WIP Wednesday 30.01.19

Current WIP count: 2

Look at that short little WIP list still going. I’m half pleased with myself and half getting itchy fingers for something new! Which is why I started an amigurumi yesterday.

I’m actually surprised how far I got in one day. Eventually it should (hopefully) look like this:

Isn’t it cute!

Despite the new start, I have made some progress with Roses for Grandma this week. You may remember that I finished up the forget-me-not motif a while ago, and now I’ve finally started squaring it off.

This is a pattern that looks a millionty times better when blocked so it’s a bit of a mess now, but it will get better!

That’s what I’ve been doing this week. What’s everyone else up to? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 09.01.19

Current WIP count: 2

Now that’s a manageable WIP list! I’ve started a bag to use up some Caron Cakes that have been lying in my stash for ages.

It’s not my favourite colourway (strawberry trifle) so I’ll probably give it away when I’m done. I really just wanted to try the folding method in the pattern.

Once this is done I’m going to focus on Roses for Grandma. It’s definitely time for some serious progress on it.

What’s everyone else working on this week? Let me know in the comments!

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 29.08.18

Current WIP count: 7

Yes, I started another WIP. No shame. It’s a skirt for myself, which I mentioned in my Griddle Stitch post. That was only yesterday so there’s not a great deal of progress to show since then (#fatgirlproblems!)

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So far I’m a little worried that the fabric is not quite…solid enough, if you know what I mean. I may yet end up lining it when the crochet part is done.

I’ve also been working on that amigurumi I mentioned a while ago. I left all the fiddly little bits til the end so of course it’s going much slower than I thought it would when making the easy peasy body, but this Friday is the deadline so I’m going as fast as I can.

It’s a copepod, in case you’re wondering. (I had to google it too).

Roses for Grandma is also bobbing along nicely, although I’m a wee bit worried the cream yarn is going to run out before I’m finished. This might call for a trip to Hobbycraft with one of the squares on hand so I can get an exact match if I buy some more.

Not that a trip to Hobbycraft is ever a bad thing!

So how’s everyone’s week going so far? What you working on? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Thursday 23.08.18

Current WIP count: 7

This week I’ve been focussing on my broomstick cowl and Roses for Grandma blanket. The cowl is now finished crochet-wise so my next task is finding some suitable buttons for it. I’m thinking dark grey would look good, but I don’t know for certain that I’ve got any big enough in my button stash so I might have to make a trip to the fabric store and buy some. What a hardship!

The logical side of my brain keeps telling me that I should do each stage of Roses for Grandma one at a time; all the roses, then all the leaves and so on. But the childish side gets bored far too easily so I’m chopping and changing between them all, as and when I feel like it.

So far I’ve got 3 complete squares, 4 roses with leaves, and 4 roses on their own, plus my playing around with forget-me-nots. I’ve got a ways to go, but I’m still not bored with it!

What’s everyone else working on? Are you having a good week? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Forget-me-nots

As soon as I said forget-me-nots couldn’t work in the roses for Grandma blanket, my brain started whirring. There might be a way to fit them in, but first I had to work out how they could be made.

A reference photo, as I realise they might not be called forget-me-nots everywhere

I had an idea

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That in reality turned out to be pants

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So then I started experimenting, and these are the results

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My question for everyone is which do you think looks best? I am slightly leaning towards one of them, but my mind could yet be changed!

So one, two or three? Or do you know of a better way to make them? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 15.08.18

Current WIP count: 7

I’ve already mentioned the broomstick lace cowl I started at the weekend, but here’s a slightly better photo of it.

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Wow my camera is struggling to focus on this thing!

There’s been a wee bit of progress with Roses for Grandma, the most of exciting of which (to me) was the discovery of a more suitable yellow in the depths of my stash.

Mum told me that Grandma loved yellow roses so I had to include at least one. Mum also sent me this photo of the last china set Grandma bought.

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Using that as inspiration I’m going to add in a few roses using this colour:

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And possibly a pale blue one. Forget-me-nots are mine and Grandma’s favourite wild flowers, I love that we had that in common, but I’m not sure it’s possible to work those into the blanket so I might just go for a forget-me-not-coloured rose.

The only other progress I’ve made this week is caking yarn to better fit into the new storage I got. It’s so much handier than the six different cardboard boxes I had before.

So that’s what I’m working on. What WIPs has everyone else got going at the moment? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 08.08.18

Current WIP count: 6

Camp was not the ideal place to start working on my Roses for Grandma blanket. My brain is not at its best when running on six hours of sleep per night, with 16 girls clamouring around me. I made the first rose six times before I finally figured out what the pattern was telling me.

I have a progress photo

But also a regress photo

I love the vintage look of the dusty pink and purple roses, and I decided I’d like to run with that aesthetic, which means the bright pink and yellow roses no longer work. So they have been put to one side for use in some other project at some point.

I also got on with the mini octopom for my friend’s baby

It just needs eyes and some stuffing and it’s done.

Not too bad for a busy week. Is everyone else having a good week? What are you working on? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Roses for Grandma

I was quite close to my Grandma. When I was in college I went to her house on the mornings I had late lectures, she was the inspiration for some of my assignments at uni, and she cried at my graduation (although not as much as my Mum). When I lived in Crewe she was only ever 10 minutes away, and even when I moved to Glasgow I would always make time to see her during my visits.

Grandma passed away about five years ago, and honestly I still don’t think I’ve recovered.

Last week I had a dream about my Grandma. She was in a warehouse full of everything I’ve ever lost or forgotten, trying to understand why she was there. I cried when I woke up. Of course I will never forget her, but it hit my heart and I decided I want to make something in memory of her, something to remind me every time I see it how much she meant to me.

I remember Grandma always smelling of roses, and any hint of rose scent brings my memories of her into focus, so I wanted whatever I made to feature at least one rose. I also knew I wanted a blanket, to comfort me as Grandma did so many times.

A long, looong Ravelry dive (and a nudge from Tony) brought me to the Leisure Arts pattern Roses On Lace, and I instantly knew it was the one.

I’ve only got this far and I’ve already cried three times; it’s always bittersweet remembering the people you’ve lost. But every time I work on it I feel that as long as I remember my Grandma, she will never really be gone.

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