2013 crafts

It’s been a good year for crafts for me, though I’m aware I haven’t blogged about many.

Selection of 2013 projects

Selection of 2013 projects

Centre: Twinkly Euphrosyne shawl
Top: Crochet coasters
Left: Stoke City waffle scarf
Bottom: Hermione Hearts Cashmerino hat
Right: Soaking up the cables mitts

I’ve been knitting things for both myself and as gifts, and even a few requests. I’ve also learnt to crochet so I’m pleased that I can now do basic knitting or crochet patterns. So what did I aim to do in 2013 and did I do it? According to my blog post from this time last year, I hoped to do the following in 2013:

  • Finish The Snowman cross stitch
    Yes, I finished this around February and finally bought a frame yesterday so it is now proudly dispelled in our bedroom (see yesterday’s Blipfoto) and will come out every Christmas.
  • Finish Regal Tiger cross stitch
    Not really. I did some work on this and all the backstitch is complete but the couching isn’t done yet. I’m still not sure what I’m going to do with it when I’m finished so the motivation to finish hasn’t really been there.
  • Start a Gorjuss cross stitch
    Not yet. I keep intending to though, again, I’m not sure where they would go when finished so no real desire to work on them at the moment.
  • Knit a garment (e.g. jumper/cardigan)
    Sort of. I’ve not yet been brave enough to make a garment for myself, but I did make knit a baby cardigan. It went surprisingly well, so has given me more confidence, but I’ve bought a Craftsy course on Fit to Flatter to learn what styles would suit me before taking the plunge and making a garment for myself.
  • Continue to learn new knitting skills – cast ons, bind offs, colour work, lace work etc.
    I’ve learnt lots this year so am really pleased with progress in this area. Lots of different types of cast ons and bind offs for different types of finish for projects. I’ve also recently learnt fair isle knitting (see this photo for my first attempt) but I haven’t yet used it in a project. I’ve done a couple of shawls with lace sections (red Henslowe and purple Henslowe), and one lace weight shawl which is patterned throughout (Twinkly Euphrosyne). I’m really proud of it and wear it a lot more than I thought I would so intend to do more shawls in future – the different patterns keep it really interesting too.
  • Only buy yarn if I have a project in mind for it (or it’s a MASSIVE bargain)
    I haven’t bought much yarn this year, and when I have it has been for a particular project. The only exception to that is a couple of visits to special wool shops but I was fairly restrained and only bought yarn I knew I would use for a specific purpose but just hadn’t picked out a pattern yet. I’ve received some donations of yarn too so I could do with having a bit of a sort out soon.
  • Meet up with other knitters (this should be happening in January and maybe later in the year for shows)
    Yes! I met up with knitters in London a few times this year which was lovely, and met some knitters when I visited Cambridge too. I didn’t make it to a show (I intended to go to Fibre Flurry but sadly it was cancelled), though to be honest I’m not too sure shows are my kind of thing anyway so meeting up with knitters to chat, share projects, and learn from each other has been great this year.
  • Maybe try crochet again
    I did indeed, and I can now do it! I think knitting has definitely helped here, I’m much better at holding the yarn and getting the tension even which helps with crochet. I’m still only able to do fairly basic crochet, but I was able to crochet a couple of Christmas gifts (some coasters and a catnip mouse) so am pleased with my progress. I’m also finding crochet good for travelling with – far less likely to have a disaster on public transport by accidentally dropping stitches!

If my Ravelry records are up-to-date, I completed 22 different knitting or crochet projects in 2013, and have another 4 in progress. I’ve made 5 pairs of fingerless mittens, 3 shawls, 2 cowls, 1 scarf, 2 sets of coasters, 1 hat, 1 headband, 1 baby cardigan, 3 toys, 2 pairs of socks, 1 card, and 6 flowers (yes, I knitted flowers for Mum and Grandma for Mother’s Day – they were a bit of a disaster but very amusing!).

So what’s in store for 2014? Well, I’m going to break tradition and not set myself any specific goals or targets. I’m trying to live for the moment more rather than do things because I think I ought to or because I put it on a list of things to do. I’ll probably be knitting some shawls, I’ll probably be working on the throw for our bed, and I’ll probably be doing little projects (for myself, as gifts, or for charity) in between too. I’ll probably be knitting and crocheting, I may be cross stitching, and I may even venture into some other crafty avenues. I might even blog about them too. Or you know, I might not. Reckless I know! 😉

Hope you’ve enjoyed the things you have made in 2013, and hope you enjoy the things you make in 2014. Here’s to a happy and healthy year ahead (fingers crossed)!