I've whittled my cross stitch WIP list down to 19 projects (under 20 - which was my goal for this year)! I started quite a few late this year, but finished 17 and abandoned 7. I feel that's pretty good, considering all of the other things that I worked on this year. I think if I have a couple of cross stitching goals this year, they would fall into the 'general' category:
- For each big project I want to start, I should finish two big projects already in WIP status at the beginning of January 2006.
- I don't necessarily have to be 'on the wagon' as far as cross stitch purchases, but I would like to continue this year's slowdown of such stash enhancement, instead, focusing on projects either currently kitted or for which I already have the chart and/or most of the supplies.
- Stitch only those things which I enjoy stitching. If a project becomes something that I no longer enjoy, I give myself permission to abandon it. I've seen my tastes change somewhat over the past year, and they could continue to evolve.
- If I'm going to give stitched gifts this year, I NEED to start working on them EARLIER. This applies to quilt, crochet, and knitting as well as cross stitch.
I met my two goals of finishing Scott's quilt in time for Christmas and deciding what quilt design to use for my sister-in-law's quilt for this Christmas. I even went a little farther and have most of her quilt pieced, except for the borders. And I started a quilt for my youngest nephew, Gerrick.
2006's goals will continue to be simple, because creating a quilt takes such a long time for me:
- Finish Gerrick's quilt in time for his birthday in March.
- Finish Teresa's quilt by Christmas 2006.
If I have the chance to sandwich and begin quilting my Rail Fence quilt (the top has been complete for several years now), then hurrah, but I won't make that a goal. CC's quilt has been doing double duty as an extra blanket on our bed at night, and it's really beginning to show the additional wear and tear. Finishing my Rail Fence quilt will help extend his quilt's life.
Crochet and knitting
I managed to finish crocheting the squares of the 63 squares afghan this year, but I still have not put them all together. This is one of my least favorite tasks - joining them all. I know it will look great once I get that done, but it's unfortunately very difficult for me to garner the enthusiasm for the task, even in small doses. Maybe in 2006?
I did manage to finish knitting the kitty bed, but haven't yet learned how to knit a hat for myself. I'd still like to do that, so maybe I'll try it in 2006. I'm still quite the novice, and haven't worked with either circular needles or more than two needles at a time. I haven't even looked at a hat pattern, so I don't know what would be required. I should practice changing from the knit stitch to the purl and back. I've gotten much more confident with my knit stitch, but can still use plenty of practice for tension, etc.
I also crocheted and knitted several other projects, and I'm happy with the way they all turned out. I discovered Patterns by Dot, and will probably be taking advantage of a few more of her free patterns over the next year.
I want to take a moment to thank you for stopping by and reading my blog this year. I appreciate your comments, questions, and cheers. May you all have a wonderful 2006!!!