This year, I'm just gonna keep it simple.
My Creative Endeavors for 2009 can be summed up as such:
In Knitting, I accomplished a total of 34 projects.
- 4 adult sweaters - 2 of which were samples for a well-known designer
- 8 shawls
- 7 pair of socks
- 7 mini socks (count as only one project)
- 5 baby jackets - 4 being BSJ's
- 3 baby bonnets
- 2 pair of baby booties
- 2 Jane Austin dresses with matching shrugs
- 2 hats
For someone who proclaims to be a spinner above all, I only managed to accomplish:
- All of those samples for the alpaca show *
- 1 oz. silk singles
- 2 bobbins of suri/silk (nasty fiber!) singles
- 1 bobbin of suri (more nasty fiber!) singles
- 1 skein of lovely 2-ply, made of a Butterfly Girl Designs batt...in fiber I can't name off the top of my head.
More importantly, 2009 was the year of the drop spindle for me, in which I learned to love and appreciate the beauty of such a simple, but elegant, tool. I've only spun one ball of merino with my drop spindle so far, but I see this becoming a tool that I turn to more and more over the years....especially now that I have a variety of different spindles in sizes and weights suited to just about any spinning project I can dream up.
*I should point out that the alpaca spinning job took up an entire six weeks of my life, during which I did NOTHING else.
My only other creative output was (sadly) that I bought fabric and cut out the pieces for a quilt. Seems like there should be more, don't you think?
Now for the Exciting Part....my.....
GOALS FOR 2010
- Cardigan for my husband. (It is his year!)
- Cardis for both girls
- 1 shawl/month - using ONLY materials and patterns in my stash (More on this probably tomorrow.)
- Finally get the Princess shawl underway.
- Build a daily spinning practice - even if it's just a few minutes each day.
- Knit more with my handspun.
- Make the quilt.
- Also sew up the project bags that I have pieces for. (Which is quite a few!)
- Work on some embroidery.
- Begin knitting sweaters for myself as soon as I hit my goal.
- Make more little projects - like mittens and hats.
- Do some Fair Isle/Stranded Colorwork.
- Work through stash, buying as little as possible.
- Write more.
- Design some lace....finally getting those ideas out of my head and onto the needles.
- Say NO to energy-sucking projects which are wolves in sheep's clothes.
That should just about do it. As always, please remember this is not a hard and fast list, but just a jumping off point for the year to come. Who knows how it will all play out in the end!