After getting back from the Knitting and Stitching show with my stash a little increased, I decided to dig out all my works in progress in the hope of getting some of them finished.
That didn’t really go so well. Mostly I just felt completely overwhelmed and cross at myself for my terrible startitis. My original thought was not to start anything else until I’d finished everything here, but I know from experience that doesn’t really work for me. I’m an impulsive, instinctive crafter, and if I don’t want to work on a project, then I just won’t.
I had a half-formed plan in mind when Sarah’s post popped up in my GReader. And I knew what I wanted to do.
Clicking the picture or the link here will take you over to Fairy Face Designs for the link party.
I’ve actually drawn up a plan through to the end of 2012. I’ve set myself a few basic guidelines:
~ Each month in 2012, I will work on 1 crochet, 1 quilting and 1 sewing project.
~ If I finish any of them, I can start another in the same category either from my ‘wishlist’ or from another month, replacing the stolen project with something from my wishlist!
~ If I don’t finish a project within the month, I can carry it into the next.
~ If I really don’t fancy a project one month, I can swap it with a project from another.
~ NO SHOPPING apart from for listed projects. Buying supplies to finish a project is fine. Stash busting 2012 will be a go as of January.
Joining in with others who are doing something similar will hopefully help me to concentrate, and I’m going to revisit my list at the end of March to see how I’m doing and if I still like it. Hopefully that gives me enough structure to concentrate, but not so much that I feel constricted – that tends to make me rebellious!
I have plans to build a Pinterest board for each month to help me keep track, and I have another cunning plan to help me out, which I’ll show you tomorrow, but in the meantime, my list down to Christmas goes something like this:
Crochet: Finish Lucy design, KAL cowls
Quilt: LC (xmas present, hence in code ;))
Sewing: Finish spotty dress
ALSO: Samples for classes, start knitted shawl
Crochet: Cotton All Shawl
Quilt: LC (It’s a big quilt!)
Sewing: Miz Mozelle dress, SHD (yes, xmas again)
Crochet: Carnival wrap
Quilt: Flowers wall-hanging
Sewing: Wrapping Paper Holder, Jelly roll wrap (pattern in Sew Hip – I’m so excited about this one!)
I do have plans for the rest of the Winter up to March, but they’re going to be changeable depending on how the time goes and how much space I have to craft in. When I glanced through the door this morning, my craft table was mostly covered in plates, DIY shop catalogues and tools. That’s going to prove challenging for quilting! But let’s just say that my plans for the rest of the time are equally ambitious and equally subject to change 🙂
To see if others have slightly saner Creative Spaces, head over to the collective here.
Ooh, and while I’m talking about things to join, look what I got!
Isn’t Shannon awesome? Also, scarily, she’s already finished her cowl, as have lots of others in the Ravelry group. Not to be outdone, I’ve already picked out my second cowl. Now all I have to do is finish my first…