6 (Old) and 6 (New) and 6 (Yarny Things) in 2018

You may recall that last year Meredithe and Anne came 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“. It was extended to add “6 Yarny Things”, halfway through the year. Again, I wasn’t very organised about posting updates, but I have at least managed to do a round-up of the year.

So, how did I do?

Eve In The Garden Of Eden Finished

Eve In The Garden Of Eden Finished

Amarna Backpack Finished

Amarna Backpack Finished

First of all, the Old projects:

Eve in the Garden of Eden is finished, and so is the Amarna Backpack!

But the Nefertiti Shawl and the Christmas Angel haven’t seen any activity at all, although I may have worked out part of my problem with the Nefertiti Shawl, so it’s possible that when I work out a new scheme of stitching, I might find that unblocked and easier to work on. For the Christmas Angel, I just need to settle down and persevere…

Akhenaten's Beard

Akhenaten’s Beard

Akhenaten has moved on significantly, and with a few reservations about detail and solving a few last little problems, I’m very pleased with him indeed.

Now, the New



Of course, there was the little magnifier cover (finished), which was a vaguely StitchOff-inspired piece worked last Christmas and New Year.

The Robin Completed

The Robin Completed

Then there was the little Robin. I’ve not finished him into something yet, but I enjoyed working him, and I have become a little more comfortable with silk shading!

Leaving The Tyne 1915

Leaving The Tyne 1915

And, of course, there was “Leaving The Tyne, 1915“, which was a very intense, and very long-running project, which, if I say so myself, was finished triumphantly in advance of deadline, and formed part of the display in Liverpool Cathedral.

Then, when I hit the buffers with Akhenaten, because I’m not sure what to do next, I got started on the Head of Ankhsenpaaten. She’s not finished yet, either…

Yarny Things

Yarny Things

And finally, the Yarny Things. These are a shawl, a cape, and three berets. There’s another beret somewhere, and a pair of socks. That’s seven!

I’ve also started on a Moebius Shawl, and another pair of socks…. It’s just possible that I’ve taken to crochet more than I might have expected to!


  1. All your projects are lovely Rachel! But ‘Leaving the Tyne’ is my favourite. I can imagine it struck a chord with many people who saw it in Liverpool Cathedral. Wishing you all the best for 2019!

  2. Catherine says:

    A lovely collection of projects to have worked on throughout the year. My favourite too is your heart. You put a lot of yourself into that piece, and it is absolutely stunning. All the best for 2019.

  3. Jen Mullen says:

    You made the most of this project! It has been fun taking this vicarious journey with you, and I look forward to more in 2019. Happy New Year and keep exploring!

  4. Terrie says:

    You’re very creative and inspiring. Love every project you’re working on.

  5. Sue Jones says:

    I was lucky to get to see both the backpack and Leaving the Tyne ‘in person’ and the photos don’t do either of them real justice. I shall look forward to this year’s projects and finishes with heightened anticipation.

  6. This idea of working on a few old projects and as a treat start on a limited number of new ones is a good way of controlling progress. You have managed very well, most of your work is time consuming and very neat so I take my hat off and congratulate you on the result.
    Is winter cold so you need all the ‘yarny’ things?

  7. Meredithe says:

    Yay! You’ve achieved so much. Great results and thank you so much for joining in x.

  8. Carolyn Foley says:

    You have been very productive and organised. I would have loved to seen ‘leaving the Tyne’ in person. There is always so much more to a piece than a photograph can portray.