6 and 6 in 2018 – the six “old” projects

This year Meredithe and Anne have come up with the idea of managing “Significant Progress” on six old projects or Works In Slow Progress, with room for six entirely new ones – because we all know how easy it is to be completely knocked for a loop by a shiny new project or sudden obsession with a new technique! – and have called the project “6 and 6 in 2018“. I wasn’t a very organised contributor last year, and I probably won’t be this year, but I do intend to try!

For the sake of accountability, here are my “old” projects:

More Progress On Eve

More Progress On Eve

First of all, “Eve In The Garden of Eden”. This means constructing and covering the box. That in turn implies the use of glue, which as I’ve mentioned before, makes me very nervous indeed. It will probably take some effort to get up the courage to tackle it at all!

Red and Blue Sections

Red and Blue Sections

Secondly, the Nefertiti Shawl. It’s such a lovely cheerful colour that I want to be able to wear it, which should be incentive enough, wouldn’t you say?

Yarn And Pattern

Yarn And Pattern

Thirdly, the Amarna Backpack. I’ve made a fair bit of progress here, and I’ve learnt a few useful lessons, but I want it to be useable, and preferably lined, by the middle of the year.

Progress on the Christmas Angel

Progress on the Christmas Angel

Fourth, the Christmas Angel. It really is simply a matter of getting it set up so it is convenient to tackle this one, but of course in terms of work to be done it has strong competition, from number five.

Starting Akhenaten

Starting Akhenaten

Fifth, of course, is Akhenaten. I’ve put him away over Christmas and missed him terribly, so I have a strong feeling that he’s going to send the rest of them to a distant second place!

Another Attempt

Another Attempt

Sixth isn’t really a single project, but rather the crystallisation of ideas which are already bubbling in my head, like the Faience Necklace, and the beginnings of ideas for the Vision of Placidus. There are some that need to be out on paper for the next stage of mulling over. Anything that helps with that will make this year a huge creative success!


  1. Looks like #6 is more #1 on the 2nd list. 😉

    What could I do, if it were me? Finish:
    1) Paradise Island – WISP since summer ’14!
    2) The cable jumper I’m nearing the end of the first piece of.
    3) The lavender bags I started embroidery for, then realised I wasn’t really that gung-ho for, so they’re hanging around unworked on.
    And I think that’s it.
    Kitted up I have a needle-painted rose and a meadow scene, plus yarn in stock for 4/5 more knits.

  2. I think the 6 and 6 project is a great idea to finish some UFOs and give yourself the pleasure of starting something new, too. The Christmas Angel is what I would put as the last of the finishes, as I wouldn’t need it before December, but if you set it up you can work on it any time you want.
    Good luck!

  3. Alex Hall says:

    It’s a great idea to give that final push for the almost there projects!

  4. jenclair says:

    Egypt features large, doesn’t it? I don’t blame you for missing Akhenaten; he’s gaining dimension!

  5. Catherine says:

    This is a great idea! And it sounds you’ve got both a creative yet challenging year ahead of you. I can’t wait to see your work on these! I’d love to think I’d be able to tackle an idea like this, but with a lot going on already this year I’m not sure I’d get very far!

  6. This 6 and 6 is a good idea. The WISP’s always makes me feel guilty and have stopped looking at them for a while. Reading your post is very motivating.

  7. I have four, but three of them are in progress since 2010 or maybe earlier still..sigh!! I am planning on forcing myself to complete at least one. And I’ll wait to see what you pick up after Akhenaten gets completed. He’s going to be the first, ain’t he?

  8. Meredithe says:

    Great list Rachel! So looking forward to seeing what you achieve on each…or some…. 😉

  9. Lady Fi says:

    A lovely idea to look at old projects!

  10. Sue Jones says:

    I think that lot should keep you busy (and thereby keep us entertained, impressed and inspired) for some while Rachel. And yes, I want to see the shawl in use and Akhenaten in full, chubby splendour. Happy stitching!

  11. Sheryl says:

    A good organised idea Rachel, wish I could say the same as I´m not feeling very inspired at the moment to finish any more UFOs after just having completed `The never ending quilt´ in Dec. I look forward to seeing your progress on your chosen pieces – always an inspiration.

  12. Susan says:

    I don’t know, Rachel, that last one sounds suspiciously like a new project. LOL A mix, maybe. What wonderful things you have lurking around waiting for a finish.

  13. Karen says:

    great idea in theory and I truly hope you succeed. I am certain I would fail though, I am too easily distracted.