Where to from here…?

So with 2012 now well and truly behind us an the apocalypse not coming to save us form the prospect of resolutions and goals for 2013 what are my plans?

The intention was to keep it simple… but then I updated my sidebars and realised well .. not so simple. Ok simple might be the wrong word, each individual item I wish to complete is not a big ask in and of itself but combined there is a lot of them and well we all know how my spare time goes in my glorious workaholic world.

What are yearly goals for if not to be lofty and dream filled right?

So here we go breaking down according to type of stick / fabric / thread to be used :p

Knitting Goals

  • Umaro Blanket – Bendigo Woolen Mills Luxury in Ghost
  • Lace Shawl – Woodland to be completed
  • Possum Cardi – Start (and hopefully finish)
  • finish the secret project (Shh it’s secret)

Stitching Goals

  • Finish Rose of Sharon
  • Restart the PINN stitch Bangkok Lady
  • 2 Name Trees
  • Complete page 3 of Violet

General Crafty Goals

  • Sew a Dress – (50s / 60s style similar to the one I made for my PhD graduation which is now too big)
  • Complete a Quilt top – Quilting course to start in Feb making a sampler quilt
  • Make a T-Shirt Quilt from my favourite old shirts – Really really really want to attempt this this year and for about the past three year o_O
  • Sew a paneled Aline Skirt – paneled version of the skirt made at the end of 2012
  • Spin 100g of ixcehl fibre

It seems like a lot and well it is but these are the things I would really like to try and get done this year. The added goal is to drastically reduce the money I am spending on stash and general craft bits. This includes fibre, patterns and just general spendage. So an underlying goal to all of this is stash reduction. New starts will need to be done from existing stash unless it can’t possibly done. It’s not like I don’t have a mega stash for all my hobbies including dressmaking, although I think materials for the dress may end up being one of the exceptions to no new materials but I will need to delve into the great piles of fabric to see what I have that may be suitable.

So there we have it the grand plans of 2013. I really do need to remind myself that I need to fit work in amongst this and a mid year holiday to Peru… Bring it on!

Well hey now… it’s September

Here we are, sunny sSptember, hard to believe but the calendar assures me it is so.

So where did I end up with all those goals I was aiming to have done by now… lets see

Augusts Goals were

  1. 155 rows Tombo 18 (this works out to about 5 rows a day)
  2. Spin 20mins a night 3 times a week
  3. 2 hours on Shaz
  4. 1 repeat on woodland lace scarf
  5. and maybe just maybe cast on my Stockholm scarf if I manage the others.

Surprisingly I came close: 150 rows on Tombo 18 were completed in August. For a while I was even managing to do it by just doing 5-6 rows a night but as the month got busier and the nights at work got later that fell by the wayside a bit and I found myself doing “catch ups”. The scarf now reaches the ground on both sides when I place it around my neck so it is progressing…. it just still has a long way to go.

Tombo18 Sep 1 2012

As for the spinning… three nights a week was a tough one to maintain throughout the whole month but all told I would have done about 2 hours worth of spinning which is still much better than I have been doing. I am slowly getting finer singles and hopefully will eventually end up with something I would be happy to knit with in the not too distant future.

Woodland actually got a full two repeats completed this month, I don’t think it would take long to finish if I could dedicate proper time to it but that’s just not going to happen so I will keep it limping a long as well as I can.
Rose of Sharon has had a few stitches put in to her… and a few ripped out o_O when I discovered a rather significant counting error in an early stitched area. All in all I think I managed about two hours… looking at how much is still to go I need to get a move on if she is to be completed by the end of the year.

Rose of Sharon Sep 1 2012

So there we have it.. my small progress for August. There were a lot of weekend outings though during the month and the ever present work but all in all I’m happy I just managed to make some time to get anything done.

So what does this mean for September….

Well School holidays are approaching and while this time around it will mostly be filled with work I am hoping that I can squeeze in a bit more craftiness here an there.. I have a few secret projects I need to finish but other than that goals this month are focussed on making progress.

So my Goals for September are:

  • 18o Rows Dr Who Scarf
  • 20 min 3x a week spinning (Aiming to finish the second bobbin of green and get it plied)
  • 10 hours on Shaz
  • Knit a slouchy hat
  • Start on my T-shirt quilt
  • Secret stuff

Wish me luck

In the land of fluff and make believe

Hello again

Well would you believe that today I was actually home at the same time as there was no water falling from the sky? Yep it’s true, which means I finally pulled out my trusty camera and took a few snaps. Not the best mind you but a few pictures for the blog all the same.

Things around here have been hectic as usual… for some reason my brain keeps telling me that Term 3 should be less busy than it really is. It’s sneaky like that and continues to catch me out. Added to all the term 3 fun and frivolity this year is the fact that I need to get my full teachers registration completed before the end of September or I cannot legally teach… eep! Guess I’ll just add that to the already overflowing to do list.

As you may guess this has made squeezing in time for craft bits a bit hard.. the start of the month was going well and I have added well over 80 rows to the now massive scarf but I am not sure how I will go with reaching my goals for this month.

As for the spinning… well now That is some interesting developments.
Spinning Attempt II
I have filled a bobbin and started on a second (hopefully soon to be finished so I can ply the yarn). Nothing that exciting just bendigo merino rustic in green but it is going well enough that I am about ready to contemplate spinning some of my pretty fluffy bunny tops from Charly over at Ixchel Fibre farm. A good thing too with how much of her fibre I have been laying in to stash lately. I have bought 5 more tops sine the haul at Bendigo o_O

Midnight Sleeveless II


The other pictures I FINALLY got around to taking are of the cardigan I finished back in July. It does still need a good soak and a light blocking but the weather just hasn’t been great for that yet. I am still rather happy that I finished a full garment though. The sizing is a little off and I think the neck would of been better with a shorter length on the stand collar but it is these small learning journeys that are a good part of the fun with craft.

Even with all it’s little flaws I still love it.

It is knitted in 8-Ply Rustic Tweed from Bendigo Woolen Mills and is lovely and warm.

The colour is midnight Tweed and has quite a stunning array of purple and teal flecks through the deep Grey-Blue. It is not by regular colour palette but I think it will make a versatile piece for layering in Autumn and Early Spring at work. After 4 years I think I am finally starting to get my wardrobe sorted out for a life in Melbourne’s crazy and fickle weather.
Midnight Sleeveless Cardigan

Well that’s it from me for now. Hopefully by the end of this month I will have a few more crafty pictures to share. I know I will have at least some info on a fun and crazy idea that I am running with and is filling all the gaps and moments in my brain with plans and schemes… bring on the end of September!

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