Thursday, January 7, 2016

Yearly Goals, Soft Shoulders, Starry Night, Mask of Colors 1, Octopus Garden Blanket, Leopard Crochet Set Slippers, Hidden Stars, Step Afghan

I've decided to try setting a yearly goal again this year. I've got far too many projects in the final stages; it's high time that I got them out of the boxes and finished so that they can be admired and/or useful. So, I'm going to try to finish one project for each of the 6 types of needlework that I do by the end of this year.


My finishing project for crochet is going to be the Slippers from the Leopard Crochet Set by Darla Sims which I started last week. I made good progress on the 2nd slipper this week.

I also did some more work on my step afghan.


My knitting project is going to be the Octopus Garden Blanket by Georgia Vincent. I last worked on it in Dec. 2013. All I have left is to applique the octopi onto the blanket. This week I finished sewing Oscar to the blanket. Next I need to do his remaining 3 legs. After that, I need to do Olivia, her legs, and her bow, and I'll be finished.

I also did some more knitting on the front of Soft Shoulders, a sweater designed by Kathy Zimmerman.

Swedish Weaving:

My Swedish Weaving project will be the towel based on Wheat Fields from Learn to Make Monk’s Cloth Afghans by Marilyn T. Magly. I last worked on it in Feb. 2015. All that's left is to hem the ends. I didn't do any work on it this week.


My blackwork project will be the Blackwork Chessboard by Anne MacGregor. I last worked on it in July 2013. I plan to make it into a quilted wallhanging. I didn't do any work on it this week.


For my quilting project I'll finally finish Batik Cascade (Batik Go-Round) by Karen Combs. I last worked on it in June 2015. All I have to do is bind it. I didn't do any work on it this week.

I did, however, do some more piecing on the 2nd block of my Hidden Stars quilt.

Cross Stitch:

My cross stitch project will be the Celtic Jewel Bookmark from the Textile Heritage Collection. I last worked on it in Sept. 2015. I just need to wash it and sew the backing on. I didn't do any work on it this week.

I did, however, pull out yet another UFO, Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh which was adapted to cross stitch by Debbie Golonka of Ladybug Designs. I neglected to take a picture of what I'd already done, but here's my progress so far.

Finally, I did some more stitching on Mask of Colors 1, a Colray Crafts chart by Michele Sayetta of Heaven and Earth Designs based on artwork by Linda Ravenscroft.

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