Another Year, Another Project List!

Now that the holidays are just about over, I have a bit of time to catch up on blogging. I know I owe y’all pics of the All Tied Up In Knots shawl, so here it is…modeled by its new owner, my friend J.

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The front of the shawl. There is a nice amount of overlap, so it can be held close with a shawl pin if needed.

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Closeup of the edging. The back filler and the edging are all one piece. For the back, I used three columns. I stopped at the center and continued the split with the two separate columns. This is just a simple twist cable, but the seam itself adds some texture and interest.

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A closeup of the back. Three simple twist cables and an easy over/under seam stitch to connect the two panels with the middle.

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Here you can see the filler with the three columns. It also adds a little stretch, and the loose stitching allows it to breath so she won’t get too hot.

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Here is the front right panel. As you can see above, there are two repeats on each side, one front and one back. The Celtic Knot was designed by Becleigh Durham of Australia.

The Celtic Knot pattern is available on Ravelry or on Becleigh’s blog, The Thick Plottens. As you can probably tell, it took FOREVER to finish it! It is essentially four baby blankets and a scarf all sewn together, just to give you an idea of the time factor. However, I can truly say that I am now a post stitch MASTER!

With that out of the way, I can move on to new (and old) projects! Last night, I started on the “Plum’s the Word Shawlette” from Crochet! magazine. It’s only available to subscribers or CGOA members, as it is a web extra and is not published in the magazine.

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Plum’s the Word Shawlette as featured on the Crochet! magazine website.

I’m also working on a couple of original designs, so you’ll be seeing those later on this year.

I still have a few old projects to either finish or frog. I’m working on my son’s afghan that will likely be ready next Christmas. I’m also going to try to get some wedding wear done to post on Etsy. Most importantly, I need to take photos of all the other completed projects that I found lying around in my craft closet!

In between crochet work, I am organizing my craft studio, so you’ll be seeing pictures of before and after (prepare to be horrified!). I have a few chain maille projects lined up, and I need to create room for my daughter to work on her sewing projects. She received two sewing classes for Christmas, so she’ll actually know what she’s doing! Besides her sewing, I will be working on a simple strip quilt made from jelly rolls that I found at Big Lots, of all places! They were only $7.50 for each roll! This will be my first attempt at quilting, so wish me luck.

As we start the new year, I wish everyone joy and prosperity, and the energy and will to finish all of your UFOs (unfinished objects)!

 

Tulle and Velvet and Pants, Oh My!

The problem (can one call it a problem?) with crafting is that it takes up most of one’s time, leaving little time for blogging about all the crafting!

At the moment, I am trying to finish my friend’s shawl midst little things like going to the hospital and trying to get the kids to record a Christmas cd. I’m only asking for five songs, but Aubrey is stubborn and argumentative and doesn’t want to listen to anyone else. She gets offended when I tell her she’s singing through her nose, or sounds like she has a wad of tobacco in her mouth. We did finally end up with one decent track of vocals, but because Matt tried to do the vocals first, thinking he could do the piano track second, it ended up totally out of sync; Aubrey is totally a white girl and has no rhythm. She’s got a great voice, but can’t keep a steady beat. So that all has to be dumped and we have to start over, but this time, Matt’s laying down the piano track first and making a click track (a digital metronome) for Aubrey to follow. Sigh. It may be an Easter cd if we don’t get it done in time.

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Tonight, Aubrey came home with the pants part of her uniform and the center bit was just a few strands of thread and several giant holes, meaning if anyone looked too closely, they would be able to see the wine angels’ underwear. She managed to darn them so they’ll last a few more days, and in the meantime, I’m going to make a new pair for each of the girls. Aubrey wants elastic at the ankle, and a black elastic strap across the bottom of her foot. She says the legs slide down when the girls are upside down, so people can see their socks. There’s also the issue that the company pants are way too big for Aubrey, since she’s so microscopic. I figure since sparkle red stretch velvet is on sale right now, it’s a good time to get a few yards.

On Monday, we finally scrounged all the Christmas stuff out of the shed, so today I’m putting the lights on the front porch. The tree will have to wait a day or two. Getting out the tree led indirectly to having to paint the laundry room (our handy guys disappeared), which means that needs to get done so I can clean off my back porch.

Of course, I’ve still got all of my doll stuff and our upcycled clothing to work on, too. My niece asked me to make her a chain maille bracelet, so add that to the list. I would make an actual written list but I’m afraid it will make me feel even more overwhelmed. And dammit, what’s with every web site having a Christmas countdown? I’ve got enough anxiety as it is; the Christmas countdowns just make me want to pull out my hair…or curl up in a ball under my quilt and not come out until New Year.

So please forgive my erratic posting! As soon as I get my crochet projects finished up, I’ll post more regularly.

How are your Christmas plans holding up? Are you suffering from “TooMuchCrapToDoItis” like I am? What projects are you trying to get done in time for Christmas?