My Third Best Christmas Present

Back in December I told you that I’d share my 3rd best Christmas present with you.  Well, finally, here it is…


Throughout Christmas I was suffering with a cold with a very tickley cough, so although I started reacquainting myself with how to spin, I very quickly realised that the small fibres from the wool I was spinning were aggravating my cough.

Unfortunately the cold and cough turned out to be one of those that goes on for weeks and weeks and I haven’t spun since just after Christmas. However this pause did give me time to think about what I was doing. Although I’m still very much a novice, I’ve decided I’ve familiarise myself enough with the very prickly stuff I was spinning and am going to spin some left over Christmas coloured pedigree Jacob roving.

Christmas red green white jacob carder felting

So, from tomorrow onward, I’m going to be doing the 15 minutes spinning a day that I’ve set as one of my goals this year, and however arty my yarn turns out, I’m going knit myself a pair of Christmas socks with it.

Unless you’ve any better suggestions – and please don’t say an Italian flag!

UFO Count

Having set a goal to rid myself of UFOs in 2018, I thought I’m better do a  UFO count and commit to dealing with them. So after some rummaging here’s what I found:

Knitting UFOs

The mitred mystery – last worked on in August:


‘That’ scarf – last worked on in July.


Another scarf – a UFO from 2016 that I didn’t even find when I went on my UFO hunt last year:



The quilt for my bed:


I bought fabric for making cushions for various rooms some 3/4 years ago. Not started – so technically not UFOs, but since I’ve been meaning to make them for so long they’re sapping my energy and feeling like UFOs.


This un-quilted block for a cushion:

Bethelhem Star Block

Project bags cut out and ignored:


Two handle-less grab bags:



This cross stitch that’s been ignored for at least a year:

Cross stitch Chickens

Everything else unfinished I’m currently seeing as a WIP, however I will add anything  to this list that falls into UFO-doom.

How many crafty UFOs have got?


Sunday Sevens – 14th January

Joining in again this week with Sunday Sevens – started by Nathalie at Threads and Bobbins – sharing seven (or so) pictures of  the week beyond the blog.

I’ve been feeling a lot better this week, so have managed to take advantage of the improved weather and had some good walks on the moor.


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Creative Goals, Projects and Rules

Some years I work in a much more goal focused manner than others. I have even been known to set no goals at all some years. This year I’ve put a lot of thought into what I want to achieve creatively and otherwise. There’s been a lot of self-coaching behind the scenes, which has resulted in me deciding to do things a bit differently. This year I’m setting: Continue reading “Creative Goals, Projects and Rules”

Sunday Sevens – 7th January

Joining in again this week with Sunday Sevens – started by Nathalie at Threads and Bobbins – sharing seven (or so) pictures of  the week beyond the blog.

During the week after Christmas I kept looking out of our bedroom window wondering what a small white patch on our back lawn was. On New years eve I finally remembered it while I was out in the garden and went to investigate. It turned out to be this… Continue reading “Sunday Sevens – 7th January”

New Year, New project

Having felt too unwell to knit over Christmas, I finally picked my needles up again on Friday. Whilst I did technically start this project in November, swatching and knitting the back edging, I left it there since:

  1. I needed to finish Lovely Husband’s Christmas sweater.
  2. Lovely Husband’s Christmas sweater was on the needles I wanted to use.

I also admit, that although I’d been planning it a while, I couldn’t get much enthusiasm for it. However, I’ve been fully enthused since Friday and this is how far I’ve got…


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