Tuesday, 6 January 2015

2015 Craft Resolutions

Happy New Year to you all!

It's a bit of a shock to realise that it's already the 6th of January - our Christmas visit to Wrexham and the following trip over new year to Belfast meant the holiday absolutely flew in.  Back to porridge this week unfortunately - dragging myself out of bed yesterday and today was a massive struggle!

A quick recap on my 2014 resolutions before I have a think about my plans for 2015.

Sewing room
  • Success on the sewing room - I made our spare room into my little sewing haven, and it's been a fantastic space for sewing this year.  However, as you know, a bit of a change in our circumstances mean that sewing room is soon to become baby room, and so it's likely that the sewing room will have to be retired fairly soon.  I'll probably try to move the desk, and the faithful Matilda the mannequin into the other spare room, so we'll have to see how things go this coming year
  • One dress made in 2014, instead of the two I had planned for - I know, not impressive!  I was so pleased with the one I did make, but then illness, and of course, a bit of a changing shape now, mean that making dresses has been a bit low on the priority list!  I do have plenty of patterns, so I might get a maternity dress made (we'll see!) - otherwise, it might provide a bit of motivation for losing baby weight once Baby T arrives!
Craft classes
  • I got two classes last year - one on linings, and one on making your own designer jeans! I've done part of the jeans one, and part of the linings one - they're both on hold, as making jeans would be a bit daft at this stage - and I'm not making any lined garments at the moment either, for a similar reason!

2015 resolutions

Learn to knit

With the fact that we're having a baby, comes an irresistible desire to knit tiny cute clothes!  I got the most gorgeous book for my secret santa present at work, and decided that I definitely need to learn to knit - I love crocheting, but knitting will bit good to broaden the spectrum and somehow use up my extra yarn!

The reason for learning to knit!

For Christmas, my mum got my a knitting bag, and a whole set of bamboo knitting needles - as well as a simple pattern and some wool (oops, already accumulating more...!).  I've started making a simple blanket, and can now cast on, and do the knit and purl stitches.  Not very impressive thus far...still, I have stitches on needles, so that's got to be a good thing!

Make a quilt

Quilting initially seemed a bit old fashioned to me, when I first started sewing.  But as I've explored the sewing world some more, I've seen some of the really brilliant quilts done with modern patterns, and anyway, vintage is in :)!  I'd love to make a quilt for the baby - a first step is some very cute material which I picked up in Bath a while ago - these little owls are just adorable.  That's my key project for before Baby T is born.

I'm only going to make these two resolutions for now - I'm not sure how much I'm going to be able to do on the sewing front pre baby, and I'm sure it'll be even less once Baby T arrives, so I'm not being too ambitious!  But I hope that 2015 will be great - for lots of reasons, not just the crafting that's up ahead...!

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