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WIP Wednesday

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.

40 thoughts on “WIP Wednesday

  1. LOVE the mermaid tails. Two little someone’s are going to be cock-a-hoop with those!

    The socks … I can say nothing for I’m not a knitter. Only because I tried to be and then I discovered that I’m a brilliant knitter of scarves, but if it goes round corners or decreases for armholes then you’d better go elsewhere.

    This Morning … oh. my. stars! That darn programme grabs me and stops me in my tracks almost every day. I swear I’d get a million times more things done if there was a strike of the staff who produce that programme.

    The hat is amazing. I want a big one so that it fits my head. I’ve yet to find a hat that fits properly or suits me. I look ultra stupid in hats and it really grieves me, because my daughter – who looks like a younger version of me – looks gorgeously amazing in anything she puts on her head. She could put a colander at a jaunty angle on top of her noggin, and she’d look swish and stylish. Me … I look like a proper pillock in hats.

    GREAT post Mrs. Craft. A truly fabulous read.
    Sending you squidges ~ Cobs. x

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    1. Thank you! The hat comment made me laugh, I look stupid in one but they are a necessity on playground duty in winter. I’m quickly discovering that I am perhaps not a knitter, though I’d like to be! Thanks for dropping by. x x

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  2. Oh my gosh an advent calendar is just what I need! The store bought ones seem so tacky and wasteful, but I need more Christmas in my life. I can’t wait to see your final product.
    I’ve just finished designing and making a crochet owl. Just have to wait for Mr Makeables to get a spare second to take some photos for me

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    1. Oh my goodness, I need to see the snowflakes, please blog about them when you’re done. I think beadwork looks so pretty, although I’ve never attempted it. My curiosity got the better if me though and I have watched tutorials about how to attach beads because I just needed to know. 😊

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      1. Lol..I’ll see as I am not the most artistic of people..but I couldn’t resist the pretty and sparkly! 🙂 x

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  3. Gorgeous mermaid tails! I need to learn how to make one for myself! I love to cozy up to audio books while I crochet and this would just be perfect. I read this it made me smile, someone totally understands now why I have 3 legwarmers with no matching mate.

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    1. Haha, it’s a challenge isn’t it! I think the mermaid tails look sweet but I get claustrophobia in a sleeping bag when camping so I can’t make one for me. Glad I’m not alone with the matching issue.

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  4. For the sock- the stitch marker doesn’t need to be in the exact place, eyeballing it will be fine 🙂 ALos, yeah, second sock syndrome does kinda suck :/ If you’re using a circular needle, you could learn to do TAAT(Two at a time) to deal with it. There is also a TAAT technique for dpns, but that’s a LOT more complicated 🙂

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  5. Beautiful mermaid tails and hat! I’ve tried crocheting and made a few things, but without a pattern. I haven’t figured out how to follow one yet 😜. So nice that you could whip up a beautiful hat like that for your daughter,too. I just finished a quilled Christmas ornament and am getting ready to start on some custom letters soon. Have a blessed day!

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  6. Lovely! I like the way you switched the tail colours on the mermaid blankets. Just makes them pop! Love the colour combo on the hat too. I very pretty. I am sure the sock will come along in time.
    I finally finished my poncho amd some mittens I made so now I am working on joining all of the squares in my christmas blanket. Gotta get it done so I can use it this year!

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  7. The mermaid tails look pretty! And the socks. Is it really that intimidating? I mean, if it’s that hard then so must mittens. Or gloves. I’m almost scared to consider any of those for a future project.
    I’ve been thinking of doing a blog post on everything-yarn I’ve done so far. Would that be a good idea?

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  8. There has been a lot of progress! All of your finished projects are fab. I do really love the little hats though, they are just so cute. Glad work has picked up a bit too.

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  9. Those mermaid tails are BEAUTIFUL!
    I’m a new follower, so WIP Wednesday?! I’m afraid to even THINK about all the unfinished / WIP projects I have within reach. Constant supply of greeting cards and card kits … half finished planner clips … a piece of wood, painted and template taped on for an engagement string art gift (which needs to be finished by Christmas) … half completed gift card holders (in preparation for December’s craft show!)


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    1. Haha, it sounds like you’re busy. I only post about the things that have a hope of being finished, there are probably forgotten projects lurking sadly at the back of the back of my craft cupboard! Thanks for reading and commenting. 😊


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