Normal crafty service has just about resumed now the birthday party is over. The mermaid tails I was working on were finished last week and posted to a new home.
The advent calendar now looks like this.
Basically I have done nothing to it, not a sausage (not even a party cocktail one). I could even have just used the photo from my last WIP Wednesday! I really must get cracking, either that or hope that the Elves and the Shoemaker was a true story and some tiny people will finish it for me one night if I leave it out. What are the chances? (Looks like I’d better buy some advent calendars just in case.) I might get it done by the time the kids are teenagers (if they’re lucky). This is top of my priority list, though fortunately (touch wood) work seems to be picking up so my days of watching This Morning and crafting/avoiding housework are looking limited!
Next we move on to my other main WIP, sock #2. I’ve heard the term ‘second sock syndrome’ bandied around and now I think I understand. What is so hard about producing two identical items? I mean really, I’ve frogged it twice from the heel part (it’s pretty telling that autocorrect replaced heel with hell!) The beautiful, smooth (and reasonably expensive) yarn is in danger of resembling mohair if I have to frog it again. The sock is currently on a lifeline (every cloud has a silver lining-I learned a new technique!) and when I’m feeling brave and have a good couple of hours crafting time in one block I will pick it up again. In the process of adding the lifeline I lost my marker place, but I think I can work it out by following down the stitches from the cast on tail. Despite the difficulties I’m determined I will have a matching pair of socks very soon!
Finally (and it doesn’t count really as it’s finished, it was only a WIP for a couple of hours) I whipped up a quick hat for Jess as she lost her other one and the weather is a tad chilly here at the moment. I added a bow rather than a flower and used two strands of yarn together. I had a pink sparkly and a plain pink which were an almost perfect match so it made a very pretty coloured hat, along with a turquoise border. Maybe two strands together was a bit much as it doesn’t have much stretch in it but it’ll do for now.
Heres hoping that next WIP Wednesday I can show some advent calendar progress. What are you working on right now? I’d love to know.