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Firstly: the finish. I finished the seagull! It isn’t finish-finished yet- no doubt it’ll be added to my pile of Christmas things to deal with later. Unfortunately, the other cross stitch I brough to do is my mother’s, so either I start that and kinda ruin the surprise (she’s the only one here who would notice, so clearly I’m a double muppet at times).

Secondly: the almost finish. I decided to make a pocket hoop to store my scissors, which have this really irritating habit of going missing…So I cut up a pair of jeans I can’t wear any more (I wore out the inseam horrifically…) and stuck that in a hoop with superglue. It’s good enough as it is, but I’m pondering two things

1-what embroidery do I want to do on the pocket? I think it needs brightening up somehow, but I have no idea what. Any suggestions??? I’m thinking sparkly- glitter or beads….or both?

2- do I need to do anything on the back? At the moment it’s bare and I feel as though I should do something, but I’m not sure what. Again, suggestions? Note to self- don’t do the back until you’ve finished the front

And thirdly: the new start. After finishing the seagull I wanted something that wasn’t on plastic canvas and didn’t involve beads. So I rummaged around in my small stash here and pulled out a very small house cross stitch I acquired at Yarndale many moons ago. Stitching on 18 count without a hoop is very fiddly (and there’s so much brown…)

 

This is what it will look like when it’s finished. It’s going to be tiny!Oh, and a bonus thing! I bought some more sock yarn- for a good cause, I swear! One of my friends (tumblr account) is dipping his foot into designing, and therefore needs a sock test knitting. How could I say no? Well, except that the design he made really wants a solid coloured yarn…hmm… new yarn shopping! I was very good and only bought one ball in this purple-grey-blue-brown yarn. Pretty enough for me, solid enough for the socks 🙂

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Salisbury WIPs

So, in the interests of actually blogging (with pictures…) before even more time passes, I’m officially ignoring what day of the week it is (I’ve been turned around so many times the only way I now know what day it is is because I’m dogsitting).

I also forgot to take crafting pictures before I left Bristol, so instead you’re all going to get my Salisbury crafts.

Starting with this giant blanket. I tend not to do anything straight when I can help it, so this is deliberately knit diagonally (or as close to diagonally I can get without turning it into mitred squares).

This has been a WIP for a long long time (I’m avoiding checking ravelry to see how long) because a) it’s in Salisbury, where I’m not most of the time, and b) when I’m in Salisbury I’m usually working on something else. I just fancied pulling it out today. Don’t worry, I have more scraps than what’s left in that WW bag, I’m not about to run out 🙂

The other main WIP I have here is the butterfly fairy.

I’m working this right to left because the pattern is too wide for the scroll rods. It’s going to take agessss to finish (see reasons above). But it’s kinda hard to mind enough to actually move this to Bristol because it’s so big and would still take ages to finish. This way I get to pretend to myself that it would get finished earlier if I actually worked on it…Please note that isn’t actually the bottom yet…this thing is BIG.

And those are my two WIPs in Salisbury. Quite often I bring other projects (like the cross stitch seagull I brought this time), but they really *live* in Bristol and travel with me, whereas these two stay in Salisbury all the time. Next time while I’m still here I might show off what stash is here as a reference for myself!

Umm, August happened already, what is going on??? Let’s have a look at what was supposed to happen…

  1. Finish Mildred’s socks. This is getting stupid now. They are also the last things (on the needles) to give other people, so double incentive to finish them!
    Umm, nope. September maybe???
  2. Sew Kita’s pillowcase together. The procrastination is wildly strong on this one…:/
    Yes!!!!!! I finally did the thing! And it can now be posted as their new place
  3. Work out what on Earth is going on with my cockatoo brae. If it is my gauge I’m going to be annoyed…
    Nope. The nope is strong on this one…I have bigger fish to fry right now. This will probably get looked at after Christmas at the rate of things at the moment…
  4. Work out which socks have the most left to do that are mindless for all the train rides (4, or 5 if you count connections as separate trains) (If I finish the Mildred socks this is totally a good enough excuse to start new socks…)
    Nope. I decided to do cross stitch Mill Hill kits, which is definitely a good thing. Now I just need to order some more…
  5. Bonus: get to the yoke of cockatoo brae, depending on what is going on with it.
    Hahahahahaha nope. See above
  6. Bonus: work out what everyone’s getting for Christmas, and if it’s crafting work out a plan of attack for them…
    Yes! So I now have revised plans for the rest of the year!

 

Ok, so we’re now 2/3 of the way through the year, and I’m throwing out my original plans for the year. Christmas somehow snuck up on me (as if it wasn’t the same time every year…). So, new goals:

  1. Crochet this elephant for my aunt. This is the only Christmas present I’m making this year (unless I decide to make something for my brother-in-law. I have no idea on what to get him. Any suggestions???)
  2. See how much of this wedding sampler I can get done. I’ve finished S, so I now have A-H,J-N, T-Z as well as the names, dates and beads. So 20 small sections, beads and backstitching. Arguably z should count as 2-4 sections, but let’s count it as one and plan on doing bits of it while technically working on other sections. 2 sections a month is probably the minimum to keep on track with this, but let’s aim for 3.
  3. Finish Mildred’s socks. (This is starting to feel a bit silly. All I have left to do is one afterthought heel… I think I’m stuck on picking the stitches up for it, and the fact that the project is at work, and knitting club doesn’t meet during the summer…so that needs to come home to get done.)

 

 

So, September goals and a plan of attack:

  1. Three sections of the wedding sampler. W, X and Y I suppose.
  2. Bring home Mildred’s socks and pick up the stitches for the heel (baby steps…as soon as I do this the rest of it will just fall into place…)
  3. Get gauge on the elephant??? IDK, I’m having a mental block on how to deal with the sampler and the elephant goals….halp???

Or should I do two bits for the wedding sampler, and two weeks on the elephant??? Advice please, peoples! Or do I just concentrate on the elephant and see if I can crochet it in a month??? (Actually, I really like that idea… Yeah, let’s go with that one)

Change of plan:

  1. Finish Mildred’s socks. Just…just do it already.
  2. Crochet all the bits of the elephant.
  3. Order Christmas stocking mill hill kits (as in, the Mill Hill kits I think people would like), and make a start on them. There’s 5, and the seagull is one of them. This is one of thse spontaneous plans which is always more trouble than it’s worth, but always just works out for me so I never learn from them…

So, the bike ride was delightful, but completely exhausting. I had packed this little mill hill kit to work on in the evenings (there is nothing worse than sitting around with nothing to do…). This is how far I got

*lesigh*. I decided to bead as I went so I could ditch the threads I’d used (none of the beads on the bottom half use the lightest grey, and there’s only the main bling to secure with the white, so I kept a small length of that).

As it was, this was all done at the b&b I stayed at the night before the trip actually started. And to think that I was thinking that I was racing through it and might run out before the end of the trip. *facepalm*

Yeah…I had no free time on this cycle trip. In between reaching the venue we were sleeping in, showering, eating dinner, setting up my bed for the night and actually falling asleep…to waking up early, getting dressed, helping make breakfast, eating breakfast, packing everything up for the bike ride and getting going, free time was completely nonexistant. So this kit will get to remind unfinished for a while as I work on other things. Although I have more trips planned soon, so it might not be unfinished for long… Which is a good thing as it might end up in someone’s stocking at Christmas…if I can justify making others for everyone else…

I finally finished the thing!!!!!! Go me!!!!

So, I was sitting around having knitted another square on my blanket, and stitched another section on my cross stitch cats, wondering what else I could finish (I get in a finishing mood after conferences. It helps me feel productive 🙂 ), and my eye was caught by the pillowcase sitting innocently on my yarn bowl (I really wish I had a use for the thing, it’s so pretty 😦 ), and my first thought was ‘urgh, really?’, my second thought was ‘ok, let’s get the thing finished’. My third thought was ‘how?’, and I’m going to stop rambling like this now. I worked out how to centre it (put the knitting upsidedown on the bed, then it’s easy), and started stitching. I stayed up wayyyyy too late, but it’s now done 😀

It’s so smooshy, it’s amazing. I really want one now, but I kinda used up all my scraps on this one, so I should finish some socks first. Although I have no serious plans to finish them beyond the pair I’m giving as a gift. Oh well, what a wonderful problem to have 😀

Kinda hard to part with, but I know that the recipient will love it very much (and hopefully remember to turn it inside out to wash…)

It feels like I haven’t been doing a lot of cross stitch here, but somehow quite a bit more of the cats cross stitch has been happening (not that you can tell in pics 😛 ). I’ve nearly finished the sitting down one (I’m half way through its tail, which is the last bit to do):

 

However, it will now get put away, because I finally have a date for the wedding, which means I need to get back onto the wedding sampler…*giggles nervously*

Here’s where I’m up to so far:

I have a year(ish) to finish this thing- the wedding is planned for August next year. That seems like a long time away, but that’s 21 squares still to do. Which means I need to run an average of two squares a month consistently to hit this goal… this is gonna be fun. Other projects? What other projects? Wish me luck peoples!

In list format

  • I just got back (well, technically yesterday) from a very busy summer school. Great fun, but exhausting
  • That means I’m kinda dealing with con crud (Which is totally exacerbated by the sort of food they were serving. Very few vegetables)
  • I’m leaving again on Thursday for a 200 mile bike ride
  • Sposer me here: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/josgunns1
  • How many vegetables can I eat before then??? (Food is provided, I’m expecting limited vegetables again)
  • It keeps raining. While this isn’t in itself a problem, I have washing that I need to dry which is proving awkward
  • I finished a thing! (Totally the highlight of the summer school… :P) (yes, that was sarcasm)
  • I’m thinking I might take another kit on the bike ride, rather than socks. Beads are so pretty 🙂
  • I wrote a list of lists I need to write. This is stressing me out because I’m not sure when I’m going to have the free time to write them
  • I finally understand the yarn harlot all the times she was talking about getting home to just walk out the door again!
  • It doesn’t end after the bike ride either…
  • Ok, I should go tidy up my room or pack, or practice my harp, or…(you get the picture)
  • Normal posts will resume at some point (donating won’t speed that up, but I’ll feel better if you do donate 😉 )

July/August goals

Gah!!! How did July fly by??? (Don’t answer that, I know the answer). Life got crazy busy then for a while, and it’s going to stay busy in August too. Blah. Anyway. July’s goals were (slightly optimistic)

(Yes, this is wildly late. Life has been throwing a ton of stuff my way. Unfortunately, none of it is going anywhere until September. Then normal service can resume!)

  1. Knit a pair of socks before my mother’s birthday (they’re interesting so this should be doable)
    Done! Not as early as I had hoped, but they were gifted to her on her birthday and she loves them (even though it’s far too hot to wear them…)
  2. Get cockatoo brae to the yoke (the pattern is the other side of the room, but given how much zoomies I had on this last month, should be doable!)
    Haha, nope. Probably won’t even happen in August, given the number of trains I’m going on (as well as the issue I might be having with the gauge…)
  3. Finish the plastic canvas ‘Let it snow’ cross stitch ornament (probably the best way to stave off burnout on the wedding sampler is to finish something else…)
    Doneeeeeeee!!!!!!
  4. Blog post about buttonbox mods (hopefully will start this after I finish cokcatoo brae, I need to be prepared!)
    Doneeeeeeeee!!!! How does the idea of starting buttonbox before I finish cockatoo brae sound? It might need frogging…
  5. Bonus: sew Kita’s pillowcase together…
    Nope. Blargh. I need to just sit down and do it at some point…
  6. Bonus: crochet the octopus
    Nope, and no motivation to do it either
  7. Bonus: Mildred’s socks
    Nearly! I just need to do the heel now, so naturally I’m procrastinating over it…

 

 

Ok, onto August goals. Easy, tame and relatively mindless are the words of this month. I have lots of train rides coming up, so yay for socks I guess!

  1. Finish Mildred’s socks. This is getting stupid now. They are also the last things (on the needles) to give other people, so double incentive to finish them!
  2. Sew Kita’s pillowcase together. The procrastination is wildly strong on this one…:/
  3. Work out what on Earth is going on with my cockatoo brae. If it is my gauge I’m going to be annoyed…
  4. Work out which socks have the most left to do that are mindless for all the train rides (4, or 5 if you count connections as separate trains) (If I finish the Mildred socks this is totally a good enough excuse to start new socks…)
  5. Bonus: get to the yoke of cockatoo brae, depending on what is going on with it.
  6. Bonus: work out what everyone’s getting for Christmas, and if it’s crafting work out a plan of attack for them…

Ok, hopefully they’re all easy enough to do. Unfortunately, I can’t take cockatoo brae on the train trips, I don’t have much space for yarny things in my luggage on each of them.

Ooh, remind me to do a blog post about my sponsored cycle ride…(preferably before I do the damn ride…)

More bird socks have been finished! And just in time too- they were finished last Sunday and given to my mother on..Wednesday, I think it was? I think I need a break from socks (oh wait, no I can’t, I have to finish the acrylic ones for my vegan friend…). Then I can have a break and concentrate on the cats cross stitch and my cardigans for a while. 🙂

Anyway, the latest bird socks!

 

Mostly made up pattern- 66 stitches, (German) short row heel,, purl the stitches when you’re about to use dark blue yarn (feel free ot fudge, it’s not supposed to be very precise, more of a bit of interest).  The mother likes them a lot, so score for that 🙂

And now I get to focus on meeeeeeee 🙂 I haven’t yet planned Christmas presents…so I get to have fun with what I want while I think up plans for that. It may well be that I buy things this year (shock horror!), and keep having fun myself with my projects for me 🙂 We shall see I guess.

I spy, with my little eye(s)…

This is Rumpelteazer, I have decided and the photo really doesn’t do it justice. Her eyes really seem to glow, it’s amazing. I don’t think it’s glow-in-the-dark thread, just really reflective. It’s amazing. I don’t want to stop working on them, but there are other things I need to do as well. Ahh well, the quicker I do them the quicker I can come back to this beauty 🙂

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