The YoC: 2012 post was getting quite long, so I’m publishing my thoughts on it all separately.
The project I am most proud of is JJ & Hilary’s Wedding Quilt. The design process was great fun, as was the actual work. For a first quilt, I think it turned out very nice, especially considering the size of it! Also, I have seen it in use at the recipients’ home, which tells me they like it, too.
The project I am most disappointed with is a tie between the QR Code Throw Pillow and Mason’s Blanket. The entire blanket was a disappointment, and it was made worse by the fact that I had doubts in the beginning. I knew right away that the pattern was not very good and the yarn was not a good match, but knit I did. It’s no wonder I was displeased with the result. But the Throw Pillow–ah, that’s a different kind of disappointment. I was so excited, so hopeful, that it would scan once knitted up and it did, at first anyway. When I finished the pillow form, though, it no longer scanned due to a small error of mine–I did not knit wide enough “borders” to accommodate the curve of the pillow! It was a project that began so well and looked promising until the end.
I am pleased that I knit more socks this year, as I had hoped. I completed four pairs! They took a cumulative 103 days to complete: the longest was Nate’s Socks at 51 and the shortest were my Rippling Ribs Socks at just 11 days. This tells me that with a lot of knitting time available, I can finish a woman’s pair of socks in about two weeks. 🙂 I’ve impressed myself!
Here are my craft-related goals for the new year:
- I’d like to sew more projects. I have a dress in the works that I ought to finish, as it’s been languishing for almost a year. It is a project that I can already tell is not turning out well, which makes it difficult to finish. I have fabric and a pattern for a button-down dress shirt for myself that I would like to finish in the new year.
- I would like to do more quilting this year. I hope to use up some of the fabric left from the Wedding Quilt to make a couple of wall-hangings, small pieces that will be good quilting practice. It is something I should have done before jumping into a queen-sized gift quilt!
- I have been watching videos recently of needle-turn applique, and it looks like something I would enjoy. I hope to learn that in the new year also–I might be able to practice it on one of the wall-hangings I make to practice quilting.
- I’ve been reading a lot about cold-process soap-making and really, really hope to try that in the spring (hopefully when we are moved into a new house!). The entire process and the science behind it is quite intriguing, so I have been taking notes and making plans for that. I don’t want to spend a lot of money just to try it, in case I do not find it enjoyable, which is why I am doing a lot of planning in advance.
- I have wanted, for a couple of years now, to learn bead crochet. It may have to wait a while, though, because soap-making and applique are higher on my list.
- In the knitting world, I’d like to try colorwork. It looks like a great opportunity is presenting itself, but as details are still being negotiated, you will have to wait to hear more about that.
- Also in the realm of knitting is more sock-making. I enjoy wearing hand-knit socks much more than I expected, and I find myself disappointed when my three pairs are dirty. I figure that’s a sign that I should knit more. 🙂
- I’d like to learn how to incorporate beads into knitted works, too. See number 9 for more details.
- I would like to knit another lace piece. I have a project planned that will use the rest of the lace yarn from my Swallowtail and will give me a chance to use beads.
- And finally, I want to finish the cross-stitch project I’ve had in the works for about 7 years in time for my sister’s birthday in June. She helped me pick it out so long ago, and I told her I would stitch it for her. I am over halfway done, and am expecting to finish it by June, if not sooner.