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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

 

Kint Along With Marley Bird

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.

Thanks Marley

2 More Projects ready for delivery

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.

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.

 

 

Those pesky W.I.P

After a massive clean a few weeks ago it was disheartening that I had found so many things not finished.

To be honest I was really disappointed in myself. How had I let things get so bad?

One project was 15 years old and NOT DONE.

I have really resigned myself to finishing before starting more. Some I have stopped to make wedding or baby presents that had worked up quick.

Poor hubby is still waiting on his sweater but I am working on a blanket for him for fall, which I know he will use.

Still nothing for me. Hubby always complains that too much goes out the door and nothing is mine but I am trying to take care of that one. I did start a blanket for me, now if it gets finished or not by fall that is another story.

Am I the only one who looks at something on YouTube and goes “I got to try that?”

If I would just stay off there long enough to finish, just maybe. .

Fingers crossed

Post Birthday Thoughts

I wound up during this past week looking at what is in my stash. How much is there and what needs finished. I do have some stuff started for gifts but I need to also get better at finishing things.

5 point Star – in blue for my grandson

I still have Jake’s blanket to finish and gifts to some of the Crows who have or are getting married.

I was giving 3 big bags last year with unfinished blankets and I am not sure what to do.  Finish or frog them out, or  create my own?

Phil make sure he points out that I don’t do anything for us and maybe that is what this year is supposed to be.

Finish those works in progress and work on projects for us

It’s all up to me.

Merry Christmas

How can I ever say “THANKS” for your love and support, over the year.

I love reading what your up to playing with yarn and what you have created.

I am taking some time off blogging over the holidays but will be madly knitting and crocheting my fingers to the bone with lots to show you in the new year.

My Skype is always on if you ever want to pop in for a visit

hugs yarn weavers. Have a super holidays and see you in 2017

 

Too Many Works Needing Worked On.

I have a bad habit of getting board with projects putting them away and then finding them again to finish at some point

How to balance the time to work on things was, well is my biggest issue.

There is a lot to do and to dig myself out, I use the length of what I am watching to work on a project. Right now I am watching the Carolina Panthers/Oakland Raiders game working on a knit project. It is what I call mindless knitting, I can feel my way through the row, it is all in garder stitch so that makes it easy.

When I do the next game I will change the project I am working on. It might not be many rows but some progress is made. I think that is the important part. Progress. I do have a couple of wedding presents to work on but those can be delivered anytime.

The projects that I need to pay attention to and count I usually put something on that I can listen to as I work. Needing to count, I have frogged one project way too much.

My goal this year was to finish a lot of the W.I.P that I have. I didn’t do so well this year so I might as well carry that goal over to next year.

1 year I will actually make. . .Maybe

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiration from my Crochet Sisters

This entry comes from a post on Facebook from one of the groups I am in.

We are all die-hard, hookers (slang for Crocheters) and cant get enough of what we do. It is not often if at all that we hook up something for ourselves. I don’t know about my Sisters but I am guilty of sending more out the door then I do for myself or my hubby, even he said from time to time, “Spoil yourself”  or “Where’s my scarf”

What we do is unique and special. I am loving all the work that I am seeing in the pics and all. You could give 6 of us the same pattern and I can promise you  that you would get 6 different projects back.

No piece is the same and that is how it should be in what we do.

My line is called Cricket’s Originals.  I NEVER do the same pattern twice. Each piece is different and special, it has a bit of my heart and soul in it. a couple of years ago I got an order for 3 scarfs, 1 was to be the old school stripped scarf and the only thing about the other 2 was they needed to be black and white. When I do a scarf I love it to be textured, so I used different patterns in each scarf.

Guess what I am getting is that I am proud to wear my work.  I know the quality is good. I am picky and I know that it what I create will stand the test of time and will be  wearable for years,

So, to my Crochet sisters out there wear your creations proud. Show off what you do. I for one cant wait to see what you design next.