Friday, 8 October 2021

Taking Stock

Last August, I started working on a few of my older projects with the aim of getting some of them finished off. I wrote about it in My Crafting Rotation post. Since then, I've finished off quite a few of those projects, I've started some new things and finished those too. So I thought I'd do a post to document what projects are still outstanding at this time.

My first scrappy blanket is being knit out of hand dyed yarn and to date this blanket consists of one hundred and twenty squares. I'm not sure yet how big I'm going to make this blanket but it's already quite heavy so I don't think I'm going to let it grow to massive proportions. I shall just keep adding the squares until I think it's time to stop.

The second scrappy blanket I've got on the go is being made from commercial yarn. There are fifty two squares in this blanket so far so still some way to go. I really enjoy working on scrappy blankets as each square I knit is different to any I've already added so every single scrappy blanket is totally different, and the squares don't take long to knit up. They're nice projects to have on the go and add to every now and then.

I started the Twelve Days of Christmas sampler last September when I asked Who Fancies A Bit Of Stitching? I didn't expect to have this finished quickly as for one thing I'm a slow stitcher, and another, I work on many projects at once so it never gets worked on for long periods of time. I don't mind that though, I really enjoy each and every stitch that is added, and for me, it's the working on something which brings me the greatest pleasure rather than the finished article.

English paper piecing is very new to me, though I started this last year I'd never done any kind of sewing before, hand stitching nor machine sewing, so this is something completely different. I only add two or three hexagons every so often but it is getting bigger. I love the fabric I'm using, it's the Botanic Garden design from Lewis and Irene. I'm not sure what I'm going to make this into but for now I'm just enjoying the process of stitching the hexagons together.

I won't have any of these four projects finished any time soon but I do enjoy having some longer term projects on the go to pick up when I fancy. These will continue to be worked on as the mood takes me.

I'm taking part in the Strictly Sockalong again this year so I recently started my socks for that. I haven't got very far yet but as I haven't knit any socks since last year, I'm really enjoying having a pair on the needles again.

And that's it at the moment, just five projects on the go, and none of them near completion, though I'm sure the Strictly Socks will get finished before the Strictly Come Dancing series ends in December. Perhaps it's time to start something new.

16 comments:

  1. I understand your comment about enjoying the stitching on cross stitch, over the years I have given away so many finished projects.

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  2. I love all your projects, they are coming along brilliantly and you don't have quite so many to finish off this time and some will just go on and on!

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  3. All your projects are lovely. You're over half way through the twelve days of Christmas and it's gorgeous and I like how your socks are knitting up. I can't imagine having five projects on the go.

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  4. Love the yarn you are using for your Strictly socks.

    My scrappy blankets are still quite small, but I enjoy making them. That is my "watching the news" project. Your blankets are BEAUTFIUL!

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  5. The first blanket is my favourite, it's so beautiful and I remember you mentioning this a long time ago.
    Briony
    x

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  6. I like the look of those socks, the multi colours are lovely and they look really cosy :)

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  7. Everything looks fabulous, Jo. I'm especially impressed with your EPP patchwork. That takes a lot of patience to do! Well done.

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  8. Well done only having a few projects on the go. All are lovely & good on your hand sewing ones, as I know that its new to you. Have a great weekend, take care & hugs.

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  9. I love those blankets so much! I also have a scrappy blanket on the needles. During the gardening season, I prefer knitting projects that don't require much thought and that I can easily pick up & put down...this year, the scrappy blanket is just the ticket.

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  10. I haven't been doing any crocheting or stitching for a while, but know there are several items in my work basket that I can pick up at any time. I like your blankets, socks, sampler and Botanic Garden stitching. It's good to have something on the go.

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  11. Love your mitred square blankets, they are great to pick up when you just don't know what else to do. Your stitching is lovely, there is no rush to finish anything, as long as you enjoy the process that's the main thing. I do love your little hexies, the colours are beautiful, I've never had a go at EPP but would like to one day.

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  12. I love the scrap
    Blankets. They take patience and care. Keep going!

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  13. Nice to see all of your projects, they are coming along nicely.
    I do like the fabric you are using on the EPP project.

    Enjoy your weekend.

    All the best Jan

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  14. I love all your projects Jo a nice variety there too to stop you from getting bored. I thought I would have had my 12 days sampler done by now but there's more and more sewing with each day so it's going to take longer than I thought never mind I'm enjoying the process. Have a lovely Sunday. Xx

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  15. Well done on all of your projects. They look great!

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  16. What lovely projects. The English paper piecing is unusual. That will look lovely framed up.xxx

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