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Branching Out


One of my goals for this year was to try and/or learn different types of crafts. What I said was:

Give my new crafty pursuits some love – I’ve been neglecting spinning and meaning to learn to weave and quilt for ages. I want to try new things in my crafty life this year.

a. Spin at least 2 pounds of fiber
b. Sew a piece of clothing
c. Finish the T-shirt quilt for goodness sake!
d. Learn to warp a loom and weave something
e. Complete an actual pair of socks on the CSM

Well, last weekend I made some progress towards those goals.

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I finished the birthday socks. That scarf on the right side is my very first weaving. I learned to warp a loom a couple weeks ago, and that is the result – my first woven scarf! (The fringe still needs to be trimmed.)

On the bottom left is a project bag I sewed at a friend’s house on Monday. That’s what I did right before I left, most of the day was spent working on my first quilt. It is not, in fact, the T-shirt quilt. That one might be a little tricky, so I started with a more traditional quilt.

On Saturday I also went shopping with another friend and picked out the fabric and pattern for my sewn clothing item – a skirt. I’m actually going to be doing The 2015 Outfit Along with Andi of Untangling Knots and Lauren of Lladybird. I’m not doing the featured patterns because I wanted something a little easier for the sewing – I didn’t want to have to deal with fit alterations on a dress, and I figured a skirt would be better for my first sewing project alone. And I already have the yarn ready for Breakwater, so I’m knitting that to go with my skirt!

Now I need to get cracking on my spinning and CSM socks goals. Maybe I’ll do Tour de Fleece. 😉

WIP Wednesday #3 – Blurple Waves


My third oldest WIP is the Blurple Waves blanket, started on December 2, 2008.

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It was always intended to be a long-term project, but maybe not quite this long-term. I started this blanket as a way to use up single skeins of blue and purple yarn, many of which I received as gifts.  A girl only needs so many hats, and there isn’t much else I could think of to knit with a single skein of worsted weight yarn.

This blanket is a simple garter stitch chevron pattern, knit in stripes on a 60″ needle. It’s wide enough to cover my full size bed, so it’s going to have to be pretty long.

Verdict: Finish it!

I want to finish the blanket this year, but I’m not actually sure I have enough yarn to do that. My official goal is to knit up the balls of yarn I have set aside for the blanket, and if it’s not big enough then I’ll have to wait for (or buy) more.

It even got pulled out the other night for a few more rows:

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Out with the Old, In with the New


The Space Monkey socks were nearly finished on New Year’s Eve, so I made quick work of them on New Year’s Day. Shortly after midnight I had to stop working on them to start my first 2015 socks. I cast on just after midnight last year for these socks, and I decided I should do the same thing again this year.

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So here are the first finished and first started projects of 2015:

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The New Year socks haven’t gotten much love, since I brought another project to work on today. For the first day of Year of Making I cooked, but today I worked on the Op Art blanket a bit. It seemed like it was cranking right along, but the rows are getting longer now and each one is slower.

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And another change for the new year, I won’t be blogging every day anymore. However, the last two months have taught me that I can blog every day. So there is really no excuse for going too long without a post. Currently the plan is at least 3 times a week. so stick with me!

Making Plans


I’ve been thinking more about my upcoming year of making, and making some plans. I bought Kim Werker’s Year of Making ebook because she’s pretty awesome and I thought she might have good suggestions and things to say (she does).

Today’s making included assembling a new TV stand from IKEA, which would have been a success if all the screws had been present. There was also quite a bit of knitting on both the Space Monkey and Rhinebeck socks.

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Before committing to start year of making, I had already thought some about my crafty goals in 2015. Of course, there’s knitting – that’s a given. And I want to put out more patterns this year. But I also thought I’d try to branch out a bit, so I wrote this:

Give my new crafty pursuits some love – I’ve been neglecting spinning and meaning to learn to weave and quilt for ages. I want to try new things in my crafty life this year.

My goals on this front (subject to change):
a. Spin at least 2 pounds of fiber
b. Sew a piece of clothing
c. Finish the T-shirt quilt for goodness sake!
d. Learn to warp loom and weave something
e. Complete an actual pair of socks on the CSM

An ambitious list, but I have a plan. I’ll be taking a spinning to standard class at Madrona in February, which I think will be really educational. Up until now I’ve just sat down at my wheel and spun whatever comes out. And I have an experienced quilting friend who has offered to help me get over my fear of the sewing machine. (I actually can sew OK, I’m just afraid I’ll mess things up!) I have a few other friends who can probably help me with the weaving. I’m feeling like 2015 is going to be a great year!