The Craft Walk of Shame

I like to think of myself as a Completer/Finisher (a throwback to a term I used in my HR days there!). The reality is so much different though. Hidden treasures lie around this house, taunting me of projects that started so well and never quite got to the finish line.

Let me introduce you to the hell that is my TBF pile and the promises I make to myself that I will not start another project until I’ve finished them all:

The Kitchen:
The 2 bowls of measured out fruit that has been soaking in alcohol since early December. Yep, I still intend on making those Christmas cakes even though it’s now mid January. Who knows they could end up birthday cakes for Tara in Feb (or the rate I’m going my own cake in August!) I have kept adding so much port to them over the past few weeks that you are in danger of going over the drink drive limit by just walking past the bowls.

The Blanket
The blanket that I absolutely LOVE, that is languishing in a bag in the corner of the kitchen. We’ve got so used to the bag being there, that we’ve stopped noticing it. I fully intended on Tara using this as a pram blanket for this winter, knowing that by next winter she might not be using a pram all that much *sniff*

The Rainbow Badges
Have you any idea how long it takes for a Rainbow to collect so many badges? Obviously not as long as it takes me to sew them onto the blanket she uses! I hate to think what the other girl’s blankets look like in comparison to Violet’s. My poor deprived child. Perhaps I’d better contact our local WI and ask if they’d like to help sew them on … Erm!

The Ballet Shoes
Why oh Why do they sell them with only half the elastic sewn on? Both the girls are now doing ballet and conveniently wearing the same size shoes. Yes they are looking a bit battered and grey but they have both sides of elastic on and the girls swap them over between ballet lessons in record time. God help them if they ever have lessons at the same time.

The Lavendar Bags/The Christmas Tree Decorations/The Knitted Nativity
These had a fabulous holiday to France the summer before last. I convinced myself that I would finish them before Christmas and make one for each underwear drawer in the house (not sure Derm was too keen on that idea). Thankfully I soon went off that idea – not that keen on the smell of lavendar knickers anyway! ;-)

I also convinced myself that starting knitting a nativity scene and Christmas Tree decorations in blazing sunshine in August would mean that by December I would be well finished. The evidence is here in picture form to argue differently.

The Knitted Camper Van
My first ever knitted project and supposedly a child’s kit. My Mum got so sick of seeing this hanging around that she even took it to her house to sew together and soon gave up. I’m beginning to think its impossible to get a good camper shape and its about 3 times bigger than I expected it to be too.

The Knitted Aardvark
Doesn’t everyone have one of these in their home? At the time of starting, I was the owner of Aardvark Cakes so it was very appropriate – I can’t admit to myself though that maybe now isn’t the time for us to be joined by a very cute but unfinished wooly toy.

The Christmas Beanie Hat
A present for my brother-in-law for Christmas 2011 – it had a brief resurrection this December when I thought I might finally finish it but no. Its still there!

Please make me feel better, tell me you have hidden projects that are just waiting for that magic moment when they will get finished. Perhaps we should all get together and have a Finishing Party – no-one is allowed to go home until they’ve done all their jobs. Although, I may be some time with all those Rainbow badges!