Friday, February 20, 2015

State of the UFOs

This is the progress on the scrap afghan.  You can't see all 25 hexagons in this photo.
 Well, for all of my crafting friends, here is a quick update on how my UFOs [un-finished objects] and WIPs [works in progress] are coming along.  I have one project that I can't show because it's going to be a gift.

First off, the scrap afghan, seen above.  I have 2 rows completed and sewn together -- 25 hexagons in all, in three different motifs.  I finished 2 more motifs this week and am hoping to get a couple more done.  I'm trying to do just 4 to 6 motifs a week.
Please excuse the wrinkles; I was in a huge hurry when I took this photo.
 This is my "Snow Angels" cross-stitch UFO of many years' standing.  My Nevada daughter gifted me with this because it reminded her so much of her and her sister in the winter as children.  It IS beautiful, and the thought behind it even more so.    And it has been a huge challenge to me as well, but I think I'm finally getting a handle on it, thanks to brilliant winter sunshine and bifocals!  This is done on 18-count Aida and has a great many blended colors in the design.  You can see, in the photo of the kit at left below, how very lovely the design is.
You can see how far I have come since the  photo above was taken.  And also how far I have to go....
The cross-stitched rose hand towel

Above you see the cross-stitched rose hand towel.  I've made a little bit of progress on this, but have been concentrating more on "Snow Angels".  Recall, this was a kit from someone else's stash.  It is the second in a set of two, and I also used the design for pillowcases.

And finally, here is a completed project!  Mice had chewed into our barley hot packs back before Christmas, and so I needed to make some more (now that the mouse problem has been dealt with).  This is the second one.  The first one I did in a masculine gray plaid I had on hand; for this one, I couldn't decide, but then I found this orange/gray chevron design I'd bought on a whim with no real idea what I'd use it for; I just liked it.  Makes a utilitarian hot pack a little more fun.
I bought this fabric (along with much more) with a gift card I'd won from Fabric. com.  So much fun!
Hope you have been encouraged to make some progress on your own UFOs and WIPs!


  1. You're making great progress! I'm always tricked by beautiful cross-stitch patterns! LOL Yours will definitely be gorgeous when it's done - just keep plugging away at it!

  2. Good for you Mrs T!! I have been doing a lot of cross stitching and I am so thankful for my magnifier that snaps on my Q snaps. Otherwise I am afraid I would not be able to stitch and I do enjoy it so much!! Cant wait to see your snow day picture when it is completed.

  3. Oh I'll never catch up, but you are making great progress! I had to set aside the cross-stitching I once loved to do so I am truly impressed with your beautiful picture. Here's to more sunny days!

  4. Thanks for all of the encouragement and sweet comments, ladies!

    I do want to make it clear that the lower photo of "Snow Angels" -- the one with the kit shown in the picture too -- was taken many years ago back when I first started working on it. I think it must have been 2007 or so.

    Just didn't want anyone to get the impression that I had done all of the intervening work in the past couple of months ... I think that would be humanly impossible! I had stitched the children, the trees, the house, etc. first and what I am finding so hard is the shading of the shadows on the snow. Much of it is done with a blend of two colors in the needle. Very time-consuming, but I'm feeling much more encouraged about it in recent weeks! Lord willing, it WILL be finished eventually, maybe even this year!

    Thanks for the cheerleading from all of you!

  5. Wonderful projects. Your afghan is beautiful, I just finished crocheting a prayer shawl. Your cross stitched work is beautiful. Thanks for sharing all this goodness. ~ Abby

  6. Abby, you are welcome! And thank you for your kind comments concerning my projects. It's always so nice to hear from you. Glad you stopped by my kitchen table!

    Would love to see your prayer shawl ... will you post a picture!

    Have a wonderful day!


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