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I have an important crafty-type announcement to make.

I FINISHED IT!

It's no longer a UFO (Un-Finished Object, for those not in the know)!  Twenty years in the making, near as I can reckon.  I can't recall exactly, because that's how long I have been futzing around with this thing!

So now, allow me to present to you . . .


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My lovely jewelled afghan!  You have no idea how proud I am to have finally finished this project! 

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So, because I really did feel like it had taken forever, I decided to do something I rarely do with my "art" - I "signed" it.  I know the embroidery looks like a fifth-grader's untidy writing, but it was rather difficult to embroider on afghan squares, because of all the little holes!

My next challenge?  I've got a massive stash of yarns left over from my days knitting and crocheting toys for my nieces and nephews when they were younger, so I'm going to break that out and start making toys again . . . since all the yarn is bright, primary coloured acrylics and really only suited for toys!  If I get cracking now, I should have a few done to give to charity for Christmas!

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merry_legs_lovr
Aug. 13th, 2010 11:02 am (UTC)
Well Done, Nepi - it looks Fuck-awesome! I know what it's like taking forever - I've been working on a Cardigan for 5 years now & I still haven't finished the back, mind you I couldn't work on it for 18 months due to a wrist injury. I know I'll finish it one day!!
nephthys_abode
Aug. 16th, 2010 06:08 am (UTC)
I've made a couple of jumpers and a cardigan in my time, that took absolutely forever. And only one of which I ever wore regularly, so obviously the homemade apparel thing is not for me.

I usually prefer smaller projects that don't take so long! The good thing about UFOs though is that they'll be there waiting for you when you're ready to go back to them!
em25
Aug. 13th, 2010 11:08 am (UTC)
Congratulations! The finished product is lovely.
nephthys_abode
Aug. 16th, 2010 06:09 am (UTC)
Thank you!
koilungfish
Aug. 13th, 2010 12:00 pm (UTC)
Holy cow, that's awesome! I know if something took me over 20 years I'd have given up long ago. Kudos!
nephthys_abode
Aug. 16th, 2010 06:13 am (UTC)
See, I got this whole OCD brain thing happening - it's awfully hard for me to just abandon an unfinished project.

But this time, at least I exercised the psychological smarts to work out why it was still hanging around unfinished. And came up with some strategies to deal with those issues - like the piecing together five by five panels and then sewing them onto the blanket, because it allowed me to actually see progress.

Because trust me, when one row of the blanket is thirty little squares across? It takes freakin' forever to finish one row. Which means that you look at the huge pile of squares and think it's gonna take you til half past Doomsday to get them all sewn together.

So yes, I'm feeling proud of myself - both for finishing, and for recognising and addressing the reasons why I hadn't done so before!
koilungfish
Aug. 17th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
Aaah, smart way to manage it. You should be proud. That's one heck of a blanket.
utssq
Aug. 13th, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
it's so pretty. now make me one lol
I can only crochet a little bit...enough to make a granny square lol I used to know more, but haven't done it in so long I can't remember any of it. Although I am going to attempt to make Alex an afghan. we shall see how it goes. Great work! I'm jealous lol
nephthys_abode
Aug. 16th, 2010 06:18 am (UTC)
it's so pretty. now make me one lol

Fuck dat! Er, I mean, no way, chica! I am done with blankets!

That's the third one I've made - well, third one of that size, I've done a couple of smaller lap rugs.

Funny, I was looking through my patterns for toys, and kept finding new afghans and thinking "Oh wow, that would be nice, maybe I should make that!" -facepalm-

Maybe what I need to do is a needlepoint project that says "No more afghans!!" ;-)

And pfft, if you can make one granny square, you can make a blanket! That's all mine is - thousands of bloody granny squares sewn together!

Give me a shout if you need help - I've got some easy to follow instructions for stitches and such, although you can probably find what you need on the web just as easily.

Edited at 2010-08-16 06:18 am (UTC)
faithinfire
Aug. 16th, 2010 11:32 am (UTC)
Oh, wow, it's amazing! That's gorgeous, Nepi! *salutes you* I am hugely impressed...
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