Thursday, March 21, 2013

The ends

It's getting so close to the end.

The book blanket and the book are almost finished. Almost.

All those long straggly bits are slowly being darned in, one by one, and then snipped off. What began as an idea is slowly becoming something you can hold in your hands. Something you can sit on the couch and enjoy.

Over the past few days I've seen the first pages (OMG!!), written my dedication, my acknowledgments, an extra para for the food section and a couple of tiny changes that have been rattling around in the back of my head for a while. I've sewn some little bits and pieces and I've taken a couple of last minute photos.

Tying up all the loose ends is hard for a disorganised person like me. Part of me wants to get on with next thing, to start something new. But for once I've worked to a list and I think I've remembered everything.

The book has gone now. One more look through from the editor, then to the type setter and then off to the printer. I wont see it again til August. August!! Oh my gosh.

And the book blanket still needs a few ends darned in and then it's done too. I still haven't decided whether or nor I'll crochet it a border. I think we'll live with it for a while and then decide.

And the next project? A cardigan made from one of the above. Miss Jazzy gets to decide which, although I'm pretty sure I know which one she'll choose already.

We're heading off on a 24 hour plane trip on Saturday, so I'm hoping to get a big chunk knitted up pretty soon. That is if the peeps at the airport let me take my needles on the plane. Fingers crossed.

So that's me. How about you?
Are you any good at tying up loose ends? At darning in the dangley bits?
At writing THE END before moving on to the next big thing?

Be good peeps.
Lotsa love xx


  1. This is so exciting Kate, I cannot wait to see your book. Safe travels & happy knitting for Saturday. The wool for Jazzy's cardigan is a collection of beautiful, calm colours!

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  2. So exciting! I can't wait to see your book :D Your blanket looks great - it's nice that you'll be able to look at it and remember which part of the book you were writing whilst you crocheted which square.
    Hope you have a good plane trip! I hate flying - the two hour flight to Brisbane felt like forever, I can't imagine taking a 24 hour one!

    Sarah x

  3. Good luck for the trip Kate, hope its fab, so great your book and blanket are safely finished before you set off.

  4. That must feel very weird, sending off the book and having to wait until August to see it again!!
    I love all those prospective cardigan colours together! Perhaps Jazzy will choose them all??
    I'm one of those people who itch to get onto a new project and have tpo force myself to tie up all the ends.
    Happy travelling.

  5. All the best for the holiday - hope all goes well and you get to keep your needles.

    Be safe and have fun

  6. How exciting! (about the book, I mean, and the blanket, though the 24-hour plane trip sounds exciting too!)
    Greer x

  7. Loving all those strong colours in your blanket. I think it looks great and old fashioned without a border. I am hopeless at ends. Loads of unfinished ideas lying around. Don't take your best needles with you so that if you can't take them on board you don't lose them. I've had a few knock backs on my crochet hooks just seeing my girls off at the Newcastle airport. Once I was able to hide them in a menu card on a little table just outside the lounge. Perhaps you should ask before you book your luggage in so that you can pop them in there if not allowed on the plane. All the best. Cherrie

  8. love the blanket, looks wonderful! I was hoping to take my crocheting on a plane soon..hope they let you take your knitting needles xx

  9. Yay for your book!! and such a wonderful time for it to emerge in the flesh!! (which coincides with my birthday wonderfully! -Better bookmark this for present-ideas!) While there won't be any (trying-to) knitting for me this year, I'm loving your updates. Can't wait to see the finished blanket, a true symbol of a completed project! Well done! You've also inspired me to take our kids apple picking -hopefully in the next few weeks!

  10. I don't think I've actually commented before, but I've been following your blog for a few weeks now and love it so I thought I should say hi! The book blanket is gorgeous, well done on making a start on the ends...that's definitely my weakness! Best wishes for the plane trip :)Meredith x

  11. Like always it is pure bliss to see your pictures of your creations. It is funny because today we sat and talked about "What I am good at" v. "What I am not so good at" when having dinner. I said I am not so good at keeping time or to finish things. I tend to start on projects all the time, putting them aside as soon as a new idea pops up in my head and then the initial project is left unfinished... My Gypsy granny square blanket is a typical project. I love it. But it has taken me a good 2 1/2 years t even get close to the finish. I am on the edging now and still I am dragging it out... With only 2 more rows to go and then the picot finish it is like glue in my fingers. Maybe I just don't want to finish it. I don't know. I love it so much that I want it to last forever. Well, and the ends... I am not a big fan of weaving in ends... I have weaved in 1920 ends on the Gypsy blanket... I guess that is why it has taken such a long time. Just weaving in half a dozen ends every now and then before putting it aside for a newer project growing faster in my hands... This blanket of yours is truly amazing. I love everything about it. The colors, the patterns, the story, the love... I don't think it needs an edging. It is beautiful just the way it is.
    My Rose Valley

  12. Your blanket is looking beautiful Kate. How exciting and wonderful that your book will be out soon, August will be here sooner than we think. I cant wait to see what your going to knit for Miss Jazzy out of those pretty yarns. Hope you can knit on the plane and get some knitting done!

  13. Looks lovely, Kate.

    No, I'm hopeless at finishing. There's always something more exciting to catch my attention.

    Cheers Tracy

  14. 24 hours!? you must be headed to my side of the world.
    good luck with the knitting needles. i once flew one way and they let them on - and then on the way back they tried to confiscate them, but it was a moibus scarf i was making - and it was almost done - they wanted to cut the needles off so i could keep the work, and just leave it on the circular connecting string part. (does that make any sense) it was a very expensive circular needle that i had ordered online also. in the end - my lovely husband went all the way back to the baggage check in - and checked his carry on so i could keep my knitting intact. but i was terribly bored on the flight.
    i also hate tying in the ends - it is the worst part, but, i always love how it looks when it is completed.
    have a wonderful trip.

  15. What a beautiful book blanket, imagine the memories you knitted into it!
    If I remember correctly where you'll be going,don't expect to be allowed the needles. While you might get lucky with a hook - I hook on KLM and Aer Lingus in December - needles are a different story. Even with a hook I take a cheapie that I don;t mind losing if it should happen.
    Enjoy the trip!

  16. I'm so proud, which is probably strange as we've never met! I have wondered if they'd let me take a bamboo crochet hook on board... I must find that out. Safe travels! xo

  17. Wow, that's so exciting that your book's finished! I don't comment much because I read on my phone, and its painful, but I've been following along as you write. Congratulations, I can't wait to read it.

  18. Wow, finished! That must be such a great feeling, congratulations, Kate.
    Have a lovely trip.

  19. So exciting Kate, I can't wait to see your book. Safe travelling & {hopefully} many happy knitting hours on Saturday xx

  20. Congratulations!!! Can't wait until the book comes out! And the blanket is beautiful. Also, it must feel so wonderful to have your parents close by. Take care and keep up the excellent work.

  21. eeeeeeeeep! how exciting!!!
    very much looking forward to august :D
    have a fabulous trip! and bamboo needles should get through... i spent my entire flight to sydney (all 65 minutes of it :O) knitting on my bamboo circulars last weekend!

  22. These colors are sublime! Shutting my mind DOWN! ^_^

  23. How exciting to have a book out on its way. You are so patient to make and work on such a blanket. It looks wonderful. Andi of My Sister's Knitter linked this post in her latest.

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