How Did I Mange to Get Way Too Many Works in Progress?

I think at times  have the attention of a squirrel.

OK, Let me Explain. . .

As you know I love crocheting, knitting and even cross stitch.  I feel like I get bored after a while and I need a new challenge. you should see my sitting area now, way too many bags with things needing finishes. I get myself in trouble when someone has just had a baby and I need to do a gift. I have grand babies who have been missing out because I have stuff for them and it’s not been sent.

I love new challenges on stitches or projects but the frustration of late is trying to get things finished, but not starting any more. How do I keep myself focused on just finishing things up.

I know Phil is frustrated with me for all the bags and stuff. I put way to much pressure on myself, when did it stop being fun and start being more like a business in some ways? Am I trying to prove myself to people through my work? I have to thank my Dad and Mom for teaching me to crochet and knit. I can remember crying for hours at frogging to get mistakes fixed and making the project as perfect as I could to give it away.

I love learning new patterns, but I also loving giving them my twist. I never make the same project twice. I just feel like each piece should be unique. That is how Cricket’s Originals came to life. When I lived in Ohio, I started a business that was based on that, unique one of a kind pieces.

The new crochet along just started with the Crochet Crowd but can I really start that with everything else.

Today is the 10th of July and I am setting myself a goal of working on things that need finished for the rest of the month.

I will keep checking in and letting you know how it goes.


Call the Mid Wife

One of my W.I.P is Call the Mid Wife. Baby blanket size.

I still have some of the variegated left and will change back to that have the second block of solid.

Not much left of the tan so will use a solid as the border

Purple Fireflys

The first of some baby blankets and this one I wanted to be special.

Purple Fireflies are to honour my close mate Katherine.

It’s a reminder to stop and smell the roses and how precious life is

Updated Works in Progress list.

It’s a new year so it’s time to update the W.I.P list. Still my goal this year to finish off as many as possible without loading more on my work load.

(Knit) — Boise State Rug — should have been done for the 75th birthday. they are cruising so as long as I can get it finished and shipped before they decide to cruise again, will make me happy

(Knit) — Crows Large Wrap — this is part 2 of an order for the same person. I was given the yarn to use and creating was left up to me. I used larger needles then ask as the lady is short, I am trying to make the needed adjustments to fit her.

(Knit) — D.K weight shawl for me. Based on Marley Bird’s Textured Triangular Shawl. Sticking with the textured and lace as I feel moved to make changes.  The lace is still the challenge but this should give me some better practice.

(Knit) — Gray knit vest. This is part of an order that has taken too long to finish. It took  a bit to get the pattern figured out but I have looked at it to long and its time to get it done and delivered

(Crochet) — Planned pooling. This one is another me project. Not quite sure where it will finish up but working the variegated part first and then will decide from there.

(Crochet) — 5 point star. 1 for each of the grandbabies made of their favourite colours. Trying to use up scraps and odd skeins.

(Knit) — simple shawl. Yarn from Hildy.  Pattern of my choice.

(Crochet) Christmas Blanket — blocks used from another rug I started.

(Knit,Crochet) — using up odd skeins to help with stock.

(Knit, Crochet) — Nan’s knit blocks, crocheting them together to give back to Erica.

(Crochet) David Robertson’s Blanket — created to donate.

(Crochet) Jake Peavy’s Blanket — Can keep or donate

(Crochet) Central Districts Rug — Oldest W I P



Crochet vs Knit and Poncho vs Shawl

Can I have both?

Sure why not they are projects for me but the question is which is crocheted and which is knitted?

I had poncho’s growing up and have even made a couple. One of the 1st things my Dad crocheted me was a poncho with a matching purse, it was green and dark brown

Well ponchos have made a return. They say hang on to stuff because it will make a come back.

Found some great poncho patterns but which one will give me what I want. One has a great cable pattern but the crochet ones are simple and I can add a hood better.

I have lots of great yarn to choose from but how do I decide on the pattern?

It’s coming up on birthday week soon and its time to pick a good challenge.

Keep you posted

Crochet Math

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.


Too Many Projects and Not Enough Time.

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.

Grey Vest

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.

Garter Stitch Shawl










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


Not Enough Time in the Day

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.



Call the Mid Wife

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.