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Ambitions Vs. Follow Through Vs. Reality.

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For some months now, let’s say 30 minus a few, I have been struggling with the title above. That is to say in a crafting, themeing, knitting, sustainabling (not a word) sort of sense. Not to say that I do not and have not been struggling with the titled concept my whole life.

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I have had an overdose of ambition since I was a child. I was always the kid who did the biggest project. In seventh grade, for example, when asked to create a 3-D model of an element, I  chose something beyond period 6, after Mercury, on the periodic table. Which landed me with over 80+ electrons to have floating around a nucleus in 3-D fashion. Obviously it was a lot of work, but it ended up being awesome enough that the teacher kept it.

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Obviously ambition and competitiveness overlap in my life, on occasion.

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The ambition I have now is stronger than ever and I have been struggling to keep up with it. As always is the tale with life, so many ideas and so little time.

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Which is, obviously, where the follow through comes into play. Unfortunately I can’t sit at the computer with a cat in my lap and blog/get inspired/create all day. Nor can I craft all day, weeks have gone by even when I don’t get a chance to craft at all. My sewing machine was dusty the other day! Reading books has fallen completely off of my life list. Which is fairly heartbreaking!!

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The reality is not necessarily a lack of time, but an unbalance in life and activities. Too many things for others and not enough left for myself.

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My main goal now is to not have these three things against each other, ambition vs. follow through vs. reality, but instead to make these steps, which I believe is the original intent. This means slowing down the ambition train and really focusing on the follow through. This also means starting to say more no’s to others, so that I may have a little more time.  This will be fun and challenging.

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Now about the pictures. At the beginning of the year I had posted a very exciting post about making  a dishcloth and rug every month. Little did I realize many other projects would get in the way; new spring school clothes to make, valentine’s skirt, sheer scarf, wedding skirts, graduation dress, etc. Unfortunately I have only completed one rug (the cotton one) so far. Thankfully I am almost up to date with the dishcloths.

The top pictures are yards and yards of braided cotton sheets that after many attempts to make a braided circle rug I finally had to take apart to save for future use. I am glad it is all un-braided, I can crochet with it now and I don’t have a giant ball of braided fabric staring at me. Relief!!

Instead I have two giant balls of yarn now staring at me. This is from the February seed stitch rug I am making. The length was perfect but it was the heaviest thing to work with and was killing my wrists. I decided, since I was only 1/3rd of the way through, to just take it apart and start from a different angle. I am going to cast on the short end and work up, hopefully things will move more quickly. The orange and grape are for scale.

Sometimes, I am finding, it is easier to start over or rework projects to get the follow through moving.

Happy Follow Through to you, I hope you can make all your ambitions a reality too!!!

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Up to my ankles in summer projects!

I almost quite literally am up to my ankles in rugs, at least.

They are all fun though and I cannot wait until they are finished.

There is the rainbow rug. Easy just knit every row, using super bulky yarn. This is my first project using super bulky, I love it!

The pattern I found off of the Coats and Clark website. I don’t even remember how I stumbled upon it. HERE is the link to the pattern. The yarn mentioned in the pattern is no longer being made, so instead, after much research. I decided to use Lion Brand’s Homespun for the white and Lion Brand’s Jiffy Thick & Quick in the Rocky Mountain color. I loved the rainbow mix and hunted to find the right yarn. Homespun is amazing, though a little slippery, also very cheap around 4.99 a skein. Jiffy Thick & Quick is more wooly, with some loose fluff or halo fuzz, and is pricier around 8.49 for a skein.

(All the serious knitters are chuckling at my use of the word pricey).

Next up is this slightly painful and tedious rug, that I will, for multiple reasons be so happy when I am finished. Using Red Heart Recycled Cotton blend yarn I am using a simple pattern I found on Michaels.com.

The pattern is an easy knit 3, purl 3, in sets of 3. A nice full checker stitch set. It is the weight of the rug and the fact that it seems to take forever to do one set, that is making this tedious. I will finish this one soon though. We need a rug in the kitchen, desperately.

A very different set of rugs with a complete dichotomy of yarns.

This last rug is easy, just time-consuming. A braided and woven rug to match the tee-pee my mom and I made for the snug. It will need to be much bigger then it is. I have not put in as much effort as I want so far.

Those are the rugs, now for the rest of the summer projects.

Did I mention also that we are going to make most of our back to school clothes this year. Which means my summer projects need to be done by the middle of July so that we have enough time to gather materials and make acceptable fitting clothes before September!

It is going to be a fun couple of weeks!!

Also we aren’t homeschooling, obviously. Thank goodness! That doesn’t mean we (I) will stop supplemental schooling, in my over exaggerated way.

Now for the rest of the summer projects.

Wall hangings. Lots of wall hangings. We have one for me on the left, a map of the united states, and a western one for the snug’s room. I have backing fabric for none of these. Fantastic!

Next up, napkins that will be made from a pillowcase found at the goodwill and lots and lots of reusable snack/sandwich bags. FINALLY!!!

(hopefully)…..

Then we have apparel and I am very happy to say two out of the four items shown have been made and completed!!!! The top middle gray fabric has been made into a t-shirt. I took a class and learned how to draft a t-shirt. Also, the cat yoga fabric, was made into little knickers today! Adorable! The mermaid dress needs modification and lengthening, long legs Magee won’t stop growing. The final item on the left is going to be turned into a tank top dress.

Oh and there are also baby gifts to be made!!!

AND I learned how to crochet! I am making a bag! The good news, crochet is super fast. The bad news, it takes up a ton of yarn! I am excited! Here is the bag;

SO cute!! I found it on pinterest. The bag and pattern are from Artemis Adornments, it is called the Masa Bag. The pattern calls for a DK size yarn and is rather small. I am using sugar and cream with an appropriate size needle and sizing the bag differently.

That’s it. All the projects. Two weeks. Really?

Thankfully everything is now washed and ironed. Hopefully I will find the time to make this a wonderful reality!

Happy Summer time crafting!!