Hello and happy March to you all!
It’s been a little while since I posted up on ‘ole WordPress, so I thought I’d share an update before getting back to regular posting.
January was a month of adulting – updating stuff, filling in forms and chores. Lots of errands, that kind of thing.
I’ve been reading a lot: 9 books in January! And a further 6 in February…yup, that’s a lot! It would appear I’m in a reading phase.
But I’m OK with that. I naturally go through phases with reading and some years are full on and some are pretty sparse.
Remember those goal posts I did last year, saying I was going to do this and that – nope!
Unpicked/ frogged most of my then-WIPS and have started on new projects and new ideas. Sometimes the projects which hang over your head pull you down and they aren’t fun anymore.
So, I got rid and am much happier!
What have I been working on lately?
In December (Christmas Eve actually) I finished a chunky jumper I had on the needles. I had done part of the Palin back in stocking stitch and a bit of the cabled front…but hadn’t made a note of the next row and I messed it up and couldn’t be bothered to unpick and re-do the cables.
So, I just frogged it and made it all in stocking stitch and it fits great.
I tried to make the arms 3/4 length, it didn’t quite work as they just look a little short for me! But it fits and looks OK. High praise!
I like the chunky-ness of it and it’s the thickest jumper I own. Nice and warm.
Below is what it should have looked like!
And here is the finished object!
It didn’t take too long once I got into it again!
I’m currently working on a knitted cowl, and a fair isle sweater and have a leftover Christmas stocking to finish! I won’t show pics here as I’m not sure if I want to unravel any of them yet.
The leftover stocking is a neon version of these ones below:
My crochet sweater is still in the bag since, hmm pretty much this time last year. I want to get into it but there is something that takes precedence before I finish my WIPS.
Someone is leaving at work and I want to knit or crochet them something, but I’m not sure what yet!
I also started a crochet cowl on a recent night shift and it’s about a third of the way done. I might donate that to a charity.
I don’t think I ever showed it but here is the hat I knitted (well, started) on my last nightshift!
So, knitting and crochet have been put on the back burner for a little while. I have 2 more books on my shelf to read and I found another couple downstairs before I get into crafting again.
What else have I been working on?
I used up a tub of melt and pour soap I had lying around and now it’s waiting all packaged neatly in boxes to be used up!
I added the colour, scent and shape. It solidifies quite quickly, so it’s not really a long project. But it’s one I can cross off my list!
I have also been thinking about what to do with some items I bought at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Harrogate last November.
I bought some wool, fabric and some bits! The towering will be made into a hair turban (instead of using a towel when I wash my hair – much easier!) and also some scrunchies I think.
I also bought some grey fabric not shown here (which I can’t find anywhere in the house, I don’t know where I put it, haha!) and I want to sew another Tilly and the Buttons cardigan from one of her books I have.
But, there’s no rush for sewing!
I’ve been on a gluten-free special diet lately and I’ve been eating lots of weird dishes! I made a banana bread recipe the other day with gluten free flour and added a few blueberries. It was actually quite nice!
So, whilst I’m getting creative in the kitchen, it’s not for cakes and biscuits, alas!
Gluten-free spaghetti is actually really tasty, not like some other options such as bread and cakes. I’m still finding what works for me.
I’ve been enjoying writing on Medium lately, it’s been my most profitable month of the year so far on there.
Maybe because I’ve been reading so much on there, but the words are flowing a bit easier and faster. You can write about whatever you want and I do like the clean, simple theme of the platform.
This post below has been one of my favourites to write and has made me $4.78 so far in the last month or so since it was published!
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Print on Demand
I’ve also been working a bit on my Print on Demand sites lately and got my first order on Society 6, yay!
Below is my most recent pattern that I created with both Canva and Repper.
I like how, in Repper, you can export in really big file sizes which means I don’t need to use Photoshop for the large furniture-sized files on Society 6 – it takes ages to load Photoshop sometimes!
I ordered this pattern from my RedBubble store, as well as a phone case in another pattern for myself.
It’s just another outlet for my creativity.
Are we all caught up?
Sort of! There’s a lot to talk about since the last time I posted on here 6 months ago, but I’ll leave that for another post.
See you soon x
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One thought on “Life, Knitting, Crochet and Sewing WIPS for 2023”
Very fun to catch up with you and your projects. I love those little bees on your soaps! Looks like you’ve had a busy few months and it sounds like you’ve been doing some early spring cleaning/tidying up -good for you!