Sunday, August 26, 2012

Year of Projects 2: Week 7

Project Percentage Complete: 41%
Overall Percentage Complete: 41%

Number of Project Items: 99
Number of Added Items: 4
Total Items: 103

Total Completed Project Items: 41
Total Completed Items: 42

Good afternoon, blog readers! I know I haven't been too active during the week and I could list out a host of things that have caused this, but I'm definitely going to be getting more active now. Some personal things came up and honestly - they were important. Very important.

The first order of business is that somehow I had my total number messed up. I found that I had listed 5 cloths for my sister-in-law twice so the removal of those five items caused my percentages to go up by about 2% - which is a pleasant surprise. Always nice when the mistake is in your favor, eh?

I also added another item to the added list. It got added because I also added Elite Syncopations, a pattern by a friend of mine. But Elite takes a rather interesting chart and I've never read knit charts before so I figured in order to learn to read charts, it would be wise if I took on a less complex project - hence, Tongues of Fire. I only have a couple inches done but that is because I am not using a thick yarn - I'm using a size 10 cotton on size 3 needles. It will definitely come out to be more of a shawlette, but I think with the right shawl pin, this will look really good.

This project has taught me a few things: reading a kit pattern, learning how to get deliberate holes in my knitting, learning to read a chart, and learning to fix a count error when you didn't drop a stitch but you somehow screwed it up - yea.... very easy for me to do in crochet... not so much in knitting. This is also the smallest yarn and needles I've used to date to knit with. So this very easy project for most has turned into quite a challenge for me. But that's ok - I'm getting it!

Other than working on the shawlette, I have been able to finish a few more dish/washcloths that are part of Christmas presents. I finished the 5 I want to give my mother and I have started working on the ones for my sister-in-law. I will probably continue to make more than just the 10 expected cloths so I have a few to sell at the holiday craft show my employer hosts for United Way. I have also added a few more rows to the Spidey Round Ripple but I figured it is so close to done I'll take a picture of it when it's ready to be wrapped.

Other than that - I haven't had a whole lot more going on in my craft world. I have kept my yarn close these last few weeks as I worked through the medical issues. I leaned on it for its healing value - the ability to take my mind away from something negative and focus on the positives of creating.

And now this is the actual list of what I plan on doing and what I have done.

Project List Items (not started/in progress)

- 17 squares for SIBOL 
- Spidey-colored Round Ripple Lapghan (Christmas present)
- 4 knit/crochet cloths for SIL (Christmas present) 

- Shawl (gift for the fall/spring for DD2)

- 10 crochet knockers for donation
- 5 pet beds for donation
- 10 chemo caps for donation
- 2 swiffer covers (for me!)
- 1 swiffer cover for Mom (Christmas present)
- 1 swiffer cover for SIL (Christmas present)
- Knit a Sweater for the Man
- Knit Wingspan Shawl
- 1 pair spat warmers (Christmas present)
- Woven Blocks Crochet Quilt
- Navajo Indian Multi-Color Afghan (Birthday gift)

- Room Shoes (Christmas gift)
- Amimono Kimono (for me!)

Project List Items (done)
- 33 squares for SIBOL
- 5 knit/crochet cloths for Mom (Christmas present)
- 1 knit/crochet cloths for SIL (Christmas present)
- State Fair Afghan
- Dead Fish Hat (Birthday gift for DS)

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

- Striped Granny Bag (Christmas present for Rabbit)
- Elite Syncopations

Added Items (done)
- Magic Square Potholder

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Minding My Own Stitches said...

Sounds like a challenging week; hopefully things are getting better :)

Lovely green yarn. Looks like quite a complicated pattern for your first go at chart reading. I think my first charts were socks!

Sandra Licher said...

I love your pattern you're working on. It looks like you're doing a great job! I hope your situation/health improves and you feel better this week. I love that woven look crocheted blanket and several of your other projects too especially the kimono....darling! Take care!

mary said...

I finished my 1st project working from a chart. Mine wasn't very complex, but it was a nice feeling of accomplishment... Everyone said that using a chart for knitting, as opposed to printed text, was easier..and I can now agree.

Green is my favorite color, so I'll be looking for ward to the ta dah..#10 cotton? All I can think of is #10 cotton thread for crochet..but that can't be right?

Lucie said...

I love the colour of the shawlette - I have never worked from a chart and they scare me a little!

Cris said...

It really isn't that bad - once you get it, you have it.

Cris said...

I am feeling very accomplished with the tiny bit I have done. I don't know if its easier, but I do know it isn't *as bad* as I thought it was.

And yes - it is about that size.

Cris said...

Thank you very much... and I can't wait to work on the kimono but I have a feeling that won't be until after Christmas. I think I signed myself up for too many afghans!

Cris said...

The only socks I've made are plain ole ones with some ribbing up the tube. *laughs* I am scared of some of those more complex ones!

Emma (GirlAnachronismE) said...

I love the shawlette, the colour is beautiful. And I hope you're now well on your way to becoming healthy again!

Pink Diva Brat said...

great green! Looking forward to seeing the rest of the pattern as it works out....looks fabulous so far....and do please feel better soon!

kimmery4 said...

Sending you healthy wishes! Life can sure take toll on us, and I have had several episodes of low blog activity because of life I totally understand. I love your green and also send you a big *Bravo* for tackling charts.

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