The first part of my list is about processes. Techniques and new skills I hope to challenge myself to do, to learn, to practice go here. 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. Then the second part of my list (Projects Completed) is basically an idea mill where I can plug in things that grab my attention (or as I start or finish them) during the year.
Here we go:
Tunisian crochet - learn new stitch patterns.
Knitting - practice - use Moogly's tutorials (?)
- make one knit item a month (even if just a dishcloth)
Use a crochet or knitting tool I've never used before.
Try to learn how to read a charted crochet pattern.
Challenge myself regarding photos of finished objects. Learn about and practice better picture-taking. Learn how to better use my camera.
Read and apply lessons in Understanding Exposure
Participate in Ravelry: Project Photography group:
Read & review 1 book on fiber or textile arts.
Explore joining a local group of fiber artists.
Attend a fiber arts festival.
Attend some craft fairs to see what other's are making.
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
practical, but pretty:
and purely aesthetic or whimsical:
Kitty Softee Pillow
- Sew a project bag (a bag to hold a crochet project and accompanying yarn)
- A blanket inspired by Cherry Heart
Spice of Life Blanket
- A shawl or poncho
- A garment
- Something made with thread
- 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
- A container (a basket, a bowl, a box...)
- Any number of items that just strike my fancy, but don't seem to fit anywhere else
- Crochet a large project and reveal parts in weekly posts
- Knit items
- Try felting
- Embroidery and/or cross stitch (this is wide open)
- Sew something for the home
- Sew an article of clothing
- Crochet (or knit) from my stash - goal: diminish stash by 50%
- Crochet my library - crochet from books or publications I own
Okay...that's good for starters. I'm sure this will evolve over time, but I work best with a list that's open ended and idea-generating and, most importantly...flexible... as I progress through the year.
Several things are currently on the hooks, but I'll just leave you with the colors I'm working from in my Spice of Life Blanket:
Happy New YOP Year!