Year of Projects 2017-2018

I'm joining fellow bloggers again in my third 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 2017-18 (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 - challenge myself beyond the humble 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:
             Using a complementary background (as opposed to simple and clean) post #1435
Read & review at least 1 book on fiber or textile arts.  

Continue creating a crafting space that is inviting and that works well for me 


Projects Completed

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

- Item(s) for the home
       practical, but pretty:
         Elemental Pillow - January, 2018
         Last Dance blanket - February, 2018

       and purely aesthetic or whimsical:
         Bethlehem Stars - December, 2017
- Finish BAM CAL blanket I began in January, 2017

Finish my Flower Garden Blanket
- A shawl or poncho
        finish Lost in Time Shawl - December, 2017
          All Shawl - August, 2017
- Gifts given
        Rose Bookmark - March, 2018 

- Items donated
        To Bundle Up:
        Granny Triangle Scarves - August, 2017  
        Linen Stitch Scarf - September, 2017  
        17 hats for kids - October, 2017
- Items made with the intention of someday gifting (but no current recipient)
        Pretty Little Pineapple Bag - July, 2017
        Alley Cats blanket - July, 2017
        Ripple baby blanket - August, 2017
        C2C baby blanket - August, 2017
        Leaping Stripes and Blocks blanket - November, 2017
        Openwork Scarf - January, 2018
        Colorblock Scarf - January, 2018
        Fairly Isleish Baby Cardigan - February, 2018
        Chocolate Bunny Dishcloth - February, 2018
        Turtle Dishcloth - March, 2018

- A garment

- Thread crochet
        Bethlehem Stars - December, 2017 
        Pineapple Top Bag - July, 2017

- Something from a vintage pattern
- Something(s) for charity/ministry
        Twiddle Muff  (finish the one I started last year) 
- 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
         Pineapple Top Bag - July, 2017
- Knit items 

- Felting 

- Embroidery and/or cross stitch 
         Embroidered pillow cases  (finish these)

- 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.

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