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.
Canvas Work Progress
I have continued with my canvas work class. This term I am working on a journal cover. This term I have been very busy – extra students for tutoring and I have joined a running group, so I can improve my times (well it is really so I can stay fit and eat more!). All this means is that there is not a lot of extra time for embroidery, so I wanted something simple to do. This design only has cushion stitch and I find I can get into a rhythm and time just vanishes.
While working on this I have been watching series 6 of Downton Abbey (I pre-ordered from amazon.co.uk and it arrived unexpectedly one day). The costumes are spectacular – well worth watching just for that.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
Yarn Bombing Near the Botanic Gardens
Look what I came across on my run this morning – it made me smile.
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 .
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.
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 …
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