You may have noticed that I have something of a WIP problem. (That’s Work in Progress to those not familiar to blog-ese). I have WIPs that I started in 2009 that will never be finished. I’m ok with that. I’ve put them out of my mind. In fact, they are so far out of my mind that I don’t even physically know where they are lurking. I think they’re so far out of my mind that they no longer count as a WIP, really. I think they could quite accurately be called “Abandoned” or “What Was I Thinking”?
The other kind of WIPs are things that I really really really need to finish and get a bit sidelined when I want to work on something else, or someone has a baby (by the way, my Baby Blanket count for next year reached 3 today as we received news that some friends are due to become parents in May) or a birthday. I would like to tell you that I have a strict “One out, one in” policy when it comes to starting projects but I really can’t type that with a straight face. It’s wrong to lie so blatantly on a blog! This week though, I have finished not one but TWO WIPs. I know! How good is that! It makes it ok that I’ve started another one then, doesn’t it?
I am excited that I will have two reveal posts for you soon. Hurrah, I can feed my blog this week!
So what’s the new project? I hear you ask. WELL. It’s a Christmas present and I am using Stylecraft (photographed above, plus two other colours). I’m using:
I like that about half of those sound edible and fruity. Mmmm.
I wish I could take credit for this rather gorgeous colour scheme (I really really wish I could!) but it is stolen directly from here. I have been making other things with these colours recently and I LOVE it. Ordinarily, Meadow and Aster are quite flat colours but oh my, they really SING with these pinky tones. It’s like crocheting with a peacock, only less feathery and skwarky. Squarky?
The project is the same as well, I am making a Granny Stripe lap blanket for Auntie Joan. She deserves something nice and I hope she likes this little blanket. If not I’m sure her cat (Sammy) will, he is like a little prince and will probably presume that it’s for him anyway ;-)
I love it. I’m not following the blanket I’ve linked you to above exactly, I’m just winging it as I go along but the colours are so complimentary that you can’t go wrong. It’s soooooooooooooo fast as well! I’ve not made a Granny Stripe before but I certainly intend to do so again. Possibly for this third baby that is on the horizon!
I made the foundation chain and the first two rows last weekend and then stuffed it in a bag with all my other bits that I’m working on. I picked it up on Friday with renewed enthusiasm (and the thought that it’s 6 weeks until Christmas and I *will* need to post it) and whizzed up about 5 stripes just like that.
I can’t believe how far I’ve got with it actually. Me & Lucy had an Official Ripple-Along meeting yesterday and I sneaked in some granny striping and added a couple of rows. It’s what, seven stripes there? Yes I wear pyjama trousers to other peoples houses, what are you going to do. I’ve done 19 stripes now and I think that’s pretty much half way, I want it to be square and then a nice border so that it’s just a lap blanket.
I reckon I could have this done by the end of the week if I keep this up. I’m liking this. I like it when I get a bee in my bonnet about a new project and really whiz through it, like the Pinketty Pink Daisies blanket, as it doesn’t feel like a chore and feels like I’m Achieving Things.
Even better though is the thought that I’m making things for people I love that will keep them warm and hopefully they’ll know that I’ve thought about them with every stitch.
And that feels really good.