Frog or Finish Nine for 2019

Over at Beads and Barnacles Pippa’s been getting organised with Make Nine and Use Nine grids. She’s inspired me to make a grid of nine projects I want to frog or finish this year. I know I’m a bit late in the year for posting my UFOs, and I know I usually just list them, but a grid makes a nice visual reminder and is a manageable number. So here’s my Frog or Finish Nine for 2019…

  1. We’ve already discussed this this year – it’s the patchwork quilt.
  2. Two project bags that just need handles.
  3. A Santa sack that just needs sewing up.
  4. An almost finished cardigan that I just need a friend’s opinion how the opening should sit to finish.
  5. A crochet top that has to be frogged – my thumb’s too sore to crochet these days ūüė¶
  6. A pair of socks.
  7. A too boring shawl that needs frogging.
  8. A shawl that needs blocking – it’s always so damp in Dartmoor, I never want to deliberately make something wet just to dry it off.
  9. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll recognise this UFO – I’m still wrestling with myself; I don’t seem to like it enough to finish it, but can’t quite bring myself to frog it!

In truth I could finish 7/9 of these in and evening if I frogged number 9. Let’s see how long it actually takes me.

Until next time,

Bekki

Patchwork Progress

One of the many reasons I returned to blogging was because posting about what I’m doing helps me notice my abandoned projects and makes me ask if I really want to complete them. One project that has been abandoned and I definitely want to finish is the quilt I started in April 2017.

The last time I posted about my progress on it was in May 2017. I’d just finished the middle section, attached a round of squares and had sewn two 12 patch blocks for the next round…

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Sunday before last I took the patchwork out and discovered that somewhere after May 2017 I’d completed 8 more 12 patch blocks. I¬†then pieced together another ten smaller 12 patch squares before I ran out of time.

Patchwork

Determined to get it finished soon, I picked it up again last weekend and added corners to the smaller squares to make finished the blocks.

 

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Apologies for the photo quality

I then lay it all out on the bed to work out which blocks to sew to where…

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I managed to sew the rows of  blocks for the sides together, before I again ran out of weekend.

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I’m setting myself the goal of finishing the whole quilt by the end of March and telling you lot about it, so I can’t sneak it back into a cupboard and forget about it for another year or two.

Until next time

Bekki x

 

 

 

 

 

Progress on my goals for 2018 – two months in.

Yes, I know, another month has whizzed by and is already becoming a fading memory. So,¬†since February’s been and gone, it’s high time I did my monthly review on this year’s goals. Here’s how I’ve done…

Make a gift a least once a month on average

This month I sent Lovely Eldest one of my sheep coasters

To give random gifts (gifts not attached to birthdays, house moves, Christmas etc) at least 6 times this year

The coaster was a random gift – but I’m not sure gifts to daughters count, since random gifts to daughters are are part of mummy code in my book.

Felted Sheep Coaster

Make the Dartmoor Yarn Company a more ecofriendly business

Grrr. I have made two very minor steps in this direction: I added the Sheep Coasters to the shop, which are completely biodegradable, and selling wool on cones reduces packaging. But it’s really not good enough on my part. I do have two other plans. One I just need to get on the website and change the way I offer things – no excuses, need to get on with that. The other is more about recycling and I haven’t had time to sort that out, so will make a priority goal for March.

Become and remain UFO free all year.

I have made some cushions from the NYS fabric that I was counting as a UFO, because it had been hanging around so long. But I need to make more to count as a whole FO completed.

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I’ve also added a few squares to my mitred square cushion.

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Experiment/play/learn once a week

I’ve been working on my new kit – but it’s frustrating me, so I haven’t got on as fast as I should. Although several prototypes have been knitted.

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I’ve also been learn/experimenting in the spinning direction during February, so all good with this goal.

Write up my outstanding knitting patterns then write them up within two weeks of object/garment completion.

This is where I really notice that time has flown. I felt as if I had this goal properly in my sights, but all I’ve done is publish the Sheep Sock pattern and the Paw Prints Sock pattern. Both of which were already written up before the end of Jan.

Spin for 15 minutes a day when possible

Opps! Spinning hasn’t been quite so frequent, but as I said above, I have done some…

Always have some knitting using yarn from my stash on my needles

Opps! This one isn’t happening. Yes, my UFO scarf is stash yarn, but I haven’t done more than a dozen rows this month. At this rate it’s going to take me 18 months to finish it.

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Finish the quilt I started in 2017

Not yet touched, but I want to get the other quicker unfinished sewing projects out of the way first. Problem is I could end up making that excuse all year.

All in all, I think I’ll award myself a C+ could do better. However, the point of reviewing is:

  1. To remind myself of what I haven’t done.
  2. Check in with myself about the reasons¬†I haven’t done¬† what I said I wanted to do.
  3. Give myself a kick up the bum to do things I need to do.
  4. Recognise things I don’t really want to do and let them go.

So off to have a think about those things.

How’s your crafting fared in February, whether you set goals or not?

Thanks for dropping by! ūüôā

Bekki

Bekki 1: UFOs 9

At the beginning of each year I always vow to get on top of my UFOs. Last year I did pretty well. In fact I thought I’d banished them all quite early in the year and stayed that way until the Autumn when the UFO count began to grow again. However, when I took stock of my UFOs at the being of this year, I discovered that I’d forgotten to count my sewing UFOs last year. Still that was fine. My problem with UFOs is their nagging draining my energy. If I don’t know I’ve got them then I’m happy for them to stay unfinished.

This year when I counted my UFOs I found nine… Continue reading “Bekki 1: UFOs 9”

YAY! I’m UFO Free!

One of the great things about blogging is that once I’ve promised to do something on my blog, I find it much harder to¬†hide from doing it. I’ve no doubt that if I kept quiet and didn’t mention it again, you guys would forget I ever made the promise, but still making that promise in open forum makes it so much more compelling. After all a promise is a promise. Continue reading “YAY! I’m UFO Free!”

Frogged and ready to go again

Our broadband signal was very intermittent Monday and¬†non-existent most of yesterday. It’s weak right now – 6.30am Wednesday –¬†so I suspect it will be gone again¬†as demand increases when¬†more of the south west¬†is awake.¬† So firstly a¬†quick apology if I’m slow to visit your blog or reply to comments at the moment. Secondly,¬†since all you¬†lovely readers were¬†so patient listening to me whinging and whining advising and supporting me on what to do with the yellow blue-faced Leicester UFO, I’m¬†writing a quick post to share the pattern I’ve chosen.

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After all the inspired suggestions – thank you –¬†I¬†concluded that I really wanted to make myself something to wear.¬†I¬†couldn’t see myself wearing a yellow shawl – although as some of your have pointed out – Facetfully – I’m not as shawl adverse as I thought. Since the ravelry search seems to find it difficult to differentiate between sweaters and cardigans, I ended up looking at sweaters as well as cardigans. This led to me deciding on¬†Natsumi by Yoko Hatta.

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Having a pattern¬†induced me to frog the UFO on Saturday night and one thing struck me as I unravelled it…

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This yarn is blue-faced Leicester, but not as soft as I’d expect from the breed. In fact it feels quite stringy. Hopefully it will knit¬†up¬†to feel better, but I’m thinking the feel is part of what dampened my enthusiasm to knit it and another lesson in not allowing colour to override my other senses.

Hoping you approve of my choice.

Bekki Hill