We all have them, don't we? Works-in-Progress or projects we've started and haven't finished yet. How many of us actually start a project and then, complete it before starting a new project? Not too many of us, I think. Almost everyone I know of, who crafts, sews, knits, etc., has on-going projects. I know I do! I start with the best of intentions, but then, something else comes along that I want to try doing and before I know it, I have several works-in-progress!
This morning, I rounded up the majority of them (I have a suspicion that there's a sari blouse I cut out and never sewed, stuck in the drawer, somewhere) and set them out on the sofa for all to see! These are only the ones I've started - not the ones I've planned to start! LOL! I've plenty of those, too!
First in the line up, the Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt. I am currently working on this, but it is very slow going. I have 16 more flowers to attach to it:
|Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt in Progress|
I keep my in-progress projects in various bags or drawers in the spare bedroom (which functions as a guest room, my crafts room, storage room, and home office!) For the most part, I'm pretty good at remembering what I have in progress, but, occasionally, I forget one. Such was the fate of this scarf that I had started and then, put aside; I found it today, when I looked inside another project bag:
|Scarf in Progress|
Had I remembered it, I would have taken it with me to chemo and hydration sessions to work on. But now that I've unearthed it, I will work on it during my next chemo session, tomorrow, and the next couple of hydration sessions until I've finished it.
Also, had I remembered this unfinished scarf, earlier, I would not have started this other scarf!
|Another Scarf in Progress|
I guess this will now be kept aside until the other scarf is completed.
The next work-in-progress is a skirt I had unpicked with the intention of making it over for my daughter:
|Skirt in Progress|
The next unfinished project is a sweater. I have the back completed and part of the front done. I remember stopping it when it came to shaping the neck and armholes because I want to maintain the lacework pattern but it requires some calculations (I am not following a printed sweater pattern; the only pattern I have is for the lace; I make up the shapings as I go). Apparently, I like doing the easy parts and then, stop when it becomes more complicated.
|Sweater in Progress|
The next work-in-progress is another patchwork quilt top. It is called "mile-a-minute" patchwork, as one simply sews pieces of fabrics together at random and then, cut out squares to join together. I thought it would be a good way to use up my stash of small bits and pieces of fabric, and it is. Not quite sure why I set it aside; probably ran out of time to sit at it, or needed to put away the sewing machine and tidy up the dining table (I sew at the big dining table) or a combination of both. I have decided to work on this quilt and call it my Mountain Climbing quilt instead of starting yet another one. I can incorporate the pieces I cut for the Mountain Climbing quilt into this one.
|"Mile a Minute" Patchwork Quilt in Progress|
Next comes the bag of Granny Squares I've crocheted:
|Granny Squares in Progress|
This is definitely an on-going project as I crochet a few granny squares as the yarn stash gets to a critical point. I haven't decided what I will make from all the granny squares, but I suppose it will be another blanket. Not that I need another blanket. Maybe I can make something else with the granny squares. Once, I made a scarf with some of the granny squares and gave it away as a gift. I have also toyed with the idea of making tote bags with some of the squares and then, giving them away as holiday gifts. Should try making a tote bag with some of the squares to see how it would look.
And, last but not least, a blouse I started sewing for myself:
|Blouse in Progress|
The lace and lining were fabrics I found in my mother's fabric stash. I cut out the blouse last summer, I believe (or was it the summer before?) but when I basted (tacked, for my British readers) it together and tried it on, it was too tight! So, I put it aside. Well, I've since lost 12 lbs. (due mostly to the chemo treatment), so, maybe the time is right to try it on again! Maybe it will fit now! If so, I can set up the machine and sew on it and have a new blouse to wear for as long as I manage to keep to this new weight.
So, those are my Unfinished Projects or Works-in-Progress! And, as I said before, there might even be a sari blouse in the making, tucked away in a drawer, somewhere! (I looked but couldn't locate it).
I put myself on a yarn diet (no buying new yarn unless needed to finish a current project) some time ago and have done well with reducing the yarn stash. I have put myself on a no new fabric diet and haven't bought any new fabric in over a year. I now need to put myself on a no new projects diet until I have finished all my on-going works-in-progress! I have enough to keep me busy for the rest of this year, I think!
What do you have that are currently works in progress?
Today, I am grateful for:
- An abundance of in-progress projects to keep me occupied!
- Last night's good soaking rain.
- A sunny day, today.
- Daughter will be coming home, later today.
- Feeling well and "back to normal" before my next chemo session, tomorrow!
Hope you are all having a wonderful day.