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 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.