Life as a crafter: my current works in progress – May 2016

Hello! I’m back today sharing how I’m getting on with my crafting projects – my works in progress and the things I’d like to make this year.

If you’re a regular reader you’ll know to keep it flowing from month to month I have a) created a spreadsheet (because I love a good spreadsheet!) and b) I’m going to copy and paste from post to post and adjust the wording if I’ve made progress. If you see any bits repeat, it’ll tell you I did nothing on it all month!

Life as a crafter - my current works in progress - This Little Space of Mine

April was mainly about making crochet flowers for Make May Purple, but I also managed to finish a granny square scrap blanket I started making last summer. You might also notice that I’ve added a couple of projects to the ‘on my radar’ list, which I’ve promised myself I won’t start on until I’ve finished the ripple blanket. Promise, promise, promise! Anyway, let’s check out the list…

  • Scraps granny square blanket. Yayyy I finished this and I love how it turned out. I busted through a good amount of yarn, though I still seem to have heaps more! Plus it’s one of the first times I’ve really done bordering on a blanket where I haven’t followed a pattern, but it worked out well and Freds loves cuddling up on it.
  • Secret gift for a friend. Sometimes craft projects just don’t work out, and this was definitely one of those. I followed the pattern right, but it just didn’t come together very well. It looks so bad I’m not even sharing a photo, let alone giving it as a gift. Ah well, live and learn!
  • The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery ‘Let’s go on an adventure’ stitch-along. I left working on April’s Switzerland pattern until quite late and finished it just in time for the arrival of May’s Greece pattern, which makes me excited for our trip to Greece in August! Cross stitch still remains one of my favourite crafts.
  • Crochet flowers for Make May Purple. Last month I had a lightbulb moment to make purple flowers to support Stroke Association’s ‘Make May Purple’ annual fundraising month. You can find out more about why I’m making them here and if you’d like to buy one for £3 pop over to my JustGiving page.
  • Attic 24 ripple blanket. I started this in May time and it’s been one of those projects I tend to pick it up and put it down every now and then. The pattern is over here.
  • Sew La Di Da dress. I started this around May 2014 and haven’t finished it. To make matters worse there’s not much more to do. I can feel my Mum frowning at me as I type this. Must get this Sew La Di Da make finished for spring.
On my radar
  • Simply Crochet’s bright granny square blanket. I’ve decided on the colours so I’ll be ordering the yarn soon. The plan is for it to match our living room theme and sit on the back of our sofa.
  • Socks! My Mum bought me everything I need to start, for my birthday, so there’s no excuse not to learn how to make them for myself.
  • Patchwork quilt. My friend has asked me to make one using her baby daughter’s baby grows, so this year my Mum and I are going to tackle it as a joint project together.
  • Tilly and the Button’s Françoise dress. I completely forgot about this; my friend bought me this shift dress pattern for Christmas. I love the style of the dress, so perfect for me.
  • San Francisco tapestry cushion. I treated myself big time at the Knitting and Stitching, buying my first tapestry kit from Hannah Bass. I fell in love with her map designs and can’t wait to get started on this.
  • Weekender blanket with Stylecraft’s newest colours. I’ve wanted to make Cherry Heart’s blanket for a while and the newest colours from Stylecraft would be a great colour combination for it – plus when it was limited edition I bought two packs and have now idea what to do with them! Not sure I like how they’re joined in her pattern, so may look for something a bit different.
  • Scrap blanket for charity. I still have a lot of scrap yarns that I need to do something with, so I’m going to continue making blankets like the one I did for Freds and give them to a cat charity. I might opt for a big granny square blanket next time.

Boy that list is getting longer!

If you fancy seeing my previous month’s WIPs and progress, here are a couple of links for you – January, February, March and April.

So this month my main priority is making crochet flowers for Make May Purple. I’m also the type of crafter that needs a couple of other things on the go, when I need a break and to do something different; the Frosted Pumpkin cross stitch project and ripple blanket will fill that gap for me. I’d love to finish the ripple blanket but I know I’ve still got quite a bit to do on it – it’s turning out to be quite a big blanket because I set the width a bit too wide.

What’s on your list? Have you been working on anything exciting in the last month?

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a good week!

Leanne x

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