Searching Through The WIPs

As part of my 50 goals by age 50 I have split goals in to various categories such as work goals, cooking, things to do just for fun and crafting goals. One of the crafting goals is to complete 10 crochet projects. You can see from my Ravelry feed that I like starting projects.

Having carpel tunnel I struggle to spend more than 30 minutes crocheting at any one time. Some days I can manage just a few minutes. I then have the added problem with back. I’ve mentioned on this blog before about chronic pain in my back but I’ve never gone in to details of the effect it has on my day to day life.


I spend very little time sitting down. It’s painful, I’ve yet to find any chair that gives me much relief. I am in the least amount of pain when I am lying down. This means 90% of my time at home is spent lying down. It has a huge impact on my life.

Along with the pain comes a huge amount of fatigue. I love to buckle down and get on with doing something that I enjoy but sadly things get in way at times. This means my crochet progress is very slow.

I also get quite bored when I see little progress. I read crochet blogs like Attic24 and Little Tin Bird and feel like their hooks must fire at the speed they crochet. I just wish I was able to see results quicker.

I have way too many WIPs and must get some things finished. On the last two Wednesdays I took some time to look at my WIPs and have picked a couple of quite small projects to work on and want to finish at least one of them by Christmas.

I have taken one project to work; a Rowan 4ply scarf to work to crochet during quiet moments.

This is the scarf I am working on:



The pattern is from a Rowan crochet book which i purchased nearly 3 years ago.

I am using the suggested yarn which is:

Rowan Pure Wool 4ply in:

1 Pure Wool 4ply 465 Delhi
Delhi 465  2 Pure wool 4ply 461 OchreOchre 461
3 Pure Wool 4 Ply 456 Framboise
Framboise 456
4 Pure Wool 4 Ply 428 Raspberry
Raspberry 428
5 Blue Iris
Blue Iris 455
Indigo 410

I had already purchased all the yarn when I brought the pattern. This is something I don’t always do, hence another project where I don’t have all the yarn which has now been discontinued. Looks like it will be a much smaller lap blanket as I’m about 10 balls short.

The second project I am going to work on at home I will show you next week. It’s a blanket for our lounge. Again, Rowan yarn and I nearly have all the yarn I need but it’s still current stock and I only need a few more balls depending upon finished size which is likely to be 7 by 9 hexi’s. I’ve also been working on a tutorial for the pattern. Something I’ve never done before and always wanted to do. Hoping to get the tutorial post published this month.

 A mixture of granny squares an triangles. The yarn is a delight to work with and the squares I’ve done so far are absolutely beautiful to the touch. It’s the first time I’ve used 4ly having always used DK and Aran before.  It’s not as fiddly as I thought it would be to use.

The project bag contained the 6 colours. One of each except the outer navy which needs 3 balls.


I also had one finished square:


I buckled down and created a second.


Now there are nearly 5 finished squares, half of what I need. Eighteen triangles are needed too. I’ve never done triangles before and am a little apprehensive. I’m quite sure they are not that difficult but it’s a step out of my comfort zone.


Really am looking forward to finishing a project. It’s been a long while and I only have 8 1/2 years to finish 10 projects. Time is flying and little progress is being made on achieving this 50 by 50 goal.

Looking forward to wearing this scarf this winter. If I do get the scarf finished that will also mean another goal (make an item of clothing) will be completed.

Lining up with WOYWW, WIP Wednesday, and Keep Calm,Craft On.



  1. 17th September 2014 / 12:31 pm

    Gorgeous crocheting. Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a great day and a lovely crafting week to come. Hazel, WOYWW #47 x

  2. 17th September 2014 / 2:39 pm

    Ok, you have put something into my head now. I am 48 and have 1.5 years to 50, so maybe I should make a list for myself. Very cool idea. Your squares are lovely, I always admire people who do needle work as I can’t (trust me, I have tried, and it is always a mess…). Your scarf will be beautiful, I am loving the colors. Enjoy the process! Winnie #36

  3. Carol N
    17th September 2014 / 3:27 pm

    Beautiful crocheting! I remember doing that pattern MANY years ago and made vests, afghans, and bed spreads with granny squares. I hope you find some way to get relief from your back. Happy WOYWW!
    Carol N #65

  4. 17th September 2014 / 5:46 pm

    Wow! Those Rowan yarns are beautiful. I love the colour combinations.
    Well done you for being determined to finish your projects. How does the saying go? ‘A stitch a day…’
    Thank you for letting me look over you shoulder.

  5. 17th September 2014 / 6:24 pm

    Your crocheting is stunning. I hope you feel better soon. #17

  6. 17th September 2014 / 10:06 pm

    So sorry to read of your chronic back problem, blimey that’s hard. But really Candace, get you your GP and bang on the table…you don’t need to live with carpal tunnel syndrome, there is no ‘cure’, it is simply rectified with a short surgery. And as it clearly affects the quality of your life, you’re a case. pardon the expression!! Meanwhile, your colour choices are gorgeous for the yarns.lovely. I made no ambitions for when I turned fifty this summer…I know myself to well and like New Years resolutions, I’d just be setting myself up to fail, so am full of admiration for your ambitionS!

  7. 18th September 2014 / 2:39 pm

    Loving the color combos of your squares. I am a huge scarf fan. Winter is my favorite season.
    April #67

  8. 22nd September 2014 / 12:41 am

    Good for you for setting the 50 by 50 goal! Your squares look good so far and I love the colors!

    Thanks for sharing! Have a good week. Hugs, Kathy Jo #41

  9. Helena
    7th October 2014 / 3:28 am

    You know what winter coat this would look fantastic with? Hint hint 😉

    • Candace
      7th October 2014 / 3:47 am

      It will look fab with this navy coat I have set my eye on !

      The details about making one are above. I will get you crocheting one day, well anybtypecof crafting really!

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