Tuesday, 6 March 2018

6 & 6 in 2018 - February update

Hello there!
It's been a while hasn't it?! Sorry about that, but I guess that's just the way some months go around here... I hope your February was good? It always seems a far shorter month than all the rest, how can two days make such a big difference?! Despite everything I got quite a bit done on the crafty front last month. The Woodland Ripple blanket continued to grow... here it is spread out on our bed with the sunlight streaming through the window one morning...


I didn't keep up with the pace set by the CAL (but as mine is wider I never thought I would) but by the end of the month I was a third of the way up the fifth repeat of the colors...


I'm still loving working on this, it saw quite a bit of progress while the Winter Olympics were on, and it's been lovely and warm to snuggle under as I make my way down the ripply rows.
I also got quite a bit of stitching done, the little motifs for my grandson's advent calendar seemed to almost stitch themselves and part way through the month the last one was finished...


I hope to get them properly finished off and the advent calendar completed over the coming weeks. 
So that is two of my "new" projects, what about the UFO's? After all February was meant to be a UFO month! Well using stitching the advent calendar boxes as a reward for progress I managed to finish the last of the black decorations!!! I am soooo happy to have these finally done - finishing one of these projects that seem to have been hanging around for forever really feels like taking a huge weight off my shoulders! I don't know why this should be but I felt this way when I completed the stocking in December and I can only imagine how light I will feel when all the UFO's are done!! Anyways here are the set of three decorations that can now get packed away in the loft until Christmas... 


Of course I had to have some cross stitch on the go and decided to make a couple of new starts as a little reward! (This year seems to be all about little rewards 😉)There will be more about both of these projects in my next post but here's a little teaser...


(No, it's not a Somebunny!)


(Yes, I have been playing with some of the new DMC colors 😍)
Anyways back to the UFO's...
Partly spurred on by how chilly February was I decided to tackle another UFO from The List, number 6, the snuggly snowflake mittens. After making a lot of measurements and notes I pulled out everything I had knitted last year, picked different yarn, different needles and made a fresh start. I chose a variegated sock yarn from my stash (Rico Design Superba Bamboo in colorway #9) and a dark brown solid sock yarn that had the same fibre content (Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Serenity sockweight). Following the notes I had made from my last couple of attempts I managed to adapt the pattern to fit me at last!! They were pressed into immediate service and I only remembered to get some photos after I'd been wearing them every day for about 10 days!



 Another project which I thought deserved to get finished before it became a UFO was my Pumpkin Patch Socks. I started these in October but fair isle socks are not something I can work on when my head is playing up so they got abandoned... and then the Christmas knitting started... Well with that behind us I thought they should get finished before something else jumped on my needles, and they didn't really take that long in the end...



Because the stranded knitting gives you a double layer these are lovely and warm and I have been wearing them a lot - pumpkins aren't just for Halloween! Of course another pair of socks jumped onto my needles pretty quickly...


...but more about them next time too!
Thank you for visiting me here today, I hope you have a lovely week whatever you are working on!





16 comments:

  1. Wow! You've been so busy! I love your mittens, they're really gorgeous, and the pumpkin socks are fun too. You'll have been glad of the extra thickness of those recently! xx

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    1. Hi Christine, thank you so much for popping by! Although we had barely any snow from "The Beast" it was bitterly cold so yes, I was very glad to have the socks and the mittens! Have a great week,
      Helen

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  2. What a fantastic month of crafting! Your socks and mittens are awesome and I bet they were well used last week. It does feel good to get those UFOs done and you finishes some lovely ones this month.
    Can't wait to see what your new starts Are!

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    1. Hi Justine, thank you so much! Oh yes I am living in the mittens!! I do have a very warm store bought pair of mittens but when we're out walking my hands tend to overheat in them but these ones breathe beautifully :-) I am definitely finding that being disciplined and finishing these long term UFO's brings a great payback! Have a lovely week,
      Helen

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  3. I love your blanket! bright colors are my thing. Even with February being a short month, you accomplished quite a bit.
    Mary

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    1. Hi Mary! Thank you so much :-) I love ALL the colors lol but bright ones are definitely my happy spot :-) Hope all is good with you and your family? Have a lovely week,
      Helen

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  4. Beautiful projects.I love your crochet blanket and your grandson's advent calendar is going to a lovely heirloom.
    Those are such pretty tree ornaments too.
    Sock knitting...I started nearly a year ago and I cannot stop,I am on pairs nine and ten.I love knitting socks!I love your toasty socks and gorgeous mittens.I am so pleased I have found your blog through the Blogger of the Week thread,

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    1. Hi Lesley and welcome! Thank you so much for your lovely comments, oh yes sock knitting is SO addictive!!!! I used to see these "expensive" balls of sock yarn in the store and think "why would you pay so much and knit socks?" but once you succumb to that first pair I think you are hooked!! I hope you will enjoy visiting with me here, have a lovely week,
      Helen

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  5. Great stitching, Helen. Last year i was also stitching on an advent calendar for my grandson but I didn't manage to finish it. So I have to stitch the remaining seven motifs this year.

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    1. Thank you Brigitte! Good luck finishing your motifs for this year, that is the one good thing about not finishing for Christmas there is always another one next year! ;-)

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  6. ... and I wanted to add that i love the wavy pattern of your blanket.

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    1. It's a fun pattern to work, a ripple is hard to beat! This one is available free on the Attic24 website - she has some great patterns over there! Have a lovely week,
      Helen

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  7. oh my ... those mittens are just amazing. I purchased a Latvian mitten kit with pattern and wool at a craftshow and haven't plucked up the courage to give them a try yet, I've never tried colourwork before so any hints and tips would be most welcome.
    Ripple blanket is just the thing for wintry weather crafting.

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    1. Hi Julie and thank you for your comment! I watched a bunch of Youtube videos of colorwork knitting before I tried for the first time. It's not the only way to do it but I hold one strand in each hand, I figured I was used to knitting with a strand in one hand so then all I had to do was get used to knitting with a strand in the other! I think it really just takes practice to get used to tensioning the yarn in your other hand (I would do some squares or tubes first before embarking on your mittens) and once you get the hang of it you will wonder why it worried you! Good luck :-)
      Helen

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  8. Hi Helen it's my first visit to your blog today. It's been lovely seeing all your projects on the go and so full of colour. I'm just getting back into blogging again after a couple of years out. Will stop by again if that's ok.

    Mitzi

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    1. Hi Mitzi! Thank you so much for your comment, sorry it's taken me a while to get back to you. Hope to be blogging more regularly again now, will hop over and visit you too if that's ok? Have a great week,
      Helen

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