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Inspired Organisation

Inspired Organisation

In the spirit of bringing all of my things into place, I thought I’d put together a blog & project organiser. I have seen other bloggers use them with some success. Given the small financial investment needed to set one up, I have decided to give it a go.  I thought about using my tablet to do this, but I just couldn’t find a decent solution.  While I love my technology, sometimes things just need to be done with pen and paper.

Pretty FolderTaking inspiration from Wrapped up in Rainbows organiser,  I rummaged through my existing stationery before outlaying for new gear. Luckily I had an A5 folder and some A5 card in the study, I added the lined notepaper and created the sections that would suit me.

Folder Interior

Because I love my things looking pretty, I also grabbed some “spare” fabric from my stash, and covered the folder. The folder itself is still a bit of a work in progress, but I think it has started being effective already.

My goal is to use this tool to help me keep my projects in line, and my blog posts rolling with a little more frequency.


Getting My Knitting Organised

Getting My Knitting Organised

I had an epiphany.

I don’t finish projects because I get distracted by the new shiny, which causes me to become unhappy with my current projects. When I’m unhappy with current projects, I stop working on them… then after about a year they get frogged and the yarn either goes back into stash, or recycled into a new, new shiny.

While I know that I am a process crafter, and not necessarily a project crafter, it’s rather annoying at times, that for all this time that I spend on knitting, crochet or sewing, I rarely have any finished thing to show for it.

Damned annoying.

I see so many other knitters (and crocheters) who complete so many (in comparison) lovely things, and I get frustrated with myself that I’m not even completing one large item a year, when they are able to knit at least 3 cardigans/sweaters or something of equivalent magnitude. So the first thing, is to list what it is that I’m working on RIGHT now.

1. BeeKeepers Quilt – this is an ongoing over more than a year type ‘in between’ or ‘travel’ knitting. I have my box of 4ply yarn, and my owl bag of needles/stuffing to put into any handbag/tote that I might be carrying around.

2. Crochet Hooded scarf – Laceweight and large hook. Using a basic stitch pattern and modifying it to make a gorgeous hooded scarf. Scarf component is already 2/3 finished, after which it needs blocking so I can “pick up” and crochet on a hood. This is an “easy” pattern and requires very little attention. Good for a social project.

3. Lace Circular Shawl – I’ve only really JUST started this, and quite frankly I’m already a little scared by it. It’s rather advanced, and takes a lot of concentration. It’s definitely a “sit by yourself and not even have music playing” kind of knit. I haven’t advanced much with this, as something always distracts me.

I have other things around on needles, I’m sure of it, but I have no intention or desire to dig them out and get moving on them.

Shall I declare a crafting bankruptcy?

Anything that is not of the three projects above gets ripped out and yarn is either put back into the stash, or destashed? I think it’s a good idea. Then there is what I WANT to work on. I really want some good, useable pieces to add to my wardrobe. Not just clothing, but well thought out accessories. Hats, gloves, scarves and a shawl or four.

So I figured the next step was figuring out WHAT it was that I wanted to accomplish in my knitting for 2012.  Apart from plodding along with the projects that I have listed above I have decided that I want (at least) a cardigan, hat, gloves and shawl.  So I went through my favourites and really tried to find pieces that were in the ‘not too hard’ category, things that I could knit without having to check a chart every 2 seconds.  I also tried to find pieces that would work well together.  Less so with the shawl, as that is really a piece unto itself.

What I have ended up with is:-

1. Shawl – La Crumparsita
Whilst not strictly an “easy” knit, the pattern repeats are apparently easy to read in the knitting, so shouldn’t be impossible to knit while watching TV.  My friend Lisa gave me the pattern as a gift, and I’d really like to knit it up.

2. Hat – Morgan
I’ve long adored this shape of hat.  But with my HUGE head, it’s impossible to go and buy one, without either spending a lot of money at a milliners/hattery or making one myself.  I do actually own a vintage pattern to sew a hat similar to this from the 1940’s, so I may end up having a summer and a winter one.

3. Gloves –  SnapDragon Gloves
I think the idea behind these are just cute as!  Make snap on flowers and change them out to match an outfit or give your gloves a mini makeover.

4. Cardigan – Audrey in Unst
I’ve had friends that have made this cardigan and it is a stunning knit.  I also love that it’s seamless with a knit in “set in” sleeve.  It, of course, doesn’t hurt that it’s gorgeously vintage looking and will work well with gloves and a Morgan hat.

Four very workable, pretty and slightly vintage looking knits.  All I need to do now, is figure out some yarn.


As the Wheel Spins

As the Wheel Spins

For the past two years, I have entered items into the Spinning Class of the Hawkesbury Show. The first year I entered a skein of yarn, and last year I entered another skein and a shawl made with the first.  Both years the entries have been a bit last minute, and just a bit lucky that I had something suitable.

THIS year, however, I have received a schedule in the mail and now I’m actually PLANNING what I can enter.  I have some fibre on the wheel, which you may recall seeing during the Tour de Fleece.  Yes, that’s July.  No, it’s not done yet.  In fact, I’m not even half way through.  My spinning mojo went bye bye, and then I just haven’t had time to sit down again.  Receiving the schedule for the 2011 show, however, inspired me to drag her out and get spinning.  I would like, if I’m able, to enter the resulting yarn, both in skein and as a knitted lace item.  Am I mad?  Pretty much.

Cap'n Jack
Cap'n Jack Angorina Fairy Web

This thickness has been dubbed “Fairy Web” by one of my spinning instructors.  The colours are lovely and it’s beautiful fibre to spin (95% merino and 5% angora), dyed by the very talented Charly from Ixchel Angora Bunny & Funky Fibre Art. But given that it is Fairy Web, it does take an age to spin, which is probably the very reason that it was just not feasible to finish it during the Tour de Fleece.

So it is being spun for the show instead.  And I know I have time, so it will be a more enjoyable spin.