When designing a new project I hate dong the math. It was never a strong suit in school.
I love a new challenge but when its all on me I get a little nervy. My birthday is coming soon and I always take that week to learn new stuff, try new things but I wanted to get a jump on this one.
Trying to make sure It’s wide enough to fit the design, have I got the center figured in? I know the size of the design but getting it as centred as I can is what is driving me around the twist right now.
Deciding on which stitch I want to use?
It’s a brand new project, surprise gift for hubby. I have never done a graphgan before so I am taking on a mountain here but have I got enough knowledge to survive this one?
It’s a huge step outside my comfort zone. I better pack something to eat and drink. I could be out in crochet land awhile.
I am sorry I have disappeared but I needed some down time. The shoulders and hands were giving me a hard time and rest was the only way I was going to get through the pain. Too many projects going and not enough time.
New year coming new plan.
I have started my knitting/crochet list for the day. Even if I do a set amount of rows, 2 to 3 projects a day can get worked on. I do listen to my body and take some time between projects. There is so much I want to do this coming year. Lot’s of friends having babies or little ones I want to do a project for.
Phil is so patient and I want to make sure I can do something special for him. Trying to work up the nerve for my first graphgan
Once again I have managed to spread myself just a little too thin.
How to budget my time to make the most of what I need to get done is a constant issue.
I have the projects that I need light and I need to pay attention to and then there is what I call the mindless knitting. That stuff that I can knit and not pay attention to.
I got an order for 2 lap blankets for next footy season here in Australia.
knit vest — took me a bit to master the pattern but finally got it going. this is part of my knitting for an elderly lady. I don’t charge her much but she always has a challenge for me.
I started the Marly Bird knit along Garter Stitch Shawl. This is a me project. It’s a 4 row repeat and should work up pretty quick. I’m using up yarn from the Marly Bird shawl knit along. That is another project I will do again.
I divide up my work time as I am watching shows or movies. Changing projects at the end of the show or movie. I get numb fingers if I am at this too long so I am always taking breaks between projects especially if I am having a full day of knit/crochet
Working on a Virus Shawl for the Crows Supporters Group to raffle off soon.
It’s time I get organized and find the priority in this mess
This was a great pattern and Marley was wonderful in teaching.
I do like my shawl bigger so I added extra rows.
Doing the lace was new, I don’t do much just because I do find it kind of hard. The twist on this was you did your 2 together on the purl side. For me it was hard on my thumbs but it looks amazing and I will try the trick again. The lace actually pops by doing it on the wrong side.
I will make this again for sure but will give it my twist adding extra rows.
The 1st is a knit lap blanket in wedding colors. All I had to work with was Instagram photos. I just knitting and did a pattern as I felt like it. Instead of joining at the ends, I joined when my yarn ran out, just for a change.
The Virus Shawl was already a work in progress but I decided to flip it and a gift in another direction. The first pink strip is in relation to cancer. Her hubby has had various cancer fights and won those. She also likes pink so that chose the soft rose color for the second strip.
There are so many great projects out there now and I can’t even begin to tell you want I want to do next.
I have way too much going as usual but I need to work out timing to work on things. I usually do it by project and program. At the end of the program I usually change projects but if I am close to finishing, I will try and keep going.
Because I have evening light issues, I work on the darker projects during the day. I keep it simple at night so I can enjoy watching telly and not have to pay too much attention to what I am working on.
I am falling back in the trap of stuff for everyone else and nothing for Phil and myself. I have blankets started for both of us. It’s winter here in Australia and it gets cold. No wind chill to deal with just cold.
I need to get organized and see what needs to be the priority. A couple of things are wedding presents and will need done soon. Others are orders and a couple of surprise gifts.
I need to shop to get projects done but I need to find that discipline again to get things done before I start.
What I thought was a hard pattern is actually easy, I am liking how it works up. Jonna Martinez has the best video on you tube in my opinion for breaking down the pattern and she also includes how to do the math so you can make your blanket any size.
I just started a bigger one for the hospital. It was a request for one to be big enough to wrap a baby in.