YoP 10 - Week 2

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Week 2 is here, and believe it or not, I have three !!! F.O.s! I know, right?

One is a long-term project I don't have a photo of - I finally finished sewing the living-room curtains. I bought the fabric about two years ago, to match the wallpaper and sofa we had then. The good news is that the fabric still fits in beautifully, or to be honest, even better now that the walls are papered in grey fake stone instead of dark red. I don't even remember why I didn't start sewing the curtains right away ... I guess it was just a case of "one thing after another". Anyway, a few months ago I finally sat down to start the sewing part, and developed a healthy hatred for the fabric because even though it is really beautiful, it's also very slippery and at least three hells to work with. Once I finished the top and side seams (and learned a few new choice words along the way), I couldn't hang them up because we didn't have enough of those little rings to slip over the rail (please insert eye-roll here). By then, we were in lockdown so buying options were kind of limited. By the time we got a few more rings, I was so fed up with that stupid fabric I just wanted to forget about it. Well, to cut a long story short (too late, I know), Saturday I finally grabbed the curtains, put them up, meassured the correct length, shortened them accordingly, sewed the final seams and put them back up. Voila, living-room curtain sewing duty crossed of the list, much to the relief of everybody involved. 

Would you like to see the other two F.O.s? I knew you would, so I took some photos for you:

I finished two Pembroke Scarves this week. The purple-ish one is last week's WIP, I finished knitting it on Monday, and since it had been such a fun and mindless knit, and I loved the result, I cast on another one right away. The second one is a very dark grey with small sections in various colours. I suppose in a sock it would have resulted in alternating stripes of grey and colour but the garter stitch pattern and regular increases make it look like colourful confetti strewn all over the scarf. I love both, and I guess I'm going to wear them equally next autumn and winter.

Unfortunately, I've discovered that my oldest WIP, the Stripes and Squares Blanket, is damaged, and I have no idea how it happened. It looks like somebody cut into the edge - maybe it got stuck somewhere, or maybe the yarn was just brittle and broke. After all, some of the yarn I was using had been in my stash for quite a while then. There is no way to repair or replace the part in question so I've decided to frog it all and start over. For now, that means I'm going to take it off the WIPs list. 

Speaking of which - here are my updated lists:

Works in Progress:

  • 30 Years Blanket - crochet - started 22nd December, 2019
  • Simple Rag Quilt - sewing - started 31st March, 2020
  • Fox Paws - knitting - started 25th April, 2020
  • Sockyarn Habitation Throw - knitting - started 25th June, 2020
  • Vanillas - knitting - started ???

Finished Objects:

  • Pembroke Scarf 1 - knitting - (started 28th June, 2020 - finished 11th July, 2020)
  • Pembroke Scarf 2 - knitting - (started 6th July, 2020 - finished 11th July, 2020)
  • Living-room curtains - sewing - (started ??? - finished 11th July, 2020)

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Comment by Sandra Licher |

Good for you with the curtains! I love it when I finally slog through a project that I have procrastinated over. Your scarves look wonderful and I love the one with the confetti sparkles! I too have the Habitation shawl as a WIP! Have a great week!

Reply by Ella

Thank you, Sandra. I'm really glad I got those curtains out of the way, they were such a pest to make. Now I can concentrate on the fun projects. I can't wait to see your Habitation Throw. 

Comment by Allison |

WOW! Three finishes this week that's awesome. I love those scarves, the variations in color mean they'll go with anything. And really congrats on getting those curtains finished, I have a bolt of fabric that I bought last year to make curtains for my bedroom, its' still wrapped in plastic. Maybe I should add it to my list...

Reply by Ella

Thank you, Allison. YOP is really great for making you remember about the oder WIPs and plans, and getting you to dig them up and finish them. Not that there's anything wrong with starting new projects ... 

Comment by Liz |

Ooh beautiful finished shawls, I love both colours. It must be really satisfying to have finished the curtains after so long.

Reply by Ella

Thank you, Liz. Yes, it's great to finally get those curtains done. The seams are a bit wonky but who cares. Plus, I've learned what fabric NOT to use. 

Comment by Becki |

So glad the curtains work well in the room they're in - given that they were a challenge to finish. I really like both of your Pembroke scarves! The second one looks like it might be woven. What a difference yarn makes in a project.

Reply by Ella

Thank you, Becki. Mind you, I hadn't even intended to use the yarn in the second scarf for anything to wear because it was such a dark, dull ball of yarn. It was only when I started knitting it into my Habitation Throw that I thought "wow, this would make a great scarf". 

Comment by Elka Bolhafner |

I am sorry to hear about having to restart your blanket. Blankets are such long term projects. Both of your scarves are lovely.

Reply by Ella

Thank you, Elka. To look on the bright side - better restart the blanket now than have it fall apart in the washing machine. And just think of the many, many hours of knitting fun I can look forward to. LOL. 

Comment by Jen |

Congratulations on the FOs! The scarves are lovely. I love how the little specks of color come through on the second scarf.

Reply by Ella

Thank you, Jen. I love summer but this year, I'm already looking forward to autumn so I can wear my scarves. 

Comment by Mary-Anne |

Love both the scarves - my favourite colour in both of them. Well done getting your curtains finished. Must feel great to have them up and no longer in the 'when will I finish these' pile.

Reply by Ella

Thank you, Mary-Anne. Next time I decide to sew curtains, I'll just get some nice cotton fabric, that's so much easier to work with. 

Comment by Lucy Bowen |

I bet the curtains look fab. I'm sorry about the blanket, but sometimes these things happen don't they? I love the shawls - well done!

Reply by Ella

Thank you, Lucy. I had been thinking about frogging and restarting the blanket anyway, so maybe it's all for the better. 

Comment by Elliementalist |

I really love that second (dark grey) scarf! Great work. Congratulations on so many FO's so soon :)

Reply by Ella

Thank you, Ellie. I doubt I'll manage a double again soon. Unless I count each sock in a pair of vanillas. LOL. 

Comment by lovestoswatch |

the scarf to the left is the one I like best, but they are both beautiful, I really like your colour choices!
And you must show us those curtains!!!

Reply by Ella

Thank you, Paola. Well, the curtains are a bit wonky but then again, I wanted to take photos of the living-room anyway, now that we've put up the new wallpaper and Steve built all the beautiful industrial style desks and picture frame. He did such a great job with it, I really want to show off his work. I'll just have to wait for a sunny day.