Sometimes… I have a million things on my mind, and they all compete to get dealt with at once! Now! On this right moment! Which makes it almost impossible for me to choose what to do…and usually I end up doing not much. Like surfing the internet for (even more!) ideas, checking Pint.erest and Insta.gram. Oh, and some more Yout.ube video’s, because I might learn something…new crochet stitches, recipes, ways to improve my photographs…or I must admit just some more silly cat videos.
And it just does not give me the happy satisfied feeling I get when I actually finish a “work in progress (WIP)” lying around for
a few months ages. In the last few weeks I mainly started several new projects…and stopped them. Some only for a while, because I want to change the initial pattern. But ssshh, this is a “top secret” project, and I cannot say or reveal more…than this…
And others have been moved forward…for “on the long run”, just in case if I ever run out of projects on my to do list (LOL).
I have decided to finish some of my WIPs lying around, just to get that fulfilled feeling and to get an idea, why I stopped working on them in the first place. Well I found out that usually something happened that got me out of my “flow”, usually little things, like I had to buy something (a bigger darning needle), change something, frog something (aaargh!), or I missed a stitch somewhere….but where? Or a bigger, more exciting idea just popped up! Let’s see if knowing my pitfalls will change things 🙂
I already made a good start by finishing this pillow! It is inspired by the pillow from “Renateshakenenzo” I used a darker grey, and another color to crochet the grannies together.
Additionally I wanted to design a finishing touch, a really nice framing edge. This is where it stopped a long time ago…So now I just started…and you know I was postponing it for no reason. While working on it, the edge just originated from my hands, almost forming itself. I wanted it to kind of look like a picture frame..
4 mm hook (F)
3,5 mm hook (E)
Colour Crafter “Urk” (Light blue)
Colour Crafter “Wolvega” (Grey)
Colour Crafter “Den Helder” (Bright blue)
Colour Crafter “Weert” (White)
white sewing thread
A plain white pillow, which measures 50×50 cm (19.7×19.7 inches)
..and this is how it grew (US terms):
- Light blue: One row of single crochets in every stitch and three sc. in every corner, close row with a slip stitch, chain one and again with light blue another row of single crochets in every stitch, fasten off weave in ends
- White: chain one *single crochet, chain and skip one stitch, single crochet, chain and skip one stitch*, repeat *-* until end of row, close row with a slip stitch in the first stitch, fasten off, weave in ends. In the corners: one single crochet, chain 2, one single crochet.
- Bright blue: chain one, *single crochet in the skipped stitch of the light blue row (a deep single crochet), chain one and skip one stitch*, repeat *-* until end of the row, close row with a slip stitch in the first stitch, fasten off, weave in ends. In the corners: one single crochet, chain 3, one single crochet.
- Grey, first row: chain one, one row of single crochets. In the corners: three single crochets. Second row: chain 3, double crochet in the next two stitches, *then yarn over and pull up yarn around the last double crochet, repeat three more times. Now you have 9 loops of yarn on your hook. yarn over and pull the yarn through all loops, one slip stitch, skip one stitch. Double crochet in the next three stitches*, repeat from *-* until the end of the row, then yarn over and pull up yarn around the last double crochet, repeat three more times. Now you have 9 loops of yarn on your hook. yarn over and pull the yarn through all loops, one slip stitch, skip one stitch, close with a slip stitch in the first stitch, chain 1. Third row: one single crochet in every stitch, also in the corners, fasten off, weave in ends.
- Repeat Step 2 and Step 3.
Take some white sewing thread and sew the pillow cover to an existing white pillow (I bought one from IK.EA, which measures 50×50 cm = 19.7 x 19.7 inches)…and tadaa! A finished project..finally!
I’m still have a little voice in my head, that keeps saying…you could also design a back cover for this pillow…maybe I will some time. For now it is finished. 🙂
How do you handle your pile of WIPs? Or do you finish your projects one after the other?