So here we are, at the end of the first month of 2011, or, as I've affectionately (and less affectionately, at times) named it: A year of hand making. At the beginning of the year I wrote a bit of a list of hand making (knitting, sewing, crafting, cooking, whatever) aims for the year, divided up on a month by month basis. And so, as we reach the end of January, I get to take a look and see how much got ticked off part one of the list:
1. Finish Teddy’s big bed quilt
OK, so there's a couple of yards of binding still to hand finish, but that's just being picky, right? It will probably be finished this evening. I think we'll call item 1 a success.
2. Organise the crafting/art supplies cupboard.
Hmm, it's organised, but organising it has just left me with more of a list of things I need to buy and sort for it (for instance, I think I'd like some more sensible storage for crayons than glass jars, so that Teddy could be allowed to get his own supplies in and out when he wants to draw). So yes, that's done, but you can expect to hear more about it in February.
3. Knit Teddy another pair of socks
Almost! This pair is going much faster than the first pair I knitted (which I've just realised I never blogged), as they took three iterations before I had the number of cast on stitches and length right. The first sock is done and the second is well on the way.
4. Make quilt tops/blankets for the wedding
OK, I think I knew I was on to a loser on this one when I started out with a postage stamp quilt. Unsurprisingly, it's the only finished top, but I'm part way through a second, and I'm determined to get a couple more churned out asap. I'll keep you posted on this one.
5. Design and print the wedding invitations
Ummm, nope. Haven't even made a start. Can I try to blame my sister for this? She hasn't reminded me that I wanted to ask her over to do them for me, so it's totally her fault. Honest. Ummm.
6. Quilt half of the sunshine quilt
Again, nope. I've made a little bit of progress, but sitting with that enormous quilt on my lap is really uncomfortable at the moment (blame the bump), so progress is very much in fits and starts. I'm glad I'm working on it often enough that it doesn't feel like a hibernated project, but it's definitely not at 50% quilted.
7. Start a tea leaves cardigan for myself
Yup, that definitely comes under the heading of started. In fact, if I wasn't having so much fun knitting it (I love seeing the slight variegation in the yarn colour coming out as I knit) I might have achieved one or two more things in January (apologies for the mega bright light - the sun is not being co-operative).
8. Make Teddy an outfit from Ottobre magazine
Not done, no good excuses. The fabric and the patterns are all there ready, I just haven't found the time to start cutting and sewing.
9. Sew zippered bags for crayons, pencils etc.
I actually decided not to do this, as (see item 2 above) I want to store Teddy's pencils etc in containers that he can access, and he's not too hot on zips. Also if they're in boxes he can keep them in the box even as he's working (less chance of losing them off the table), and I don't see him doing that with a pencil case.
10. Knit a baby cardigan
Yup, done and dusted. of course, it's a fraction bigger than I was hoping, so there will probably be another one on the needles soon, but the point is that it's done. It got its own blog post here.
11. Knit a baby hat
Nope. Apparently being sad about Teddy not having a knitted baby hat isn't a good enough motivator to actually make me knit one. Hopefully I'll get round to this in February.
12. Knit Teddy a new winter hat
As I commented about four days into the month, this seems a little pointless as he won't go outside without the sweet bobble hat that he was given at Christmas by another relative. This is still the case. Maybe next winter.
13. Make curtains for the sitting room
OK, so this isn't done, but there's progress, honest! I've got library books on making curtains. I've also ordered fabric, and as these are going to be some seriously basic curtains (ummm, unlined hemmed organic cotton twill, anyone?), I'm hoping they'll come together pretty quickly.
14. Organise my workroom and plan any sewing, making or shopping that needs to happen to keep it under control
Now, the problem with this is that when I started to organise my workroom (made easier when I discovered that Teddy could be bribed to sit still with Thomas the Tank episodes on the computer. Hey, they're only 6 minutes long, I'm coping with the guilt) I inevitably started to organise every other room in the house too, so it's not entirely finished. However, I have donated about four bags of clothes, fabric and miscellaneous junk to the charity shop, and I'd say the workroom is about 70% of the way to being organised. And also our bedroom is rearranged and tidy ready for baby's arrival (which might technically be termed rather more important). So mostly a success.
15. Knit some practice colourwork swatches
I've admired my shade card and ordered some yarn, but no dice on any actual swatches yet, I'm afraid. Although given my current choice of favourites for the next baby cardigan, I'm going to have to make a start soon.
16. Finish my father’s Christmas (ahem) socks
Done! It was the first thing to be ticked off the list.
17. Plan what’s going in the garden this year
Done in my head, although it hasn't made it onto a blog post, or even a notepad. We're going to have one bed of potatoes, one of peas and beans and one of onions, carrots and greens. I think we'll leave what was the bean bed last year empty this year, as actually having four beds on the go is a surprising amount of work, and I think the baby and the wedding will probably keep us busy enough this summer.
18. Make marmalade
Not done yet, but (as with so many things), the oranges are waiting their turn. They've been ordered (you try getting Seville oranges in a supermarket round here) and are being delivered on Wednesday.
19. Plan what other wedding hand making needs doing before the baby arrives
Yup, that's done - if you compare the list page to the original blog post with the list on (which I'm leaving in its original form for the sake of posterity), you'll notice a few extra items on there.
And so, all in all, I'm not too disappointed with my progress. Sure, there are a couple of bits that I failed utterly on (I'm looking at you, Ottobre patterns), but I've also managed a couple of other things not on the list, including a quilt for a friend's brand new baby, most of the baby blanket for number two baby and plenty of progress on the Tea Leaves cardigan. I'll blog those projects properly in the fullness of time.
I hope you're not too disappointed in me for not completing every last thing on the list, because I'm really pretty pleased with what got accomplished! Projects that justify a proper post of their own with more details (like Teddy's quilt) will be given more space in the coming week, so keep an eye out if there's something you were hoping for more information on.
I've got a little bit of updating to do to February's list to do (most importantly, figuring out what needs to be dropped so I can guarantee that Ottobre outfit and the baby hat), but I'll post a bit more about that tomorrow.
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