This year, I've committed to finishing the projects that I start. I'm terrible for getting distracted halfway through my current project, already excited about something new that I've just thought of, leaving things constantly unfinished in my wake. As such, I'm not allowing myself to spend money on materials for new things until my current projects are finished - but that doesn't stop me dreaming about all the projects I'd like to give a go in the coming year.
1. Navy Dream Blanket
This is my current work-in-progress, but it's a hefty one. There are 20 balls of wool to make this giant, gorgeous blanket and I'm only on the third so far... I really want to make some serious progress before it's too warm to sit underneath a blanket knitting in the evening (if such a thing ever happens...). It's destined to be draped over our bed, hence the navy colour, and I'd really love to have more handmade homewares so I need to get stuck in!
2. The 100 Day Project
I've wanted to do The 100 Day Project for a few years, after seeing Elise and Allie having such success with theirs, but I've never had an idea... until now! I was due to take a modern calligraphy workshop last week but it was unfortunately snowed off and rescheduled until after the project starts, which puts a bit of a kibosh on my idea, but I'd like to persevere regardless. I'll be making a hand-lettered postcard every day for 100 days featuring a quote or saying - and I'm hoping to post them out to anyone who fancies a little pick-me-up (although the cost of stamps is a little daunting!).
It's really just a chance to practice what will be my newfound skills after the workshop, and also participate in the project in a way that's not too taxing on my time. This is a little commitment and a big commitment all at once - 100 days is quite a long stretch, but I'm excited to see how much I can improve and learn over that time.
3. Cross-Stitch Project (TBC)
This week I'm off to a cross-stitch workshop at Chirpy in Leeds with a couple of friends, and we'll be making some embroidered wall art. I don't know if we'll get a chance to finish during the workshop (hooray, if so - I'll be able to tick this off my list!) but if not, I'm hoping I'll be able to finish it off fairly soon afterwards. I've done a tiny bit of cross-stitch in the past so I'm hoping this is going to be a nice relaxing bit of crafting for me!
4. Project Life Scrapbook
I'm going to mention her at least one more in this post because she's total crafting goals to me, but I used to love looking at Elise's Project Life layouts when she shared them on her blog. I'm never going to be a pro-scrapbooker - it's not something that I want to dedicate that much time to, but I'd love to get into the habit of creating a small book every year just so I can print out photos of Ben and have somewhere nice to put them. This feels like a big pay out for a small amount of effort, and something that I can maybe complete over a long weekend once I've organised getting all my photos printed. Watch this space...
5. Simple Quilt
This is the most ambitious project on my list, especially since I haven't used a sewing machine in almost 10 years and I was never particularly proficient before that. However, Elise's tutorial makes it seem fairly easy - there's a lot of pinning and ironing and cutting but it's mostly straight lines of actual sewing which is something I think I can do! I'd love to make a stylish quilt for Ben's room along the lines of this one or this one - and who knows, maybe I'll get the bug for it!
6. A Second Pair of Socks (And a Third. And a Fourth)
Over Christmas, Jess taught me how to knit a sock and I quickly finished off my first pair. Since then, I've made one and a half more, and I'd like to actually finish that second pair! Whilst I was in the throes of sock knitting joy (it really is a joy to wear socks that you have made yourself!) I bought another ball of wool, which will make two more pairs of socks, so I want to use that up, too, and hopefully improve upon my first beloved, if wonky, pair.
7. Home-Made Candles
I stumbled across Kimberley's tutorial for making wood wick candles a couple of weeks ago, and I can't get the idea of making my own out of my head! I'm going to wait until I've used up the ones I currently have so I can reuse their containers (I'm just thinking about the planet, honestly...) but I'd love to have a go and it seems like a good way to feed my candle addiction!