A Year of Crafting: 2015

Here we go again. 🙂

1. Julius’ Blanket (knit)
Started: November 25, 2014
Completed: January 20
Duration: 57 days = 8.1 weeks
Yarn: 75% cotton, 25% acrylic; 872.0 yards
This was a gift.

2. Kori’s Hexa-ghan (knit)
Started: October 2, 2014
Completed: January 26
Duration: 117 days = 16.7 weeks
Yarn: 100% acrylic; 463.1 yards
This was a gift.

This was the first time I knit a blanket bigger than baby size.

3. Wine Blossoms Shawl (knit)
Started: January 26
Completed: April 3
Duration: 68 days = 9.7 weeks
Yarn: 70% merino wool, 30% silk; 387.2 yards
This was a gift.

This was my first time working with yarn containing silk.

4. Carseat Strap Covers (sewing)
Started: April 8
Completed: April 9
Duration: 2 days = 0.3 weeks
I designed this.

5. Slippers for Mom (crochet)
Started: April 4
Completed: April 13
Duration: 10 days = 1.4 weeks
Yarn: 100% acrylic; 153.7 yards
This was a gift.

6. Walnut Hill Quilt (quilting)
Started: February 4, 2013
Completed: April 21
Duration: 807 days = 115.3 weeks = 2.2 years (Wow!)
I designed this.

My second quilt. I was very, very pleased with this project. I hope my next quilt doesn’t take as long!

7. Interchangeable Cords Case (sewing)
Started: April 27
Completed: April 27
Duration: 1 day = 0.1 weeks
I designed this.

8. Toddler T-shirt (sewing)
Started: May 7
Completed: May 7
Duration: 1 day = 0.1 weeks
I designed this.

This was my first sewn article of clothing and also my first experience drafting a pattern from existing clothing. It turned out OK, but I would love to experiment more with this approach to sewing clothes.

9. Summery Floral Romper (sewing)
Started: May 10
Completed: May 10
Duration: 1 day = 0.1 weeks

My first experience with snaps.

10. Floral Romper, Take 2 (sewing)
Started: May 11
Completed: May 11
Duration: 1 day = 0.1 weeks

11. Footed Newborn Pants (sewing)
Started: June 2
Completed: June 2
Duration: 1 day = 0.1 weeks

This is the first item made for Jelly Bean. 🙂

12. Rose Psalm (cross-stitch)
Started: May 27
Completed: June 7
Duration: 12 days = 1.7 weeks

13. Sprout’s 2015 Sweater (knit)
Started: January 28
Completed: May 13
Duration: 106 days = 15.1 weeks
Yarn: 100% wool; 313.7 yards

First color work project. I would like to do more in the future, especially now that I have a yarn guide for color work.

14. Velocity Socks (knit)
Started: May 13
Completed: July 2
Duration: 51 days = 7.3 weeks
Yarn: 100% wool; 323.4 yards

15. Jelly Bean’s 2015 Vest (knit)
Started: July 3
Completed: July 7
Duration: 5 days = 0.7 weeks
Yarn: 100% wool; 100.0 yards

First use of the alternate cable cast-on. Also first time working in garter ribbing.

16. Toddler’s Wallet (stitching)
Started: July 12
Completed: July 13
Duration: 2 day = 0.3 weeks
I designed this.

17. Jelly Bean’s 2015 Hat (knit)
Started: July 7
Completed: July 15
Duration: 9 days = 1.3 weeks
Yarn: 100% wool; 53.4 yards

18. Sprout’s 2015 Hat (knit)
Started: July 16
Completed: July 16
Duration: 1 day = 0.1 weeks
Yarn: 100% wool; 82.2 yards

First time working knitted smocked stitch. I would like to try working this stitch in a finer gauge, maybe on the chest of a sweater.

19. Paper Moon Socks (knit)
Started: July 18
Completed: August 6
Duration: 20 days = 2.9 weeks
Yarn: 100% wool; 272.6 yards

20. Johanna’s Stocking (knit)
Started: August 6
Completed: August 10
Duration: 5 days = 0.7 weeks
Yarn: 100% acrylic; 180.9 yards
This was a gift.

21. Scrap-Busting Baby Toy Ball (knit)
Started: August 11
Completed: August 11
Duration: 1 day = 0.1 weeks
Yarn: 75% wool, 25% nylon; 69.3 yards

22. Baby Brother’s Bunny (knit)
Started: August 12
Completed: August 13
Duration: 2 days = 0.3 weeks
Yarn: 100% wool; 73.9 yards

23. Big Sister’s Girl Bunny (knit)
Started: August 13
Completed: August 14
Duration: 2 days = 0.3 weeks
Yarn: 98% acrylic, 3% metallic; 112.0 yards
Yarn: 100% cotton; 3.5 yards

24. Confetti Cake Socks (knit)
Started: August 16
Completed: August 22
Duration: 7 days = 1 week
Yarn: 90% wool, 10% nylon; 261.1 yards

25. Confetti CUPcake Socks (knit)
Started: August 22
Completed: August 23
Duration: 2 days = 0.3 weeks
Yarn: 90% wool, 10% nylon; 73.0 yards
I designed this.

26. Reversible Stripes Scarf (knit)
Started: September 3
Completed: September 19
Duration: 17 days = 2.4 weeks
Yarn: 100% alpaca; 211.4 yards

First time using alpaca. Very soft and fluffy.

27. Baby Tag Quilt (quilting)
Started: December 15
Completed: December 16
Duration: 2 days = 0.3 weeks
This was a gift.
I designed this.

28. Gift for New Mom (sewing)
Started: December 16
Completed: December 16
Duration: 1 day = 0.1 weeks
This was a gift.

29. Gift for Sister (sewing)
Started: December 21
Completed: December 21
Duration: 1 day = 0.1 weeks
This was a gift.


Project Totals
Projects: 29
Crocheted: 1 (3%)
Embroidered: 0 (0%)
Knitted: 16 (55%)
Sewn: 8 (28%)
Stitched: 2 (7%)
Quilted: 2 (7%)

Gifted: 8 (28%)
Designed: 7 (24%)

I made 10 more projects than last year; I accomplished more sewing. I am most proud of (finally!) completing my Walnut Hill Quilt.

Yarn Totals
Total Yardage: 4,006.4 yards (That’s 2.27 miles!)
Acrylic: 1,125.5 (28%)
Alpaca: 211.4 (5%)
Cotton: 657.5 (16%)
Nylon: 50.7 (1%)
Other: 3.4 (0%)
Silk: 116.2 (3%)
Wool: 1,842.9 (46%)

I used more yarn this year due to knitting more. I knit with two new fibers this year — alpaca and silk. Both were pleasant. 🙂 Also, natural fibers dominated my yarn crafts this year — 70% versus only 25% last year. I learned this year that I prefer working with wool and wool blends over acrylic. Although, some projects require the durability and wash-ability of a synthetic fiber.

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