Thursday 30 January 2020

My Current WIPs

I thought I'd do a round up of the projects I'm currently working on.  It might focus my mind and inspire me to complete some!

The most recent one I've started, I'm making pretty good progress with.  My second Peek-a-Boo baby blanket (see my first one here) for a pregnant friend...  [EDITED TO ADD:  See completed item here.]

Beautiful peek-a-boo crochet baby blanket

There is some yarn hoop art on the go, for Emily's room, to co-ordinate with the crochet blanket I made her...

Yarn wall art and crochet baby blanket

I want to straighten the yarn and make it neater.  I might also trim it into a sharper V.  Maybe it needs something else too... I'm not quite sure!  [EDITED TO ADD:  See completed item here.]

I have also been working - very slowly and intermittently - on a Monsoon Stole in a Scheepjes Whirl.

Beautiful crochet monsoon stole

I love this pattern, and I love this whirl, so I really need to get this done so I can see the final result!

I started a bit of paper craft in the summer, with a kit from Mollie Makes for a paper flower wall hanging.  Its been left untouched for far too long!  [EDITED TO ADD:  See completed item here.]

Paper flowers

Even older are these crochet face pads...

Crochet face pads

I planned to make a whole host of them, but only got as far as two before Emily was born!  I'm going to need a lot more to be able to replace cotton wool pads for cleaning my face.  Must get on that!!

Now the next WIP is quite annoying, as I actually finished knitting it in August 2018!  It is the Rosewater Shawl...

Knitted rosewater shawl

It's not annoying in itself - the annoying thing is that it's been this long and I still haven't blocked it!  I need to get it finished as it looks so pretty.  [EDITED TO ADD:  See completed item here.]

The last WIP I can think of is this embroidery...

It's been on the go since 2018 too, and will make a cute little beach hut scisoor keep.  It is actually further along than this picture shows, and probably doesn't need too much work to get it finished.  Another thing I need to get on with and finish!

This is all I can remember right now - although I wouldn't be surprised if there are more languishing in my craft room, amidst the chaos that is that space!

[Edited on 14th Feb 2020 to add...]

I forgot about this knitted peach I'm working on!

Another one to get finished!  [EDITED TO ADD:  See completed item here.]

As I complete these projects I will, of course, post about them.  I'll also link those posts to this one - for a sense of achievement and to satisfy any curious readers coming across this in the future!

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Saturday 18 January 2020

Dinki Dots becomes A Playful Stitch


You may have noticed a few changes around here - including a new name and a redirection to my custom domain - - exciting!

I've had this blog for nearly 9 years, and for quite a few of those years I've wanted to change the name.  I just didn't really like Dinki Dots anymore... although now it's gone I feel a bit sad!

A Playful Stitch is a better name, though.  "Stitch" covers quite a lot - sewing, crochet, knitting - and I feel my work is pretty playful.

I've even got a fancy new logo that a friend of mine created for me when we were chatting about my new name idea.  Thank you, Kimberly!

I'm still tweaking the website, so things might change here and there.  I have limited time to work on it, as Emily only takes 30 minute naps!  If I waited until everything was perfect, though, I'd never get round to launching the new name and branding.  So, I'm just going with it!

I hope you like the new name and look!  If all goes well, I should be bringing you lots of finished creations... hopefully more than I managed last year.

Thursday 9 January 2020

Creation Consolidation - 2019!

It's that time again... when I round up my creations from the previous year!

I'm going to start with the most impressive thing I made...

This little cutie!  Our beautiful Emily arrived in May, so crafting slowed down a fair old bit after that!  She takes a lot of time and energy, but she's completely worth it!

But on to what crafty things I made over the year - click on the headings or pictures to be taken to the blog posts:

Knitted Baby Hat

Filet Heart Crochet Baby Blanket

Hand-Knitted Socks

Cross-Stitch Hoop

Geometric Knitted Baby Blanket

Crochet Coasters

Crochet Christmas Bauble

Knitted Christmas Treat Bag

Felt Mouse Christmas Tree Decoration

Not a lot this year, for obvious reasons!

I've got a lot of works in progress, though - so I hope to get some more things finished at some point soon (or soonish!).  There is also going to be a change of name here on the blog, so keep an eye out for that!

If you are interested, here are my consolidation posts from previous years:

I didn't do a round-up for years before that, but you can see other finished items at the below links:

Here's to a great 2020 for us all!  I am hoping to get my life more organised, but not sure it will happen as it's so hard for me to get anything done with a little one in tow!

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