5) I started knitting a tea cosy
I had hoped that I would have finished enough projects to start this one guilt-free, but alas! The WIP-list is still (much) longer than 6, but I have to get going on this because it is a gift with a deadline.
I am in love, absolutely in love, with Loani Prior’s tea cosies. I have her second and third book and am hoping to get her fourth in the future. I want to make almost all of the patterns – but haven’t. Not a single one. I do have a teapot, but I use one of those tea cosies that closes at the top like a purse and has a handle. I think they’re originally made for taking the tea pot on a picnic. Also, since I got a floating duck tea egg (so it looks like there is a rubber duckie floating in your tea!) I am using the tea pot less and making the tea cup by cup, just because the darn thing is so cute. As such, I never had cause to make one of Loani’s cosies. In addition, most if not all of the patterns in her book are for small, two-cup tea pots. So I can’t really ‘just’ make them and give them away once finished, because I always have to check and calculate how to make the cosy fit a particular pot.
Fortunately, my mother came to the rescue. She asked for a cute, funny tea cosy – exactly the type of thing Loani Prior excels at. I had her leaf through the books and select a few she liked, then choose colours. She doesn’t know which one I picked to make or what it’s going to look like. Obviously (even though she doesn’t read here) I’m not going to say here either! My first attempt was turning out to be too big, so after about 20% I unravelled and started over. The second attempt is looking much better (though still a bit large...). I hope she likes it!
I will post pictures and write a review of the pattern after my mother has received the gift.
6) I’m participating in the Sprite Stitch Mega-swap
I mentioned before, when I made the Halla painting, that I’m a member of the video game related crafts forum Sprite Stitch. They have a yearly swap event – and I entered. I even entered the Mega swap rather than the Mini swap.
I really really wanted to. I love making things for people, the challenge of making something for tastes other than your own, the creativity of making things you might not have thought of otherwise. And I wanted to do the Mega swap because I am not good at making small things. I am not precise. Sprite Stitch is mostly a cross-stitch community and for many cross-stitchers ‘mini’ probably is quick and easy. For me, it would be torture.
So, I am doing the Mega swap. I have a plan, about half of the supplies, and a deadline. I’m not going to make one huge thing but rather several reasonable things, in part because that way if I don’t finish something on time or something doesn’t work out there is still the other stuff to send. For the WIP-list, I’m going to count this as one giant project. As with the tea cosy, unfortunately, I can’t say more about it until the gifts are with the recipient.
7) I found the chair cover I had lost
It was in the suitcase I took on holiday. Don’t ask me how it got there. It’s back on the WIP-list now!
8) I axed the mixed floral granny square cushion cover
I just didn’t love it. I blocked the existing granny squares, thinking I could figure out something to do with them but I just. Can’t. Stand them. I didn’t even bother rescuing the yarn, as I have many skeins of it still and these little odds and ends were not going to be of much use. I just threw them out. It wasn’t even difficult.
9) I bought yarn for a ‘social project’
There is a crochet-along for the Happypotamus pattern (check out her other patterns as well, if only for inspiration of what to do with pentagons, hexagons etc!) starting soon, organized by a friend of mine. So… yeah. I’m going to crochet a Happypotamus. It’s going to be a gift for a little girl I know who absolutely adored the previous stuffed toy I made for her (a little bunny). Seeing her face light up would be enough motivation to crochet a dozen Happypotamusses!
So. The WIP-list has increased from 8 to 12, soon to be 13. I used some stash to make a hat, but bought new yarn which counteracted that. And I am no closer to finishing any of the projects I already had going before my holidays. It feels a bit like starting over (although I know it’s not: for starters, two of the new projects are gifts with a deadline, plus when I started I had 17 WIPs). I’m determined not to let this set-back get the better of me.