Normality Resumes

I had my first finish of the year actually on New Year’s Day, the Garden Tiger Moth needlepoint.

It’s now been made up into a little pillow and sitting on the settle with the others quite happily.

With the lovely news of friends expecting a baby I went into baby blanket mode. Not knowing the sex I chose some really soft and neutral grey, white and pale yellow colours for a ripple blanket. It’s coming along quite nicely!

There’s ages until the baby is due but there’s nothing like striking while the urge takes you! Makes a change from skidding over the finishing line.

I’m not sure what I’m making next so in the mean time I thought I would do some more on the Kraken bag. According to Instagram it is actually a whole year tomorrow since I last did anything to it!! That is terrible! It’s been sitting blocking space on my desk that whole time.

I found I had cut the backing marginally short, well it is actually the exact size but with stitch pulling it will be smaller when finished. I decided to cut it into two halves so I can gusset the bottom and it won’t notice. The moment I did that I found this antique button for the back centre which fits in absolutely perfectly.

I’m going to try to keep track of what I have been making this year so I’ve made up a table in Word with the items and the parts it involves so I can see how far along I am on each project. I have lists. Lots of lists. Lists don’t actually show the progress. They also include lots of UFOs and they look very scary. At the moment I’m keeping the table to just things I currently have ‘live’ as it were. If I add the UFOs it would be too long and look very daunting. Besides, who says some of those UFOs will ever see the light of day again? 

So here’s the chart, quite small and workable and in no way as daunting as a looooong list

Blue is completed and the finished ones will drop to the bottom which gives me hope of actually getting on and finishing some bits! 

Have a great week! 

5 thoughts on “Normality Resumes

  1. Oh my – those butterfly pillows look so lovely all grouped together on the settee. I know from experience the joy completion brings. And on the first day of the new year, no less!

    I’ve made my share of those ripple baby blankets, relatively quick and not having to have nose buried in directions at all times – quite fun to make. What a good choice of color, as I understand grey is still popular among mothers when outfitting nurseries and choosing quilts and blankets. I personally don’t get it and didn’t enjoy working with the grey and white requested by my niece in law some years back when I made a quilt for her last baby. But she was thrilled, as I’m sure your recipient will be. Adding that little bit of color, regardless of how pale, makes all the difference, I think.

    Finally, oohing and aahing over your Kraken bag beading and that nifty chart you devised to keep track of project process. I totally agree with not putting everything on it and that there will no doubt be UFO’s that down the line you will decide not to finish. Why have them making your list unwieldy and possibly even making you feel guilty! 🙂

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    1. I used grey and white with my son as a baby and he’s 33 now! I think it’s because it’s a non colour colour that carries others well. The Kraken bag is growing! Finally.


      1. I think I’m quite a bit older than you so I’m still somewhat locked into the blue and pink or at least brightly colorful things for babies. An earlier baby of the same nil got a bright pink and green color treatment for the nursery which caught me off-guard but gave me a great palette to work with for the quilt I made. And my godchildren’s babies have for some reason gotten really brightly colored quilts in blues and purples or blues and golds in a bit of a “under the sea” theme. Just pulling from my batiks and hand-dyes plus a few commercial prints which was so much fun. Must be why I railed against the simple grey and white quilt requested!


    1. It can be a pain having clean stuff like fabrics and mucky stuff like the mixed media and wood but I’d be bored if I didn’t have so much to do!


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