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Posted by on June 30, 2013 in Rambles and Reflections

 

Year of Projects 2: Update 23

Project Percentage Complete: 53%
Overall Percentage Complete: 70%
Number of Project Items: 98
Number of Added Items: 90
Total Items: 188

Total Completed Project Items: 52
Total Completed Items: 132


I made my last YOP update post in March… MARCH!?!?!

UGH – I totally dropped the ball on this one. I can honestly say I have completely lost track of all that I had added to my original list… and even more honestly – that is hard to keep track of!

*greys all those items out all over this list*

Ok… so my next step is to move down all the things I finished.

So first… lets just remove that.

*moves Wingspan down to completed.. oh, and some faux boobs*

Now.. to update my percentages at the top of the page… *heads off to do that*

So, it looks like I finished 53% of my original list. I doubt I’ll do a final post UNLESS I finish the Navajo blanket before the end of June, and quite frankly – that isn’t looking very promising.

I had hoped that keeping a list of added items in addition to my original list would have inspired me to stay on track. I did it the first year and just threw caution to the wind. I did it last year but chose larger projects instead of several smaller for my YOP list… and that seemed to backfire because I tend to lose my steam in the middle of blankets and afghans.

So – do I participate again? Do I ignore the added items calculations…. I dunno. I have yet to fully complete a YOP without taking mass breaks in the middle either.

Something I did notice was that my charitable crafting was down this year. Perhaps that has to do with the focus on such large projects – but I need to get back to doing that. I really enjoy the idea of helping others through my yarning.

Of course – I need to get back to blogging too.

I’m having trouble focusing on creating my patterns. I have so many ideas and some even halfway worked out, but never got around to writing them up. And yesterday – what happens but I come up with a sock idea *face palm*

So yea… there ya have it. Perhaps we will see where the day goes. How the month goes as far as getting the navajo complete.

I really should look at the books for the State Fair – perhaps I can still get a tag in on this thing and that’ll drive me to actually complete it.

Hmmmm that may just work.

*emotes one last time to say she’s headed off to the state fair website*

RANDOM PHOTO:

I had come up with the idea to do a ying yang painting for the Man on Father’s Day – but the more I worked on it, the less I liked it. I am a landscape/realism type girl so something like this is hard for me to create. It just doesn’t look “right” to me… so I didn’t finish it.

I told him of my failed attempt and let it go.

Regardless of what I thought of the painting, I came home from work on Monday and it was hung up on the wall. So a half-done fish painting that I’m rather embarrassed about is now displayed in our activity room. HA! go figure :)

Project List Items (not started/in progress)
Navajo Indian Multi-Color Afghan (gift)
– 17 squares for SIBOL  
– 6 faux boobs for donation

– 5 pet beds for donation
– 10 chemo caps for donation
– 2 swiffer covers (for me!)
– Knit a Sweater for the Man
– 1 pair spat warmers
Woven Blocks Crochet Quilt
Room Shoes
Amimono Kimono (for me!)

Project List Items (done)
– 33 squares for SIBOL
– 5 knit/crochet cloths for Mom (Christmas present)
– 5 knit/crochet cloths for SIL (Christmas present)
– State Fair Afghan
Dead Fish Hat (Birthday gift for DS)
– Spidey-colored Round Ripple Lapghan (Christmas present)
– 1 crochet knockers for donation
Wrap (ended poorly – was supposed to be for Squirt but… didn’t work out)
– Knit Wingspan Shawl 
– 3 faux boobs for donation

Added Items (not started/in progress)
– Tongues of Fire (for me) 
– Pimpelliese (for me)

– Striped Granny Bag
– Elite Syncopations
– Harry Potter Scarf 
– Blue or Purple Cowl (for a friend; after the holidays)

Added Items (done)
– Have a Heart Shawl (free Red Heart pattern)
– Magic Square Potholder
– Boot Toppers (Christmas present)
– 50 Ruffle Scarves
– Striped Scarf (Christmas Present)
– Crochet Clock (Christmas Present)
– House Slippers (Christmas Present)
– Warm Hat with Bill (Christmas Present)
– Stocking Cap (Christmas present)
– 3 icord knit snakes
– My Garter Slipped Scarf (for me)
– 3 pair Vanilla Socks
– 2 plastic canvas door hanging pouches (for Valentine’s Day)
– 2 Ice Pack Pillowcases
– 13 Crochet Fortune Cookies
– Headband to Match Garter Slip Scarf (for me) 
– Vanilla Socks for me 

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Posted by on June 25, 2013 in Rambles and Reflections

 

My FO Friday… a bit "adult"

I guess I have trouble thinking that posting an image a faux breast (or two) is considered adult material but I guess in some people’s minds a boob is a boob is a boob…. so here… here are my two boobs – well, for the sake of what they really are: FOOBS!

And they aren’t mine – they will be headed to their new home within the next couple of days.

This is my FO Friday post… I would apologize to you in the form of “I am sorry if this offends you” but… really – why would it? If you are offended by the idea of a knit breast changing someone’s view of their personal appearance, then for that I am sorry you feel that way.

I was contacted recently to make a pair of foobs. After talking back and forth with her via email, I realized that my original pattern, the Crochet Faux Boob, was not going to cut it.

Now, I admit, back when I created the crochet pattern, it was mostly because crochet is what I felt comfortable with. I considered myself a rather novice knitter so I tucked tail from the Knitted Knockers pattern and made my own. Perhaps not the most noble actions, but action nonetheless.

With the new request, I understood I had to do something else other than my pattern – so … I made up my own.

Now, I admit full on that I used another pattern as the basis for the top side of the foob. For that, I went to the “Tit Bits” pattern by Beryl Tsang. I did modify this pattern a little, but not near enough to say it was my own. What I created on my own was the back. I wanted something sturdier and something to house a little something extra – which I won’t give away here because I want to write the pattern up and be the first person to actually offer it. I still fully admit though that the inspiration from my pieces still came from the Tit Bits pattern. I will NOT post my pattern until I have permission from Beryl to link to her pattern and mention her (over and over and over (most likely)) in my write up/pattern.

Anywhoozles – this is my FO Friday. I would say I put in a total of 5 or 6 hours to create the set and it went really well. I used Bernat baby yarn in a light pink (soft, washable, durable, and well, she wanted pink). I knit the topsize on size 6 dpn’s and crocheted the back on a size G hook – all very standard but something I hope will make a difference.

Have a great Friday!

If you are interested in posting your FO Friday post somewhere OR are interested in reading what others have completed, pop over to Tami’s Amis blog and enjoy!

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2013 in My Projects