Finishing the unfinished

Polyxena asked me about the projects I was determined to finish by the end of the year, and for the most part they were done

  • 1 amigurumi doll I have to sew up- DONE
  • 1 scrapbook of a week in the life from 2011- DONE
  • 1 crocheted cardigan for Miss BG that when finished, will not fit her – RIPPED OUT and restarted to fit my little niece
  • 2 crocheted bibs for my niece-DONE!
  • 1 crocheted washer- DONE!
  • 1 half finished cardigan for myself- I lost my count doing a sleeve-RIPPED OUT SLEEVE and restarted
  • 1 half finished scarf – RIPPED OUT and restarted
  • 1 granny square blanket which needs to be sewn together after I finish putting the final trim around the squares- DONE!
  • Several pieces of fabric begging to be made into dresses, skirts, capes for the kids.- I have started on a dress, and will have some spare time in a week or two for some serious sewing.

Along the way I also

  • Framed 7 prints and posters that we bought overseas

From where I live-in my yellow hallway! #fmsphotoaday

  • Made a fez for Master BG- my first attempt at millinery

Fezzes are cool #drwho #halloween #madeitmyself

In my year of Being Mindful I want to finish what I start. One thing I never started last year was a ripple blanket; I ended up donating the wool to a retirement village in Ballarat for residents to use to knit toys for disadvantaged children. One of the ladies had a knitting machine and ended up using the wool to make teddies!

knitted teddy bearsI have a few balls of yarn left over from my granny square blanket which will be making their way to them very soon :).

Finished Business No 3- Scrapbooking A week in the life

In 2011 I decided to do A week in the life with Tania whereby you scrapbook and document your week in words and pictures.

The documenting was the easy part, taking photos and doing my usual blogging thing. Then I had to put it all together…
The stuff I needed to get, the album, backing pages, sticky dots, lettering, labels, stickers which saw me venture into Spotlight and Lincraft’s scrapbooking sections. So much stuff! So much to buy! I can see why people will continue scrapbooking because the stash of stuff you will accumulate from frequent visits to stores will have you scrapbooking forever.

I had written other things along the way, describing what I had done on that day and what had been on the menu. This was a boon, as by the time I had come to actually putting it together, much of it had been forgotten.

I realised to scrapbook well, you need time to do it by yourself, preferably without little hands ‘helping’. You need time to lay it out and to spread it out over a large surface, (preferably one that is not already covered with laundry, books, and papers), and time to plan. And I realised…I don’t always have that time! And if I do there are so many other things I could be doing with that time, like reading, writing, crocheting, knitting, and the myriad of other tasks that can take up your time.

While I am not a scrapbooker, I am glad to have done the challenge. It has been nice to look back upon that week and see how my kids have changed in a year.

Finished Business No 1- Amigurumi Doll

I am beginning to tick off the unfinished craft projects, one by one. My preferred time is at night time, sitting on the sofa, but I have been able to squeeze in an hour or two during the day while the kids are at school/kinder, or while I was waiting for my laundry to dry at the laundromat!
The first craft project I finished off was my first amigurumi, a doll which came in a kit. The crochet was easy, just double crochet, but I may need to swap to a smaller hook to get the correct tension. In hindsight, I should have simply sewed in as I went along, but it tends to make an enjoyable pastime somewhat tedious 🙂
This was the image
Amigurumi packet

And this was the finished product.
Finished Amigurumi Doll

There was supposed to be orange yarn with which to make a flower, and as there wasn’t any in the pack, I made do with leftover white yarn.
Will celebrate with a cuppa…

Unfinished business

Sometimes it can be the death of someone, which brings home the reality that you have things left undone, things left unsaid. For Mr BG, his father’s passing made him realise he didn’t know enough about World War Two, and so proceeded to watch the entire series of The World at War, over a period of three months, day in, day out. His mother’s passing spurred im to start playing music again- there was obviously unfinished creativity begging to be released.

For me it’s something else.

While getting things together for Miss BG’s upcoming birthday celebrations I came across a cute crochet kit to make a little scarf for her. In a moment of weakness, it was bought and I returned home to the realisation I have committed myself to yet another crafty thing to do :).

Currently I have

    1 amigurumi doll I have to sew up
    1 scrapbook of a week in the life from 2011
    1 crocheted cardigan for Miss Bg that when finished, will not fit her
    2 crocheted bibs for my niece
    1 crocheted washer- halfway
    1 half finished cardigan for myself- I lost my count doing a sleeve
    1 half finished scarf
    1 granny square blanket which needs to be sewn together after I finish putting the final trim around the squares
    Several pieces of fabric begging to be made into dresses, skirts, capes for the kids.

Miss BG’s little cardigan, bibs and washer were created on our trip overseas and had to be jettisoned/sent back home after I ran out of space in my luggage halfway through the holiday. The amigurumi, cardigan, and scarf have been buried under stuff in my bedroom wardrobe (more of a case of out of sight, out of mind. The granny squares I had been working on, then I ran out of a specific yarn and have had a bitch of a time trying to get the right colour.

The scrapbook has been sitting on the bookshelf in the dining room cleverly camouflaged against the other books. Speaking of scrapbooks and photos, I also have small mountain of photos from my wedding in 2001 which have yet to be organised into an album.

Why oh why do I have so many craft projects on the go? I have reasons/excuses as to why they’re unfinished, but it seems that I seem to run out of puff, lack the crafty stamina needed to see something through. And it is easier to pick up a book, read blogs online, blog, do laundry, shop, look after kids, than it is to tackle all the sewing in you need to do to finish something off.

So enough is enough- there will be no scarf made for Miss BG until I finish up the other projects, or reassess their value. And what’s more, they will be finished by the end of the year.

I have already started the reassessment! I also had about 15 balls of yarn which I had intended to transform into another blanket, but after having done the granny square blanket, have realised I have overstretched myself. I ended up donating the yarn to a retirement village in Sebastopol for the ladies who like to knit for charity. They will also recive some wool leftover from a blanket I started in 2004, in the midst of pregnancy hormones and nesting :).

And once the more tangible bits of unfinished business are done, then perhaps I can move to the less apparent and infinitely harder business of saying the unsaid…

Bookgrrl’s Creative Space

It’s been a while since I did anything crafty. I must admit, I associate knitting and crochet with the colder months and my days have been filled with other things like school, kinder, house, garden, kids and husband, and now work again after a hiatus.

Summer is now autumn, so out comes the wool…

1. Baby Blanket- finished project!

My baby blanket which was started about 3 years ago, is finally finished, and will be going to my sister and my lovely nephew soon.

I had to do the lace edging, and sew up the panels, which was what slowed me down. It was a labour of love and if I do another baby blanket, it will be in crochet- it’s so much faster.

2. Cardigan- work in progress

This was to be a knitted blanket aeons ago, but I lost heart and decided to unravel it. The yarn is Jo Sharp and such a beautiful soft green. The cardigan is an easy pattern and so far, I’ve finished the back, the fronts and am starting on the sleeves. It’s in stocking stitch and once I’m past the increasing/decreasing part of the pattern, I can let my fingers fly while I’m watching the TV or a DVD.

I’m hoping to have this finished by the end of March, or at least by Easter :).

3. Dress- project in waiting

Now this is where I will readily admit to being slightly crazy. An initial shopping expedition saw me buy some fabric offcuts in Daylesford, with the intention of making a dress for Miss BG. Six months later, another shopping expedition to Aldi saw me pick up a admittedly cheap sewing machine, with the intention of making a dress for Miss BG. Pattern has been bought and the pieces have been cut. now all I have to do is get the machine out of the packaging, learn how to use one after 25 years, and make the dress. I’m making it a size larger, as I figure it’ll be good for next summer rather than this one :).

One thing I am determined to do is to focus on completing something before embarking on another. It’s too easy to abandon something for another more interesting project. This time I am determined to do one thing at a time. I just have to stay out of Lincraft and Spotlight for the next 6 months…