Crafty craziness this February!

January 2021 is already over….WHAT?!?!?!

Yes, a month has flown by (sort-of) and I am tripping over myself trying to keep up with crafty goals and plans I have (and had) for the year.

If you are familiar with Ravelry at all – if you are a knitter or crocheter, primarily – then you know about the challenge section of your project page. It gives you the opportunity to set a goal for yourself on the number of projects you would like to finish for the year.

In my previous post, I took a look back at 2020 and my 24 project challenge and came to the conclusion that (1) 2020 was a year that afforded me the luxury of having a LOT more knitting time, since I was able to work from home, and (2) on any other given year that goal may or may not have been achievable. I also mentioned how I set that goal for myself again this year with the intent to test my hypothesis as to whether 2020 was a fluke or if 24 projects in a year is totally doable.

Well, after having a month go by, and the only completed project I have to show for it is a last-minute, kind of stressful test knit, I am here to say that the panic has already set in. 🤣 Not really, of course, the year is still so early and looking back at 2020 I see that so many of my finishes came much later in the year when I had a bit more time on my hands, and a few more gifts to make for friends and family. 😉

However, January and so far in February, my crafty mojo has not been in the knitting realm but rather in the cross-stitching world.

If you follow @willingfred on Instagram, you may have noticed I am doing a 14 days of Valentine stitching leading up to Valentine’s Day. Every day I am trying to start a new love-inspired cross-stitch chart. I am using an app, Tiny Decisions, and I have set up a wheel to spin every day which chooses for me from the many patterns I have that are love themed.

It not only takes the pressure off of me on which pattern I should start each day, but it makes it a totally random decision. HOWEVER, for the first 7 days, it continued to land on Hands On Design patterns. Totally understandable, since almost half of the designs on the wheel were designed by Cathy Habermann at AND I will add that most of these were rather small stitches and could be finished in a single day, but it started to feel like the wheel was a little biased. 😜

Of the ones I have started so far, I completed three the same day. And in addition, I tried to work on the #wafflelotsal which is the A Waffle Lot pattern – ALSO by Hands on Design – that was the pattern in the January/February box from Black Needle Society. intention is try to stitch a little each day and finish it in time for Galentine’s Day (February 13) as a tribute to the character Leslie Knope on NBC’s Parks and Recreation.

Once my 14 days of Valentine Stitching are over, my cross-stitch plans will be back on the SAL (stitch-a-long) bandwagon.

I have two that I have started since the first of the year – the first being the Stitchonomy Winter SAL that wrapped up on February 4th with the last row and the instructions on finishing. I am only about halfway finished, but the first half went rather quickly, so I shouldn’t need too much more time to fully finish it. Since that date, Alyssa has sent out a sign-up email for the next Homely Houseplant SAL (version 2) to begin in April. I am really looking forward to this next stitch-a-long and I feel like the next couple of months give me PLENTY of time (🤞) to fully finish my Winter SAL.

The other SAL, which just started the last week in January and I am almost caught up with, is the Made to Create SAL by Caterpillar Cross Stitch. Once Valentine’s Day is over, I should be able to catch up with the first released section of my Made to Create in time to anticipate the second release at the end of February.

In addition, I also have kitted up and ready to start the Dreaming Girl SAL by Barbara Ana Designs and the Zodiac SAL by Tiny Modernist Those have both started on February 1 and January 1, respectively and will also be longer SALs that will keep me busy throughout the year.

My other year-long plans for cross-stitch include the Quirky Quaker SAL which involves the ongoing Quirky Quaker designs by Darling Whimsy Designs. My plans (right now are starting and finishing one every two months with a an exception for a seventh just released call FishBone that I plan to stitch on National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day.

But where was I??? Oh right! KNITTING!!!

So my current WIP (work in progress) is a Blurry Flurry hat by Cozy Up Knits (my second one) and plans to participate in the Lonely Hearts Club KAL by Nomadic Knits the weekend of Valentine’s Day as well.

With those two hats (hopefully) completed by the end of the month, I am also hoping to knit a pair of socks using the Sock-A-Long pattern from Patons/Yarnspirations. And maybe, I’ll be closer to keeping up with my 24 pattern challenge for 2021 than I originally thought. ☺️

So those are my plans for the next month or so, and I hope it is a sign of a very crafty, stitchy, knitty year to come!

If you’d like to follow along with my craft-filled journey, check out my channel on YouTube where I have just released episode 2:

I also have episode 3 in the works along with a separate tutorial for all the cross-stitchers out there.

✌️, 💚 & stitches!

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