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.
I wish you would’ve seen Mom’s face as I handed her the Shawl. she was stunned but loved it. It was the right size for her but the other surprise was that I left with 2 orders for 2 more shawls.
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.
I whipped this up as a test from a pattern with The Crochet Crowd. Instead of whip stitching together its is flat brads crochet.
I like how it lays better than a whip stitch or crocheting the squares together.
After a massive clean and looking at projects that need finished. I have been working on 1 or 2 along with a current project.
2 projects I have worked myself out of yarn. Those are put away until I can go shopping.
I got 2 orders for Virus blankets that will sort themselves out in time. I try to spend some time each day on the first blanket that is going. I use television shows to measure the work time. A little bit of work each day is better than nothing.
My stash is not as big as I thought it was but I can see it growing again with needing stuff to finish current projects.
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. .
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.
For those of you were are new to my blog, when I turned 50, instead of a freak out I decided to turn it into a positive.
I spend the week looking at those patterns on my list that I have not had the nerve to try.
I have spent the last couple of days working on my scrap Works in Progress.
Cluster Waves Blanket – have to watch the turning but its a simple pattern.
Simple Crochet Chevron – single crochet. The ends and turning get me. It is helping to stash bust but I won’t do it again.
5 Point Star – Mikey has a great pattern and it is alot easier than it looks
Moss stitch – I am using a single crochet but you can also do a double crochet
Timeless memories – just getting started but it is a simple pattern. Front Post Crochet is a new one for me.