I have 2 finishes this week! I even surprised myself! There was a suggestion, by someone awhile back, that you should take your WIPs and put each in a lunch bag, staple them closed and mix them up and put numbers on them (or not).....then you pick one and work on it until finished and so on and so forth. The concept sounded good to me but I didn't follow through. Presently though, I am trying to organize my crafts and supplies. There are many "bags" of projects. I always have a cross stitch project going or several in a rotation. I needed a crochet project so I am starting a regular granny square blanket to continue to go through my acrylic worsted stash. I needed a knitting WIP so, I picked a project bag that I thought was socks but it was mittens! I had totally forgotten about them! One was done and the other one just need the thumb. I was able to pick them back up and finish them even weaving in all the ends! This is my first pair of mittens. I think I tried once before but the pattern wasn't detailed enough for my first pair so I found another pattern and it worked great. Here they are! Another use for my acrylic stash. I thought I would give them to my daughter as one of her advent gifts but then I didn't think she would really go for the colors as she is an orange girl. I did make these for myself originally so I will order her Knitpicks orange Donegal Tweed and enough for a matching hat. Plus, I need to order a shorter pair of DPNs as the ones I used were a bit long and fiddly. I've never given my daughter wool items before so I will get her some scented wool soak for washing them too. It will count as 3 Advent gifts! Only 22 left to go! Now I need to go dig up another knitting "mystery bag WIP" without looking inside of it first, of course.
I also finished the Give Thanks cross stitch which will probably get made into a little pillow..........it was a free pattern but I can't remember the designer. I used some 14 count Aida that I hand dyed.....
I found my other Fall xs that I had started.........Autumn Alphabet by The Scarlett House.......
I had started the granny square blanket with DK yarn but realized I wanted to use my acrylic stash again and a larger hook so I will be gathering up the yarns and hook today. I will be following Patchwork Hearts method of assembly line crocheting where you make all the centers and then the next round etc. on all of the squares. I need to calculate how many squares to make and then choose my colors and get started!
Last week, Alissa Head (another YOPer) posted a gorgeous cowl that she made called Cemetery Drive....I loved it and knew my daughter would especially! She had even asked if some of her Advent gifts this year could be Halloween related. She will love this cowl! Unfortunately, I have not done color work before except in crochet but I've been wanting to give it a go so now's the perfect time. Thank you Alissa for sharing your beautiful cowl. Alissa's cowl was in black and orange which I will be doing also since my daughter loves orange. The yarn is already ordered! This a a paid for pattern and the reviews were great.
I hope you had a great week and have wonderful plans for the week ahead. There is no football for me this weekend.....the Iowa Hawkeyes beat Northwestern yesterday but the game wasn't until 6 p.m. and I have to sit by my PC to listen to it.....the Bear's play Monday night which again will be too late for me to listen to it. I am reclined by then in my bed watching t.v.! LOL!