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 https://handsondesign.biz/ 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. https://theblackneedlesociety.com/My 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. https://www.caterpillarcrossstitch.com/products/made-to-create-cross-stitch-a-long-sal. 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 https://www.creativepoppypatterns.com/barbaraanadreaminggirlsalcrossstitchpattern-xml-296_302-3748.html and the Zodiac SAL by Tiny Modernist https://www.tinymodernist.com/products/zodiac-signs. 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. https://www.etsy.com/shop/DarlingWhimsyDesigns 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 https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/blurry-flurry (my second one) and plans to participate in the Lonely Hearts Club KAL by Nomadic Knits the weekend of Valentine’s Day as well. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lonely-hearts-club-hat
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!