Saturday, 29 December 2018

Review of the Year

It's that time again, time to do the review of the year, by my usual standards I have actually achieved a fair amount, just not necessarily on what I planned to do. Startitis has been an issue this year

Aratama was a new start this year

Cara Mia was a re-start this year, so technically it doesn't count as a new start , and at least I have progressed it past where I was when I realised I needed to restart

 Celera was also a new start

 Started this blanket this year as well, but started and finished, so that's good (especially as it was a gift)

 Before

After: albeit it slightly cut off by the roll of the fabric
Focus piece for 2019

Before

 After, three whole pages, that must me a record on this dude
Focus piece for 2019

This was a 2016 blanket club started this year, I am a little further on with it now, but it's buried so this is the most recent picture I have
Focus piece for 2019

Before 
After, this lovely made it back out into the light for a trip away, she's been feeling unloved for a while now

 Ooops, another new start

Before

After, it's growing, very slowly

Another new start, there's definitely a pattern this year

This was my 2018 New Year New Start!




WALL OF SHAME!
There is a chance that I hadn't realised quite how large the wall of shame was getting, and quite how long it was since I last worked on some things, there are some that I would have sworn that I stitched on last year were 2016 or in at least one case 2015, so that's a little embarrassing!






























Friday, 28 December 2018

Resolutions: Reviewing 2018 and planning 2019

So, let's start with the hilarity, how did I do with last year's resolutions?

So, here were my 2018 targets:

Princess Bride x 1 - Done
Dragon Rider x 4 3 pages, so that's pretty good for me
Heather Theuruer x 1 – not charted yet
Ex Machina x 1 nope
Cara Mia x 1 I think what I've done probably adds up to two pages
Cloudsfactory x 1 nope
Heroes and Heroines x 1 nope
Family Values x 1 nope
Ice Queen x 1 nope

Not planned
Hocus Pocus x 1 page
Karen Hallion x 1 page
Aratama x 1 page
Heather x 1 (ish) page
Steampunk bookshelf x 1 page
Cut Thru Castle x 2 pages

Crochet:
2 blankets (I'd like more, but I'm being realistic, I've got 5 in mind) 1 and a bit, also closer than I normally manage
A bit more of the virus shawl - nope
A Whirl shawl/scarf - I've started three different patterns so far, and not liked any of them
Start a toft project nope

Rest of my life:
Yet another attempt at 200 a day -133, possibly my best yet, but still not achieved
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). nope, it did improve, but then it got worse again due to a lack of will power and then time
Build up (or, you know, start) Geek Girl Yarns. nope - sadly GGY has had to take a back seat as I've gone back to full time and Monday to Friday at work so I don't have the time to dye



So, what overly fantastical ideas shall I come up with for my 2019 targets?

Stitching:
Dragon Rider - 4 pages
Cut Thru's for my Geek (God) Daughters - 4 pages
Ex-Machina - 1 page
Cloudsfactory SAL - 1 page (finish the damn border)
Heroes & Heroines - 1 page
1 new start (yet to be decided), probably a new year start, so I really ought to decide soon - 1 page
Generally try to move stuff along and get over (at least a little bit) my startitus

Crochet and other yarny persuits:
2 blankets
1 toft project
Make something out of something that I've spun
Make my spinning more consistent and least breaky

Life:
Try to hit 200 words a day, try to write more consistently (as in regularly, my writing style isn't good enough to classify as consistent)
Start running again and try to get back to 12.30 miles
Get back into Pole and Flexibilty and actually manage to achieve something, I'm not even that fussy about what.
Try to bring my weight down a bit (although hopefully the two above will achieve that), although within reason I'm not too bothered about weight, more about body shape
Read at least 24 books, reduce the monster 'To Read' heap in our bedroom - we're actually running out of floor space

As I'm now working set hours at work I'm hoping to be able to plan my life a bit more and actually achieve things because of it, but we'll see what happens I guess.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Two weeks

I somehow forgot to post last week, I'm not quite sure how that happened, so this week gets two weeks worth of progress, meaning that I instantly get to show of a page finish, along with a (tiny) bit of progress across the entire top row of colours. I've added one colour across the entire row of pages and then finished one page off completely. Considering few colours there are in this with it being monochrome (I think only 18, but I've already put it away so I can't check) I can't believe how smoothly the colours are blending in that first little swirl and flower on the right side. So it's tucked away, something with colour has now come out to play.

Sunday, 21 October 2018

It's the end of the green as we know it...

Well, it is for now anyway. Another page finish means that he's tucked away for a while, but I'm quite proud to see another page, this is my third page this year, which is my record since I started this dude, so I'm hoping to be truly amazing and do one more page before the end of the year, although I'm going to have a page or two on other things before I go back to him. But, I finally feel like I'm making some progress, three pages is a column, I've done an entire columns worth this year, I am so proud. So, another project is out, and I've picked something with a Halloween theme (and also to compliment a couple of birthday purchases - ooops).

Sunday, 14 October 2018

And still more green

It is a lot of green, but it's progressing! I've done some gap filling this week, which always makes it look like I've progressed more than I may have actually done. But it's been a good week, and I'm hoping this week will as well, there's the vaguest of possibilities that I'll actually manage to finish this page this week, but don't say it too loud! I know it's not exactly the most exciting page to look at, so hopefully I'll have something interesting to show when I move on. I know what my next page will be, but I also have my monthly SAL theme to do something on which is Halloween, so I'll probably pull something out for that for a week or so before moving on to my next page project.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

What you have created, if it has a name, is some green!

I have actually lost track of how many times I've found an excuse to use that title now, it may well be my favourite Blackadder quote and makes me laugh every time.
Anyway, here is this weeks green, and it is, indeed, very green. I've achieved more than I thought I would, but not as much as I would have liked, I'm hoping that the next couple of weeks might go okay for me. I'd like to get this page finished before the end of the month because I've also got a Halloween SAL theme this month, with a couple that I'm currently working on for it.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Sorry I'm late!


I've been remiss in my posting recently, so here's a little bit of a catch up post, although not as much as I'd like seeing as last week was a tad busy at work.
First up, I've recently started a blanket as a present for a friend and this is where I've got up to, which I'm pretty happy with after a week and a half. I'm currently averaging two colours a day, but I'm pretty sure that that's now slowing down. It's such pretty and happy colours, which is the purpose of the gift, and I do love a nice repetitive blanket, good TV crochet!

Dragon Rider is growing, albeit incredibly slowly. I haven't had much chance to pick it up recently, so I'll take any progress right now, and I'm hoping to get a bit more done this week.

In other news, it was Yarndale this week, so I may have done a little bit of shopping. Behold the reason why I won't be allowed out unsupervised for a while ;-)