Sunday, January 15, 2017

sunday's stitches 2017: vol. 2

sunday's stitches: a moment to slow down and savor 
whatever your stitching on

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See my progress from week to week on past sunday's stitches.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

stitch your library 2017: vol. 1

I'm back with my never-ending goal of actually knitting/crocheting/stitching/making the thousands upon thousands of patterns I've accumulated between my library of crafting books, my subscriptions to knitting magazines, and the endless lure of free patterns on Ravelry and the web. This year I'm giving myself the added challenge of going "head-to-toe" with this project. Can I make enough projects from my library that I cover myself head-to-toe. Should be fun! I'm starting things off with a worsted weight sweater. I need to knit sweaters this year. I have way too many sweater quantities of yarn languishing in my stash! And this project is using yarn from 2011, from the last time I attended Stitches South. Deep stash. :-D 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Monday, January 2, 2017

2016 Year in Review

It's New Year's, so you know what that means .....year-end-review time!



 March & April

May & June

July & August

 September & October

 November & December

And the grand total is .... 111 projects knit or crocheted this year! Holy cow!!! (not all 111 are depicted above, but pretty close!) I should call 2016 the year of the hat, since 54 of the 111 projects were hats knit for charity. 


So how did I do on those crafting resolutions I set back in January? Eh, mixed. Some big achievements, but definitely big fat NOPEs on several of them. That's okay. There's always another year!

2016 Crafting Resolutions:
  • Goal #1: ZERO yarn purchases this year.WIN! This was my biggest achievement for the year. I bought NOTHING. Yay! And my stash reduced by more than 19,000 yards!
  • Goal #2: Empty at least two storage containers of yarn. Not so much.
  • Goal #3: Sew at least four quilts. Haha! NOPE. Did sew one though!
  • Goal #4: Knit at least three sweaters for myself. NOPE! Did make one though!
  • Goal #5: Knit 50 charity projects. YES! This was a big win! 54 to be exact.
  • Goal #6: Empty a storage bin of needlepoint projects. NOPE.
  • Goal #7: Make new pillow covers for my front sitting room. NOPE.
  • Goal #8: Continue to build my budding crochet skills. Yes!! I really built my crochet skills this year!
  • Goal #9: Dye my own self-striping yarn. NOPE.
  • Goal #10: Continue my Love Your Library project! Yes! 58 projects total were knit from patterns I had in my library prior to January 1, 2016. 
 So what do I want to achieve in 2017?
  • Goal #1: Going for year two of ZERO yarn purchases.
  • Goal #2: Sew at least two quilts.
  • Goal #3: Knit 50 charity projects.
  • Goal #4: Knit at least three sweaters for myself.
  • Goal #5: Devote more time to needlepoint/cross-stitch projects.
  • Goal #6: Learn how to crochet toys!
  • Goal #7: Dye my own self-striping yarn.
  • Goal #8: Continue my Love Your Library project!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

knit your library, vol. 20

I'm on an ornament roll! Snowflakes are something I've coveted and hoped to make for years now ... but it wasn't until this year that I finally believed my crochet skills were up to the task. This is my first snowflake ever, from the book 100 Snowflakes to Crochet. I like it, but I think it would look better in the recommended crochet thread (this is worsted weight acrylic yarn).

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Christmas felt ornaments

In following with this year's theme of "follow through," I thought I'd make something I've been intending to make for years now: hand-sewn felt ornaments! I can't tell you how many of these projects I've pinned on Pinterest over the years. The peace sign and heart are my own free-hand designs, and the angel pattern is from the Bugs and Fishes blog. These were so much fun that I'm sure I'll be making more--which is good, since I have quite a bit of felt in my stash to burn through!