I know; I know; I don’t update for a couple months then BAM! three posts in a day. As I’ve said before… this started out mostly for me, so I’m not even sorry. Just as I am not sorry about all those extra holiday feasts, cookies and chocolate. So just like last year I’m going to layout some ambitious goals for the year and let’s see how close or far we get!
In the quilting department my list of in progressed/planned/ideas is at 23. I’m going to aim for finishing 5. In particular I’m declaring my Wedding Flowers, The Guestroom Quilt, Scrappy Snowflake, and a Contours Quilt (bought kit – paper pieced) with one wild card quilt option.
On the knitting front, I want to go for third Sock Madness, and a Double OtterBingo (which is a KAL year long project with the Reddit knitters group. I’ve got a number of yarns stashed so I shall try to stash down a bit. (She said carelessly as she browsed more yarn for sale) I’d also like to spin up a bit more of my fiber I got last year.
A variegated Rose color
House plans are kind of large this year as we want to redo our floors this year which may turn into one of those more major projects, but we shall see. I’d also like to focus a bit more on my flower beds this year, including our community cul-de-sac which I revamped a bit last year, and get the room I sew in straightened up a bit, because let’s just admit that an orderly workspace can often be a more productive workspace.
Last year I put a big focus on improving my health and saw some success, so I want to keep that trend line going in the right direction.
Well its time to check in on our goals of 2016 and see how and what we did.
Of the seven proposed quilts, I finished two. (¬.¬ ) I did quite a bit of work on the wedding quilt top as well, but apparently my ambitions for quilting in January didn’t come to fruition.
I knitted a number of socks again thanks to Sock Madness, and not as much lace. Which when after taking a longer break from I realized I really like knitting lace.
I tried a few new things this year, including felting and spinning. I progressed on a large cross stitch project, and tackled a massive double knit scarf… which isn’t one of my favorite things.
And so while I may have knit fewer yards this year, I still tried new things and that’s important too.
Its finally that time of year past gift giving when I can reveal the gifts I made. I rather like making many of my gifts, though its generally a stressful proposition of that line called “I hope they like it”
First up is a project that was actually a few years in the making for my Father and Stepmother… a movie themed quilt.
I also made one of my nephews a dinosaur sweater… which meant finally having a good use for one of my handknit labels. (He has a great giggle!)
I made up 3 pair of socks and a pair of felted slippers. The bottom pair went to a friend in Germany.
I also gifted some handmade jellys, lemonade concentrates, rope bowls, hooked rug and starts off my african violet. Though the subzero weather enroute to their destination was certainly less than ideal for the violets.
I hope your holidays were amazing too!