Year of Projects 2016-2017



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:

Techniques/skills/tools/education/experiences

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)

Soft sculpture/Amigurumi

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).

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Projects Completed

In the spirit of creating actual projects my idea list includes:

- Item(s) for the home
      practical, but pretty:
          Pillows
              Tunisian Shadow Stitch Pillow cover - July, 2016
          Blankets
              Spice of Life blanket   - August, 2016               
          Doily
              April Showers doily - August, 2016
          Coasters
              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
         Mountain Pillows
         Kitty Softee Pillow
         Mandala
         

- 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
         
- Gifts        
        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
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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.



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