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Finishing UP!

Earlier this year – or maybe it was in December, I reflected on the clutter in my life – mental and physical.  There is too much wool in my cupboards and too many projects that need to be finished.

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Happily, I can report that two projects were completed this month.  One was the Morrocan Circles afghan for my dad.  I just got the card today and plan to mail it to him this weekend.  So excited!

 


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These pictures aren’t the greatest, but I have to say that I am so very happy with it.  It speaks to me of the many winter evenings my dad spent plowing snow, and the many flowers he planted to brighten people’s days.  (This afghan is designed by by Kimberly K. McAlindin and you can find it in a book called Unexpected Afghans)

The second project on my UFO (Unfinished objects) list was an afghan that I had made in the past.

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“Canadian Living” calls it ‘Another Colourful Blanket‘ and I’ve provided the link to it.  It’s a pretty easy project, but I had some yarn issues that kept me from finishing it.  Finally I eliminated the last round of each square, giving me enough to finish two each of the green and orange squares.  I learned a new technique for joining the squares which added some size back into the blanket and it’s just waiting to be delivered to the folks at Neighbourlink.

I took this picture to show just how little yarn I had left and how little I had left to do.  It was just a tad stressful to be so close to the finish line, and then run out of yarn.  First I prayed, remembering the story of Elijah and the widow woman whose pot of oil and sack of grain never ran out.  I figured God could make the yarn stretch.  But then I thought – I’m not living in a time of famine like Elijah.  I can just go to my favourite yarn shop and buy another ball of yarn!  I just kept working.

Even as I was contemplating how to rework the border (my plan was to change the double crochets to half doubles – a lot of work but I was sure I would have enough to get completely around) suddenly I was at the end and there was more than enough – almost half a yard or so.   I wonder if God was chuckling when I finished.

As I type this little story, I wonder if there isn’t a bigger lesson for me.  How often do I fail to start something, finish something, or do something, simply because I’m worried that there won’t be enough?  This project was always waiting for me to resolve the issue and even when there wasn’t enough to do it the way the pattern read, there was enough to make a pretty nice blanket to wrap a baby in.

Well, this isn’t the end of the story as I still have some projects that need finishing in my box.  One at a time.  I still have an essay to write this week and that has a due date!

Have a great day and I hope my pictures inspire your creativity!

Marcia

 

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Something I Finished!

I am a great starter.  This can be attested to by the large number of “UFO’s” that lurk in various bags, jars and boxes in my home.  I”d show  you pictures, but those corners are also not as tidy as I’d like them to be – maybe another Saturday.  But…. I did finish something last night while watching “The King’s Speech”  Not only that, but the ends are sewn in and it is wrapped and in my closet.  (I add this little tidbit so that when the time comes to give it, I’ll know where it is!)

I saw the pattern this spring while waiting for the freezing to take effect.   My dentist has good magazines to entertain me!  I’m hoping this link will connect you to it as well:

http://www.canadianliving.com/crafts/crochet/crochet_a_colourful_blanket.php

If it doesn’t work, go to http://www.canadianliving.com/  and click on crafts and crochet, and scroll down until you find it.

The beginnings look just like sunny-side up eggs and they gave me a great deal of pleasure as I made them.

The colours were chosen to reflect the Sri Lankan heritage of the new baby.  Sam and I work together sometimes and this is her first child.  I thought that having the colours of their flag would be good – a reminder of where they are from.  Of course the colours are not exact – but they are kid friendly and suitable for either a boy or a girl.

And here it is, all finished.  It’s not too big – big enough for a crib or to cover a stroller or car seat.

Projects like this are good for me because I can do them on my breaks at work.  First I make all the centers, then the white edge and then the final colours.  At home, during movies, I sew them together and make the blanket.  No bulky projects to carry around.

I hope this inspires you to perhaps finish something you started – or start something to keep yourself or someone else warm!  (I have enough “yolks”  to make another blanket that I will be paying forward!)

Have a wonderful Saturday!

Marcia

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