Saturday, November 17, 2018

A Brain Brimming Over with Ideas


My brain is an explosion of colour and ideas. Crafting is one way I have of emptying it, just a little. But, I keep on starting projects and leaving them unfinished. Whilst decluttering my craft room I have been coming across quite a number of not-quite complete projects. It's driving me crazy. And my way of dealing with it is to ignore the problem and start a new project.

I so want to start the Lavender and Old Lace quilt. Each time I enter the room I want to start playing. Another project that's calling is making a couple of hooded baby blankets, using up some white fleece and quilting fabric. I'd also be quite happy to start another hat. It is ridiculous!

A while back I realised I needed to curtail my yarn buying habits. Initially, I went Cold Sheep (like cold turkey, but with added wool). Since then I have been successfully buying less yarn than I have used. Also yarn was donated to local charities. 

This year I started out only buying yarn to facilitate using up my stash. Black, navy and brown were bought to help turn little balls of stash yarn into hats. This plan worked really well until March, and I really wanted to try a particular design, Optical Illusion Blanket. New yarn was bought for that. Later, new yarn was bought for the Doctor Who Scarf.

Now, it is looking like I need to start applying a similar method to my projects. Before I start a new project, I have to finish a UFO. It would be great to have just a handful of projects, and no UFOs at all! But that's a dream at the moment. Baby steps - one UFO at a time.

Smooth Cardigan and Hat


Another UFO becomes a FO!

Company:  King Cole
Yarn: Smooth DK 
Composition: microfibe acrylic 100%
Colour:  white 
Company:  King Cole
Yarn: Smooth Multi DK 
Composition: microfibe acrylic 100%
Colour:  sea green 
Size: baby
Needles: 4mm
Started:  umm....
Finished: 16th November 2018

I've no idea when the hat and cardigan were started, but they were finished yesterday. Another UFO bites the dust!  I remember why this one sat in the naughty corner for ages. When I wanted to finish it I couldn't find a suitable needle. It was put to the side to finish later after new needles had been bought.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Blue Socks


Normally, I make notes on my craft projects. This gives me a starting point if I want to make the item again, or make something from the same yarn. 

For a knitted item, this includes useful information like the pattern, the yarn, the composition of the yarn, needle size, when it was started and finished. And almost none of this available for these socks. The yarn is an acrylic, and they were finished today! That's your lot. Well, apart from they were probably started at least five years ago.


Monday, November 12, 2018

Frogging


"Frogging" is a knitting term. It's what you do when you rip out your knitting, "rip it, rip it, rip it". A few UFOs in my craft room have been frogged. The yarn will be reconditioned (skeined, washed, and dried with a weight on the end), and then used in a new project.

A big difference was made in my craft room when the computer and desk departed. This morning, I have organised all of the yarn in the room. There's now four collapsible crates, 4ply, DK, aran, and chunky. There's also a much smaller box containing lace-weight, some mohair, eyelash yarn, and a ball of  chenille. There's a few balls in the sitting room and also the dining room. Those will be filed away in their proper place when the craft room has bee decluttered.

A friend sent me a 'squishy' (a parcel of quilting fabrics). As there's quilting fabrics I no longer want, it seems a good time to put together squishies for my quilty friends.

It really does feel good bringing order to the chaos. It's also very inspiring, and I have to keep telling myself, "No. Now is not the time to start another project. It's decluttering time." Although I did find a pair of socks. They are a shade off being completed - one toe needs to be grafted, and two ends woven in. Then I'll have another item to add to my charity box.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

UFOs and Let Gos


In the crafting communities UFOs are not Unidentified Flying Objects, but UnFinished Objects. I seem to have a fair few. Some are so near completion it is ridiculous! 

Whilst decluttering my craft room, I came across a baby hat and cardigan set. The hat has been completed, but the cardigan needs a few ends woven in, and the underarms grafted. When completed, it will be added to my charity box.

Also unearthed in the declutter were a number of small projects I no longer want, nor need. They have been disposed of. There were also three matching socks (three?!). They will be frogged and the yarn reused.

A huge amount of Stuff has been removed from the room.The Beloved and the Offspring have packed it up and taken it to the local amenities site. Included in this are a couple bags of rubbish, a box of cardboard boxes, a computer and a desk. 

I really want this room to become a guest bedroom, with a bit of storage for crafting supplies rather than a jumble of craft stuff with a bed tucked into the corner. When we visit the Elder Offspring, we'll be packing about four boxes of her belonging.  That will create a bit more space, and a clearer corner in the room.

By the time she comes back to spend Christmas with us, the room is going to look so very much better!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Decluttering the Craft Room


Being ill with coughs, sneezes and wheezes means I have been sleeping in my craft room/guest room. My attention has been drawn to how messy it is, and how messy I don't want it to be!

Work has started on decluttering my craft room. I did it last year, and it is in need of decluttering again. Some of the things saved last year will not make the cut this year. 

Yesterday, I realised that if I get rid of 10 items per day until the new year, I will have parted with over 500 items. This idea pleased me greatly. Then I paused and remembered there's a trip to England to visit the Elder Offspring. There will be a number of days when I can't declutter as I'll be in a different country! Then a little spark of cerebral energy ignited, "Why don't you do a bit extra on some days and set aside clutter and earmark it for decluttering on those days." 

Stuff is leaving the house. Some has been set aside for recycling, some for donation, and some for the rubbish bin. So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye.

A Fabric-filled Day


Today was my first day up and out of bed after spend two days coughing and spluttering. It's certainly taken it out of me!

This morning, I visited a new place, the Fibre Studio. They offer all sorts of courses, eg knitting crochet, dreamcatchers, weaving, weaving sticks, spinning... I'd like to give weaving a go. The tutor is incredibly into the rustic vibe, and it made me realise how much I like crisp clean colours and precision. However, the techniques will be the same regardless.

The afternoon involved a quick tip to the woollen mill to pick up a metre of the Laxey tartan. This is going to be used to make a hot water bottle cover for my Dad as part of his Christmas present. If my brain is working tomorrow, I shall start work on it.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Black and Paprika Hat


Yarn: Deramores Studio DK
Composition: 100% acrylic
Colour: paprika
Yarn: King Cole Pricewise DK
Composition: 100% acrylic
Colour: black
Pattern: Super Chunky Hat
Size: Adult
Needles: 10mm
Started: 9th November 2018 
Finished:  9th November 2018

Using up leftovers of the leftovers from the Doctor Who scarf. The paprika has now been finished. There's enough for some wine wrist warmers for the Younger Offspring.

Black, Wine and Paprika Hat


Yarn: Deramores Studio DK
Composition: 100% acrylic
Colour: wine
Yarn: Deramores Studio DK
Composition: 100% acrylic
Colour: paprika
Yarn: King Cole Pricewise DK
Composition: 100% acrylic
Colour: black
Pattern: Super Chunky Hat
Size: Adult
Needles: 10mm
Started: 9th November 2018 
Finished:  9th November 2018

Using up leftovers from the Doctor Who scarf.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Aubergine Wrist Warmers


Company:  Deramores
Yarn: Studio DK 
Composition: Acrylic 100%
Colour:  Aubergine
Size: Woman
Needles: 4mm
Amount used:  30g
Started:  6th November 2018
Finished: 14th November 2018

A friend is having problems with sore muscles and joints due to arthritis. My joints love to be swathed in wool, but my friend's skin is very unhappy with wool. However, she loves purple. Some of the leftover yarn from the Doctor Who scarf will be magically transformed into purple wrist warmers for her. 

Chocolate and Paprika Hat


Yarn: Deramores Studio DK
Composition: 100% acrylic
Colour: chocolate
Yarn: Deramores Studio DK
Composition: 100% acrylic
Colour: paprika
Pattern: Super Chunky Hat
Size: Adult
Needles: 10mm
Started: 5th November 2018 
Finished:  6th November 2018

Another hat bites the dust, and another charity hat made. Also, another ball of yarn finished. Since I lost count and started again, that's 5, paprika, wine, aubergine, chocolate and raspberry.