100 days. 100 squares. 10,000 stitches.
Today marks the 100th and final day of the 100 Days Project. My finished cross stitch project now looks like this:
I’ve enjoyed this project so much and I’m so pleased with the end result. I can’t wait to get it ironed and mounted in the frame I have ready and waiting. I think it’s going to be strange tomorrow to get home from work and not be thinking about a new design! I’ve got plenty of other cross stitching to get on with but I’m going to miss the simplicity and creativity of this piece.
Today is the day where I finally get to talk about the secret knitting project I’ve been mentioning off and on for the last few months. It was secret because it was a gift, it’s now been given and so I can blog about it and share a couple of photos.
At Christmas one of my oldest friends shared the news that she and her lovely boyfriend were expecting a baby. I was so excited for them and couldn’t wait to get making something for their forthcoming arrival. In recent years I’ve made blankets for all new arrivals and so this baby would receive no different. I decided I wanted to knit rather than crochet and felt in the mood for a new design (in the past I’ve knitted feather and fan blankets). It was the perfect excuse for spending some quality time on Pinterest, I’ve now got a board with more baby blanket ideas than I’m likely to ever need (and I still keep adding to it).
I chose a pattern that used stripes of colour done in stocking stitch with the colour change row done as a row of knit 1 purl 1 rib to give a nice effect. After much thought I picked five colours that coordinated well and would be suitable for a summer baby. I also decided that I wanted a single colour border so decided I would knit one on at the end – after all, what’s a big project if you’re not doing at least one thing for the first time.
The final result looked like this:
I’m really happy with how it turned out. The main body of the blanket in particular gave me much joy as it took shape – I’d initially planned on horizontal straps but realised that this would end up being very big so turned them round and made them vertical stripes and was very happy with the end result. I didn’t work to any fixed pattern for the stripes other than choosing to make it symmetrical. All of the colour blocks are a multiple of four rows, I just went on instinct to decide when to switch.
The border wasn’t anywhere near as challenging as I’d expected it to be. I put off knitting it for a few weeks before I finally made myself make a start on it. I was happy with the overall look of the finished border, but it didn’t work quite as well as I wanted it to structure wise. I don’t think I’d be in a rush to do another border like this.
The blanket has been well received, which is the most important thing, and receiving a photo of its tiny owner asleep underneath made my day. As far as I’m aware there won’t be any more blankets to knit for a little while, in the meantime I can just keep pinning new ideas to that board!
Today was my first day at my new job. I woke up really looking forward to getting there and getting started, but also felt those first day nerves. Within the first few minutes they’d pretty much vanished as I got a warm welcome and introduction to the team.
It’s going to take a little while for me to settle, new jobs are always like that though. Based on the first day though I think I’m going to be very happy within this team. I still don’t know too much about the ins and outs of the role itself but what I’ve learned so far has been great.
It’s so nice to be back behind a desk, hearing the same sorts of conversations as the ones I used to have in my old job. Soon enough I’ll be in the thick of them too. In the short term this week is filled with induction activities, the standard mandatory training and lots of meeting different people and hearing about their roles and how they all fit together. I think it’s going to be busy but good.
I’ve decided to move my happiness list to Sunday this week, partly because it makes sense to write it actually at the end of the week it talks about rather than at the start of the next and partly because I already have something I plan to blog about tomorrow. Like always the list is in no particular order and is not intended to be entirely comprehensive (on both previous lists I’ve thought of other things after I’d hit publish).
Going to book club and spending a couple of hours chatting about all sorts of things with the other lovely ladies while drinking tea and eating cake. Evening rain showers. Starting the final week of my 100 Days Project. Spending an afternoon babysitting and having so much fun playing. A successful and easy shopping trip for clothes that left me feeling good about myself. Leftover profiteroles. A West End themed YouTube spiral. My new Geeky Stitching Club subscription arriving. A Saturday evening spent sitting outside with good company. Finishing a reading to do list over two weeks early. A really fun last Beavers meeting of the term. Gluten free fish and chips. Making lots of progress with my cupcake cross stitch.
What’s made you happy this week?
A very late post today but it’s been a very busy day. I wanted to share this song a few weeks back, it had been the featured record of the week on the drive time show I tend to listen to on the radio and with each daily play I loved it more. There was no video though so I’ve waited and now there is one and I can finally share it. The band are called Wild Youth, the song is their debut single and it’s called All or Nothing.
I have just one favourite for today but it’s a really good one. I love a good version of The Circle of Life and this one done by the cast of The Lion King with the London Gay Men’s Chorus in celebration of this weekend’s London Pride is utterly brilliant!