Creative goals, 2017
I've seen a few of people's "best nine" selections of things they want to create in 2017 floating around on the web. And so, I thought it would be a good idea for me to loosely organize my "creative plans" for the year. My reasons for this are threefold: (1) ensure that what I make is (mostly) purposeful, to meet a need in my wardrobe or to engage in a new skill I'd like to learn or be useful in our home (2) Give me direction when I just want to make something, but don't have direction, and (3) to bookmark projects I'm currently interested in, so I don't forget about them.
Primarily, I want to make good use of materials I already have, so this will pace out my next few projects pretty clearly (with likely a few small gift projects thrown in there). And generally, I like to have multiple knitting projects at multiple gauges at the same time to keep my interest and to have something that suits whatever mood I'm in (although not usually more than 2-3 projects at a time).
- Mash Potato socks: already started (pictured in this post)
- Kveta shawl: using yarn from my parents. It will be a simple, soothing project on larger needles
- May cardigan: a seasonless layering piece in one of my favorite colors, yarn already purchased (on sale) for a good price.
Items I'd love to knit but do not have exact plans and/or yarn for:
- A classic longer-length cardigan either cabled or in a simple stockinette or texture, nothing too trendy. Knit up in a classic, sturdy, heirloom yarn (something that will hold up to years of wear without pilling). Top contenders at this time: Ceyln, Truss, Migration, Barn Sweater, or Arctic Cardigan
- A worsted-weight colorwork yoke sweater in dark neutrals, like the Lighthouse Pullover or Grettir
- A colorwork cowl, maybe Glacier Park Cowl (I'd probably knit it in dreamy Woolfolk Tynd)
- Morning Walk hat (in Woolfolk Tynd and Sno held together, probably)
- Mittens, for gifting
Overall, I'd like to be more comfortable with my sewing machine (I know I say that every year, but really)
- A simple (read: beginner-suitable) lap/twin sized quilt, primarily using fabric I already own. My mantra is "Quilting is just cutting up fabric and then sewing it back together."
- A sewn dress. My top contenders: Basics dress, Gardenia dress, or a sleeveless Farrow dress. If I want to foray into knits, I really like the Waterfall Raglan
I used to do a lot of other crafts (beside fiber) but those interests are gradually nudged to the side, as of late.
- Finish and assemble needlepoint houses before next Christmas (slow and steady...wins the race, right?)
- One or two simple home decoration crafts from Scandinavian Gatherings (so many cute ones to choose from!)
I do not foresee myself completely all of these projects, of course. But I always find listing and categorizing helpful to sort out and plan for future projects that are true to what I actually want to have in my life.
Are there any specific patterns/projects on your list of what you'd like to make this year?
Creative goals for 2023
At the beginning of each year, I like to make a rough outline of some creative plans. I know that these tentative plans will invariably change, but I like to have a starting point when I look ahead to projects, especially in terms of using yarn or materials already in my stash.
Creativity check, August 2022
It's been some time since I wrote a post about my creative projects, and since a lot of my creative energy has gone to smaller projects like socks and accessories, I've been rather prolific (for me, anyway).
Creativity check and finished projects, spring 2022
It's been just about a month and a half since my last creative check in. A lot has happened in that time, most notably the arrival of our newest family member. In a flurry of last minute nesting, I finished a few projects, and in the wake of postpartum life and Nicholas home on parental leave, I've finished (and modified, more on that below) a couple more items. Completion of things will naturally be slower, of course, since our hands are more full these days, but I wanted to document and share what I've been working on.