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WIP to FO Challenge- 19 for 2019

It seems like everywhere you look online these days, people are taking stock of 2018 and setting goals for moving forward.  The first few days of the new year tend to be all about making resolutions, and to that end- here’s one of mine:

I resolve to turn the following 19 wips (works in progress) into FOs (finished objects) before the end of 2019.

I’ll write at length about each project when I finish (and post) about them, but for now here’s a short blurb for each:

1. FO Project Jars

wip yearly fo jars

I need to rip out all the individual lengths of yarn (1-10 yards long, each), match them up with what project they were from, and put the separated yarn into jars designated for each year.

2. Harvest Moon Pullover – crochetwip crochet harvest moon

I started this sweater on November 25 2016 as a way to use my adored Noro Silk Garden limited stash on something for myself.  Limited yarn + crocheted pattern with big holes = a sweater that might fit… right?

3. Granny Rectangle Blanket – crochetwip granny rectangle blanket

I started this blanket on August 9 2015 as a way to use up random sock yarns I figured I’d never get around to using for, y’know, socks.  Figured out how to make granny squares as rectangles and then alternated with white for… some reason.

4. & 5. Ralph and Black Sheep’s Sweaters – sewing & cross stitchwip boys toys sweaters

I started these sweaters for the boys’ favorite stuffed animals a few nights before Christmas 2016.  They were intended to be little surprises for them but instead they’ve sat in a bag ever since.  Sadly Jakob is no longer as into iHasCupQuake as he used to be, so I’ll need to rip out the stitching on the front of Ralph’s sweater and hope it doesn’t leave gaping holes in the fleece.  Then I’ll have to figure out new designs to personalize the fronts, find where I put the sleeve pieces, and sew the little sweaters together.

6. Drops V-Neck Pullover – knittingwip drops knit vneck

I started this deep-v sweater somewhere in 2015 or 2016.  It’s slouchy and soft and I want to wear it already.

7. Fluffy Shawl – knittingwip fluffy shawl

I started this shawl on April 6 2015.  It’s been sitting untouched in a bag since roughly that Fall.  I love how the colors blend together (black Sandes Garn Sisu and purple/green Noro Kureyon Sock) and would like it to be done and hugging my shoulders.

8. Comfy Socks – knittingwip fluffy ankleless socks

According to myself, I started these socks 2 FULL YEARS AGO.  They’re supposed to be my ‘take along’ knitting but because I haven’t finished designing the pattern, I never take them with me to work on.  I need them done so I can reclaim the needles and portable hanging knitting bag and start being more productive again.

9. Fun Fur Vest – knittingwip fun fur vest

I started this Bergere de France vest in 2012(!!).  My Ravelry projects page has it listed as completed on Feb 10 2015 but clearly it isn’t.  No ends are woven in, it might need armhole cuffs, and I think I was debating overdying the entire thing black.

10. Doodle Fusion Marco Raffiné Page – colorinwip doodle fusion marco raffine

This page from Doodle Fusion was started last summer (I think) using only my set of Marco Raffiné oil-based colored pencils.

11. Grimm Fairy Tales Alice Page – coloringwip grimm alice in wonderland

This page from Grimm’s Fairy Tales was a test to see if I could get good results using dollar store colored pencils.  I’ve since moved the pencils somewhere else and want to finish the image so I don’t need to dig them out any more.

12. Grimm Fairy Tales Little Red Page – coloringwip grimm little red riding hood

Those of you who follow me on Instagram would have seen this page from Grimm’s Fairy Tales back when I started it in June.  I love how it’s turning out and want to see how well I can complete it.

13. Imagimorphia Eagle 2-Page – coloringwip imagimorphia eagle

This double-page spread from Imagimorphia was started in the Fall of 2016.  I loved coloring the tiny rainbows and then lost steam.

14. Imagimorphia Egypt Page – coloringwip imagimorphia egypt

I honestly don’t remember when I started this page.  Luckily I’d blogged about it!

15. The Time Garden Quilt Page – coloringwip time garden pattern page

I don’t recall when I started working on this page in Daria Song’s The Time Garden either but judging from other posts about it I’d made in April 2016, I’m going to guess it was about that time.  I have NO idea, however, why I stopped it so close to being done.

16. The Princess Bride Fred Savage 2-Page – coloringwip princess bride fred savage

This page was blogged when I first started it, way back in March 2017.  I don’t want to move on to another page in the book until this one is done, though, so I need to make the time to finally get it finished up.

17. & 18. & 19. Harley Quinn, Betty Cooper & Teela Wall Hanging Trio – plastic canvas

wip plastic canvas girls trio

I’ve never shown these before, except for the odd glimpse in the background of Instagram pics.  I started this trio of plastic canvas portraits when I moved in August 2017.  While I love how they look in black and white (and blue), I designed them to be in full color and I’d love to see them complete.

Think I can do it?  Want to play along? Use the tag #19WIPtoFO2019 so I can see how many you get through!

ps: As I’m about to post this I just realized that 19 projects means committing to completing more than one per month.  Months that are already pretty busy with Becket, work, kids, commissions and all the new projects I want to work on and might come up over the year… Wish me luck- I’m gonna need it!!

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epic granny

(This is getting posted after midnight but its for Wed).

I didn’t go to work today. Yesterday I visited my surgeon, and for the 4th time since April we played a little game I like to call “find the hernia(s)”. It involves him poking and prodding all parts of my belly while I either stand or lie down, neither position seeming to help in either finding the hernia, or hurting me less. I leave these visits feeling battered and bruised, and rather dejected.

I wasn’t able to sleep last night, so, tired, and still sore, I stayed home. (I picked a good day for that, cus Yannick only installed my winter tires tonight!)

I know I have projects on the go: my Linden only needs 1.25 sleeves and a border, the HABS cloth only needs a test knit of the medium size, etc…

But I wanted something else to work on. The crafty equivalent of comfort food. And I found it.

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Meet Epic Granny 01.

I finally figured out what to do with my yarn ball!

The yarn ball is a big (6″ diameter) ball of yarn to which I tie on a new strand every time I finish a project, assuming there is yarn left over. I’ve been trying to think of a project for it, but nothing appealed to me. This is it!

I rewound the ball so the outer strand was the oldest yarn. I started knitting/crocheting again back in 2000, but the oldest yarn in the ball was a green placket neck sweater I’d knit for Jakob and finished just before he was born. I finished the project in May 2007, and my project list tells me that no other project was finished earlier in that May. Perfect!

I took a 4mm crochet hook, cus I know that I tend to work most often with fingering through worsted yarns, and cast on for a granny square.

I’m going to make squares about 12″ square. (This one is about that). When I have enough squares to make a blanket-sized rectangle I’m going to sew them together and to a sheet backing. After Yannick’s suggestion I’m going to embroider the backing with the dates of the projects contained within. So this blanket will say “May 2007-” whenever I finish it. Then I’ll start another one, and keep going.

The blankets will be a reminder of all the projects I’ve done. I’ve already had fun reminiscing about the different projects as their yarns come up.

I was worried about what the effect would be of all the different yarns together, but I really like it so far. It’s scrappy and colorful and reminds me of the scrap quilts Yannick’s grandmother had made.

So one day I will leave behind these scrappy blankets…my “epic” grannies. I call them epic because as long as I keep crafting, there will always be more scraps to attach, and this project will go on forever.