Sunday, 22 July 2012

YOP Update 2


My crochet world is on a go-slow at the moment.  An excess of amigurumi has given me a very sore wrist and hand and I've decided that it only makes sense for me to have a break from crochet for a week or so.  I think I'll be fine to do Tunisian crochet as the movement is different, and I may even have to do a little knitting just to rest my weary joints.  It's desperately annoying as I want to make an owl for one of my lovely friends and keep up the work on my nativity but I know from experience that these things get worse if not properly rested.

In many ways I have tended to think I am not getting on very brilliantly with my Year of Projects things.  This week I have finished this...
She is Mary from the Amigurumi Nativity set I am making.  This one is on the list so she definitely counts as a YOP achievement, albeit a small one.  I'm leaving the face for now because I think I want to use beads for the eyes.  Looking closely this morning I can also see that I was distracted by Casino Royale last night and have sewn her arm on a little wonky, but I think it might not matter.

The other day though I got to thinking that actually because my YOP theme is stash-busting there are some projects which I have completed that could count, such as my owls...


Forgive me for showing the same pictures again, they're the only ones I have.  They were stash projects and therefore I think they probably belong in the YOP section of my blog, as does this...
My Pax, again made from stash yarn, which I am making slow and steady progress on when I have a few moments.

I think that if I am to stay motivated with the YOP idea, and it's a great idea, I am going to have to count all stash projects as YOP projects.  That way I will keep a close track of my stash-busting, and feel I am achieving something.  I'm still going to make an effort to keep up with my original list but to keep these posts interesting other projects will count as well.

If you would like to see some more Year of Project posts then the place to look is here, many clever people are creating lovely things.

22 comments:

  1. I love, love your owls and your Mary is so sweet! I wish I could crochet amigurumi! Maybe someday!

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  2. Mary is looking very lovely, great little nativity, I'm very tempted! Makes me smile thinking of your post at Christmas when your daughter played Mary.

    Your pax is fabulous colours...love it!

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  3. I really love how your Pax looks, and am now debating about making one.... Stashbusting can be fun-- glad you have YoP to motivate yours :)

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  4. Oh your owls are looking so cute and I just love your Mary for your nativity. It may be small but I wouldn't possibly be able to make such a think and I think its just gorgeous. Daniel Craid would be enough to distract me from sewing an arm on properly and I didn't notice until you mentioned it. I think your right to rest and your crochet will be all the more speedy for it.

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  5. I love your Mary, the arms look just fine. I've been wanting to make a nativity set, wish I knew how to crochet so I could make a set!

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  6. Mary looks darling. Sometimes the little things are more difficult and more fiddly than the big ones. Besides, some weeks lots gets done, some weeks, not so much! Whatever happens, happens!

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  7. You are making some wonderful things! I'm nearly done with the other half or back of my pillow that I started eons ago. The great thing about crafts, is I don't worry if or when I finish.. it's just fun to do it! LOL!! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  8. I think if it helps motivate you, definitely count all your stashbusting projects as YOP projects. The Mary looks great - I'm still trying to decide if I'm going to make a set for Christmas.

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  9. The way I see it--your year, your list, your way of counting things. I can guarantee you right now, my list (and several others) will change and I am highly unlikely to get everything on the list finished. I view my list as a guideline-- a way to help me organize my knitting self. I am love with that pax pattern, and your yarn will make a stunning one!
    *smiles & cheers*

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  10. I've been considering that Pax pattern, and the absolute gorgeousness of yours makes me want to make one even more! Lovely yarn, and such pretty hooking. :)

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  11. Pax will look so pretty in that bright pink yarn. I love how you always choose color.
    I'm sorry to read hooking caused aches in your hands/wrists. Do a lot of crocheters have that issue? I know many knitters have talked about having that issue.
    I have several pairs of Thera-Gloves. The first pair I had bought are medium. The others are small which are more snug but I think they help more against the fight of fatigue and aches.
    There is also a link I had found via Pinterest. I need to do them more often but I found they help. It's rude to post a link on someone's blog so you can Google Top 5 Stretches for Knitting Pain and Stiffness.

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  12. Pax will look so pretty in that bright pink yarn. I love how you always choose color.
    I'm sorry to read hooking caused aches in your hands/wrists. Do a lot of crocheters have that issue? I know many knitters have talked about having that issue.
    I have several pairs of Thera-Gloves. The first pair I had bought are medium. The others are small which are more snug but I think they help more against the fight of fatigue and aches.
    There is also a link I had found via Pinterest. I need to do them more often but I found they help. It's rude to post a link on someone's blog so you can Google Top 5 Stretches for Knitting Pain and Stiffness.

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  13. Mary is by far my favourite of your projects this week. She is so small and perfect. Well done. The owls are totally cute too

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  14. Happy to have come across your blog - thanks for commenting on mine. I completely agree that scrap projects should definitely count in your YOPs!

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  15. I say count everything made with stash yarn as part of YoP! I was freaking out thinking how am I possibly going to do this for 52 weeks in a row - and then I remembered I'm doing this for me, and for fun! I encourage you to do what makes you happy, and the posts will fall into place.
    Mary is darling (don't worry about her arm) - and I love the button eyes on the owls. Too cute!

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  16. count the stash...mary's arm looks fine and I'm going to have to take another thought about making a pax..yours is wonderful

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  17. You're not alone! My hands got sore from knitting as I have RA so like you I have to change what I'm working on. Thank goodness we have multiple projects going! LOL! Your amiguri Mary is gorgeous. Is that difficult? It looks like it would be. You really do well. I Love the owls..too cute!
    I also love that round piece underneath your mug and Mary.
    The shawl pattern is lovely and what a pretty yarn. Take care and I hope your hands feel better.

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  18. The owls and start to your nativity are very nice, but I sure see why you would need a break and why it's hard on your hand, amigurumi that is. The stitches all look so tight, makes me hurt just thinking about it. Can you wear one of those writs things to help?

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  19. Adorable projects! I hope you feel better soon.

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  20. I love Mary, she's adorable, and I can't wait to see the finished nativity. And feel better soon!

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  21. Your owls are so cute and lovely! And your Mary turned out wonderful! I love the colours of your pax, I can´t wait to see it finished.
    Have a great day! xxxBarbina

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