Happily Every After, Prologue

You might remember that a while back I spent a year working on a The Storytime Sampler designed by the wonderful ladies over at The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. Well, I’m working on another one of this year; the Happily Ever After sampler is another story themed stitch-a-long.

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My Happily Ever After sampler so far

So far we’ve seen The Owl and the Pussycat, Heidi, Three Billy Goats Gruff, and Around the World in Eighty Days. None of the stories featured so far have struck a particular chord with me, but I am loving the way the overall project is coming together. This month’s block features Robin Hood, and I’m hoping to work ahead on the borders once that’s done.

Looking Backwards and Forward

Well, it’s that time of year again, time for New Year’s Resolutions. But I can’t look forward without first looking back. Last year I put my crafting resolutions in writing right here on my blog and, while I didn’t actually stick to any of them, I think I followed the spirit of most of them.

First, here’s a little update on my 2015 resolutions:

  • I actually did knit only from stash and I can see a noticeable dent
  • I’m not sure that I never had more than four projects at a time, but I was a lot more conscious of how many WIPs I had and took that into account before starting anything new. As a result I don’t have a bunch of half-finished projects lying around
  • I did not spend time with Mabel, my trusty spinning wheel, every month as I would have liked. In fact, I only completed three spinning projects in 2015 – I think this one is my only total failure resolution-wise
  • I vowed to only buy yarn three times, and only from local stores. I actually only bought yarn that one time back in the fall, but it was from Knit Picks and not my LYS, so this one is a bit of a toss up.

Now that that’s out of the way I can look ahead to my 2016 resolutions:

  • I’m not buying any fabric this year. There is one exception to this; several months ago Connecting Threads posted a sneak peak of an upcoming fabric line that looks like it will be bee-themed; when that is released I will be buying at least a quilt’s worth of it. But other than that I’m only sewing from stash
  • I won’t limit the number of projects I can have going at any given time, but I do want to approach my knitting in a more focused manner this year. I’m not saying this will be all I knit in 2016, but I’m going to try and prioritize these
    1. Socks – I have way too much sock yarn, so I’d like to dub 2016 The Year of the Sock. I’m going to try and knit at least 10 pairs in 2016
    2. Hexipuffs – my Beekeeper’s Quilt has been sorely neglected in 2015, so I’d like to commit myself to at least 100 new puffs in 2016
    3. My extra special secret project that I’ll tell you all about a bit later in the month
  • Spin more. Maybe not every month, but I can certainly do better than three projects, right?
  • No online yarn purchases, LYS only!
  • I can’t buy any new cross stitch patterns until I finish the ones I already have. I have four purchased patterns plus another idea I’ve been playing around with, so that should probably keep me busy for the year

So there you have it, my crafting resolutions. Here’s to a great 2016!

 

Resolutions

Today’s the day for resolutions, and after seeing my stash I’m going to focus on my knitting/crafting resolutions. I’ve come to realize I don’t like having a large stash. Seeing all that yarn is a little overwhelming, and I need to make a serious dent in it.

So here are my crafting goals for 2015:

  • knit only from stash
  • no more than four projects on the go at any given time:
    1. hexipuffs
    2. knitting
    3. spinning, or a second knitting project
    4. one other craft project (sewing, cross stitch, etc.)
  • spend time with Mabel every month
  • only three yarn purchases in 2015, and only if it’s from local yarn stores – I’d like to say I’ll avoid purchasing any yarn, but I know that’s going to be hard to stick to, plus there’s a great yarn store near work and I like to support local businesses

So there you have it, I’m hoping that putting it out there for all to see will help me stick to it. I think the hardest one to stick to will be limiting the number of projects I have going at any single time, and the definition of that one is a bit vague. Just so long as I don’t end up with another eight half-finished projects.

Pretty Colours for a Dreary Day

It’s raining. Rain in December means everything outside is grey and brown and soggy, so I’ll just need to focus on the pretty colours inside. I picked up supplies for a new cross stitch pattern from wee little stitches, I love the colour scheme for this one. I’m not going to tell you what it’s supposed to be just yet, but I will give you a hint: Thank you for being a friend…

Supplies for a new project

Supplies for a new project

What Would Jane Make?

It’s no secret that I love crafting almost as much as reading. When the two come together it’s a magical thing indeed – craft collections inspired by fiction are one of my favourite things. No other author has made as much as an impression on my craft collection as Jane Austen. Just look at this stack!

Part of my Jane Austen collection

Part of my Jane Austen collection

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