Monday, 7 January 2013

Finish-a-Long 2013

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I didn't take part in this last year. Somehow I thought I didn't have that much to get finished. Well this year I have!
But I am going to try to be realistic as the FAL is divided into quarters which gives me only 3 months to tackle these.
So in this first post I am going to list just 4 projects to get finished.

1. First of all my ARRR8 Across the pond, around the bend quilt top needs quilting...
... it's a whopper! I really want to hand quilt it, but do I have enough man hours available? Anyway the first think to tackle will be the basting!

2. Then there's my African Flower Blanket...
... the oldest project on this list, started 2 and a half years ago. To be fair I have been treating this blanket as finished recently, it is often wrapped around me on the sofa and I don't really need to make it any bigger. But I do need to square off and finish the edges and sort out all those 'tails'.

3. The most recently started project, my Forth Bridge EPP top, made for the Travellin' Pic Sitch Blog Hop...
...featured in a very recent blog post, it's still waiting for inspiration. Well actually I have decided to make it into a wheelchair lap quilt for my dad. And Dolores had the great idea (why do I never think of this?) to add borders to get it to the right size. So that's what I'm going to do and then it needs quilting too.

4. Last of all the jumper I started knitting...
... for my son Felix. Much to our delight, he announced on New Year's Day that he would be coming home some time in February! We have not seen him since he went off travelling at the end of March. He is in South America at the moment so he'll be really needing this jumper when he gets back to Scotland! I've done the back and about a third of the front. This finish better go to the top of the list I think!

I'm really excited about taking part in the FAL this year, and am even sponsoring a prize! I already feel motivated to get finishing. What about you? Are you planning some finishing off soon?

14 comments:

  1. I think you're right to tackle the jumper first and I can't wait to see how it turns out! Good luck with your lovely list x

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  2. I'm not brave enough even to count my UFOs, good luck with your lst! Lovely that Felix is coming home soon

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  3. Great selection of 'finishes' - yay for the jumper-recipient-to-be!

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  4. Oh, I love your quilty WiPs - the African stars is superb! Good luck!

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  5. Good luck with that list, now get knitting!

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  6. Your ARRR8 WHOPPER is Amazing. Love the intertwining blue in the border. My how busy you've been sewing/crocheting/knitting. I do all of those too, but am going to concentrate on quilting projects this first quarter. This is my first year in the FAL and I'm really looking forward to being inspired and motivated by all the beautiful projects. Nice to meet you...Sue

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  7. Some great projects to get finished and I think the last one might get priority!

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  8. Quite a list! I'm sure the jumper will be well received, and an element of relief to have your son home again :)

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  9. I bet you'll be counting the days until Felix returns! Juliex

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  10. Is that a crochet blanket of massive proportions? I love it and the other projects. Thank you for the sponsorship in the FAL and I am so glad you have joined us to finish some things too.

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  11. Funny, just a minute ago i posted about working on UFOs and next thing I look at your lovely projects! I am most enchanted about your awesome blanket - i should pull out mine, which is not near as big yet! good luck with working on all of these, they all look great!

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  12. Those are beautiful designs! Good luck!

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  13. I am working on my UFOs too... trying to suppress the need to start something new... very good luck with yours. Don't envy weaving in all those crochet ends, ugh, but it is SUCH a lovely blanket.

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  14. OMG! I've just seen your African Flower Blanket and it's so similar to the one I've just designed for my new book. All projects gone off to photography now, so too late to change! I've also used all Rooster Almerino DK, but in paler shades, so it wouldn't be too similar to other blankets in the book. Love your bright one even better though. Nicki

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