Vix Knits… and crochets and sews…

My adventures in the wonderful world of arts and crafts

Current and planned projects

I can’t believe how much I’ve achieved since I started this blog and since my Sew much to do… post. It’s been about three months since I started so I thought it was time for an update.

Of the four projects I mentioned, only one is finished! Another is growing slowly and the other two are still sitting in the same state as before.

In Sew much to do… I talked about designing a little bag using the new techniques I’d been learning. This, too, has been put aside in favour of a different design project (more on that later)

The clip frame purse I talked about is still unfinished and will probably remain so.

I’ve also given up on the idea of making things to sell (for now at least). It’s going to take a lot of time and effore and there’s just too much else to do.

However, in the midst of all this failure, there has been much success!

Among the list of completed projects is ‘Twinkle’ the unicorn, one full Sambuca jacket and two Sambuca shrugs, two bridesmaids boleros, three pairs of Misty Morning Mitts, a chakra neckerchief, a tea cosy, three mug cosies… I’m sure there must be more but I can’t remember them all.

Right now, I’m actively working on four projects, I know FOUR! But there is a very good reason…

So, project number one is my first ever design project. I won’t go into too much detail because I want to blog about it in detail later. I don’t work on it constantly for a few reasons: first, I want to get it right, which means thinking it through properly; secondly, I’m working with lightweight yarn so tension squares take a while; and third, my eye can’t quite stand the intricate work for too long (just another eye-related annoyance!)

Project number two is Mina’s Tuxedo Vest, it had to be put aside to work on the bridesmaid’s boleros and, to be perfectly honest, isn’t much fun to knit. It now acts as a facade so my boyfriend doesn’t know what I’m really knitting during the day.

Which brings us to project number three: the Union Jack Slipover. Unfortunately, it’s not growing as quickly as it needs to, especially with everything else going on. And his birthday is next week! Eeeek!

Project number four is a novelty doorstop. I like to be working on a knitting and crochet project at the same time so I’ve been carrying this around for weeks, crocheting in the car etc. Now it’s time for the finishing touches so look out for pictures later in the week (hopefully)

I’ve also got a long list of planned projects, including: two more crochet unicorns for young cousins; a knitted cricket jumper; maybe something for me to wear to the wedding next month; another pair of Misty Morning Mitts (I just can’t resist that Simply Recycled yarn); a twenties-inspired crochet top; and anything else that takes my fancy along the way!

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Sew much to do…

Craft wise, there’s been a lot happening here lately!

After finishing my tea cosy, I was feeling a bit lost trying to decide what to do next.

My boyfriend practically begged me for a mug cosy for work so it’s now sitting in my project bag waiting for some buttons (I’m strangely excited for my trip to my favourite haberdashery shop tomorrow!)

Unfortunately, it only took me a few hours to knit…

And I failed to find a knitting design book while we were shopping so I had to settle for a couple of magazines instead.

Fortunately, the magazines are really good. February’s Knit Today (issue 69) has some lovely little ‘quick knits’ and a gorgeous chunky knit jumper and Inside Crochet (issue 29) is packed with beautiful designs.

I’m focussing on crochet at the moment and I’ve already learnt FOUR new techniques! I’m using them to design a little bag; I keep having to take it out but I’m really enjoying it.

I ended up ordering a knitting design book online so look out for my (probably disastrous) attempts at designing my own knits.

Over the weekend, I finally finished my Regency Handbag, the lining was a bit of a nightmare but it looks really good so I’m happy

I also tried (again!) to finish off a clip frame purse that I knitted ages ago, but I can’t get it to work so I think I’ll use poppers and buttons instead

So, as well as crocheting a neckerchief from Inside Crochet and working on my own bag, I’m planning loads of other projects and hoping to learn how to design my own.

We’re also talking about making some little bits and bobs to sell.

My town has a craft fair on the first Saturday of the month, starting in April so I’ve got plenty of time to make up some goodies.

I’m still a bit unsure but there are a lot of things I can make that won’t take much time or money to complete so it’s a feasible idea.

Let me know what you think!

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