Welcome to the first post in what is now our 3rd year of Year of Projects.
Here we challenge ourselves to a list of projects that we set out at the start of a year, our year running from July to end of June but you can join in at any stage. Over the year we blog each Sunday about progress we’ve made and visit, encourage and congratulate on same. Over the years I’ve made some of the most wonderful people, many of whom I’d continue to stay in touch with even if I or we weren’t taking part but that’s a silly idea isn’t it, why wouldn’t we be taking part lol !
But before I can reveal this years upcoming list, lets take a look back at the last year and see what’s been accomplished. Now would be a really good time to go get a cup of tea and perhaps something to go with it, this post is kind of long !
The first part of lasy year was dedicated to mainly two parts. Knitting first for our wonderful addition, Lady Evelyn. Not knowing what gender of baby we were expecting meant I knit a lot of gender neutral baby items.
We got such wonderful wear out of all of these items and indeed the blanket will be used for a long time to come yet.
The most loved item from the above pictures is the little bunny buddy blanket in white on the top right. Evelyn sleeps with this little bunny and cuddles it each time she goes to sleep. Now as a mamma of little ones some of you will know the dangers of having just one of these precious bedtime items that they get attached to so first item up this coming year is to knit another one or two so I can switch and wash and have spares !
Then after she was born Evelyn got some nice pink and purple garments.
The other item that took up a lot of the first half of the year were knitted gifts for the children and this past year that was beanie hats. All of the children love wearing hats, my eldest in particular who is building up a collection and yes wants more !
This completed two major sections of last years list. Baby Items with all in that section being done and on time and secondly the hat section which I wanted to knit 6 of and listed patterns but ended up completing the section but using different patterns. This was theme of last year !.
Another part to the list were socks. I love knitting socks, I just want more time to do so lol. The feature very heavily on next years list and you’ll see why in a moment. This years aim was one pair of socks which was done with half of another pair lol
I had a section for fingerless gloves and got one pair out of the section knit which was the aim, again I had many patterns to choose from and eventually did Susies Reading Mitts. After Christmas I also got some beanie hats done for myself, a rare treat.
Dishcloths always feature on my list, they have done for the last two years, whether they do this year or not I’m not sure at this point but here is a montage to this years cloths knit.
The last two sections on my list that did get completed were Cowls again I had many patterns and then went with a different one and did it twice for two different presents. I also had the Advent Garland. I also had some gifts, remember those flowers for Mothers Day.
This completed 7 out of the 8 categories on the list. Not bad going and very impressive I think considering I fell short in completion in the first year. We also need to take into account I fell out of love with the last section which was scarves, I just didn’t go back to them and then we had my new years resolution. Crochet. I’ve always loved the look of it and I come from a family of generations who can do it along with knitting so I just simply could NOT learn it. Well I knew the stitches but it was the practise I needed really. So this January I made the resolution that I was going to learn it better and do some projects in it. Up to this past week this is what I completed from January in crochet.
I had such fun with it and love it all from the red and biscuit coloured bag I lined and use everyday to the cushion cover I designed myself to the little bag second from the left that I designed as a birthday gift for Princess Elizabeth. I found designing easy and fun to do in crochet and is an area of knitting I’ve not ventured into even though I’ve been knitting from I was Caoimhe’s age. Funny that. Needless to say my new found love also features heavily this coming year.
So I didn’t complete the scarves section but did swap it out for a crochet section which I think I completed the brief of learning and to crochet some items wouldn’t you say ?
You’ll remember last week I was working on my last project of the year and hoping desperately to get it finished. The Lucy bag I was mucking about with adding in thinner stripes. This was a birthday present for Caoimhe. Well in case you missed Friday’s FO post here is the last complete project for YOP.
The flowers were always in my head for adding to it along with the thin stripe and although was frogged many times I’m glad I did until I got it just right as I love it and not only do I do but also so does Caoimhe.
I think all in all I can say that my YOP Year 2 list was 100% complete. Yes I switched out a section but filled it in and completed the new section.
It was an extremely successful year for me!
Before I go any further a big huge thank you to all who visited and left comments of encouragement, congratulations and answered questions when I asked them, without you all this would be a lonely post. So THANKS.
Now this brings us to…
YEAR OF PROJECTS – YEAR 3 2013/2014
This year I’m again taking what I learned from previous years and applying it to the list I make.
First important lesson learned , stop picking out patterns Ruth at the start of the year ! I have yet to actually knit them and always always change my mind so this years list is going to feature sections which will be blank and will be filled in as I go along with links to the patterns.
Second lesson learnt is I always like the patterns you have on your list so expect to hear me telling you I love that I’m adding that to my favourites. I can’t tell you how many is in my favourites and all from others yop lists. Just don’t ask me when I’m going to get around to doing them.
Third lesson learnt is I’m ambitious. I never ever do a small list or something that I know is easily achievable. I will and most likely you will look at my list and wonder how am I or is she going to achieve that ! This I don’t mind. I’m totally ok with that as that’s part of what I enjoy. I firmly believe “You shoot for the moon and even if you fall short you land among the stars”
Fourth and last lesson learned I change my mind ! Always do and most likely always will. This I think is a good thing, this is how I improve and think of a better way to do something again I’m okay with this trait in me 😉
Now that we’ve done the lessons and will apply those to the list, please note lesson four this is the disclaimer for the year 😉 lol !
Here for this post I’m going to give some info on the sections which will then be posted under its own heading at the top of the blog but weekly I’ll just be posting the shortened version of the list which will be at the end of this post.
Socks are going to be heavy on the list. I like knitting them even though I’ve only actually been knitting them a really short length of time and have only actually completed three full pairs that doesn’t matter to me. The other note to point out here which is an important one is I’ve signed up to a group to knit 26 pairs of socks in a year, staring from July also ! Please re-read lesson 3 here, I know I am !
This year I want to turn out some knitted garments, for the children anyway. Items from vests and sweaters to tops and cardigans etc. Again no patterns here as I won’t stick to them so I’ll reveal them as I start them. I do have a Milo Vest cast on for Elizabeth that I’ve been waiting for this yop year to start to continue on with.
I want to complete a couple of shawls. I’d like to do a few but with socks being heavy on the list I think I’ll aim for a couple first and take it from there. First one will be starting this week or next weekend. It’s part of the Ravelry group with Crafts from the Cwtch. Pattern and yarn to be revealed next weekend.
This will contain anything that has been knit or crochet for birthdays and or christmas.
HATS AND COWLS
These are always popular in my house and with other family members.
This section is going to hold the many miscellaneous items I knit and crochet for around my home. I have many many ideas and notes written down on what I want to do but again will reveal as and when I’m doing them.
I want to carry on with my crochet and do some afghans, most likely smaller ones first and then work up.
While sorting through stash for this coming year I came across a pack of thread, cotton to be exact in a size 8 to crochet with. Please don’t ask me why I got it or what I was originally going to do with it as I have it much longer than this January when I actually started to crochet! I did get some hooks to use with it, have you seen them ! Oh Lordy my poor eyes but thread crochet is what I’m going to be trying out ! I haven’t a clue about it so this is one of the things this year to challenge me.
This is all the sections I have 8 again. It worked last year so why break that winning formula.
I have two other things I want to challenge myself on. The first is colour work. I want to get better at this, not just stripes so I may venture into some fairisle and hopefully one of the sections will indeed hold some fairisle.
The second item I need to challenge myself on is listing items on my projects page on Ravelry. I’m hopeless at remembering this. My projects page now holds two extra pages to help with this one is for this years YOP items and the other for the 26 pairs of socks.
So there you have it, the sections and a bit about them. The list will look like this weekly and will hopefully be growing longer as the year progresses,
HATS AND COWLS
I do hope I still have you, this has been an extra long long post, okay it was epic but it was needed right ?
Looking forward to reading all of your lists and catching up from the last year.