If you had asked me a month ago how many items I handmade during the year I would have gawked at you. I mean, be real – I just had a baby and there were times during the past year that I barely found time to shower and sleep, much less indulge in a favorite crafty past time! But when I took the time to look back on all that I had crafted throughout 2009 I found myself pleasantly surprised and proud.
2009 – Knitting
7,8) Hats for donation to local hospital for kids with cancer
Okay, the truth is that the green hat was not really my finished object. It’s actually my husband’s first knitted item, which he did with the help of my instructions. That counts, right? Some knitters at his company pulled together a charity hat drive and he came home and asked for me to teach him how to knit so that he could take part (I participated too, hence the little yellow had with crocheted flower topper). I will proudly boast that he did mighty well for his first knit (the cute model does not hurt either)!
I am by far the most excited about the Button-up Herringbone Cowl, which was my first pattern. It is not a mind-blowing design – it’s a simple cowl knit with two needles and closed with buttons! – but it was the first time that I had written up instructions and put them out there for others to use. It’s been quite exciting to see it be knit up by others who discovered it over on Ravelry and to see the Ravelry “ticker” kick up to 4 projects!
2009 – Sewing
One of the most surprising developments of 2009 was that I dusted off the ol’ sewing machine and began to use it with more regularity. With the amount that I had to focus on this year, this didn’t seem like a very smart way to use my crafting time. But I am SO INSPIRED by the quilts and gorgeous cloth that I’ve seen on other blogs (and those made by L’s daycare provider!) that I could not stop myself. My 2009 sewing projects are by no means difficult, but they were a start to strengthening my sewing skills. I’ve really caught the sewing bug now.
The Tally for 2009:
hats – 3 (and 1 for the hubby!)
Booties – 4 (1 pair never photographed or blogged)
cowl – 1 (my pattern!)
sweaters – 1 (toddler sized)
burp cloths – 3 sets of 3
quilt – 3 (1 baby, 2 doll sized)
dishcloth – 1 (raveled but never blogged)
heat/cold pack – 1 (never blogged)
birthday banner – 1
Total – 18 (15 for gifts/charity, 3 for me)
I gave away the majority (83% – WOW!) of my completed products, which is probably why I felt like I didn’t accomplish much since I had gifted the visual reminders of my time and energy. I can definitely identify which of the items were well cherished and appreciated by their recipients. I always love when something that you’ve put so much time, energy, and love into is well received and acknowledged.
I can confidently say that I succeeded in my goal that I set at the beginning of 2009 – to find a way to fit crafting into my role as a new mom. I hope to continue to do so in 2010. In 2009, I definitely used what time that I did have to craft, not to blog about my crafting. I hope to post more regularly throughout 2010 and to do so as I finish projects. It’s nice to have this record to see how far I’ve come in a years time, in two years time, and so forth. I even have a few ideas for posts queued up, so hopefully this will get me off on a good start! As for 2010 goals, I have a knitting WIP that doesn’t seem like it will ever be completed, probably because I continue to focus my time and energy elsewhere. It’s time to get that going and finished. Perhaps I should challenge myself to finish it during the Olympics, à la this? I also have so many quilting ideas running through my head and I would love to see at least one of them be started and ideally completed. Hopefully 2010 will be another productive year!