Friday, 22 November 2013

A rare update

Firstly the obligatory scarf update. One finished, which will be for my grandfather for my Grandad for Christmas, and secondly, I've finally started on the scarf that's intended for me. The wool on mine hasn't come out quite as pretty on the photo as it does in real life, and unfortunately I can't photograph just how soft and cosy if feel!
Secondly, and update of Dragon Rider, it doesn't look like much progress at the moment... I'm at that funny middle phase where progress just seems really slow. At the beginning it looks like you've done loads because you're just working on a big empty page, then at the end it looks like it goes quickly because all the white bits are eroding, but in the middle you get the slog (least ways I do), where you almost have to explain what you've been working on this week. It's that blue bit at the bottom by the way. But progress is progress, and it has been hindered a little by the next project. 
I can't remember when I last worked on this, but it's got to be at least six months, probably a fare bit longer. I took this to craft group with me on Thursday because I wanted something a bit littler to take with me, and found that I was rather enjoying it, so I' thought I'd keep it out until I finish the next person, who is progressing rather nicely!

Monday, 11 November 2013

Bits and Bats

Latest update of Dragon Rider, I haven't got much to show, what with National Novel Writing month (which I'm insanely behind in) and all the scarves that I have to work on, my poor stitching is getting very neglected. And that's made all the worse by the fact that I was stitching on it last night to realise that one of the colours on the previous page was wrong, so I spent half of yesterday evening unpicking that colour and starting to re-stitch it. For some reason I'd stitched part of the blue sky in grey, I'm sure it seemed like a good idea at the time!
And secondly, the continuation of the scarves... the one on the right is nearly finished, it's just what's left of that ball of wool. That was intended to for granddad, but I've fallen out with it a bit and don't like it as much any more so, once again, that will be donated and the little grey smudge on the left will instead be my Granddad's Christmas present. Plus I now need to make one for Ben as well, after he made me promise I would, so he has to choose his will for that at some point. You never know, I might actually get to knit something for myself one day, but I'm not counting on it!

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Little update

First off here is Dragon Rider, finished the green that I was doing and there's now some brown in there, and the exciting thing is, that little smush of brown that you can see... that's the beginning of the dragon... I'm so excited that while on my sixth page I'm finally getting to see some real dragon (I'm not counting that tiny bit on the first page, because you'd never have known what it was if you didn't know. But any way, as this is now my focus piece (honest guv), hopefully I'll see this coming on in leaps and bounds in the next year... although stitching plans to be detailed later will probably put paid to that.
Secondly I have the beginning of my second scarf... this one is intended for my Grandad for Christmas... this is intended for him for two reason.
1. My gran tried to teach me to knit many years ago, but I was terrible and it always resulted in confusion and shouting, so as my gran is no longer with us I'd like to be able to prove to him that, better late than never, I've finally mastered knitting.
2. He's my granddad, therefore no matter how awful the thing I give him, he has to lie and tell me that it's lovely, which I'm kinda clinging to at the moment!
My stitching is probably going to take a bit of a hit this month... I've signed up to National Novel Writing Month and set myself a target of 1000 words a day, so by the time I've done that, then worked on Grandad's scarf, I can't see my getting much stitching done, but hopefully I will still have something to show this week, either stitching or knitting!
And finally, I seem to have, rather foolishly, signed up to another two SALs, like I need more projects than I already have. One is an Aimee Stewart SAL in the New Year, and I'm doing Tale of the Red Swans after Aimee said that she'd really like to see it stitched... which meant that even Ben said I had to kit it up and stitch it, so I've had to thank Aimee because for once I don't have to smuggle the supplies into the flat. Secondly I've joined in a Paine Free SAL as well, which is starting on the 1st of December, not quite sure which one I'm stitching for that... it depends on whether I chart that I'm waiting for is released or not. I'm hoping for Kidnapped Batgirl to be released, otherwise it'll be Apocalypse Princesses which I've had for ages.
Happy stitching all, and if anyone is joining in NaNoWriMo, good luck with that.