Wednesday, December 28, 2005
The first projects that I managed to finish are a very fuzzy scarf and hat knitted in Cosmic yarn from a free pattern that came with the yarn. I am off to spend New Year with very good friends who are currently residing in Rega and I thought I needed something to keep me warm. It will be great to catch up with my friends - I just hope that I do not catch a cold while out there.
The second is a lacy ribbed scarf knitted from a pattern booklet called Scarves of Hope available from FiddlestitcksKnitting.com with country silk yarn also purchased from Fiddlesticks. The yarn was a delight to knit with and I shall definitely be buying some more once I come off the stash wagon.
I also finished a bead bauble and a knitted baby jacket but both are gifts for friends so no photographs for the moment.
This all means that I have made a dent in my knitting stash and am well on the way to my aim of reducing my knitting stash pile to 5 projects. My stash count was at 16 projects but with these recent finishes I am now down to 12 projects. Only 6 more finishes before I can start planning for a new purchase.
Saturday, December 24, 2005
I am off now to spend the Christmas period with my family and am in the middle of my usual pre-holiday packing dilemma - just how many stitching and knitting projects will be enough. I am so used to having my piles of stash around me that taking just one or two projects with me never seems possible. But on the other hand I am only going away for three days so surely 2 projects will be enough to see me through. I think I may just have to add a few extra projects into my bag.
Monday, December 19, 2005
Over the weekend I finished this piece of cross-stitching. The design is by Lizzie*Kate and was really fun to stitch. I now just have to add the buttons and decided what to do with it.
I now have a head start on reaching my 2006 goal of reducing my pile of stash to somewhere below 50 cross-stitching projects. I can not decide which project to stitch on next so instead I am working on a knitted scarf instead.
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Cross-stitching and other counted stitching projects
- Beth Russell - Orange Border (80% complete)
- DMC - Sweet Pea Fairy (5% complete)
- L&L - Angel of Spring (80% complete)
- TW - Above the Clouds (30% complete)
- TW - Noah's Ark (15% complete)
- TW - Peacock Tapestry (5% complete)
- Barbara Thompson Designs - Skyscape
- Barbara Thompson Desings - Around the World in Cross Stitch
- Bent Creek - Swirly Sampler
- Butternut Road - Earthdancer
- Coleshill Collection - Sunflower
- Derwentwater Designs - Rose Window
- Derwentwater Designs - Rose Bouquet
- Derwentwater Designs - Macintosh coaster 1a
- Derwentwater Designs - Macintosh coaster 1b
- Dimensions - Power of the Serengeti
- Dimensions - Toy Shelf Birth Record
- Dimples Designs - Wee Beasties Part 5
- Dimples Designs - Wee Beasties Part 6
- Dinky-Dyes Designs - Celtic Heart
- Dinky-Dyes Designs - Celtic Knot Diamond
- DMC - Laburnum Fairy
- Just Nan - Amethyst Snowflake
- Just Nan - Celeste
- Just Nan - Christmas Jewel
- Just Nan - Ice Blossom
- Just Nan - Grace
- Just Nan - Serena
- L&L - Angel of Autumn
- L&L - Angel of Christmas
- L&L - Angelica
- L&L - Heavenly Gifts
- L*K - Bless the Baby
- L*K - Wanted! Santa 02
- Lanarte - Orchid
- Maria Von Scharrenburg - Night
- M-Designs - A
- M-Designs - A + D + Heart
- M-Designs - E + J + Heart
- Mirabilia - Royal Holiday
- Mirabila - The Fairy Moon
- Moira Blackburn -Growing Like A Tree
- Sheperds Bush - Cherry Heart
- The Silver Lining - Royal Affair
- The Silver Lining - Joy
- The Silver Lining - Hope
- The Silver Lining - Honor
- The Silver Lining - Grace
- Thea Groverneur - Jays
- Thea Groverneur - Pheony Rose
- Thea Groverneur - Rhapsody in Blue
- Thea Groverneur - Rose
- TW - Celtic Cross
- TW - Futurecast
- TW - Knotwork Bookmark
- TW - Paisley Corner
- TW - Stretch
- TW - Tempest
- The Victoria Sampler - Beyond Cross Stitch Level Six No ?
- The Drawn Thread - Toccata Number One
Knitting and Crochet Projects
- Black Dune Scarf
- Blue Fuzzy Scarf
- Baby Jacket (Penny & John)
- Haze shawl
- Scarf of Hope 1
- Scarf of Hope 2
- Collinette Jumper
- Black & White Jumper
- Black sleeveless jumper
- Toddler Poncho
- Socks 1
- Socks 2
- Ripple Scarf
- Lacy Lattice Stole
- 63 square afghan
- Beaded Box (10% complete)
- Romanov Bauble
- Fandango Braclet
- Fuchsia Scissor Tassel
- Aurora Stars (x3)
- Toulouse Chocker Necklace
- Georgian Bauble
- Turkish Rope Tassel
- Persian Tassel
- Art Deco Bauble
- Starry Night Bauble
- Mayur Necklace
So there it is I have 60 stitching projects, 16 knitting & crochet projects and 12 beading projects. Far more than I can hope to finish in a reasonable timespan maybe more than I can finish in my lifetime. Unless I win the lottery and can retire very very early. So I have decided that I am going on to the stash Wagon at least for a while - no more significant expenditure on stash for me till I have made siginificant progress towards my ultimate goal of having a stash list consisting of no more than 5 projects in each category. Obviously this will take many many years to achieve so the goal for 2006 is to reduce each stash list by at least 5 projects. I have 3 planned cross stitching purchases already for next year so will have to finish at least 8 cross stitching projects.
Since the vast majority of my stash is stitching I aim to concentrate on reducing this list first. So the plan for 2006 is to work on one main large cross stitching project at a time completing each project before starting a new one. I will also work on a second project selected from any of my lists to provide me with a travel project or a quicker finish to prevent me from becoming bored. I will only be allowed to purchase a new project when I have finished at least 5 projects. I have not decided which projects I shall work on as I don't want to restrict myself I shall just pick up whatever I fancy working on next.
I would love to finish 2006 with less than 50 cross stitching projects but this may well be beyond me so I am not going to beat myself up if I do not achieve this after all these are supposed to be hobbies and hobbies are supposed to be fun. In order to get a head start I am trying to finish a few projects before the end of 2005. In fact I finished one last night, admittedly a very small finish but none the less a finish.
It is called Damask Rose and is designed by Sue Hawkins.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Well for me at least - I have actually finished a cross stitching project. It is to go in my niece's nursery which is fully decorated on a Humphrey and Lottie theme. So now from the list of projects that I decided to try and finish before the end of the year I have finished one and have disposed of another. So 2 down and 8 to go. The chances of me actually finishing all ten projects before the end of the year and slim to none, especially since I am going away for a long weekend and the project I have taken with me is not on the list. At least it is a project that I have a chance of starting and finishing in a long weekend.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
At present I am spending more time worrying and thinking about crafting than actually sitting down to do something and am finding that my enjoyment of my crafts is somewhat diminished by all the worrying and fretting that I am indulging in. So I have begun to formulate a plan to help reduce my guilt and put a stop to the worrying.
Nothing is set in stone but so far my thoughts about my crafting plan for 2006 is to try to drastically reduce my stash levels, this may well take longer than 12 months but at least I can make a good start towards reaching a stash level that I can feel more comfortable with. Not buying stash for more than a couple of months is totally unrealistic since I need regular retail therapy sessions. Currently I have around 65 fully kitted up cross-stitching projects (this also includes other counted stitch techniques), 20 or so fully kitted up knitting & crochet projects and about a dozen beading projects that are fully kitted up. Added to that is a large box or two full of unallocated supplies that I could not leave all by themselves in the shop that I found them in. Over the next week or so I shall fully catalogue my stash - for the moment I shall just concentrate on the fully kitted up projects and once I have reduced that I shall tackle the supply boxes. In broad terms my plan is to concentrate on knitting and cross-stitching throughout 2006. I will work on one of two main projects, both stitching projects (French Alphabet Sampler and an adaptation of two M-Designs letters which is to be a wedding gift for a dear friend) and I will come up with a list of smaller projects that I want to finish and just work through them one at a time alternating between stitching and knitting projects alongside working on my main project. I will allow myself two planned stitching purchase (both birth samplers for babies which are due to put in an appearance in April). But other than that I am not allowed to purchase anything new until I have had several finishes and once I allow myself purchases I shall limit myself to buying stuff that allows me to utilise some of my already purchased supplies. Long term I want to have no more than 10 knitting projects, 5 beading projects and 20 stitching projects. I will set the levels that I wish to be at by the end of 2006 closer to the end of 2005 in the hope that I will be able to finish a few projects in the remaining weeks. I will also post my existing stash lists at the end of this year.
I thought I would share a couple of recent knitting finishes.
The first is a scarf I knitted for my Auntie J as a birthday gift using two strands of Rowan Kidsilk Haze. Many thanks to Mummy for being my model.
And the second is a new born baby jacket knitted as a welcome to the world gift for Rosie Green who is one week old today.
Monday, October 31, 2005
The latest stitching plan is still alive and kicking - I am making progress on Daisy Chain and hope to finish it this week. The diet is also still on going and I have lost just over a stone, hopefully I will lose another one before Christmas. Goals for the month of November are to lose half a stone in weight and to complete at least 2 cross stitching projects.
Sunday, October 09, 2005
Coleshill Collection – Sunflower
Humphrey’s Corner – Daisy Chain (50% complete)
L*K – Wanted! Santa 02
L*K – Bless the Baby
Beth Russell – Orange Border (80% complete)
Derwentwater Designs - Rose Window
Just Nan – Celeste
L&L – Angel of Spring (80% complete)
Mellinnia Designs – William de Morgan Dogsmerfield (10% complete)
I have also decided to retire (to the bin) one of my WIPs which was started 5ish years ago and was intended as a wedding present for my sister. I have never been happy with it and have finally decided that I never will be. I will stitch something else as a 5th anniversary present for my sister & her husband next year.
I am starting with the Daisy Chain which I started this weekend and have made great progress on.
Thursday, October 06, 2005
7 Things I want to do before I die
Visit the Far East
Find that special someone
Get the hang of HTLM and web pages
Travel around the Americas (I have already done a little of Central America and Las Vegas)
Complete all the knitting / beading / cross stitching / needlework projects that are in my stash pile
Learn to speak another language
Learn to make fresh pasta from scratch
7 Things I can do
Knit (except socks)
Cook (except pasta from scratch)
Make my niece giggle
7 Things I cannot do
Ride a push bike
Crossword puzzles (I can not spell)
Knit socks (but I am working on this one)
Change a flat tire
Eat just on piece of chocolate or one biscuit / cookie at a time
7 Things that attract me to another person
Sense of humor
7 Celebrity crushes
This is a hard one since I don't really go in for celebraty crushes, I need to meet someone and get to know them before I get a crush on them
7 Things I say the most
Well you know
Yes I can do that (usually in response to a request for me to knit or stitch something for a friend or family member when I really should be saying no since I already have a tonne of things to do) And your point is?
7 Bloggers I will tag
I can't think of seven who have not already been tagged. So if you have not yet been tagged consider this your tag.
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
While in a positive frame of mind I have been thinking about my enormous cross stitching stash. It is not the largest collection of stash in the world but it does bother me that I have so much stuff just gathering dust. It also worries me that by not buying new stash I might miss out on getting the chance to stitch some of the wonderful stuff that is available. I swing from being more bothered by the amount of stash I have and the need to buy stuff just in case it gets discontinued. So I have decided to set myself a limit of owning 20 stitching projects, once I get below that level I can buy new stuff to keep the total at 20. This means that I need to finish 30 plus projects before I can indulge in shopping. This may cause a slight problem since I need to stitch a birth and a wedding sampler next year - neither of which are already in my stash. In order to quickly reduce the number of projects I have decided to order my projects by the number of stitching hours which I estimate it will take to complete each project and to then work down the list starting with the quickest to finish piece. I will work on each piece till it is finished and then pick a project from the next three on the list. This way I should be able to finish several projects by the end of the year (fingers crossed).
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Sunday I felt like working on something quick and easy so made myself this simple beaded necklace in my favourite colour - purple. The camera has, once again, drained the colour but the beads are all dark purple - in real life.
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Sunday, September 11, 2005
Instead I finished the grey scarf that I started just over a week ago. I am in a state of shock that I have managed to start and complete something in less than a year. The picture is not very good but the yarn is a mixture of various shades of grey with a little bit of dark camel.
Having completed the scarf I have started a cardigan for my niece which since she is only just about to turn 2 should not take too long to complete. I have recently decided that I need to reduce the amount of crafting stash that I own, I really do not have the space to house it all and there is so much stuff out there that I am itching to buy. So I am trying to only start something when something similar has been finished and I am also trying to work my way trough my pile of WIPs. How long this system will last only remains to be seen and I am sure that the CC will be out before too long.
Sunday, September 04, 2005
Last night I completed this tri coloured scarf, the pattern for which was in the Spring / Summer Vogue Knitting Magazine:
And to celebrate finishing something I started this lacey rib scarf. The pattern is from the Scarves of Hope leaflet which I purchased along with the yarn from Fiddlesticks Knitting. I decided however to change the pattern slightly by the addition of a frill.
This afternoon I am going to attempt to start my first ever pair of socks. I may be gone sometime.
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
I don't seem to have made much progress on any of my projects this month. I did finish two small cross stitching pieces which are both gifts and I have completed another 2 squares of the 63 square crochet afghan.
I have also had a great month stash wise having purchased the supplies for several knitting projects. Now I just have to find the time to actually do them. My other great purchase has been the new image that my blog is now sporting, all thanks to Jane at Design a Blog.
I have decided not to set myself any goals for September other than to spend time on each of my hobbies and to enjoy myself.
Sunday, August 28, 2005
Now I am just waiting for my order to arrive form FiddleSticks and my month of shopping will be complete. Good job pay day is close at hand.
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Last weekend I met up with several other cross stitchers who I have gotten to know through the internet. It was great fun to spend the day chatting, eating and knitting (I know I should have taken cross stitching to a gtg of cross stitchers but I am really in the mood for knitting at the moment). The only downside to the gtg is that everyone brought along projects that they have completed or are working on and this has led to an increased wish list and a mini shopping spree. My stash list (so far) as a result of the gtg is two cross stitch kits byBarbara Thompson (Art Deco Skyscape and Patchwork Around The World) and a scarf pattern, a shawl pattern and some knitting wool from Fiddlesticks. Now I am just waiting impatiently for the postman to arrive.
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Monday, August 01, 2005
Cross Stitching Goals:
Finish gift for friendship exchange
Make at least some progress on an existing WIP
Finish the scarf that I have been knitting for simple ages.
Complete 3 more squares of the afghan.
Rejoin WeightWatchers and actually lose some wieght.
Sunday, July 31, 2005
I have however managed to finish a piece of cross stitch but am unable to share a picture at the moment since it is a gift for an online friend. I have also finished square one of the 63 square crochet afghan. It is no where near perfect but as a first attempt at crochet I am quite pleased with it, now I just have to get on and finish the remaining 62 squares
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
I have recently started a new job, which I am loving, but it is taking up a lot of my energy and I haven't spent much time on my crafts recently but am going to a beading workshop and a paper-crafting workshop at the weekend so hopefully will make loads of progress over the weekend. I have recently received a pattern for a 63 square crocheted afghan as a gift from a friend and I am going to use it to teach myself to crochet. I need a new hobby like I need a hole in the head but I have convinced myself that crocheting will be the best craft for doing on public transport during rush hour.
Saturday, June 11, 2005
Sorting out my way around the technology and how to make things look the way I want may take sometime but hopefully I will get there in the end.