Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Summer holidays are almost here.....

In just over four weeks we will be finishing school for the six week summer holidays. That should coincide with Mr Thomps getting his two weeks r'n'r (rest and recuperation) from his not so little 'holiday' in the desert. With this in mind I've decided that this summer we will do a Bucket List.
The Summer holidays can quite easily fly by with not much getting done so I think that if we write everything down and tick things off as we do them it will motivate us to keep going.
Our list will start as soon as I manage I make it (hopefully this week) and I'll Donna official launch blog post, and will actually run until the end of October. This is because Mr Thomps will be back properly by the end of September and has all of October off work so some things will get done then. These will be things like going into London to see a theatre show and visit the museums because the Olympics will be happening when he is home in the Summer and London will be far too busy then!!!
The boys have been asked what they would like to do and I have had more inspiration from here:

Anybody fancy joining me??

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Year of Projects Update:12 Jun 2012

Well here we are again, its been a long time!!! Its almost the end of our year of projects and I have learnt a huge amount in the past year.
I have done a fair amount of colourwork, learnt to knit continentally (although I still prefer to knit English style), dyed yarn, even had a very quick go at spinning on a friend's drop spindle, but the one thing that I have learned, above all others, is not to plan too far ahead! Out of my original list from my Year of Projects Post here very little has stayed the same. As new patterns were released I changed my mind over much of my list and there are things still outstanding that will never get finished!

As of today I have in progress....
Sally the Eco/Xmas Fairy
Japanese Crochet Slippers
Japanese Flower Shawl
Mojo Socks
Granny Stripe Blanket
Baby Kimono
Hemlock Ring Blanket

From this list I think that it is unlikely that my Granny Stripe Blanket will ever get finished, but I am hopeful on the rest (even though I haven't touched some of them since they went on my list :hangs head in shame:)

Still Light Tunic
Lego Man
Tamara Gloves
Damask Shawl
Kalajoki Socks
And So Are You Shawl
Stitch Sampler Shawl
2 Monteagle Bags

Now I know that I won't ever knit the 2 Monteagle bags because I really didn't enjoy the first one I made!! Also As beautiful as the Damask Shawl is, I was intending it for a wedding that got cancelled so that will probably never come to fruition now. The same goes for the And So Are You shawl and the Tamara Gloves although I truly love them both.
I have bought the yarn for the Stitch Sampler Shawl so I'm not writing that one off yet and I still definitely want to knit the Kalajoki socks and Lego Man. The Still Light Tunic I adore, although I'm not sure I'll ever finish something of that size in 4ply..... We'll see!!!

So on to year two. This year I will definitely be less specific, more like 'A Kate Davies Jumper for Me' or 'A Brooklyn Tweed Scarf' so that I have a little more leeway when new patterns are released without my whole list appearing to change!!

Off to plan.......