So I am lame and haven’t posted in awhile. That’s because I am waiting to get supplies for a couple of project that I’m working on. Once I get those, I should post a fair few projects in pretty quick succession. That said, I’ll also be starting a new job soon, so my crafting may be limited to just the weekend soon, as I’ll be commuting to London everyday.
The good part about having a commute, though, is having time to work on ongoing projects. Portable ones, of course, which means crocheting, knitting, cross stitch, etc.
I always have ongoing projects, because I am a terrible finisher. I get bored with projects that are too long and they get set aside and never finished. Ask my parents. There must be a trillion of my projects/ supplies for unfinished projects sitting around their house. Although, I don’t think my mom minded inheriting all those craft supplies when I moved to the UK… That’s another discussion.
Right now, I have 4 ongoing projects. 3 blankets and some film scanning. The blankets are all knit. I’ve never done all knit blankets before. Until about 2-3 years ago, I was a crocheter. I had known how to knit, but crocheting was so much faster. But then I started realising that knitting can have such a great texture and finish about it, and can look so much more sophisticated than crocheting. Don’t get me wrong, I still love crocheting but I do quite like knitting now, even if I’m not nearly as fast.
Blanket A – This one is for my cousin who just had a beautiful baby girl. It’s actually made up of hexagons. I’m going to piece them together and knit a border around the edge in a round. There will be a colour pattern as well as a really subtle texture pattern. I’m using white and a soft lime green, and and there will be a little pink flower and letter A (the baby’s name begins with A) as an accent. I really think it’s going to be gorgeous (or that’s what I’m hoping anyway).
Blanket B – This is for my cousin in law, who has also just had a baby, but a baby boy. He’s the first boy in his generation, so he is a little bit special. His mom asked for me to use white and light grey for the colours, as they didn’t know what they were going to have. Then, he decided to show up early! I’ve been thinking about add a little bit of a light blue accent, maybe just a letter H (the first letter of his name) or a full monogram. His mom likes really elegant, sophisticated looks, so I’m thinking the monogram may win. I am doing an open, lace knit in white for the main centre of the blanket, and working a section of entrelac , in a round, in white and light grey around the edge of that, followed by a plain border, also in the round. I think this blanket has a lot of potential to be beautiful, but it has a lot of stitches and techniques that I’ve never used. There could be bumps along the way.
Blanket C – For my cousin’s little girl, L. She was born literally days before I moved to the UK, and about 6-8 weeks early. Thankfully, she was perfectly healthy, but because I was doing a strenuous post-grad course, I never got to finish her baby blanket. She’s now a little over 2. And now that I have time, I am making her blanket. I’m using bright, basic colours because I want it to be really fun and nice for a 2 year old. I am going to use knitted mitre squares in various sizes. I haven’t decided if I’m going to keep all the squares one colour or mix them up. I might do a bit of both.
The film scanning isn’t so portable but my husband is going to help me with those, if needs be. Basically, about 10 years ago, I was helping my Aunt R clear some things out my grandparents’s house. We came across some old 120, 35 mm, and other negatives of my father’s generation (my aunts and uncles) from when they were all wee, back in the 50’s and 60’s. My aunt wanted to just bin them (WHAT?!?!). Being into photography, I saw what a massive potential there was to keep alive family memories – getting them re-developed, etc. So I kept them. When I went to university, I realised that I could get them scanned and turned into digital photos as well. But there’s over 500 negatives. It would cost too much to have a photo place do, so I would have to get a scanner myself. I kind of wanted one anyway, as I have loads of my old film that I wanted to scan. But scanners are expensive. Lately, I’ve been feeling like this is a project that I need to get done. My grandparents are in their 80’s, and so is my great-aunt. I want them to be able to see what I’ve done. As none of them are in the best of health, I need to get this done. I just happen to have an amazing husband, who understands when I hold things close to my heart, like this project. He bought me a film scanner as an early birthday present (5 months early). This is the one project that I absolutely need to get done before this trip in May. I’d like to get all the photos edited before then, cleaning up scratches, smudges, etc, but as long as they’re scanned, that’s the most important thing. I just want to be able to show my family that I’ve taken old memories and I’ve been able to make them last for future generations to come.
The scanning, I have to get done. The blankets, I have to get done by May because they’ll be to heavy to ship. Plus, all my nieces Christmas presents if I can. Her presents will be quite small but will take time to make. I’m essentially making her a dress up box. But her stuff is light. If I have to ship it. Oh well. My nephew, well I have no idea what to make him. He’s nearly a teenager, and that means presents are going to start getting tricky. I’ve got a couple of ideas but I’ll need to speak to my brother first.
That’s all for me now. I’ll try and get a project posted soon.