So, the January goals and achievements list looks something like this:
- sewing: finish voile skirt – shame on me; I haven’t even found it.
- weaving: cotton yardage – samples complete, loom warped
- spinning: alpaca fleece project – in progress, but nowhere near finished
- spinning: Corriedale on Turkish spindle – ditto
- knitting: finish handspun sweater – done!
- knitting: Experimental fingering weight bandana-cowl – done!
- crochet: 2 afghan squares – done! In fact, three.
- 1,000 metre stash gone! – done! Even if you don’t count the cotton warp.
So, it looks like there’s a theme here. Knitting and crochet have proceeded apace; spinning, weaving and sewing less so. Knitting and crochet are the most sedentary and the most portable of the crafts; ideal for cracking on with when tired and vegging out on the sofa. The other activities, though, I have to concentrate to fit into my life.
Sewing hasn’t been a regular part of my life for years, and I left my most comfy spinning chair behind when I left Cambridge. Weaving is a relatively active occupation, and doesn’t lend itself so well to those sleepy evenings. Spindle spinning is portable, of course, but gets you some very funny looks from time to time…
Change my habits, or change my goals? What do you think??
In February I will aim to:
- sewing: find and finish the voile skirt
- weaving: cotton yardage
- spinning: alpaca fleece project
- spinning: Corriedale on Turkish spindle
- knitting: finish Imogen
- knitting: Whitby socks
- crochet: 2 afghan squares
- 1,000 metre stash gone!
February is also a great month to start thinking about gardening. I am currently in rented accommodation, of course, with limited licence to dig and plant, but I still want to produce as much of my own edibles as possible. Although it’s still winter here, I can still plan, order seeds, weed and prepare soil, and even start some seeds indoors. I love garden-starting season, so I’m going to make the most of it!