Thursday, 19 June 2014

Too many WIPs?

I know that lots of people especially in the crafty, bloggy world have lots of WIPs on the go at once, and indeed I have several on the go myself at the moment.  They are all crochet related. 

Firstly is my no two the same blanket which I showed you last here, when it was a snake of squares.  I am about two thirds of the way through joining the squares together using the join as you go method.  Then I want to add a large border as although it is a good size, I would like it to be a bit drapier than it has turned out and I think the border will help with that.


Then I have my Ripple Blanket which I started here.  I haven't done much too it since as I am trying to be good and finish my other blanket.


Of course, while these two have been underway, I have been stopping to make flowers, mandala's and strawberries as well!



I also have another little strawberry project underway - more details of which to follow!

While I was spending a lot of time coming and going from home a while ago I started a Nordic Shawl as well in the hope that it would be easily transportable.  It was, but I never had any time to actually do anything on it, so I have put it away for now.


This second photo shows the colour better.


So, plenty of WIP's underway and also a few things completed.  But.  Something was lurking from behind the sofa calling to me.  Five years it was saying to me.  Five years I have been sat here waiting for you.  Five years.  It was starting to get annoying by that point!!

I used to do a fair amount of what I then called tapestry, but now know to be also called needlepoint by some people.  Five years ago I bought this tapestry kit for a cushion, it was reduced price because there was no picture, but all of the wool was there, as well as the canvas and the instructions.  I fixed it onto my tapestry frame and, well, did nothing!

Other things came along, gardening, working, caring, I did also complete two other partially done tapestries on my other small frame, and then crochet bit me big time!  No tapestry was happening.

The other night the shouting from behind the sofa just got to be too much and I pulled it out and had a look, sorted out the wools, matched the colour threads on the key piece and started work.


I have only done a little bit so far, but I am really enjoying it.


So now I have another WIP underway - yet another WIP! - I can feel my eyes rolling at myself.  I still have two blankets, a shawl and a bushel of strawberries to complete and now I have started something else.  That is without the supplies that I have bought to do other things, and a beautiful cross stitch sampler kit.  I think that I am going to run out of time to get them all done before the end of summer!!  I did have ideas of making some summer shawls and starting a big cosy blanket before the winter.  Indeed the Ripple is supposed to be for my hammock in the garden, summer hammock time will be long gone before I get it done at this rate!

Oh well, worse things happen at sea don't they than too many crafting WIPs.  I probably need to set the tapestry aside having got started on it, now it is underway it will be easy to pick up and put down when I just have a few moments, or when we have visitors and I want something to do in the evening with my hands.  It isn't really very easy to have a big blanket and all that entails all over the place, but a tapestry frame and one small skein of wool is alright.

I just have to get on and at least finish my no two the same!

Does anyone have too many WIPs and then find themselves starting more?

Amy

31 comments:

  1. We really must have been on the same wavelength, I was just wondering how your granny blanket was coming along! I have so many things on the go, I think it's best that way. Then you can pick and choose as the mood takes you. Good luck with your latest crafty endeavour, it might be quicker to complete than you think? Actually, it probably won't but I'll be optimistic for you :).

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  2. I sometimes have more than one thing going, but a lot of the time I'm eager to see the finished product so I tend to stick to one project. That does then mean I have a mental queue building up of things I'll start when this one is finished.

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  3. I've always been a one project at a time sort of girl but I'm getting worse, I've got about five projects on the go at the moment, eeeek. Your No Two The Same blanket is going to be gorgeous when it's finished.

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  4. You are a gifted , talented woman so everything will be perfect, in time!

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  5. We could start a club...too many WIP's, not enough time! I love the idea of a tapestry kit. That sounds like a lot of fun and so easily portable. But of course you know my favorite is your big, yummy no two the same blanket. It looks gorgeous! You are right, A big border will make it totally drapey and lovely. Hurry up and get it finished! HAHA! Have a wonderful day.

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  6. You have some lovely WIPs on the go Amy, and why not, variety is the spice of life isn't it! Your tapestry/needlepoint is going to be a beautiful piece - I really like it!
    I don't really have a lot of unfinished projects - er - well - not really; an unfinished hexie arrangement that was meant to be a blanket but will probably finish up as a cushion, and just a couple of small crochet square tryouts, oh and there's that cardigan (knitting) that's been pulled out several times cause I can't find a pattern I really like - three-quarters through the back and it's not going anywhere! We're allowed to have as many WIPs as makes us happy methinks! Don't rush them - enjoy them! Love, Joy xo

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  7. I love all your WIP! I especially love the strawberry garland! It's all inspiring! Thank you for sharing.

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  8. I think it is good to have a project for every mood. Sometimes large projects get a bit boring and then it is good to have a change. Then you need a project or each handbag and possibly for different weathers, too. It is easier to sew in hot weather than to knit or crochet for example. Go on, continue carry on with your ripple! It is going to be beautiful. I made a no to the same blanket using circles, it was a fun project. It is somewhere on my blog if you would like to see it. x

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  9. At the end of last year, I had a real push to complete everything (other than the granny square blanket - which is an ongoing/longterm WIP), and I was determined not to let the ideas get ahead of themselves. But it's happened again - there are little project bags all around the house, and card samples on my desk. So many ideas, so few hours! Have fun. xx

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  10. I'm the same counted 7 wip's just in the craft basket let alone elsewhere, the tapestry looks like it will be a beaty and rhe starwberries are so cute.
    Clare x

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  11. You have some wonderful projects on the go Amy which is better than none at all, which is what I have. I don't do any kind of handwork although I used to cross stitch for years and have a few that I've completed but, they aren't even framed. I love the flower and strawberry garlands. So cute! I think the sampler will be gorgeous when completed so keep at it. You're doing better than most of us! xo Pam

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  12. I like to have lots of projects going. Sometimes I'm in the mood for one but not another - and some travel better in the car or make more sense to work on in different kinds of weather. I even have one WIP that is a total rip out job and make something new with the yarn as I've decided I did not like what I started. I feel okay with that too - I do like to have a few little projects going so I can finish them more easily and feel like I've accomplished at least something!

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  13. Amy, I may not have as many crafting WIPs as some people, but I bet I've got the longest running one! I started a patchwork quilt more than 30 years ago, and it's still just a third of a quilt top and a big basket of squares. I call it my Unfinished Symphony.

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  14. That's a good pile of WIPs you have there! The tapestry is very pretty, I do hope you do more and post about it soon! And there is no such thing as too many WIPs... ;-) Chrissie x

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  15. At a quick count I have 5, more will be added soon! Your blanket is looking great, well done!

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  16. I'm guilty of this as well! Sometimes it gets to the point I am actually feeling stressed by all the WIPs, and that's when I know I need to finish a couple before starting anything new. Your blankets are both very nice!

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  17. Wonderful WIPs its lovely to have something different to pick up depending on your mood or energy levels. The needlepoint is a very pretty design, glad you are enjoying being reunited with it, won't be long before you have it finished! Your blankets are looking great too. xcx

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  18. That is certainly a lot of WIPs but it makes me very envious, they are all such fab projects! The colours in the ripple blanket are lovely, cannot wait to see that finished. And your no two the same blanket is coming along nicely. I am a funny one, Amy, I don't have a lot of WIPs. I have only two things going on, but I won't start anything else until they are finished. But now I am bored of them both and they have come to a standstill! I definitely think you do things in the right way, you can pick and choose what you want to work on and never get bored! I need to take a leaf out of your book I think...that way I might actually get some finished projects like you! :) xx

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  19. Hi Amy, what lovely things you are making :-) If I have too many WIP's I tend to get rather overwhelmed by them. I am itching to start another blanket but I'm forcing myself to finish the hand quilting on my vintage hexie quilt plus to make headway on my ripple blanket first.
    Tracey xxx

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  20. I cleared out my unfinished stuff the other day and took it to knitting group the other night. It was quite enlightening to get rid of it all and let other people make use of the wool. I've now started a hexie blanket but this one will be finished, I'm investing too much time into it! Love all your things, especially the blanket and I also love the colour of your shawl. I can never get to grips with the ripple pattern. I think I've only ever accomplished a cushion cover so far in it - I find it really boring to do!

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  21. I don't have much crafting time so I try REALLY hard not to have too much on the go. I have a quilt under construction, a scarf being knitted and some wool that's waiting to be a blanket when I can finally decide how it will be - knitted? crocheted? stripes? squares? So many decisions. Oh, and a cross stitch sampler as well, I nearly forgot that one. And there are a few fabric hexagons, but they don't really count...

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  22. I have more ideas in progress than wip these days. I love the granny square blanket, it's just wonderful to look at all those different squares. The ripple blanket will look lovely on your hammock, and who knows maybe it'll be done before summer leaves us. Love the tapestry too! It's nice to have more than one thing on the go at a time like you say, so you can pick up the project that suits the situation you're in at the moment. Enjoy the crafting! Wendy x

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  23. work in progress! hahaha.....took me half way through the comments to figure out what WIP was! lol...

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  24. There are so many interesting things to do and projects to make. I think we all get so excited to start something new that we have lots of UFOs, it is all fun to do and what keeps us happy. Love your crochet blanket and your pretty bunting, makes me want to crochet!

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  25. Your blanket is gorgeous! I want to make one so bad!!! And those strawberries! Did you show us those before?!!?! I don't remember them but I LOVE them! They are perfectly perfect! As are all of your projects in the works! Isn't it funny when you find a piece that you have not touched in a while...and they poke at you to pick them up again!?!? I have some paintings that did that to me yesterday after I was digging around for supplies in my art closet for the beans! Good luck with it all! I can not wait to see how everything goes! A wonderful Friday to you! Nicole xoxo

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  26. I love the crochet blanket… I've tried to crochet a few times and just don't seem to be able to get the hang of it! and yes, I have plenty of WIP on the go too! x

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  27. Hehe surely we can never have too many WIPS?! The blanket looks great - I bet you're really excited about finishign! And the tapestry is lovely too. I do really like those strawberries.... maybe I should have another WIP..... :) xx

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  28. That first blanket is just gorgeous. I've got two crochet blankets and a knitted one on the go... not to mention numerous other projects!

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  29. Amy I love all you make dear!
    All look beautiful and I love crochet reminds me my chilean grand mom:)

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  30. I appreciate anyone who can crochet, there is just something about the way I hold needles that causes hand pain. I have to enjoy the art through others, very lovely needle work

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  31. I always have several WIPs on the go as I'm easily bored. I used to think I was a completer finisher but now I just realise I was delusional! x

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