Hello and welcome to my first Year Of Projects post. It’s going to be a long one so you might want to get comfy.
When I stumbled across the Ravelry group Here I was very excited. It seemed like the perfect thing for me. I have spent the last few weeks in busying myself kitting up for my projects. My list is Here. I will unashamedly admit it is a HUGE list. I went through all of my books, magazines, Pinterest and patterns to pick these projects. Will I complete them all? I doubt it, but I’m going to give it my best shot. For the knitted projects I haven’t chosen my patterns yet. With learning to knit, it feels like a whole new world has been opened up to me. It’s a very exciting journey to be on.
I am currently working on some projects for a 12 days of Christmas swap, which is hosted on Instagram. I haven’t included any of the items on my list, I can’t show what has been made until after Christmas. I am hoping to have it all completed before I go back to work in September.
I have been busy this week on the crafting front though. Here is what I have managed to do.
A sedge stitch dishcloth from Here It is may favourite dishcloth/Face cloth to make. It has enough texture to exfoliate but is still soft enough for skin. Its also perfect for washing the dishes! I made it with Drops Paris Cotton.
Next off the list is a Large rainbow project bag. Apologies the photo is upside down. I have a bolt of this IKEA fabric from when the boys were small. I made a simple zipped bag. I need some bigger bags for when I am working on a project with more than one or two skeins of yarn.
I have also worked on my Lockdown Blanket. I am finished apart from sewing in the million ends. The start of lockdown triggered my anxiety quite badly. I couldn’t concentrate on anything and I needed something easy. I grabbed the yarn that had been free with a weekly magazine (teaching you how to knit…) and just made a granny square lap quilt. The simple process of just going around and around was soothing. The balls were only 25g so as soon as I run out of one I just added another, All of the colours match in someway so it looks lovely.
This next one is really unexciting. I am trying to reduce our household waste and also being very conscious of what we bring in to the home. I am very much of the mindset reduce, reuse and recycle along with Make do and Mend. I read an article in the last couple of weeks about plastics now being in our fruit and vegetables. Apparently there is so many microfibers in our water there is just no getting away from it. I have been guilty of using microfiber cloths in the past. I will never buy them again.
I made some simple cleaning/polishing rags. It’s an old nightie that was starting to fray at the edges. After I had taken the buttons off and put them in the button jar, I used pinking shears to cut in to squares and just sewed a zig zag around. The took about 10 minutes to make.
This one is again a really simple make. I made a crochet necklace from a tutorial on Pinterest. It honestly took no more than 10 minutes. I have lots of t shirt yarn so I may make a few more. I love funky accessories so this is perfect for me.
On the subject of recycling, I had 2 t shirts that were ready for the recycling tub. They were frayed at the collars and were beyond repair. Whilst I was going through all of my magazines I came across this. You cut the t shirts in to strips and just plait them to use for dog toys. I made 3. They are for Bentley my Yellow Labrador and Ruby my Spaniel.
Ruby loves them and has had all 3 by her side since I gave them to her. Bentley isn’t interested at all!!
I managed to add some squares to my Battenberg Blanket pile. I have just over a 100 to add to the coloured squares and then I can start joining with the white. There will be 1020 squares in total and it will fit a king size bed.
Lastly we already have the first project that might be taken off the list. I signed up for the mystery Cal from The Crochet Project. As I am on a stash ban for 12 months I treated myself a few weeks ago to these beautiful hand dyed yarns.
The project is for a shawl or a scarf. I was going for the shawl. I’ve stopped on week 1. It is now on week 3. I’m not sure I like it. I am watching peoples progress and I think I am going to wait until all of the elements are put together before I proceed. I can not afford to use £60 worth of yarn on a project I don’t like. The project seems easy enough so it won’t take me long to make if I do decide to make it.
Well if you got the end of this post a massive thank you to you. I didn’t intend for it to be so long!