I love welcoming the New Year. It isn’t a religious holiday, so I don’t have to worry about offending (or excluding) someone when I say “Happy New Year!” It’s also a great time to reflect on the past and think about the future!
About a month after I started my blog in March, I set myself some craft goals to complete by May 1, 2012. At the halfway mark, I looked back and made some changes to those goals. My original inspiration for doing this was Cheryl Marie Knits, since she was in the middle of blogging her way through 365 days of craft goals.
Today, I’m tracking my progress to date.
Personal crafting goals
1) Work my way through Crochet Master Class: Lessons and Projects from Today’s Top Crocheters. Instead of using the patterns, I’d like to create my own project (for myself and/or for teaching) for each technique/skill in the book.
This has been, by far, my favorite project to work on. I delayed the start of this project until July 1 so I could join in on the Year of Projects blog meme. (If you’re not familiar with the Year of Projects, Kathryn at Crochet Concupiscence did a great roundup of everyone’s who is participating here. It’s never too late to join – the Come Blog-a-long group on Ravelry has more information.) You can read my original inspiration for choosing this book here and about my meeting with the masters here.
My first project was freeform crochet (Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4), inspired by the Prudence Mapstone chapter. I made an awesome freeform cat blanket while (loosely) following the Freeform CAL on the Crochet Liberation Front blog.
I had a lot of fun with the Tunisian crochet chapter, and even had the opportunity to interview Julia Bryant, the featured master. For this chapter, I developed a workshop, handout, and ebook with 6 scarf patterns (available for sale on Etsy and Ravelry). I taught the class at the Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival and the North Jersey Fiber Arts Festival in September. My other Tunisian crochet posts can be found here and here. My favorite scarf is the Tunisian Moss Stitch Scarf Recipe, modeled by my mom’s neck (for privacy and such). Hard to tell – but trust me, the color complements her eyes.
Tastes of other chapters
I have flirted with a few other techniques from the book as well…
I dabbled briefly with filet crochet (here, here, and here), but have no finished pictures to share. I swatched up some Bruges crochet. I might actually make a design using this at some point (but not today!). I had fun with post stitches but never really tackled Aran crochet. I’m currently making a single crochet entrelac cat blanket.
I started out posting my updates on Mondays, but I shifted my Year of Projects updates to Sundays since that is when most of the other bloggers participating are posting.
2) Make something handmade for my mom and sister for the holidays (or their birthdays). Possible sources of inspiration include Toe-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks or something from my growing collection of vintage crochet books.
My magnum opus for the past six weeks or so has been the double Irish chain granny square blanket I’m making for my sister in New Orleans Saints colors.