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2012 Year in Review: 12 for Myself

Back in January, I joined the Ravelry group 12 for Myself (now called For Myself!) with the hopes of making some crochet projects for me!  I’m that type of crocheter who always makse things for others and rarely for myself.  You know, the one who never has her own scarf finished in time for the winter because she was finishing a baby blanket for a colleague’s wife so she ends up buying one at the last minute.  This tendency has gotten even worse now that I’ve been designing, because I also have design deadlines that take precedence over gift and charity projects.

The original idea was to create 12 projects for me in 2012.  I actually made more than 12 projects, but there are only 5 that I actually use on a regular basis.  Others were repurposed as gifts or charity projects.  Since I probably only made one thing for myself in 2011, I consider this a good start!

My favorite projects were the two infinity scarves I made.

The All Weather Cowl (Ravelry project page/free pattern) is great because I used a neutral color so I can wear it a lot.

 

On the other hand, the Eyelet Ripple Infinity Scarf (Ravelry project page/for sale pattern) is really vibrant and bright, and I love to wear it on grey days.

The most unlikely project for myself that I actually love is this bathroom rug.

The backstory: I wanted to participate in as many competitions as possible in the Ravellenic Games.  This rug started out as the only partially completed project I was willing to unravel that was old enough to compete in the Frogging Trampoline.  At the same time, my current bathroom rug was looking really sad, so this seemed like the best usage of 1″ wide strips of cotton fabric.  I have used it every day since!

I’m also very proud of myself for finally finishing the Craft Yarn Council Certified Instructors Program in Knitting.  I consider the swatches I made for the program one of my favorite gifts to myself this year!

The final project for me success story is this placemat.  In many ways, it is totally impractical – after all, it has an uneven texture and the yarn doesn’t match my dining table in any way.  But I love it and it gives me a happy feeling to put my plate on it at dinner time.

After looking through what worked and what didn’t work for me this year, I learned a few things that will help me make more projects for myself in 2013.

  • I prefer functional projects for myself.
  • I still have a lot of trouble making things for me, so combining a “for me” project with an “obligatory” project (such as a design, testing out a pattern as part of a book review, or trying to use up stash yarn) seems to work best.
  • Although it helps to have some guidelines (“I’d like to make myself some winter accessories!”), I seem to use projects made spontaneously – and not necessarily with me as the intended recipient – more often.

 

Are you the type of crocheter or knitter who makes a lot of projects for yourself?  Do you plan to change that in 2013?

 

2012 Year in Review: Exploring Ravelry

Although I’ve been a Ravelry member since December, 2007, I barely used it until 2011.  Last year, I finally started to browse Ravelry regularly for pattern searches and began to participate in several groups.  My Rav goal for 2012 was to use the notebook to track all of my projects.

Adding projects (and even taking pictures of them) eventually became like second nature for me.  Looking through my notebook, I discovered that I completed over 160 projects in 2012.  Before you congratulate me for being the most prolific crocheter/knitter in America, let me mention that number includes many, many small projects (like an individual granny square for charity).

I actually think tracking my projects helped me to complete more (if only because seeing all of those WIPs can be distressing), and it definitely encouraged me to take more pictures!  If you don’t already track your projects on Ravelry, I encourage you to start!

These are my 5 favorite completed 2012 projects using other designers’ patterns:

My first “magic loop” project – a hat for my dad.
Ravelry project page.  Pattern: A Hat Fit for a Fella by Shana Kreikemeier.

 

My first Bruges lace project – a scarf for one of my best friends.
Ravelry project page.  Pattern: Sparkling Wave Scarf by Tatyana Mirer.

 

 

Yoga socks for my mom.
Ravelry project page.  Pattern: Pilates Peds (Crochet Yoga Socks) by Pam Daley.

 

 

My first knit shawl (made during and after Hurricane Sandy).
Ravelry project page.  Pattern: Terribly Simple by Caitlin ffrench.

 

 

Super cute crochet slippers, made as a swap gifty.
Ravelry project page.  Pattern: Granny Slippers by Bernat designer.

 

 

And these are my 5 favorite completed 2012 projects using my own patterns:

The All Weather Cowl, which I’ve been wearing a lot lately.
Ravelry project page.  Free pattern available here.

 

 

The Sandworm’s Journey Beanie, my first knitting design, and a gift for my friend, JP.
Ravelry project page.  Free pattern available here.

By the way, JP proved herself very knitworthy by sending this email after opening her hat (which I was worried might be too small for her):

I love my new hat! It is perfect in every way!!!!! I love the color, cables, shape, size, etc…. PERFECT!!!!!

My very first infinity scarf/cowl.  Now I finally understand why everyone wears these – so warm!
Ravelry project page.  Pattern available for sale here.

 

 

My first Bruges lace design.
Ravelry project page.  Pattern available for sale here.

 

This hat is way cuter with the pom pom added.
Ravelry project page.  Free pattern available here.

 

 

And this last project, a combo of my own layout with the pattern of another designer…

The never ending New Orleans Saints themed double Irish Chain granny square bedspread for my little sister.
Ravelry project page.  Pattern: I used my own layout, but my granny square was a four round version of the Basic Granny Square by Julie A. Bolduc.

 

 

 

On a related note, I started using Ravelry’s stash feature after reading this great post by FreshStitches.  I definitely don’t have all of my stash listed, but it has helped me to sell some stash and also to keep track of my stashbusting efforts this year.

What’s your favorite Ravelry feature?

Ripple Mania CAL giveaway winners!

I’m so glad that I said the Ripple Mania CAL giveaway winners would be selected randomly because it would have been impossible to choose my favorite projects from among all of the great entries!  I had a wonderful time during the CAL, and I hope you did, too.  I want to thank everyone who participated and everyone who entered the giveaway, and of course, the fabulously generous prize sponsors: Magique Enterprises, Lion Brand Yarn, Leisure Arts, and Red Heart Yarn.

You can find full sized pictures of all the entries in this thread on Ravelry or here on my Facebook page.  (You can also find most entries on my Ripple Mania Pinterest board, along with some other ripple inspirations.)

But I know what you’re really waiting for – the winners!  I made a list of entries in the order they were posted, and then used Random.org to select someone on the list randomly for each prize.

The first prize goes to abhall76 for her Buckeye’s Blanket.  She started this project about 20 years ago (!) and finished it up during the Ripple Mania CAL.  This definitely gives me hope for all of my lingering works in progress.

abhall76 is the winner of the Red Heart prize package, which includes an issue of Crochet Today!, a copy of the Ripple Effect pattern booklet,  and everything you need to make the Windsor Ripple Throw - 8 skeins of Red Heart With Love yarn (2 skeins each 1530 Violet and 1814 True Blue D; 1 skein each 1907 Boysenberry, 1701 Hot Pink, 1401 Pewter, and 1805 Bluebell), a 6 mm (US J) Susan Bates bamboo handle crochet hook, and a Red Heart tote bag.

 

The next prize goes to linda74, the blogger at alottastitches, for her Iris Garden blanket using the Eyelet Ripple pattern.

Linda74 is the winner of the Leisure Arts prize package, filled with 69 crochet ripple patterns from 40 Favorite Ripple AfghansBeauty of the Earth AfghansVanna’s Choice Color It Beautiful AfghansRipple Afghans to Crochet, and Rippling Effects.

 

Our next winner is izybit, who designed her own Kindle cover inspired by the Classic Ripple pattern.  If you’d like to make your own ripple Kindle cover, izybit shared design and construction tips on her Ravelry project page.

izybit won the Lion Brand Yarn prize package, 4 skeins of Amazing in Strawberry Fields, enough yarn to crochet the Candy Color Ripple Cowl.

And our final Ripple Mania winner is MelissaGreen from the Etsy shop MyissaG for her Blue Chocolate blanket.

Melissa is the winner of the Eleggant Hooks set from Magique Enterprises, which includes the Eleggant comfort crochet handle, six interchangeable hooks (in steel sizes 1.25 mm, 1.75 mm, and 2.25 mm, and in aluminum sizes 3.5 mm, 5.0 mm, and 6.0 mm), and o-rings.

 

I will be contacting all winners via private message on Ravelry so the sponsors can ship the prize packages out as soon as possible.  Again, thanks to everyone who participated in the CAL and who entered the giveaway.  I’d like to host another CAL in February, when everything is settled down from the holidays.  If you have any project suggestions, feel free to share them here!

FO Friday: Scrapbusting scarf and other goodies

It’s been three weeks since I last participated in F.O. Friday, but I’ve actually finished quite a few projects in that time.

I made three secret projects using this yarn, along with about eight swatches, for Kollabora, a new maker community.

A poorly lit teaser.

The big reveal was supposed to be this week, but it was delayed due to the after effects of Sandy.  Rumor has it that pictures may be posted early next week, and once that happens, I can share all the details with you.

I’ve also been crocheting ripples like mad as part of the Ripple Mania Crochet-A-Long.  If you like ripples (or have always wanted to try them), join in!  We have some great prize sponsors including Red Heart, Leisure Arts, and Magique Enterprises (makers of the Eleggant Hooks I reviewed here).

I just finished this scrappy ripple scarf last night.  I was greatly aided by my new post-Sandy commute (2+ hours each way).  In all seriousness, I’m grateful that I fared so well during Sandy.  So many people have lost their homes and businesses or are still without power.

I really loved the color of these flowers so I asked MC to take a dawn picture of me in front of them.

I used up about 300 yards of stash wool yarn.  The question now is whether I should felt it.  I love the texture but I’d like to gift it to someone who definitely isn’t the handwashing type.  What do you think?

Prior to that, I finished this eyelet ripple infinity scarf which I’ve been wearing almost non-stop for the last two and a half weeks. At first, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the colors, but they have really been cheering me up during the many grey days that New York has been experiencing.

In case you're wondering, I didn't get a makeover :). That's one of the models I've been working with to take pictures of my patterns.

And, because my cat would definitely be disappointed if he didn’t get something out of all this crocheting, I made him a cat blanket a few weeks ago.

We put it on top of an end table and positioned it next to my desk.  The blanket has helped a lot when my cat wants to walk all over my desk while I’m typing.  Now I can just push him onto the blanket and he will sit down and be (slightly) less disruptive.

All three stitch patterns are included in Ripple Mania.  It’s free to join in by November 21.

For knitters and crocheters, today is the last day to enter my giveaway for Voie de Vie‘s Accessories: Autumne 2012 pattern collection here.

For more Finished Objects, visit Tami’s Amis.

 

Ripple Mania CAL: Week 2 – Ripple Basics

This week is all about ripple basics.  Most ripple newbies struggle with one of three things: increasing, decreasing, or changing colors.  Not to worry!  This week’s Ripple Mania PDF includes photo tutorials for all three!

If you’re a ripple pro, there’s still something for you.  I included patterns for three ripple stitches, tips for sizing your final project, and instructions for my Eyelet Ripple Infinity Scarf.

Ripple Mania CAL Schedule!

Wednesday, 10/17 – Ripple Mania Kick Off!

Ripple Mania CAL Chat on Ravelry

Week 1 Chat on Ravelry

  • Supply list and project suggestions
  • Colorize Your Ripple: Choosing a Palette for Your Project

Wednesday, 10/24 -Ripple Basics

Week 2 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 10/31 - Ripple Variations

Week 3 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 11/7 – Squaring Up Your Ripple

Week 4 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 11/14 – Adding ripples to hexagon and square motif patterns

Week 5 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 11/28 – The Big Reveal!

Visit Ravelry to get started with the Ripple Mania CAL!

 

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