Happy New Year 2014!

Happy New Years all!

For info on the past year there is a short note on my last post

Well it has been an active year.

As I look back on my New Years Resolutions for 2013, I am stunned by the number of things I finished this year.

In 2011 – 105, 2012 – 78,

2013 – 112 It’s been a good year!

Update on New Years Resolutions for 2013


#1 I will Complete 7 WIP’s that have been sitting around. Done!

#4 I will make ALL items for the Church Bazaar and craft sales from stash! 98% success with this one!

#7 I am counting making my studio usable as a minor success. However the Guyz tidied the house for Christmas and the a lot of stuff has disappeared and 4 laundry baskets are missing, I am guessing where… back on the 2014 list!

#8 I will complete one handmade gift for each of the 11 people that will be joining us Christmas 2013 Woohoo total success!

All the Andy's Capps and 2 scarves.

All the Andy’s Capps and 2 scarves.

And my niece in her “Piles of Smiles Cowl


#9 I will make my DH and DS each a Hat Another success!

This years Resolutions!

  1. Success!
  2. I will knit both sweater patterns my DH gave me for Christmas 2012! One is almost done
  3. I have given up on organizing my stash, instead I will parcel up 13 projects with pattern,  stash yarn etc that I will make this year! Ok this sounded like a great plan, and yes I did parcel up 13 projects ready to go…still there nothing happened. Going to add one more for 2014…
  4. Success!
  5. I will not replenish my stash as it deminishes unless DH approves  (update this lasted for 20 days last year) I am going to see how long I will last this year!
  6. Goal this year, significant stash reduction! Again!
  7. My studio will be dumped out and made into a haven for Knitting, sewing and scrapbooking! Well it is a mess, but a usable mess!
  8. Total Success!
  9. Success Woohoo!
  10. Last fibre related resolution, I will spin more. I have been spinning a little more, and started sewing more this year too. (see resolution #7)

Added Resolutions for 2014

  • Of the 14 wips I am starting the year with if they are still on the list next New Years, they get frogged!
  • I am going to invest in Shelving and containers and organize (sort of ) my stash.
  • I will join Fibreholics anonymous (Just kidding :0)
  • I am going to reinstitute The Plan: I will cycle through the list of wips one a day till this list gets to a more manageable size!
  • I am going to use more none virtual patterns, I have loads of knitting books, magazines and patterns I should use them!

Total of 10 Fibre Resolutions for 2014, we will see how this goes :0)

The Jar 2013

The Jar Dec 2013  I fill this jar with scraps trimmed from my knitting each year. This year 63gms, (2013 it was 40gms).

The Jar Dec 2013
I fill this jar with scraps trimmed from my knitting each year. This year 63gms, (2012 it was 40gms).

In the spring I will put it all in an onion bag and hang it outside for the birds to use for nest building.

I begin 2014 with WIP List = 14

  1. Buttermere  my Kal for Dec 
  2. Shoulder Shawl  v2 started Nov 14/13 
  3. Northman Mittens  Started  Dec 2/13
  4. My Favourite Scarf Ever  Started Nov 2/13
  5. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  6. Iced Cardigan  Started Oct 1/13
  7. Foots First Sox My design Started Jul/11
  8.  SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 60% done started May 17/12
  9. Top Down Swing Pullover 98% done started Jan 1/13
  10. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  11. Mile a minute afghan – crochet 50% done started Apr 24/13
  12. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  52% done started June 18/13
  13. Rose Harbour Shawl 75% done started Jun 28/13
  14. Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13

 FO’s 2013 =  112 (34 more than 2012)

WIPS 2013 = 14 (7 more than 2012)

 Stash Used 2013 = 99 (11 more than 2012 and I just might have invested in a little more fibre in 2013)

Sewing FO’s = 4 (4 more than 2012)

Books 2013 = 42 (6 less than 2012)

Thanks again for an interesting and eventful year, It wouldn’t have been the same without you.

cya next year :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0)

Find me at my Etsy shop: Willows Pocket and on Ravelry.com  

WIP Weds: Birthday books & Progress

What do you give the constant knitter and reader? Other than the best niece in the world who loves books too for a visit ? A gift certificate for a bookstore with a knitting section :0)

“Stashbuster Knits” by Melissa Leapman

here is a review

and “Socks a la carte 2: Toes up!”

here is another great review

(the errata found here)

And my guilty pleasure

The Trouble with Mr. Darcy by Sharon Lathan

In the fifth in Lathan’s bestselling series, George Wickham returns to Hertfordshire bent on creating trouble, and Elizabeth and her newborn son are thrown into danger. Knowing that Wickham has nothing left to lose, Darcy and Fitzwilliam rush to the rescue in a race against time.

Untangled #6

 I plan to do 10 of these

XL coffee cup sweater

And I am well on my way, 6 of 12 XL Coffee Cup Sweater done.

Tuesday was movie night with Sarah, my niece. This week we saw Disney’s “Brave”. We really enjoyed it. A mother daughter movie for all ages.

Last week we saw “Madagascar 3” not as good as the first 2, and if you are Canadian be aware there are some jabs at Canada. Sarah liked it, I didn’t!

for links to my blogwalk  come join me in the blogpond :0)

WIP Weds and Friday’s at Tami’s

cya Friday Take Care

WIP Weds: More Christmas decorations

Hello all! Week two of cracked rib. Christmas continues to approach and I am up to my eyeballs in aligators.  Christmas shopping which is usually done by October is not finished yet. Still have to do stockings, gingerbread cookies, stollen and buy a new mattress for DS. Several presents to get, thank goodness almost all the handmade gifts are done. While laid up finished reading Sharon Lathan’s “Mr & Mrs Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two shall become one” for review look here.

35 Beryl Hexs

Thanks for visiting, for more great Works in Progress see Tami’s Blog

Did you get your Christmas gift yet?

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WIP Weds: Gingko shawl for Christmas and Ouch!

Ouch, well I am going to have more knitting time this christmas! Yes, I fell down the stairs. Covered in bruises and have a cracked rib. With so much to do, I haven’t time for this. Christmas Luncheon with the Craft group, Supper with the spinners, 3 church services in the choir, Ratz! Doctor says exspect about 6 weeks… Oh well, I guess I am glued to the chair directing the troops. Christmas tree there and use that paper to wrap this present :0) The boys will be pleased when I am back on my feet.

Back to presents, enough complaining. Here is the progress on the Gingko Shawlette for mom. Further details here.

Yarn details appear on my ravelry pg

Also working on another hat.

Long-tail cast on with 2 colours of yarn

26 hexagons on the Beryl blanket

Thanks for stopping by, for more great stuff visit Tami’s Blog.

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WIP Weds: And then there were more Presents!

Good morning all, the insanity of the christmas season continues.  So far DH, and MiL are taken care of… Next up my mom, BiL, and DS. I want to report an almost strangling! Photo of the wanted criminal.

I swear if she wasn’t so cute and in charge around this place, violins would be making lovely music!!!!!  Willow the fur bearing moth has progressed from eating only yarn, to drive by nibbling of finished projects!

nibbled collar

This week I began Ginkgo Leaf Shawlette for Mother. Purchased some Berocco Vintage in a lovely blue.

Also working on a Hat for BiL again in Berocco Vintage.

Hat and Gingko shawlette

Current stats: 73+ projects this year,  24 Beryl hexagons, and  40 Books this year.

4 christmas balls so far!

Current christmas ball in production, will post others on friday

Well TTFN, be sure to stop by Tami’s for more great Works in progress!

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WIP Weds: More Christmas presents

Hi guys! Another WIP Weds. I decided to make 198 yds of Heaven for MiL. She is the most difficult person on my list, every year she insists that we should not waste our money in her and she needs nothing… grrr. Love her dearly, but would like to strangle her! Well she has a brown winter coat.

The yarn was $6.95 cdn, so she can hardly get upset.

This is very close to the real colour

Just love the colour, rich milk chocolate brown with a rust under tone.

Still have ways to go

I have been so impressed by number of WIPers doing the Beekeeper Quilt. What appealed to me was the stash busting possiblities, however making puffs though interesting would not suit the use I had in mind. So I started hunting around for something similar.

In this light I had a tough time getting the detail

I found the Beryl Blanket, works up quickly and uses up those small balls of left overs.

Well that’s all till friday,

for more inspired work in progess visit Tami’s Blog

WIP Weds: War on Works in progress :0)

Almost wordless wednesday…

Workin on Christmas.

Craft Group this morning, and knittin club this evening, my cup runith over :0)

Shawl and Christmas sock

For more info look here and here.

For more Wip’s visit our friends at Tami’s blog. See ya Friday

WIP Weds: Almost Wordless this week

Christmas Sock, finished heel flap
For more on this project look here.
Baby Hat and matching mittens
For more on this project look here and here.
For more “Works in Progress” join everyone at Tami’s 

WIP Weds: Bazaar and Halloween

Halloween was delightful, the neighbours dressed up and came over. Dad was a Zookeeper, Mom was a giraffe, there was a little bear and a lion. Unfortunately I didn’t have the camera handy. We had 100+ visitors. DS dressed up as a Jedi to answer the door, which delighted the little ones. The weather was nice, clear and mild.

Happy Halloween

Well the Church Bazaar is over, and a tremendous success.

Everyone worked hard and many contributed by attending and purchasing the delicious baked goods, the handmade articles, the silence auction and the great lunch.

A very busy Church Bazaar

A hive of activity!

My mother and a friend working at the craft table

Ok, news flash I am not done making things for sale at the church! Looks like there will be a craft sale the first Saturday in December. So here we go with this weeks WIP’s

Light Foot Christmas sock, Roarin Cloche, Zig Zag Scarf and Baby Cardigan

For more inspiring WIP’s visit Tami and friends.

WIP: Almost there!

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Good morning all! The adventure is almost over.

The Dk Version of the “Knitted Collar” (Dicky) is almost done! Woot!

Just in time for Winter. The trees are changing colour around here as is the

Garage door… Tada! (2nd coat postponed due to several days of rain) My guys are doing a great job!

1 st coat of paint


Next up…

Boring Beige Front door



Then there is my project

Dicky #4 in Dk weight yarn

And a little something new…

"Zig Zag Scarf" in worsted yarn pattern from Soper Creek Yarns

Well further news as development warrants, meanwhile stop by tami’s for more inspiring WIP’s

Thanks for visiting, cya Friday (wave)

Love the knitting happy face Thks Aussiemaria!

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