Yarny Photo Challenge – I’m lazy!


It turns out I don’t have the discipline to stick with a photo challenge just now. It’s not a big deal and it has at least made me realise I’d like to keep my blog going and share some bits and pieces of craft as I make them.

I have been crafting very simply recently – crochet squares and hopefully working towards a blanket I can donate to KOGO (knit one give one). I also have study to catch up on (a creative art subject) and plenty to keep me occupied at work. So the photo challenge? Not my priority and not worth feeling too guilty about.

I  trying to get myself back into some good habits and it will take some setbacks before I get there. I’m attempting to use a pen and paper ‘bullet journal’ to help me. Let’s see how that goes!


Summer pause


I don’t want to set any resolutions or start any big extravagant goals right now.  It has been some time since I posted a blog entry and I thought I would just do it.  Write it, post it, see if it is something which starts the momentum again or just sits on its own.  I am okay either way.  Taking a two week break over Christmas and New Year is pretty standard for me, and it’s a chance to pause, take a breath and think about things.  This generally can lead to sweeping statements about what I will achieve in the next twelve months, but for today I am just relaxing.

Two projects I am very proud of myself for completing ready for Christmas gifts were a crochet blanket for my grandparents and a knitted dinosaur (“derposaur”) for my sister.





I also completed a crochet ripple scarf for my Mum, but stupidly I have no photos of the finished object!  Here is when I first started it and the two yarns I was using:

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Lastly, I knit Dave a beanie to replace one that he lost.  Yes, he lost a beanie a little while ago that I made him, but that’s because he wore it and wore it all the time, so I knew it was loved.  I still had plenty of the yarn left so I made one to replace it and he was very happy – it’s a really soft acrylic, so I can understand why he enjoys wearing it so much.


So this is my summer pause.  Also yes, I still have far too many unfinished projects floating about the place, so of course I am proud of these ones!  After tomorrow I go back to work, and I need to steel myself a little for that one because it hasn’t been my favourite place lately.  So without it being a new year resolution I am hoping to go back with a fresh brain and mood, ready to tackle challenges and … yeah, I hope to eat some healthy lunches too and do some more walking.  There you go.  Can’t help myself, right?



101 goals in 1,001 days – what is going on?


Yes, my poor little blog has been neglected lately.  So have my 101 goals, and now only about 12 months left to complete them in.  Very few got completed while I wasn’t blogging, but I sat down today and took stock.

Next to each of the 101 goals, I marked the following options:  completed, goal changed (a couple are slightly different now), likely to complete, maybe will complete, not going to happen and missed opportunity.  The results are as follows:

  • I have completed just 20 of my 101 goals
  • 1 goals has slightly changed (instead of Gen Con Indianapolis we are going to Lock and Load in Seattle)
  • I have marked 28 as “likely to complete”
  • I have marked 33 as “maybe will complete”
  • I have marked 17 as “not going to happen” and a further 2 as missed opportunities.  These are because a specific deadline has passed for one (a reflective blog at the halfway mark) and because I am deleting my painting blog as I haven’t used it, therefore I won’t be adding 10 painted figures to that.

Not a great track record, but I’m feeling motivated to give it a push to the end date (January 2017) to see what I can achieve.  I can also blog about things I achieve that are not on the list, and hopefully I’ll get back into a rhythm of writing and DOING.  The hard bit is getting off this enormous bottom and doing stuff !!!

Here are some fun photos to take the anxiety out of all of this.  Things are good, I just feel I must motivate myself to make things better than good.


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I hope anyone reading this has had a wonderful Christmas, and see you in the New Year as we all tackle our resolutions!


So many UFOs!


UFOs – Un-Finished Objects.  They are everywhere in my house, and I posted this to Facebook last night, into my Crafting Group:

“How many projects can I start and never finish before I am considered certifiably stupid?”

My friend responded:  “how about we do a challenge….. find a wip and finish it ?”

Of course this appealed to me.  But of course I haven’t started doing the actual finishing just yet, as I thought it would be fun to gather up lots of them and tidy some stuff away in the process.  Some of these are so close to finishing it is just silly!  Also, see how many of these there are?  This doesn’t cover everything and also doesn’t cover everything I have started and frogged over the years – I think I really am certifiable!

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This baby cardigan just needs buttons.  Yes, that is all.  Why have I continued to put this off?

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Chimpanzee toy just needs a completed face, and the banana attached to his hand.  I put this aside long ago when I couldn’t decide how to do the face, and he doesn’t have a planned home to go to, so I never felt hurried to complete him.

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This is a Doctor Who Scarf for Dave.  Lots left to go, but this is on my list of 101 things to do in 1,001 days so I will get into it again some time!

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A weird teapot toy that just needs final assembly of the mouse creature (the black coming out of the teapot is her french maid dress).  I was inspired when I started this and then it just seemed very odd so I never finished.  Again, this has no home planned.

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I can’t remember what these little granny squares were going to be, and am considering just trashing them.

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I found this – it wasn’t even attached to a ball of yarn any more and I have no idea what it was going to be.  I pulled it out immediately.  One less to bother with!

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This kitty just needs ears knitted and then assembly.

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Another unfinished baby cardigan, this one has a hood – I just need to pick up and knit the sleeves.  I put it off because it involves double pointed needles and knitting in the round.

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These are a heap of squares that long ago were going to become a blanket, but I fell out of love with them.  I notice they’re close to the size required by a charity group who collect squares to make blankets.  I’m going to send them along to these guys I think.  Link:  KasCare

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This looks pretty cool, doesn’t it.  The trouble is, I can’t remember what it was going to be – so – time to frog it!

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A shawl without a home.  This one will continue to sit aside waiting for inspiration to hit me again.  When I started it I really liked it, but now I am not sure.

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Look at this poor naked dolly.  She’s pretty big – 56cm from the top of her head to the tips of her HUGE feet.  I have no idea what the pattern was, it looks like I used doubled yarn, so I am going to have to improvise an outfit for her to make her decent before I find her a home.

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This is a round baby blanket I poured many hours into and then lost interest when it got bigger and bigger and bigger, and each round took over an hour to complete.  I really need to make a plan for finishing it, as the intended recipient will be one year old soon!

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This is an unfinished blanket strip for KOGO (Knit One Give One) that I need to finish.

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This is a pile of different size blanket strips that I made long long ago.  They were fun to knit but then when I started trying to assemble them into something that made sense I didn’t like it.  I think I’ll send them of to KOGO and hopefully they will find a use for them.

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An unfinished beanie that I wasn’t enjoying knitting.  Teetering on the edge of calling this one a fail and pulling it out.

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This is about my fifth attempt at a beanie for my friend – this one is being frogged along with the rest.  I will make her a beanie, I will, she asked so long ago for one!

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Long term project, hexigons that will eventually be a blanket.  You can see how much yarn is left – so far I’ve made 29 hexagons and I think I’ll be able to make 10 more?  I hoped to crochet them together using the cream yarn but am not sure if I will have enough.  They can get joined with a slightly different yarn I’m sure.

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This is going to be a set of three Christmas ornaments for my Mum.  One complete, one flat and waiting to be finished, one to be started.  But hey, I found the wool needle I thought was missing, still attached to this unfinished little owl!

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I think this unfinished clown has been sitting in a box for at least six years, in this state.  I need to find up the pattern and finish this and find a home for it.  I’ve done too much to not at least try!

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On my list of 101 things to do in 1,001 days is “Finish my Sacred Heart Blanket project and raffle as planned”.  These 12 squares were the start of it.  I’m not loving them as much as I want to.  I think I am going to crochet them together as a baby blanket for KOGO instead, which means I need to change my goal list.

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This is a toddler beanie that needs to be finished for KOGO.

Wow, so many pictures.  There is also my paisley blanket that I have lost momentum on and … I confess I started using the yarn for that for another different crochet blanket.  Also I started a ripple blanket for practice.  And a little toy for a friend.  And …  WHEN WILL IT STOP?

In the meanwhile I am going to start finishing some of these.  Even though I want to start something new.  Wish me luck and motivation!