Oops

So much for keeping up with this blog!! Sadly I really haven’t been making much progress on anything crafty. I’ve been really busy but it’s been more with stuff for the kids like homework and the vomiting bug! The vomiting bug hits our house every year (usually twice) and honestly I’m quite tired of it. My kids are still young enough that it can be quite traumatic. Well, they do seem to think it’s the end of the world and I end up quite frazzled. Thankfully we’re coming up to Christmas and both my brother and parents will be visiting so I’ve at least got that as bribery to get the kids to behave.

This weekend we’ll be printing our own wrapping paper for the special gifts we have and I’ll hopefully get some photos so I’ll at least have something to show for myself other than a wall of text! Have a photo instead of the lovely Koigu I was sent my a friend

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So far so good…

I did try and blog late last week from my iPad buy my clumsy fingers managed to delete every time I tried to write.  I’m giving myself credit for at least attempting it even if it was a failure.

This week I’ve been working on my cross stitch Christmas present.

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As you can see I’m a fairly random stitcher.  Pretty much every tutorial tells you to start in the middle and work your way out and I did do that.  In the beginning.  Then came the outline and the wings.  Then I wanted to fill in the main body because that involved using two different colours which I’ve never done before.  The pattern says to use three strands of floss but I’ve been using two.  The OCD part of me even has the two differnent colours lying in the same direction on each stitch.  This is why my crafting takes so long.  I’m very bad at just leaving mistakes and once ripped a blanket back 15 rows (of 220 sts) because there was a mistake in my seed stitch.

I got this one from Hank’s Pattern Place (http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HanksPatternPlace?ref=l2-shop-info-name) on etsy.  There are some brilliant designs if you like sugar skulls.  This is for my daughter’s god mother who loves sugar skulls AND owls so I’m hoping it’s going to be the perfect gift.  

I’ve been enjoy browsing etsy for future projects too.  Part of the reason I didn’t carry on with cross stitch as a kid was most of the patterns didn’t really appeal to me.  Now with places like etsy independent designers are coming up with some amazing pieces.  I love movies, particularly 80’s teen movies and Wee Little Stitches (http://www.etsy.com/ie/shop/weelittlestitches?ref=shop_sugg) has some fantastic cast designs. 

Now I have to go and have a shower as I seem to have come out in a rash!  I decided to use Oven Pride today and I think I’ve had a reaction to it which just goes to prove that housework is very very bad for you!

 

No pressure then…..

Well, I’ve finally gone and done it!  Started the blog I’ve been talking about for almost two years.  The aim of this blog is to give me the kick up the arse I need to be and feel productive.  I’ve been a SAHM for the last five years and while I spend most evenings crafting I’m very good at starting, I’m very very bad at finishing most things.

I realised today it’s only 51 days to Christmas and as every good crafter knows it’s the time to get those handmade gifts sorted,  I only have a short list this year and I’ve already finished the scarf.  Only one cross stitch project and three and a half pairs of mittens to go.

The seasoned crafter is fully aware of the effects of deadlines though.  They can make you incredibly productive but usually on an entirely different project.  Like this evening for example.  Not only have I started a blog but I’ve culled my Ravelry queue.  I was ruthless and cut all the patterns I really have no intention of knitting.  I was quite impressed I cut it in half but that still leaves 152.  Well, 146 as the first six in my queue have actually been finished and I just need to take photos and create a project page.  See, procrastination strikes again.

I should be quietly working on the mittens as they’re lovely and quite simple but I finally got the 9″ Hiya Hiya sock needle I’ve been lusting after for months and I really want to start some socks!

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From the first day I joined Ravelry I saw a sock in this colourway every time I logged in,  Ellen’s Half Pint Farm Merino/Nylon Sock in New England Autumn,  It has been in my stash for almost three years and I still haven’t knitted it!  It hasn’t stopped me buying yarn of course.

This is a test of my will power not only to make myself accountable at keeping a blog but also that I can wait until all those mittens are done before I cast on with that scrumptios yarn.