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30 December 2013 @ 08:37 am
The coming year  

Last year, I made a commitment not to leave the house without wearing something I had made; beaded, sewn or knit. I missed two days, so counting it as a win.

This coming year, I am widening that to any handmade items, because I have been gifted with so many beautiful things. On my list of things to do in 2014 are Parhelion, to draft a pattern for a replica of Fraser's sweater from Due South, and to clear the pile of current UFOs. Ultimately that includes bead projects, so the road ahead is daunting.

Do you craft? Do you have project goals for 2014? Be my cheerleader and I'll be yours.

I can read Sam's mind: Excited About Everythingwendy on December 30th, 2013 04:34 pm (UTC)
I do not craft, but I love that you do. GO YOU.
beadslutbeadslut on December 31st, 2013 02:05 am (UTC)
You do projects, they might not be crafty, but they are necessary to my mental health. Also, thank you for helping teach me balance and patience.
I can read Sam's mind: It's Always Worth Itwendy on December 31st, 2013 09:51 pm (UTC)
OMG! Thank you for saying that. I didn't know I needed to hear it, but...I really did. *hugs hard*
Swedish for "Smith": SPN Sam knows karatecolls on December 31st, 2013 01:14 am (UTC)
wow. the only thing I've made is..... lunch?
I take that back, I'm working on an Impala cross-stitch bookmark. It's.... well, let's just say you'd rather have me make you lunch.

beadslutbeadslut on December 31st, 2013 02:04 am (UTC)
Lunch sounds fantastic, and I will wait patiently to see your bookmark. Stitch, stitch!
(Anonymous) on December 31st, 2013 01:48 am (UTC)
at bat and on deck
bought sensible office appropriate grey wool today for (finally) February Lady today.

But first i'm finishing Drops 160 - so feb Lady may get started in Feb 14 or Feb 15. I'm betting 15, just between us.
beadslutbeadslut on December 31st, 2013 02:03 am (UTC)
Re: at bat and on deck
Started a crochet project, ripped it four times, and now it's truly begun. I have a pink cardigan for the wee one, one more sock, Watson still to finish. In time out are several items, and I will cry if I list them.

Drops 160 is worth finishing, absolutely.
cindy: misc fictsuki_no_bara on December 31st, 2013 02:19 am (UTC)
there's a part of me that wants to learn cross-stitch so i can make cute things, and i kind of want to learn to crochet so i can make fannish amigurumi. cross-stitch i can probably figure out on my own, but i'm pretty sure someone would have to teach me crochet in person. but those aren't goals so much as "stuff i kind of wish i knew how to do".

or i could just make more books for people....
beadslutbeadslut on December 31st, 2013 02:32 am (UTC)
I will trade, you know. Barter is high on my list of things to love. Also, I think we could have a crochet and knit class at wincon next year. Purl and Pr0n was a suggestion, after all.
Zubeneschamali: fallquiltzubeneschamali on December 31st, 2013 03:59 am (UTC)
That's an awesome goal, and congrats on living up to it!

I want to quilt ALL THE THINGS, but since I'll be away from my sewing machine for three months, I'll settle for finishing the quilt for my PhD student before he graduates this summer.
beadslutbeadslut on December 31st, 2013 05:23 am (UTC)
You can. Focus on that one thing. *tempts* I will provide a reward.
Zubeneschamali: wildflowerszubeneschamali on January 1st, 2014 01:12 am (UTC)
*runs to sewing machine*
Cellicelli on December 31st, 2013 04:29 am (UTC)
I need goals. More than "stop buying shit til you make some of them."
beadslutbeadslut on December 31st, 2013 05:23 am (UTC)
Make some of them. Finish some of them. Dooo eeet!
That Chick with the Evil Laughsparkymonster on January 4th, 2014 04:31 am (UTC)
I love the idea of always wearing something I made. Sewing bloggers do a "me made may" where people wear at least one item they've sewn every day for May.

I bounce around in my craftiness. My current ones are cross stitch, sewing clothing, learning to quilt and periodically knitting. I'm allergic to wool & most animal fibers so it's hard to get nice yarn I'm not allergic to. I keep on wanting to do "Me Made May" but since I have to spend ages altering every bodice to fit my bust it makes starting something feel ugh.
beadslutbeadslut on January 5th, 2014 03:30 am (UTC)
I missed on account of inattentiveness. Guess what I am working on this year.

I wish I had time to x-stitch, I love it but it takes me so loooong.

One of the things I learned in 2013 was bust darts in knitting, a couple of the sewing pattern companies have patterns to fit larger bustlines, might that help? I loathe having to wear badly fitting clothing. Gaping button bands, too tight dresses, yuck.
That Chick with the Evil Laughsparkymonster on January 7th, 2014 07:33 pm (UTC)
I do super simple cross stitch. Basically phrases with fancy stuff around them. I'm 80% finished with my fanciest cross stitch that says QUEER in an elaborate font and has pomegranates & peacocks around it. It's going up at work.

There are a couple things. Sewing patterns typically max at at about 12 RTW (the sizing will say larger on the packet). Then there are a very few tent like plus garments. Also cup sizing on garments is no match for my 40H bust.

I'm slowly increasing my ability to dart the crap out of patterns. A friend tried to use a computer program that automatically generated a pattern with darts. The program basically went DOES NOT COMPUTER. Also I cleverly am making a knit dress right now that doesn't really need darts because stretch