I’ve suddenly realized that I haven’t done any kind of real craft update on the blog for a while, other than as part of the roundup. I think it’s time to consider what I’ve done in the past year.
Also, I DID have some goals — I’ll have to go find them. I know I didn’t achieve some of them, so it’s time to re-evaluate for next year.
Knitting projects completed in 2011
- Socks #22 (gift for Mom)
- Baby kimono #3 (finished and gifted)
- Wool Peddler’s shawl
- baby kimono #2 (finished and gifted)
- Socks #21 (wearing and in the dirty clothes)
- Chemo hat for a girl at church (finished and gifted, although I’m not sure she likes it)
- Socks #19 (wearing and in the dirty clothes)
- Candleflames shawl
- Bamboo skirt (I’m still weaving in the ends and have yet to line it, but all the knitting is done)
- Now it’s to be felted (a piece of knitted fabric that I hope to use in a bag)
- Always on hand baby sweater (finished and gifted)
- Socks #18 (wearing and in the dirty clothes)
- Baby blanket (2X) for charity (finished and gifted)
Huh, that’s thirteen knitting projects finished in 2011; I find that rather gratifying.
Items still in progress: Summerweight sweater, boiled wool jacket, Shelter sweater, Socks #20, Pine and Ivy shawl, and Socks #23. Already finished knitting Baby kimono #4 in stockinette version, just need to sew together and block.
Knitting goals? Finish sweaters in progress; knit sweater out of gray handspun; do more shawls, a cowl, a hat, and plenty of socks. Figure out one or two of Cat Bordhi’s new sock structures so that I can adapt them. Right now I’m just following a pattern, and I want a certain amount of mental independence from that for socks.
Weaving: did some inkle loom weaving and messed with the shawl on the loom, but actually did very little. I want to focus on this more.
Weaving goals? Do two projects on the big loom. I don’t care if they are new or old, just DO TWO. Maybe take a class?
Quilting: finished the denim quilt, but did little at home. Did work on the feathered star wall hanging, but I would like to FINISH it. Also worked on French braid quilt a bit.
Quilting goals? Do some machine quilting on finished sampler top. Also finish the feathered star. Finish French braid top. Get to the quilting of it if I can. Figure out a new hand project to do at work. (I’m thinking of wool felt applique, which will be a nice blend of quilting and embroidery.) Maybe take a class?
Spinning: worked on some stuff off and on, but nothing with much consistency. Did finish the bamboo/silk blend earlier in the year.
Spinning goals? Just keep working on something as steadily as possible. Right now it is the camel/sick blend. Eventual goal is to get to that lovely brown roving for a sweater.
Cross-stitch/Embroidery: Finished Dragon and castle cross-stitch of many years. Started Celtic cross blackwork embroidery.
Embroidery goals? Just work on the blackwork project. I have no specific goals with this, even though I may choose to play with Take a stitch Tuesday. But that will be PLAY, not commitment.
Sewing: messed around with some stuff, but didn’t really do any sewing.
Sewing goals? Finish two garments. Probably a skirt and a dress.