished projects – like this quilt …

or this quilt (made from the girls’ baby clothes) …

I’ve also got a bit of digitising to do …

 

 

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Decision Made

I decided to knit Jane for Miss A. I spent a bit of time switchety swatchety as the girls call it – my third choice of needles finally worked.

I like the way this cardigan is constructed – from the top down and seamlessly.

I’m trying to concentrate on one set of instructions at a time

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Hair Clip Production Line

Someone in my house is having a birthday party. I try to – not always successfully – put something hand made into the party bags. The girls and I spent a bit of time making these fabric covered button hair clips. There are two different types because they each wanted to pick some fabric from the stash. They’re quite easy to do (although my thumb is still recovering).

The buttons come from here – I always wait for a sale and then stock up (the service is great and they arrive very quickly).

We’ve been away and it was lovely and relaxing. Quite a bit of time was spent supervising the girls at the pool (indoor and heated), which meant a fair bit of knitting happened. The gull lace scarf is finished – just needs the ends weaved in and to be blocked and about half of Miss P’s sock. Pictures will follow in a day or two.

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New Look

I decided it was time to update things a bit. A new header and I changed the blog roll…

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