Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Last Year - So Over It

I wasn't going to do a round up of my crafting year, after all I participate in the Finish A Long, so any recent finishes will be in it in the next day or so. And some of these finishes were blogged about very recently. You will be sick looking at them. Even so, it does seem to be a good thing to round up the year, so here we go with apologies for repeats. I will link up here with Chery and Meadow Mist Designs, Cheryl really links up the best of 2017, here is my all.

Way back in January, a whole year ago, I had my first finish of the year and it was on two long needles rather than one short pointy one. I knitted a Donegal tweed yarn hat and gloves for my daughter. It was very cold walking to work. The pom pom was quickly removed, it bounced too much apparently.

The next finish was also two needles, a matching hat and gloves for my daughter's old school friend, living on the coast in south east England, where it was very cold.

Next up in March was another knit, this time an Aran cardigan from a pattern as old as Aran itself. This was the first full garment I had tried to knit for eons. It worked out well, except for one little thing. One shoulder is the teeniest tiniest bit pokey. The cables on both sleeves didn't finish at the same point. And YES IT DID MATTER. Anyhow, my daughter wears it about the house and watching tv.

My first quilting finish actually came towards the end of March. This was because my much loved dad passed away in early March and knitting was oh so much portable when sitting chatting with him through the earlier months. My quilt was my Snowflake Shimmer from the qal of quiltingjetgirl.com .
I loved making this quilt. I love everything about it.


 I also loved the pieced backing.

Moving on swiftly to April, we have not one but two finishes depending on your definitions. I say two finishes, I had twins and that was definitely one birth but two babies! I finished up my MQI Bee blocks into a Jam Sandwiches and Lemonade quilts, for picnic benches.
Moving on to June and there was another finish, my Freefall quilt, or Dad's Shirt Quilt another qal. I participated in Sandra's qal. Sandra blogs as mmmquilts.com I loved Sandra's quilt and it gave me an opportunity to use my Dad's old shirts and make a memory quilt for my sister. At that point in the year, this was the most precious finish.
Just squeaking in at the end of June was a skirt I made for my daughter in Liberty fabric. This is an earlier photo, I promise I did get the waist band sorted!

As we moved into the second part of the year, there was a few small finishes. I made four pouches for myself and friend on our trip to Hampton Court. And then there was a baby cardigan for our impending grandchild.


July brought a little more knitting, four hats for my daughter's three university hats and herself. Four hats for four girls.

A splurge of sock knitting towards the end of the summer, Rose City Roller socks
August brought the birth of our much anticipated grandson, and with it a new quilt opportunity. I made him a camel quilt, from one of Yvonne's patterns, quiltingjetgirl.com , her Lucent quilt. This is the second emotional quilt of the year!
Another pair of knitted socks, I will spare you the photos, and then my MQI summer swap, the goody goody binding kit designed by lellaboutique.com . I loved making this and equally loved the one I received.
Onwards into the autumn. Are you still with me? The next major finish, or indeed any finish wasn't until October. And this was the houndtooth aka you aren't nothing but a hounddog quilt for my daughter. We had fun taking Rapunzel type photos for this at our local forest. The pattern was from justjudedesigns.com
A few cushions for my daughter's apartment were next up. She loves hedgehogs. So do I.

I don't know about you, but I am losing the will to live here and I am writing the post! Keep your audience with you! But, my next finish is worth hanging in for. I made a Liberty baby quilt for the grandson for his Christmas visit with us.

This brings us bang up to date. All there is to come are my Portfolio scarf

The year rounded up with my #What The Fade. Enough said, I love this but it did take up 4 months of my life!


And, oh yes, unblogged was a little Antler cardigan by Tin Can Knits for my grandson for Christmas.

Also I made some fabric building blocks for him. And ... 6 (yes 6) 1hr baskets for the girlies staying with us over Christmas, plus all those Christmas hats and 4 Christmas stockings, all unphotographed and unblogged. It was a relief to do some gentle sewing this morning!

Helen x
Thank you for staying with me through the year, never mind through this blog post. x
linking up with Cheryl, Meadow Mist Designs best of 2017 Linky Party.


  1. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. All great finishes. I wonder what 2018 will bring....

  2. I stayed with you through the whole post because it was fun to see all these old favorites! I tend to forget who made what, once about 2 months have passed. So I said, "Oh! Helen made the quilt Freefall from old shirts!" It was like learning something brand new, ha! I've enjoyed following along all your stitchy adventures this year. Here's to a great 2018 :)

  3. I hope that you have a wonderful 2018, Helen, and I look forward to seeing what you create this year!

  4. I love love love the Jam & Sandwiches quilts. An that little Liberty quilt is a darling. Wishing you all the best in 2018, with lots of fun and creative activity.

  5. I love all of the quilts and knitted pieces you made! Thanks for linking up and have a wonderful new year!

  6. Wow Helen: You had a really productive year. I am most impressed.


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