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Ancient WIPs

Finally, a project from October 2013 is finished! All that was needed was to make the ties and attach the pompoms. I had a bit of a brain-fart over these so left them in the back of the cupboard all those years ago.

Now I’m trying to work through some of my backlog of projects and get more managed and controlled. So I got them out and figured out how to finish them and viola, here we are!

I’ve another smaller pair in creme with a little more work than these to complete. Nearly there now… just another hours work I think and I can post them also. It feels so good to clear the cupboards.

In other news the muslin for my first ever trousers fitted really well. Just need to lengthen and deepen the back darts a little and all is good. I cut the fabric (!!!) and now need to do the lining and gather threads and a zipper. Feels good to be making progress and not feel like I’m ready to give up at the first hurdle – not that I’ve had one here yet.

I made a thing!

Finally! I made this little bunny for a colleague who has been incredibly kind and supportive over the last six months. I wanted some way to show my thanks and she loved it. 

Pattern is Spring Bunnies (free!) and supplies from Cross & Woods. If I did it again I would change the increases and decreases on the head to staggered as opposed to stacked to make a smoother shape. Otherwise I love it! 

Starting again, again… food diary. 

So again I say, best start a food diary, again. 

You see, I start these things and as soon as some results start to show I get lazy and stop. Eventually the results stop happening and later still disappear, either entirely or usually in part. 

I’m not fat. I’m not skinny either. I’m a UK 10-12, more muscular the soft but not as muscular as I was six months ago. I go in and out in all the nice places, hourglass is the oft ascribed term. So there’s nothing wrong per se. I just don’t feel like I’m being very healthy. I’m not fuelling myself to good effect and not looking after my one and only body that has to sustain me through good and bad, and for hopefully many decades to come. 

I also have crap skin. Not acne but I do get hormonal flare ups. I have exceptionally oily skin with constant little blackheads covering my face like a fine dust and wending their way across the softer parts of my body. Nothing major, nor significant. But they are there and I do wonder how much diet plays a part. 

So dear readers, I will embark on a project not on my 2017 plan. I will keep a food diary to track my eating habits and encourage better ones. To improve my energy levels and physical well being and see if my skin clears up at all. No need to be a saint but perhaps laying off all the seven circles of hell may not be such a bad thing. 

And you never know, I might even loose some of the soft squidgy stuff in the bargain!

Looking forward so I can look back

I’m presently trying to find a collection of sewing and furniture restoration blogs to inspire and encourage me for the year ahead. One theme I notice across the sewing blogs at least is the ‘Plan for 2017’. Whilst I have some ideas for 2017 in mind, there is not a lot that’s concrete and whenever I make plans fate proceeds to laugh manically and give them a good battering. However, in the spirit of always moving forward, here are my plans, from a projects and crafting perspective, for 2017.

House & Home

We bought our house on 29 February 2016 and commenced ripping it apart a month later. I’ll post more details in a future post but for now here are the plans for 2017:

  • Complete renovations on 1st and 2nd floor, excluding main bathroom
  • Complete hallway renovations, excluding glass and steel doors
  • Complete ground floor renovations, including new kitchen
  • Repaint and repair house exterior, including balconies
  • Clear and re-landscape garden, but don’t expect to replant and rebuild this year

Fibre Crafts

I spin, knit and crochet, although spinning is new and I’m still in the early beginner stage!

  • Loose 5kg from stash – if I knit 5kg but buy 4kg then I have only lost 1kg. Therefore knit / crochet / spin lots and buy little. Spinning fibre to yarn counts as reduction, and then knitting or crocheting that yarn counts a second time, so double whammy. Not yet decided on whether de-stashing counts.
  • Practice spinning on variety of fibre types and thicknesses. Achieve usable skeins of yarn in lace, DK and worsted weight.
  • Finish black lace beaded shawl for my sister’s 40th on 23 April.
  • Clear out ancient WIPs – finish or frog.
  • Finish x4 shawl WIPs – one already completed in January so three left.
  • Knit my first jumper – worsted Malabrigo yarn ready and waiting.
  • Knit my first cardigan – sport weight merino/cashmere blend ready and waiting.
  • Knit my first gloves – fingering weight merino ready and waiting.
  • Knit three winter hats.
  • Knit socks for nephew birthday and Christmas.
  • Knit hat for brother-in-law for Christmas.
  • Start cobweb beaded wrap – yarn ready and waiting.
  • Knit stripy baby blanket – merino DK ready and waiting.
  • Finish crochet dragon for friends son.
  • Crochet various critters as the desire surfaces!

Sewing

I haven’t sewn in years but am feeling the pull again. The plan is to start small and simple and build from there.

  • 2 x circle skirts
  • 2 x pencil skirts
  • 2 x wide leg trousers
  • 2 x blouses
  • Start first ever coat (finishing ideal but not expected)!

Furniture

I am recently called to furniture restoration/renovation… milk paint is on order!

  • Repaint spinning wheel – plan is to do this in the next couple of weeks
  • Strip and paint dining table and six chairs
  • Restore/repaint bedside cabinets for spare room (only have one so need to find a second)
  • Find and restore/repaint chair to go with desk in spare room
  • Find and restore/repaint large drawer cabinet for front room / potential future nursery

So, a busy year planned… it’ll be interesting to look back at the end of December and see how life panned out.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering – the cat is our eight month old kitten Daisy. Little terror who loves my big 50s petticoats and started to try and eat this one just after the photo was taken!