Crochet Handmade Handmade for Elma Handmade for Kitty Knitting Quilting Sewing Work in Progress

Starting, well everything


In a move that surprises no one, and is probably, by which we mean almost absolutely certainly, driven by my impending return to work and a feeling that I’ve achieved absolutely nothing over the summer/the last year, I’m starting things.  Lots of things.

Even though I know that in actual practical terms I will have about the same amount of crafting time while working as I did while staying home with three small children, somehow I feel that all my time is about to disappear in a puff of smoke and I must therefore make all of the things right now.

Space for the Butterflies - Starting Everything

I’ve started with a hat.  Kitty’s birthday cardigan (still waiting for its buttons and a good blocking) took two and a smidge skeins of Malabrigo Rios, leaving me with a nice squishy ball of leftovers that I’m hoping will be just the right amount for a Cabernet Hat.  I’m in that early stage where you look at the hat bunched up on the needles, and look across at your tall four year old daughter, and back at the needles again with a little frown.  I didn’t take any chances, I know that Kit does not wear anything that says aged 4 on it (or even 5, it’s more like 7-8), so I measured her head and I’m knitting a medium.  It should be perfect, but hats always look so little when you’ve only down a couple of inches don’t they.

I’m knitting on with faith and hope, because if it fits Kitty is going to love it (and if it does’t, guess what Elma, you have a new hat!).

In the background, sitting on the arm of the sofa, I’ve got the yarn to cast on a super top secret secret secret project which I’ll be able to tell you all about as soon as a tiny person makes an appearance within the next couple of months, and underneath it my beautiful crochet ripple.  Poor thing, it’s been rather neglected since Game of Thrones ended and I could go back to knitting and actually looking at the television when we want to watch something, rather than crochet and merely listening (which if the only way I can watch GofT).  It is great for picking up and just doing a couple of stitches, I know exactly where I am in the pattern and row 20 is growing slowly but surely.

Space for the Butterflies - Starting Everything

Space for the Butterflies - Starting Everything

When I started it on Boxing Day I had a vision of spending the next Christmas snuggly tucked up underneath it and while I have no doubt that that will be the case, it’s probably going to be because I’m working on row 35.  I’m sure if I wasn’t working on anything else I’d finish, sooner, though still probably not by Christmas, but we all know that isn’t going to happen.  Maybe I should assign myself a day of the week for crochet, and a day for knitting and a day for sewing and all the rest just to make sure everything gets a turn.

Space for the Butterflies - Starting Everything

Space for the Butterflies - Starting Everything

On the other end of the sofa is the little pile of intended sewing projects.  I’ve not stopped making the triangle quilt although I did have a bit of a pause over the summer when we went to Europe because even had we been able to get power, there was no way the sewing machine was fitting in the car, and the back of my desk is piled high with lengths of blue and gold chain pieced bunting.

Space for the Butterflies - Starting Everything

Space for the Butterflies - Starting Everything


It’s so very pretty but with little ones around it’s not always possible to sneak off to the studio for a little sewing so I’ve been hunting out some hand sewing, starting with the ‘cover kit’ from Cath Kinston’s Patch book which has been on my shelves for goodness knows how long.  The pattern is for a tote bag with instructions to make a pillow instead and I think that’s the route I’m going to take.  I’ve got a sizeable collection of fabric tote bags and I can just see a pretty Cath-print Dresden Plate cushion sat on one of the girls’ beds.

Space for the Butterflies - Starting Everything

And then, and this was probably the point where sensible forward planning crossed the watershed, the latest Mollie Makes arrived (issue 57).  I love this issue, it’s one of my favourites both in terms of the articles and the projects.  I usually find that I like looking at the projects but they rarely scream “make me now”, and then I turned a page and saw this chandelier mobile:

Space for the Butterflies - Starting Everything

Only in pink, with pink and purple flowers, and maybe a little green if the girls would let me sneak it in.

And then this little zip up bag:

Space for the Butterflies - Starting Everything

Which I’ve only not started yet because I can’t decide whether it’s the perfect thing for the vintage fabric squares that we got in our Blogtacular goodie bags, all the blue scraps I can find for a seaside sort of effect, or full on glorious technicolour.

Realistically, I’m going back to work next week.  I might finish a hat, a row or two on the ripple, or a few more triangles on my quilt, but isn’t it lovely to think and plan and dream, and book up every millisecond of crafting time until next Easter.


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  • Lee Cockrum 11/09/2015 at 12:21 pm

    Good luck with attaining maximum productive crafting time before you go back.

    And I have to tell you, I’m sad that you are going back to work! I’ve only been reading for a couple months, but I’ve really come to enjoy hearing about your days, and I don’t want it to change!! Very silly of me, but what can I say!!

    • Carie 12/09/2015 at 9:48 pm

      Aww, that’s very sweet of you – and I suspect there’ll still be a fair bit of our days around here – I’m still at home on the weekends!

  • Kim 11/09/2015 at 2:06 pm

    Look at all those creative projects. I agree, the dreaming part of crafting it just as wonderful as the actual crafting 🙂

    Enjoy this last week at home, and happy weekend!

    • Carie 12/09/2015 at 9:48 pm

      thank you – and you too 🙂

  • Taryn Oakley 11/09/2015 at 3:19 pm

    Looks like you have been busy! And I am so in love with that blanket!!! Enjoy your last few days at home. xo

    • Carie 12/09/2015 at 9:47 pm

      The colours are just so gorgeous aren’t they – and I can’t take credit for that, it’s a colour pack from Lucy at Attic24 🙂

  • barnraised (Jen) 11/09/2015 at 5:55 pm

    “To think and plan and dream”, oh yes! Our home is filled with started and half finished projects everywhere. I know the feeling! Although I know you’ll get much of yours done.

    • Carie 12/09/2015 at 9:46 pm

      Well hopefully …!

  • gemma @ gemslittletreasures 12/09/2015 at 9:14 am

    Wow the zig zag blanket is beautiful! I’d never find the time to do all this even if I tried! Haven’t done anything crafty for a long time however it’s amazing how much more productive you can be with less time-sounds crazy but true) good luck x

    • Carie 12/09/2015 at 9:45 pm

      No I think that makes sense – when you know you’ve only got a few minutes you don’t procrastinate!

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry 13/09/2015 at 2:17 pm

    It is so hard to find the time to craft! I have so many half started knitting and crochet projects but end up abandoning them for smaller ones that I can finish quickly. I love the look of all of these though! I really want to attempt a larger knitted project but it scares me because if I drop a stitch I am screwed whereas with crochet you can just re-do it. I tried watching a tutorial on picking up stitches but it was impossible! x

    • Carie 14/09/2015 at 11:08 pm

      It’s one of those things that’s not that hard when you figure it out – try knitting a swatch, putting a row of yo k1 in then knitting a few rows and then practice dropping and picking them up – the worst that can happen is you run back to the yarn overs!

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 13/09/2015 at 7:28 pm

    Oh Carie… This made me laugh! You’re even more optimistic than I am! Lol… Happy crafting!

    • Carie 14/09/2015 at 10:58 pm

      Eternally optimistic!!

  • heathermama 15/09/2015 at 3:12 pm

    you are not kidding! LOL that is a lot of irons in the fire! love your afghan. 🙂

    • Carie 15/09/2015 at 11:01 pm

      I know, if I finish half of what I’ve got planned it’ll be a miracle!

  • Tania 17/09/2015 at 2:58 pm

    What a fabulous blanket. The colours are delicious. It is really starting to feel like Autumn now – the yarn for the hat is perfect. So rich…I must check out that brand.

  • sally 27/09/2015 at 12:13 am

    All those projects look incredibly dreamy, hope you’ll plug away at them all still because I’d love to see all of them finished (including all versions of the bag!.

    • Carie 27/09/2015 at 3:09 pm

      I know I’ll get to them all eventually, and not just because I’ve written them down – though that does tend to motivate me towards actually making them!