Another FO – and a big one too! This Eva Shawl, made with Bendigo Luxury in Blue Denim and Cleckheaton Country in Sage needs to be ready for the birth of a new baby boy on the 25th of June. It is for my very dear friend Melissa who is having her second and I thought a feeding shawl for these chilly nights was just the thing. She doesn’t really need anything for the baby so, thanks to Donna‘s great idea, I decided to make something for her. It was on my WIP list so there is another one to cross off. I decided after the two balls of Bendi yarn were finished, I just wanted it to be a bit bigger so added those couple of extra rows in the Country – I’m pretty sure the yarn is the same, it certainly felt the same being worked.
The WIP month has been really good for me. It has made me more ‘workmanlike’ than I would like but that has been good. I am really starting to feel creatively refreshed as I know I am making space for the more creative stuff. It has made me recognise the important stages of the creative process from inception, development to completion and aim to get the balance a bit more even. Even though I always knew the ‘5% inspiration, 95% perspiration applies (although probably more about 20/80), I know that I do enjoy the whole process but when I find myself continually inspired (and therefore starting projects) I need to remember that that process gets bogged down if my mind then sees endless WIPs stacking up behind them. I am progressing well with my WIPs which started at the beginning of the month at 17 (not 15 as previously blogged – a found another couple lurking!). Now that number is down to 9, officially half way through the month. But the good news is that some of that first 8 were pretty big projects and these last lot are smaller but a bit more fiddly. I am pleased that I have also managed to get through a pile of mending / altering that I had just sitting there and so have revived an very nice Cashmere jumper that I bought in Italy some time in the late ’90s but didn’t wear because it was too long and a great Pringle collared T-shirt which I didn’t wear for the same reason. I just shortened both of them with my overlocker and then sewed up the hem and I have now worn both of them. I hope that I will start July with nothing on my plate but I’m not going to beat myself up if I don’t. There are one or two of those outstanding projects that I still can’t get enthusiasm for but that is OK. Perhaps they need to wait a bit longer.