Wednesday, 31 January 2018

6&6 in 2018 - January

Hello there!
Well here we are at the end of January so it's time for an update on the 6&6 in 2018 challenge.
For January we were allowed to start something new so I took full advantage and started the first two new projects from My 6 New List. Lucy at Attic24 began her Woodland Ripple CAL on January 5th and I couldn't wait to dive in! My yarn arrived the day before which was perfect timing, I would've been hard pushed to keep out of those gorgeous colors if it had sat around here for long! I knew right from the get go that I was unlikely to keep pace with the CAL, and I haven't, but I am just enjoying working my way up and down those glorious ripply waves of autumn color 😍 I'm making it for our bed so it's 72" wide, it takes me about 40 minutes to work along a row and there are two rows per color stripe - like I said this is not going to be a speedy project! Although I like both options for color order that Lucy is revealing each week I decided to go for a woodland rainbow approach with the 15 colors... 


At this point, just over half way through the third color repeat, it measures 28" deep and I think I will stick with the CAL in doing 7 repeats of each color. I will be carrying on with this through February...
I also made a start on the advent calendar for Little C. Each year I have good intentions of stitching for Christmas throughout the year so as to make a dent in the Christmas to stitch pile and reduce my stress levels in December - will this be the year I finally stick to it?! We will see... But at least at this point I am really enjoying working on these little motifs and am part way through the twelfth one...


You may notice the slightly odd number order?! Well the design is by Tiny Modernist and appeared in Cross stitch Crazy magazine issue 221 (November 2016) where it is split over three pages. My initial aim was to stitch a page per month, the first page contained numbers 1,2,3,6,7,11,12, and 14 (8 designs). But I have been having such fun with these that I started page two which is numbers 4,5,8, and the headless reindeer will be 9. He might well get a head tonight...
For this project I picked a rustic 14 count aida to stitch on from my stash that I bought a while back from a seller on Ebay. The packages were labelled as 12" x 12" so I had hoped to use the last two full pieces but when I squared them up they were only 11.5" so, as I need 3" squares for each design, I will only fit 9 on each piece. I had a bit of a panic looking out the other offcuts of this aida and checking I have just enough to fit the other 6 designs on! Then I gridded the pieces up, forgetting to switch out my usual fabric marker (a Frixion pen) for a water soluble fabric marker. It didn't even occur to me until I was working on the bigger piece of fabric and wanted to iron it - doh! heat removes Frixion pens so if I iron it all my lines will disappear! I am going to iron them all off and regrid the other bits of fabric with the water soluble marker before I start stitching the next one... But apart from this slight snafu I have really been having fun with these, they are the simplest stitching I have done in quite a while and each new motif is like starting something new so I haven't been tempted away by a "proper" new start. 
While the Christmassy cross stitch was going so well I thought I would also put some stitches into one of my UFO's from the list, the last of the black decorations. I am still finding stitching on this black evenweave a lot harder work but I have completed the main part of the letter, just the metallics, a dove, and all the backstitching to go...


I know it will be worth it when it's done but I will never ever be tempted to stitch on black evenweave again!!!! 
Prompted by the cold and snowy weather we have had the other day I took out number 6 on The UFO List, the snuggly snowflake mittens. I made some notes before pulling it all out and have decided to use that yarn for something else and try knitting this mitten pattern with different yarn. I think I have made a decision... I have a toe on a sock to finish knitting first and then I think these mittens will hit the needles again...
Well those are my 6&6 projects which have seen the light this month, please go on over to The Linky to see what everyone else has been working on. Thank you for visiting with me here today, I hope you have a lovely creative start to February!


8 comments:

  1. An excellent start to the year! Thank you for joining Meredithe and me in our 6&6 Challenge!

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    1. Thanks Ann! Well thank you both for organizing it - last years' kept me on track and was great fun too so I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone works on this year :-) Have a lovely week,
      Helen

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  2. Hi Helen love the 3 projects you have shown, roughly 100hrs so far making your throw for your bed!!!!! I still have one my mum made for my eldest son, no I don't just remembered he took it last winter LOL Your little Xmas blocks are so sweet. But I just love the letter G!!!!! What a lot of work. Would you like some aida cloth, I have a wee pile that was my mums and I will never use it now. Ive run out of years I'm afraid LOL Cheers Glenda PS email address is glenda_jean@bigpond.com

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    1. Hi Glenda! Yup crochet blankets are always loved ;-) oh wow that is such a sweet offer! I will email you... hope all is going well with you,
      Helen

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  3. Gosh, I love your rainbow knitting project. It will be so lovely on your bed. Good on your for getting started on those Christmas projects. I should take a leaf out of your book!

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    1. Hi Clare! Thanks for your sweet comment :-) Well every year when I'm panicking in December trying to finish things Hubbie shoots me a look and reminds me I should keep going all year on Christmas projects and wasn't this going to be the year I tried? LOL well maybe this year I'll surprise him!! Have a great week,
      Helen

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    1. Thanks Pamela! Have a great week :-)
      Helen

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