I'm joining fellow bloggers again in my second Year of Projects. The concept is simple. Each blogger creates a list (however s/he wants to fashion it) and for a year posts about the progress made on this list. Ideally, posts will be made every Sunday (July through June). Clicking here or on the image above will bring up all my Year of Project Posts for 2016-17 (most current posts first).
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 (?),
- The Oma Way (knitting starts at ~14 minutes in)
- 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 others 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:
Tunisian Shadow Stitch Pillow cover - July, 2016
Spice of Life blanket - August, 2016
April Showers doily - August, 2016
Apple Coasters - September, 2016
Potholders for Posterity
Birdhouse potholder - August, 2016
Sunflower potholder - August, 2016
Chicken potholders - October, 2016
and purely aesthetic or whimsical:
Minature Pumpkin - September, 2016
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 - finished one in August, 2016
Gingerbread Blanket (2nd Spice of Life) - finished in October, 2016
- A shawl or poncho
Linen Stitch Scarf - August, 2016
Flying Disc - August, 2016
Linen Stitch Scarves as Christmas gifts - December, 2016
- A garment
- Something made with thread
Round Base Goody Bag - July, 2016
April Showers Doily - September, 2016
- Something vintage
Birdhouse Potholder - August, 2016
- Something completely whimsical
Fox Scarf - Octobe, 2016
- Something one of the guys in my family would wear/use
Linen Stitch Scarves - December, 2016
- 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
Cotton drawstring bag - July, 2016
- Knit items
- Try felting
- Embroidery and/or cross stitch (nothing in particular in mind)
- 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.
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. While the YOP year begins on July 1st, you can join at any time!
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.