FO Friday 21.12.18

I’m getting there, two Christmas presents done and dusted this week.

During the weekend away in October I had a somewhat tipsy conversation with our Musical Director about how various musical notes would look in 3D rather than written on a page. At my current skill level and with the limited time left, I could only manage a simple crotchet, but I hope he’ll like it.

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Although I rather hope he doesn’t like it too much and ask for a whole set. Black yarn is not my friend! 

I also finished off the drake I started aaaaaages ago, feeling very glad that I’d binned the wings. There were already far too many pieces to sew together without them.

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If I make another one I’m definitely using safety eyes because I am pants at sewing details on my amigurumi. SO unimpressed with these eyes.

I can’t believe Christmas is on Tuesday! This weekend is going to be busy busy with frantic crochet finishes. How’s everyone else getting on? *hugses* for anyone else feeling that last-minute panic!

Hannah

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WIP clear out

Starting WIP count: 7

Having decided it would be good to go into 2019 with as clear a WIP list as possible, I had a good hard look at the list and made some decisions.

WIP 1: lacy scarf

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This has been sitting in my WIP drawer for several months. And by several months I mean over a year. I’m clearly not feeling it, so I frogged the whole thing and caked the yarn so it’s ready for a more enthusing project.

WIP 2: Knitted blanket

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This has also been lying around for months (although not as long as the scarf) waiting for me to add a third colour. But, being realistic, it’s a charity blanket for cats; they don’t care how many colours it has. So I cast off and packaged it up ready to go to the cat shelter this weekend.

WIP 3: Roses for Grandma.

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This one stays. I’ve collected everything into one project bag so I have a better idea of my progress and I don’t have to hunt around for the right yarn every time I come back to it.

WIP 4: Furls crochet-along skirt

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I’m still dithering over this one, it may yet be frogged and abandoned. It just takes so many tiny stitches to get around my hips!

WIP 5: Mittens

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These should be finished by tomorrow so I can cross them off too.

WIP 6: Sunrise Scarf

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This one’s a Christmas present so will be finished before 2019 rolls around.

WIP 7: dragon

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My dragon is now a drake. I gave up on the wings and stuffed the parts so now it just needs sewing together.

Final WIP count by new year: 2 (possibly 1 if I bin the skirt).

That’s a clean enough slate for me! Of course I’m making a few Christmas presents this year so the count will go up again before it comes down, but I’m confident that I can slide into 2019 with only a couple of projects on the go.

Which will leave me with tons of space on the WIP list to start exciting new projects! Hooray!

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WIP Wednesday 18.07.18

Current WIP count: 7

Do you ever ignore that nagging little voice in your head, just to regret it later? That happened with my bunny lovey.

The head wasn’t quite as round and cute as I planned, but I told myself I could make it work, it would look better when it was stuffed, blah blah and so I carried on. I wanted it to be a ripple blanket, but somehow I couldn’t make the maths work and I ended up with a 5-pointed star blanket.

It wasn’t terrible, and I’m sure my friend would have loved it however it turned out, but I got more and more dissatisfied every time I worked on it. Eventually I got to this point:

And couldn’t do it any more. I frogged the whole lot and started again.

It was frustrating, and my wrist wasn’t too happy at having to do all that tiny tight amigurumi all over again, but now I’m so much happier with it and I can’t wait to hand it over to my friend.

Now the main part is finished, I’ve made the ears and the plug for the base of the head, and all that’s left to do is give it a cute face and sew everything together. I should be done this week.

Progress was much smoother with the bootees. They’re now done, aside from sewing the buttons on. I guess I’ll need a button sewing session one day this week to get these and the dragon scale pair finished.

I gave them cream soles to match the border on the lovey, and a beige trim to match the inner part of bunny’s ears. I want it to be suuuuper obvious that these are a matching set

The long weekend meant I did get to work on my wee dragon, but I hit a couple of snags. The first is that I ran out of the main colour when I was halfway through a piece. I improvised a little and switched in the yellow from the wing pieces. Now the large horns will be green and yellow, and the little horns will be all yellow.

My next problem is the wings.

Do they look like wings to you? Because they don’t look like wings to me. They’re double layered and I had to make the stupid things seven times just to get four the same shape, and they still don’t work.

Not sure what the problem is but I know I’m not using these. Maybe I’ll just admit defeat and bin the wings – make him a drake rather than a dragon and hope nobody notices.

So that’s been my somewhat frustrating week. How’s everyone else doing? Is your work going smoothly? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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