This year I will….

  • Learn to use my sewing machine
  • Crochet two baby blankets for very special babies that will arrive in the next few months
  • Sew in ends as I go – NOT leave to the end
  • Make a serious dent in my yarn stash
  • Make a serious dent in my bead/jewellery making stash
  • Not buy any more cross stitch patterns until I’ve completed the ones I have already
  • Learn how to alter clothes
  • Practice pyrography
  • Be more disciplined when starting new crochet projects
  • Try quilting

I’m reluctant to call these ‘New Years Resolutions’, think it’s more of a crafty (not) to do list!

The sewing machine one is what I’d like to concentrate on – so far I’ve bought various threads and samples of fabric to start with and watched a few tutorials on YouTube to get me started. I’m keen to eventually get to the point where I can mend clothes and take up hems. Another thing I’d love to be able to do is try making a quilt, but think I may be a bit far off that!

Something else that I’d like to be able to do is pyrography. I won’t get the to the point of being able to do really intricate work but I would like to be able to do simple decorations on boxes. My sister got me a starter kit for Christmas, so I just need to practice practice practice.

My first love will always be crochet, and I aim to be a bit more restrained when it comes to buying yarn! I really, really need to reduce the size of my stash but I seem powerless to resist when I stumble across beautiful yarn that I haven’t seen before…

A couple of years ago I didn’t craft, at all, and now I find myself spending far too much time in Hobbycraft and other craft shops and scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration. Maybe if I’d just stuck with crochet I might find myself with more money (and space – craft supplies take up a lot of room!) but now I’ve started, I’m not sure I’ll be able to stop!

Just remembered something else that I wanted to put on the list at the start – weaving. Looks like it’s going to be a busy year.

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