Sunday, 14 January 2018

A page finish already!?!?!

Technically this is two pages, but seeing as one page is just the bottom two rows, I really don't think that it can be classified as two page finishes... it only just counts as one. It doesn't look like much, it's mostly just pretty swirls at the moment, but I'm proud of how much I've managed to get done this week. The next couple of weeks won't see as much progress (even vaguely), but I'm looking good for a couple of weeks time... so, who do you think is coming out to play next? 
Secondly my colourful blanket continues to be colourful... buying new colours for this is a little bit addictive now... I almost certainly have more than I need, but every time I see something pretty... and I want to include as many different dyers as possible!

Sunday, 7 January 2018

New Year...

And you know what that means. It must be time for a new start, and I seem to have accidentally had two, but their in different crafts, so it doesn't count as two new starts really! First up is my stitching start, this is one that had been on this list for a few months, and it fits in quite nicely with this months SAL subject with a group (it's almost as that I got to choose what order the SAL subjects were in). The SAL subject is love, and this is Princess Bride by Medusa Dollmaker from Geckorouge. And what says love more than a book/film about Twoo Wove? Also, our weddings rings have the words 'As you wish' engraved inside them, so it's love for so many reasons, and I love it.
Secondly is my crochet new start. This was last years blanket club from For the Love of Yarn, but I didn't want to start it until I had all of them so I could work out what order I wanted to do teh stripes in. It will get brighter as it goes on, I've gone for pretty much a rainbow theme, but there were a few greys to start with, it sort of makes sense when you see it, I hope so anyway. There may be another blanket start as this years blanket club will come in rainbow order so I can start it sooner. Also, I'm still debating one other blanket, there is a chance that I have a slight problem.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Last update of the year, and the year in review!

So here's my last update for the year (and you know what that means, New Year - New Start - decisions decisions).
Cara Mia is growing, although in a slightly grey way, although I suspect that will be the theme of this piece... who'd have thought it!








And secondly, the year in review... what has and hasn't happened?

This blanket was started while I was away as a nice portable project, I'm willing to accept that it hasn't really grown yet.

This is Belle, more commonly known as 'The Beast' and she was 2016s New Year - New Start

Cara Mia, Mon Chere was a restart after making a mistake in 2016

Cut Thru will be a gift and is probably the only new start that I can actually justify

Dragon Rider before

And after, not a big difference, but at least there is a difference!

This was my wedding present to Ben, and was the bane of my life, but I'm quite proud of the result.

This was a baby present for the friend, the border was also not my favouite by the end.

Yet another blanket

And yet another, there's a chance that I need some kind of intervention

Sailor Moon, yet another new start.

Spirited Away, I have a problem, this may have also been a new start

This one has been about for years, and I finally finished the second lady, thanks to a SAL with some friends.
 
Wedding crafts, you would not believe how long all the flowers for my bouquet took to make

And finally, the wall of shame, here are the things that have not been touched this year! There's a chance that I hadn't realised quite how shameful my wall of shame actually was... but, my stitching and crochet makes me happy, so I'm just going to hold on to that fact, and in the mean time, here are the pretty pictures to look at. I should probably be ashamed of how many you can't actually identify from their picture but never mind... I love my hobby, and hopefully I will have more time this, with not having a wedding to organise, and I'm hoping that work will settle down at least a little bit this year!

 



























Thursday, 28 December 2017

2017 targets achieved and setting for 2018

So, how did I do on last years targets? Not great if I'm honest, between the wedding and work I swear there were months where no time of spent on my own projects, especially my stitching.

Stitching:
Dragon Rider - 4 pages - HAHAHAHA - I managed one.
Howl’s Moving Castle - I did start this, but I was unsure about the charting so I'm waiting to see if I can get a more reliable version.
Cara Mia - I'm working across the entire bottom row at once, so it's difficult to tell, but I'm going to call it a page
Disney Princess - I probably did manage about a page on this
Merlin - Nope
Princess and the Dragon - Nope
Spirited Away - 1 page, woo hoo!
Princess Bride - Nope. although this is planned as my New Year, new start
Ex Machina - nope

Crochet:
Finish a couple of blankets - Baby blanket x 1 and Bens blanket, yup!
Finish the bunny - Nope
Finish the sheep hat - I did, it looked like a cross eyed cat, but I did.
Make the second damn sock - Oops, no!
Virus shawl - not in the yarn that I intended, but I did start it

The rest of my life:
Another attempt at the 200 words a day average - HAHAHAHA
Get my run up to 5 miles - the distance is up to 5 miles, I'm not running all of it thought (and I have been quite lazy recently).

2018 Targets

Stitching:

Princess Bride x 1
Dragon Rider x 4
Heather Theuruer x 1
Ex Machina x 1
Cara Mia x 1
Cloudsfactory x 1
Heroes and Heroines x 1
Family Values x 1
Ice Queen x 1

Crochet:
2 blankets (I'd like more, but I'm being realistic, I've got 5 in mind)
A bit more of the virus shawl
A Whirl shawl/scarf
Start a toft project

Rest of my life:
Yet another attempt at 200 a day
Improve my time per mile on my run (I currently sit about 12.30) and try to run more of my route (which will help my average time).
Build up (or, you know, start) Geek Girl Yarns.


Sunday, 24 December 2017

Ooopsie

I know, a bit weird to be posting this on Christmas eve, but I'm trying to keep it up.
Another new start ma have appeared in my life, but in many ways this isn't a new start, it's a restart, after this one was put into the naughty corner about a year and a half ago when I made a mistake on it that would have taken me far too long to unpick and redo. I am not, technically past where I was when I threw a strop at it originally. So, they're back, I do love this chart!

Sunday, 17 December 2017

And finally...

The page that has taken me a year and a half is finally finished... I have officially finished 10 pages and so am very close to being half way through! Woohoo! There is a chance that I finished this page mostly through stubbornness, far to many of the final stitches were one stitch of a colour where I'd missed it the first time, and I may have *cough* fudged a couple of the colours.
And I don't think my stitching is deformed, I'm fairly sure it's some slightly warped perspective (I hope)!

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Sooo close!

He's progressing, I can see it. I have a theory that each page works in three stages, and this one is definitely in the third stage. Stage one is when you start a page, it's a big blank space and therefore it doesn't take much for you to see progress because you're starting with nothing and creating the shape of the page. Stage two is (for me) a bit of a slog, it's no longer a new page and it feels like you're not getting anywhere fast, you work for ages and nothing happens. Stage three is when you're suddenly filling in those little gaps. You work on it and the white gaps are noticeable smaller, that's when you know you're on the way to a page finish. Once again, I'm hoping I might finish this page this week, which, seeing as I started it in September 2016 is a pretty appalling record. I have to finish this page. Also this page is nearly half way, he's 21 pages and this is page 10. When I finish the next page I'll be over half way.