I started working a crafting rotation in August as a way to ensure that projects which were languishing without being worked on got a little bit of attention. I chose seven outstanding knitting, crochet and cross stitch projects and ensured I worked on each of them for at least an hour each week. I just chose a different project each day to pick up. Since starting this rotation I've had finishes on my Mojito Socks, my Confetti Socks, and there's been Lessons Learnt when I came to finishing off a small cross stitch. My Snowman cross stich has also been finished but hasn't yet been turned into anything.
Of the other three projects I was working on, the scrappy blanket I'm knitting out of commercial yarn has been put on the back burner as I have no more yarn to add to it at this stage, but the scrappy blanket made from hand dyed yarn and my crochet granny stripe blanket have been brought forward to my updated rotation.
I've also added another five projects into my new rotation.
After much procrastination I've finally made a start on my English Paper Piecing. So far I've cut some fabric and glue basted a few hexagons, I've still got to start any actual sewing but that bit will come once I have some more hexagons ready.
I love knitted dishcloths and my supply is now running a little short so I thought I'd get a few knitted up so that I don't run out. I usually use the Grandmother's Favourite Dishcloth pattern but I thought I'd give the Wondrous Dishcloth pattern by Jooles Hill a go this time. It's knitting up well but it looks a bit on the small side for what I like so I shall have to see what it's like when it's finished. Perhaps I'll just cast on extra stitches next time, we'll see.
I mentioned the cross stitch project I'd started when I was about eleven or twelve and never finished in my Rusty Cat post. I'd left a needle in the fabric which, over the following forty years, had rusted. Even after a soak the stain wouldn't come out and I was wondering whether to try and finish it off or not, the majority of the comments on that post encouraged me to carry on stitching and I'm glad I did as the stain has been covered. I have to say though that I now know why I put this project down and didn't pick up another cross stitch project until recently, it's so hard going with all the half stitches, it's enough to put me off it again. An hour a week is probably just enough time to devote to it and it will get done eventually.
Someone on Instagram showed a baby blanket they were knitting and I just couldn't resist. I've still got so may projects already waiting in the wings but this pattern really called out to me. It's called the Twinkle Twinkle Blanket and it's by Helen Stewart. I'm knitting it in Drops Baby Merino in the Light Beige colourway. There's no babies to knit for at the moment but I'm sure it will come in one day.
I asked Who Fancies A Bit Of Stitching? when I came across the Twelve Days of Christmas design by Plum Street Samplers. I've now made a start on this and I'm pleased to say that Marlene from Poppy Patchwork and Linda from Linda's Crafty Corner are stitching along with me so do keep an eye on their blogs for their updates. If anyone else fancies joining in, it's not too late, do let me know if you decide to stitch along with us. It's a lovely design which I know I shall enjoy stitching.
Of course, you'll notice that I haven't got a pair of socks on the needles at the moment and that's unheard of for me. Well, it isn't actually true as I have cast on a new pattern but as I'm joining in with the Strictly Knitalong hosted by Ali on her Little Drops of Wonderful podcast and as I'll be knitting these whilst watching Strictly Come Dancing I haven't included them in my rotation. The first of the Strictly Specials was on TV last weekend so I cast on then. I haven't got much done yet but I'm sure now they're started I'll see some progress each time I pick them up.
My crafting rotation seems to be working well for me so far and I'm enjoying having so much variation in my crafting at the moment.