Happy New Year! I must admit the year hasn’t started according to plan, as we have been self isolating with positive cases at home and we’ve also been short-staffed at work. I’ve been fine but there hasn’t been much time to do anything other than get through the day and my sewing machine has remained almost untouched since I finished my last project, the Make by TFS Poppy coat. In the meantime I’ve been putting some sewing plans together, with fabric from my stash. Here are a few of my favourites which I’m planning to use (you can find the links at the bottom of the images).
Last year I kept up with a no fabric buying pledge until my birthday (which is in May) – with just a couple of slip ups!- and I’m planning to do the same this year, and if possible really limit or not buy fabric at all this year. I am adding favourite fabrics to a Pinterest board so I can find them again later, but actually I find it best to focus my attention elsewhere to avoid temptation. I have been spending more time reading and knitting as a result which feels more productive! I am also going to go through my favourite projects and photos from trips in the past year and write them up as blog posts so that they have a more permanent home than on Instagram.
I have a few cold weather projects to make, including a quilted jacket which has been on my list for years, but have a few blouses and dresses planned which I’m really looking forward to making. I’m getting to the point where I really don’t need any more clothes so may focus on some other slow crafts like knitting and embroidery. I’d also like to finish a few projects, including an Anna Maria Horner tapestry kit which I’ve had for years and a couple of quilts.
I use Trello to organise my projects, as I can sort them month by month and add dates for deadlines which I find useful. I do tend to be a bit unrealistic in setting plans for each month, for example I’ve added 6-7 for January but its clear that I will probably only end up making 2 or 3 projects at my current rate. I think having a large stash does make me feel a sense of pressure that I need to sew it more quickly, so I’d like to get to the point where it is reasonable and work on not wanting to make absolutely everything!
Hi. I was googling knitting groups in penge and your blog popped up. Did you get your group started, and if so do you still meet up? I’d love to join. Nicola
Hi Nicola! Yes we ran the group for quite some time but then I couldn’t go regularly as my children were small. If you’re thinking about restarting one I’m sure there would be some interest!