I'm eager to be joining in a Ravelry Group of bloggers called Year of Projects. The concept is simple. Each blogger creates a list (however s/he wants to fashion it) and for a year (July through June) posts about the progress made on this list. Ideally, posts will be made weekly, but I'll start modest and make it my goal to post at least twice a month.
The first part of my list is about process. I want to get freer with the idea of simply practicing and sampling different techniques and tools, and stretching who I am and what I know - as a fiber crafter. It will be nice if practicing and sampling produces some end products, but for the purpose of the first half of the list learning is the project, per se. So I begin with listing techniques or skills I want to practice, as well as some personal challenges. Then my project list is more like an idea mill (that will, no doubt, change) where I can plug in things that grab my attention (or as I start or finish them) during the year.
Here we go:
Techniques/skills/tools (to learn or improve):
Tunisian crochet - just try it
Knitting - it's been years!
Use a crochet or knitting tool I've never used before
Try to learn how to read a charted crochet pattern
Make stitch markers
Challenge myself regarding photos of finished objects.
Learn how to better use my camera
Participate once a month in Ravelry: Project Photography group
Read 3 books on fiber or textile arts
Explore joining a local group of fiber artists
Get to know a charity/ministry through which I'd like to benefit others with my crochet or knitting
Create a crafting space that is inviting and that works well for me
(both for working in and storage).
In the spirit of creating actual projects my idea list includes:
- Item(s) for the home
a chevron pillow - in the works right now
and purely aesthetic:
- A blanket inspired by Lucy at Attic24
- Something wearable (other than a scarf)
- Something vintage
- Something completely whimsical
- Something one of the guys in my family would wear/use
- Something(s) for charity ministry
- A "SURPRISE!" gift for someone
- Something amigurumi
- Write a simple pattern and make it available here and on Ravelry
- Get back to embroidery (this is wide open)
- Sew a top (it's been years)
- Sew a skirt (even more years)
- Host a CAL project on a Ravelry group. I was actually given this opportunity just before starting this challenge, so I'm plugging it in here as a personal encouragement. I hosted the Week 26 CAL Challenge on the Kitchen and Bath group making Anemone Bath Puffs
And this week I'm hosting the Week 28 CAL Challenge on the Kitchen and Bath Group making one of Wink's Mandalas.
Okay...that's good for starters. I'm sure this will evolve over time, but I think I'll work best with a list that's open ended and idea-generating and, most importantly...flexible... as I progress through the year.
If this sounds interesting to you (to either join in with your own Year of Projects, or just see what others are doing), check out the Year of Project group on Ravelry.
Note: You will need to be a member of Ravelry to fully access the links in this post. Consider joining if you're not a member. The resources there are astounding. And membership is free and easy.
I'll end this post with a picture of my newest WIP. It will be a couch pillow (the chevrons will run sideways on a narrow pillow, as opposed to up and down on a more squared off pillow. The pattern is easy, so I expect this project will be finished pretty quickly!