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Post by Lakshmi on 18th July 2010, 5:11 pm

Last week, I had to unpick a good 15 cm of knitted pullover as it was ghastly. I had tried to be clever and it was going all 'orribly wrong. So I decided to cut my losses and just undo the lot.

I will knit something else when I am inspired.

I've got lots of knits that I started and then I have left them in one of my bags. hit on an issue and cannot find a way out of or don't want to unpick my work just yet, hoping for the knitting fairy to turn up.

I decided to create that thread so we can all take heart that yes, not 100% of our crafting equates to magnificent finished item... and who cares?
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Post by Aberlemno on 18th July 2010, 5:57 pm

I've got half-knitted socks like that too Lakshmi! Abandoned until I am in the mood to start over again . . . Lots of half-finished or just-started x-stitch projects too, though those are "right" rather than unpickers . . . No-one gets stuff right all the time. I did a little knitted pony, thinking at the time that the pattern for the neck gave far too short a neck and by the time I'd stuffed it the creature greatly resembled a hippo! Well, they are vaguely related aren't they?

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Post by danksshady on 18th July 2010, 8:01 pm

I have some knitted socks too - most of them waiting for heels to be turned - also several other half knitted things I have 2 half embroidered table cloths too and a couple of started x-stitches - I did have loads of cross stitch kits but gave them away as i had too much and was never going to do them
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Post by Dandelion on 18th July 2010, 8:02 pm

I like planning projects, and getting the bits together, then something usually happens (like a visitor or family crisis) and the project gets stowed away. I have all the bits cut out for some patchwork cushion covers, everything assembled for sock knitting but i just need the time.....

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Post by MrsC on 18th July 2010, 8:16 pm

I dare not tell anyone just how many half finished projects I think they outnumber finished projects over my lifetime... Embarassed

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Post by Compostwoman on 20th August 2010, 12:40 am

This thread makes me feel SO much better about my attempts....

I view all of you as much better at all this than me, and to read you have stuff lurking, unfinished, makes me feel a lot less inadequate!

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Post by Aberlemno on 20th August 2010, 7:20 am

I noticed on someones blog, that they were having a "20 minutes a day" challenge where participants sat down for at least 20 minutes every day to work on a craft project - most folk choosing to try and finish of their stash of "unfinisheds" (see, we are not alone, it's universal!) I joined in too, anonymously, and it really does motivate you to get going again - I sometimes think that the hardest part is actually picking up a project again, and working out where you'd got to.

So here's to the "20 minutes a day". I am going to blow the dust off my Devon village x-stitch which got put away in late spring when everything got so hectic here.

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Post by MrsC on 20th August 2010, 8:14 am

I like the 20 minute idea - as long as I can convince LMC to have a nap of at least 20 minutes each day!

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Post by Guest on 20th August 2010, 8:20 am

Aberlemno wrote:So here's to the "20 minutes a day". I am going to blow the dust off my Devon village x-stitch which got put away in late spring when everything got so hectic here.

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Agree about the picking it up and working out where you are. lol!

Shall pick up my "owl & pussycat" tapestry cushion and finish it. Am currently re-knitting a jumper now I've got thinnner Very Happy , so shall have some wool over for more socks Cool

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Post by danksshady on 20th August 2010, 8:38 am

brilliant idea - I will have 20 minutes today on my bathroom latch hook rug set
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Post by Compostwoman on 20th August 2010, 4:34 pm

HAve started on the hat....only done 20 mins as I am very stiff today, but feel better for having at least cast on, while following a pattern( yay! go , me!)


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Post by Dandelion on 20th August 2010, 4:59 pm

I like this idea of the twenty minute session - it makes it all more do-able. Am raring to go, but am awaiting an X-ray on my right thumb to confirm arthritis as it keeps locking, so will have to go gently.
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Post by Aberlemno on 20th August 2010, 7:02 pm

I thought it was a great idea too. 20 minutes doesn't sound too difficult to fit into a busy day. I've done my 20 mins on the Crinoline ladies again this afternoon (unpicking and restitching old pieces of embroidery to rescue them). But I hope to get my x-stitch out tonight.

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Post by Lakshmi on 23rd August 2010, 8:36 pm

ooooh! look what you've done to this thread! it is so uplifting!

It even makes me want to try the 20 minutes' challenge.
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Post by Dandelion on 23rd August 2010, 9:23 pm

Well, I've done my first twenty minutes, casting on and wrestling to produce two rows of ribbing for a sock. It's more than twenty years since I've knitted on double pointed needles, so it's taken a while to refresh my memory, but I'VE STARTED!!!
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Post by MrsC on 23rd August 2010, 9:32 pm

And today I managed twenty minutes on the cross stitch I am doing for LMC's nursery. Hoping to get it finished this week. Fingers crossed!

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Post by Aberlemno on 23rd August 2010, 10:14 pm

Hah - and I have fallen by the wayside today - no work on the Crinoline Ladies tonight and I still haven't picked up my Devon Village x-stitch, but we DO have our eldest daughter and her boyfriend home for a holiday so things are busier than usual. That's my excuse. Glad the rest of you are going great guns though.

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