#WIPvember · crochet · knitting · Lifestyle

Goodbye WIPvember…

I can’t quite believe how quickly November came and went, and I seriously enjoyed every minute of WIPvember! I enjoyed co-hosting this WIP-along with the fabulous Hannah @andintothetrees, Zahra @tinyanaesthetist and Caroline @poppyseedsbeads, who are all so lovely and kind. I was astounded by the amount of people who participated and even more overwhelmed by the amount of WIPs everyone managed to make progress on and finish.

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My WIPvember progress pile…

I know I made so much more progress during November than I would have done if we hadn’t started #WIPvember – and even more importantly, I managed to abstain from starting any new projects (Apart from the two that I had to start) And although I have the urge to start many new projects, I also have a bug for productivity, and I want to go into December with the same attitude, and continue to finish off and make progress on my existing WIPs before the end of the year. However – I do have a few ‘Christmas’ presents to start (with the the intention of finishing in January)

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Hannah @andintothetrees asked what everyone’s favourite part of WIPvember was? How sweet are these replies?

WIPvember created a lovely, supportive community of crafters and I think what was so fantastic about it was that everyone was concentrating on the same goal. The diversity of projects was also amazing… from hats, and  socks, mittens, blankets, cardigans, scarfs, and embroidery to man eating flowers! Yes I typed that right 😉  Crochet, knitting, needlepoint and sewing.

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Hannah @andintothetrees weekly collage – Week 1

I loved that there was no prize for this MAL, and it was only people’s enthusiasm and love of craft that drove them to participate. There was so much support surrounding every single post and it’s heart warming to see our community spreading so much love and encouragement.

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@Lovecharlie.co weekly collage – Week 2 

 

Each of us took a week to look through your #WIPvember posts and create grids of projects. I will share those throughout this blog post. I absolutely loved scrolling through everyone’s pictures and reading how people were preparing for Christmas and progressing through their WIPs.

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@Lovecharlie.co weekly collage – Week 2

So I started out with 10 WIPs… and I’ve ended up with 7. I finished 2 blankets, finished a shawl and a pair of socks, and started an amigurumi cat. I also decided to frog two of my WIPs, as I wasn’t feeling the love or enthusiasm anymore.

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My finished Cosy Stripe blanket. Just look at that edging! 🙂 

Unfortunately I didn’t even touch my Criss Cross Shawl by Fay Dashper-Hughes but I will definitely be trying to finish this after I have a few Christmas gifts made. I did finish my Cosy Stripe blanket, which I wasn’t expecting. I am so pleased with this blanket, and haven’t stopped wrapping myself up in it since I finished it.

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Zahra @tinyanaesthetist weekly collage – Week 3

I’m not going to lie though, the urge to start new WIPs throughout November was strong! And what made it worse was seeing everyone else’s amazing WIPs. God knows how many new projects I’ve added to my queue on Ravelry throughout #WIPvember! Hahaa. One project that is really going to get cast on pretty soon is the Wheat scarf by tincanknits, and it’s allowed because it’ll become a (late) Christmas present. I saw @robsramblings WIP and fell in love. I know exactly who I’m going to make it for…

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Caroline @poppyseedsbeads weekly collage – Week 4

Which brings me to December’s list. Although I won’t be so strict with my WIPs through December, I still have projects that I have to make, and ones that I’d like to make more progress on. I have a list of shawls that I have to make for people but they don’t necessarily have to be ready for Christmas. I do need to finish the Amigurumi Cat ASAP so that will be a priority, along with my Christmas Candy Cane socks. I wanted to make a couple of Christmas dog Jumpers for my Mother & Father-in-Law’s dogs but I have run out of time.

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Caroline @poppyseedsbeads weekly collage – Week 4

December WIP List : –

  1. Knitted Candy cane socks by Christine Perry
  2. Amigurumi Ginger cat by Kendra Szpila
  3. DK knitted loft by Fay Dashper Hughes x 2
  4. Hendricks socks by Christine Perry 
  5. Criss Cross Shawl by Fay Dashper-Hughes
  6. Simple knitted shawl by Jane Hunter
  7. Wheat Scarf by Tincanknits
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One more heel flap and gusset to go, then I am on the home stretch… or should I say toe stretch?

There are more WIPs on this WIP list than I had on my #WIPvember WIP list – but I also have some time off over Christmas, and I want to be a bit more relaxed with goals this month. Last month I had an extremely busy month at work, and often didn’t get the time to work on projects when I usually would have. On the other hand, December is going to be filled with Christmas traditions and meeting up with friends, so who knows what I’ll achieve… I am excited to finish my Candy Cane Christmas socks… I’m going to put a ribbon and jingle bell on the ribbing 😀 And I am excited to get rid of the Cat commission. What I a mostly excited about though, is caking up my @vickibrowndesigns Hendricks sock yarn and getting started on another pair of socks. This was the FIRST thing that I bought at Yarndale 2018 and I am sooo excited. I am loving socks because I can use a special skein of yarn for each pair, and not only do they they allow me to try out new dyers and colourways without breaking the bank, but I am finding that my knitting skills are improving so much that my confidence with knitting is on the rise!

I hope you are all enjoying getting into the festive spirit as much as I am. Our tree went up on the 24th November, and we’ve already cracked open the mulled wine and roasted chestnuts. The seal on the Roses tin is broken, and we will soon be making our annual Christmas gin for friends and family. I am so loving feeling the warmth and coziness of Christmas this year in our new home. The candles are all lit, and there isn’t a chair without a homemade blanket. Anyway, that’s my brief Christmas excitement out of the way. (I’ll write a proper Charlie Christmas blog post soon)

Love Charlie, Xx

#AutumnWAL17 · crochet

WIP List… #AutumnWAL17

The Autumn WIP-along starts tomorrow, so I think it’s about time I shared my WIPs. Before I start, I’d just like to mention how great the #AutumnWAL17 activity has been in Instagram. I love how people are sharing their lists and calendars, and photos of their WIPs. Crafters are already supporting each other, and it is so nice to see. It really makes me smile and I can’t believe how quick it has come around. Remember to check Laura’s Instagram and blog for some amazing tips and tricks…

You can print off a free WAL calendar on both of our blogs. Just click here.

Autumn-WAL-Calendar

I have spent all day rummaging through the craft room digging out old and new WIPs to work on through October. I also did a much needed clean up and put things away from my September WIP-ban (and yarn from Woolgathering which I was very kindly given this week). Things have been extremely busy for me through September and I have spent a lot of time trying to finish the four projects I set myself. I also went to Yarndale which was absolutely incredible.

Use the hashtag #autumnwal17 on Instagram to show us your WIPs!

After my WIP-ban, I am going to be starting a few new WIPs, as well as working on some old ones. I feel I need to work on something new because I have been working on the same ones for a month – which has been quite hard for me. I like to have a few ‘on the go’  (I worked on one project a week through September to ensure FO’s) as each one is suitable for a different time and place, and smaller, easier projects are better for lunch breaks.

Although, I have to admit, I did break my WIP-ban on Thursday (2 days before the end of my WIP-ban) because I needed a break from the tapestry horse blanket – which has been extremely hard to finish. For some reason, I lost my mojo on that project, I think it’s because it was a commission for a project I wouldn’t have chosen for myself, in colours I wouldn’t have chose and the stitches became monotomous. This brings me nicely to my first WIP for the WIP-along.

  1. Wash, Block and Weave.

I may add a few more rounds of edging to the horse blanket before putting it in the wash. Then I’ll pin it out and block it, weave in any loose ends and ta-daa! A Finished Object. This one has been a long-time in the making for a commission, and although I’m delighted that I learnt tapestry crochet, I’ll definitely be happy to give this to it’s owner and be finished with it. I am proud of myself for choosing a difficult pattern for my first tapestry crochet project.

horse blanket

2. School of Wizardry Scarf

Katie has asked me to make her a scarf in Burgundy, so I thought I would make her a Harry Potter inspired scarf. Gryffindor to be precise. This is the project I broke my WIP-ban for. I just needed to work on something briefly with a bit of colour. This WIP has made it to my #autumnwal17 list because I ‘d like to finish it in time for her to wear it in the cold months, this year rather than next year. I am making this one up as I go and I may publish the pattern when I’m done. I am using Caron Simply Soft in Burgundy, and Stylecraft Special DK in gold.

HP Scarf

3. Fruit Salad TV Blanket

This is a project I’ve been working on for a couple of years… or I started it a couple of years ago anyway. I haven’t touched it for over 6 months. At the moment, I have a basket of  129 squares. If I make 11 more, I can make a blanket 10 x 14 squares big. I have a ball of cream aran in the stash that will be perfect for this project… so the aim is to make the last 11 squares and start edging and joining them. I know I’m not going to finish this before the WIP-along finishes, but I will at least make a bit of progress, and maybe finish it before the end of the year. A nice little Christmas present to myself! This is a stash buster, and just uses various acrylic yarns.

Fruit Salad Squares

4. Cosy Stripe Blanket

I started this blanket shortly after the Attic24 Moorland Blanket CAL. My intention was to work both of them up at the same time so that me and Katie would both have a blanket. Good plans and all that… we ended up moving and renovating a house. I managed to finish Katie’s blanket in July, however mine remains less than halfway completed. Again, I don’t want to (although I’d like to) finish this blanket in October, but I’ll be happy to make at least one ‘colour repeat’. Any progress is good progress, and that’s what this WIP-along is all about.

5. Beanie Hat

This is a new WIP and an un-started WIP. I showed the yarn off for this project in my first YouTube video, and I’ll be making a Neon Lights beanie hat from issue 14 of Simply Crochet by MyBoshi. It is my favourite beanie hat pattern, and it is a very quick and easy make…brilliant for Christmas gifts.

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6.  Movie Night Cocoon Cardi.

I am starting this WIP as part of the #backtoschoolsweatercal hosted by Tamara of craftyescapism and Helen of makingatnumber14. I have never made a garment before and I have had this Movie Night Cocoon Cardi pattern by Alexandra Tavel in my Ravelry Library for a long time. I think this pattern is going to be easy and hopefully quick as it is based on a granny square. I am excited to make a garment that I can wear. Earlier in the year (or was it last year?) I bought some burgundy acrylic from Aldi especially for this project, so I will have a cardi to wear in my favourite colour!

movie night cardi

7. Socks!

I am envious of all the crochet socks everyone is making, so I bought Vicki Brown‘s Crochet Sock Collection book. I had the chance to meet Vicki at Yarndale, and bought a hank of her sock yarn in the colour way Blue Hydrangea. However, I think I’m going to make my first pair in a skein of Opal sock yarn I bought earlier this year. I don’t want to get the pattern wrong using such lovely yarn! Hahaa. Again, I don’t know whether I’ll get a pair finished before the end of the WAL – but I’ll make a bit of progress. I’m going to wind up 2 balls and make both at the same time as I’ve heard about the struggles of second sock syndrome. I’m going to try Vicki’s Spring Fling pattern first…

socks

8.  The Super Simple Tunisian CAL #SSTCAL

I would like to take advantage of Claudia (Crochet Luna) and Hannah’s (Thecozycottagecrochet) Tunisian crochet CAL so I can finally learn how to do it! They will be publishing tutorials on their YouTube, and I think that making a dish cloth will be a nice way of breaking up the WIP-along so I have a quick FO. I’m also very excited about learning a new crochet skill! I have had Tunisian hooks for years but just haven’t actually sat down to learn. I will just stash bust some acrylic yarn for this CAL, and if I like the effect, I may make some cotton facecloths in the future. The CAL runs the same time as the Autumn WIP-along, and they’re doing tutorials for four different patterns.

9. Friday is Dye-day.

Inspired by Clarisabeth of Crochetcakes and Fay of The Crochet Circle Podcast, I want to dye my own yarn. I loved the colour of Clarisabeth’s avacado dyed yarn so I’ve been saving my skins and stones over the past couple of weeks. I’m nervous about dying yarn as I don’t know any of the technicalities or procedures. I’m going to have to do a bit of research. Fay is hosting a Dye your own Yarn-along on the 27th of October, so I’ve got a few more weeks to keep eating avacados!

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I can’t wait to dig into and start some new projects! I am enjoying seeing all of your WIPs so keep sharing! Remember to use the hashtag #autumnwal17 and tag me @lovecharlie.co and Laura @goslingandplumb so we can see what you’re making and share our favourites. I will be filming a podcast soon showing you my Yarndale Haul and talking about my WAL Wips. 🙂 If you’re not on Instagram, there’s an #AutumnWAL17 thread in the Love Charlie Crochet Group on Ravelry where you can have a chatter about what you’re up to…

Please don’t put any pressure on yourself during this WAL. It is not a competition, and any progress is good progress. Don’t compare yourself to others, and always look after yourselves. Make sure to keep on encouraging each other on IG.. and if you haven’t already… SHARE YOUR WIPS! 🙂

Love Charlie, Xx