Well its been over a year since my last post. 2014 was a big year for me; I found out I was pregnant in February and at almost exactly the same time I completely lost my crafting and blogging motivation. I was so tired and sick in the first trimester that all my energy was put into my full time work and all hobbies took a backseat.
Things got better after the first trimester but I had lost momentum I guess. Not to say I didn’t finish anything last year. There were a few objects that I managed to complete through sheer stubbornness and necessity. I’ll post a few images at the bottom of this post just to prove it! But they were few and far between.
My son is now five months old and I think the crafting spark is starting to return. Being at home on maternity leave doesn’t quite give me the time I’d hoped it would (usually when I get a spare moment I’m trying to catch up on sleep myself!), but I’m finding that taking a bit of time each day to spend knitting or crocheting is helping me to reconnect with the person I was before I became a mother.
Anyway on to the Finished Object! I started these Owlie Socks in January 2014 for a girlfriend who’s birthday is at the end of February. There should have been no problem getting them done in time! I completed the first sock by July 2014 and was quite proud of myself despite missing the original birthday. I didn’t even start on the second sock until January 2015 where once again, I convinced myself that having them done by the next birthday shouldn’t be a problem!
Here we are in March and they’re finally done. They’re probably the most intricate project I’ve done to date, but so long as you’re OK with double pointed needles, have knitted a sock before, and are familiar with cabling, you shouldn’t have any trouble. I had never used beads in my knitting before but the pattern gives a link showing how to add them with a crochet hook. It’s super easy and not something to be daunted by.
It does require concentration so it’s not the sort of thing you want to attempt when you’re tired or distracted or have to put it down constantly (i.e. if you are pregnant or have a newborn!) but the techniques themselves are not difficult.
The result, however, is pretty fabulous and garners lots of very satisfying “Oooo”s when you show people.
The owls close up.
There are plenty of mistakes of course; don’t think I’ve managed a project yet without errors! But that’s the charm of something handmade right? If we wanted perfect then it would be much easier, quicker and cheaper to buy these things from a shop.
Now I need to decide whether it’s time to start something new or go back and finish one of my other works in progress. Perhaps Lempster seeing as how I will now fit into it for this winter? Or perhaps my Boat Socks? Or maybe I’ll spend a bit of time reacquainting myself with Ravelry. Endless possibilities!
Check out other Finished Objects on Tami’s Blog.
And check out a few of the things I did manage to finish last year.
A lovely Beanis, which was a gift for one of my besties for her Hens party.
And a couple of Halloween Dishclothes, which were a gift for another bestie who moved to Thailand last year. Actually I made another of these for myself as my first project after my baby was born. I needed something simple, but also used it to practice some continental knitting. That might be the subject of another post!