Sunday, May 11, 2003

I have so many projects sitting out waiting to be finished. (And we are not even going to think about the ones that are put away, out of sight, that may, or may never, get completed!) These are the ones I want to finish soon. I've found that I get discouraged when I have too many unfinished projects sitting around needing my attention. I love the sense of accomplishment that comes from completing a project.

One of my highest priorities is my swimsuit sewing project. I told the kids we couldn't go to the beach until I had a swim suit that fit again. (That means make one or drop 20 pounds or so.) I have "designed" the suits I want from the basic pattern in Kwik Sew's Swim and Active Wear pattern book. Now I just need to cut and sew. This is the "commitment" phase where I commit to my design. I tend to get hung up at the commitment phase for a little while whenever I try something new.

Then I have the smocking project I started last fall. I started this project when Gregory started kindergarden and I had to sit in the car 45 minutes every day waiting to pick him up. When we started homeschooling a month later, Gabrielle's dress moved to the "back burner" for awhile. But summer is fast approaching! I need to finish smocking the last two gold fish, add eyes to everyone, then finalize with bubbles and sea weed. Since this is to be a sun dress for Gabrielle, I need to finish it before she does too much more growing or before the hot season passes us by.

I also started knitting an aran gurnsey for Gabrielle and have almost completed the back panel. (That is the mauve knitting in the center back) That leaves the front and arms. The last sweater I did started as a sweater for Gregory and ended up as a sweater for Gabrielle by the time I finished it! Since Gabrielle is my youngest, this one is just going to have to get finished. I want to complete it by the fall.

I also have my Spin Off Skein to finish up! On the niddy noddy is the first skein I started. It is natural GCN from Running Moon Farm. I received some Angelina in the mail on the day I started this skein so I threw some into the mix to see how it would look. I didn't really care for it so I grabbed another couple of ounces of my GCN and some Wilton food color. I managed to create a lovely batch of felt! I did actually spin it using a "rip-draft" technique, but am not at all happy with the yarn. So I finished up the first batch of GCN, which is on the niddy noddy. I also dyed another 2 oz of GCN (blue, greens and purple), which I started spinning this morning. It is only a little felted, but the dye is not adhering to the fiber. I don't know what I am going to send in, but I thought I'd better just finish up everything I started and then decide!

Another knitting project on my needles awaiting completion is the pair of slippers I am making for the Ships Project. I have one done, but seem to have slowed down with the second slipper. This is another high priority unfinished project.

Finally, I started a mini-triloom project. I am learning to weave on the tri-loom in anticipation of purchasing a 7 ft. triloom from Running Moon Farm later in the year as my Christmas present (I hope!). I sewed a couple of mini triangles together and then stitched (in yarn) a decorative X pattern down the seam. I want to add some cross stitch flowers or something and then sew it into a pull-over shirt for my daughter. I thought I could sew a vest back within extended shoulders ending in points with buttonholes. Then I'd add a couple of chunky buttons to the woven square and line it for comfort. We'll see how that turns out!

I am hoping that this public display of my unfinished work will help prod me towards completing it! So many ideas, so little time!

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