Monday, 9 January 2012

new year's resolutions

I don't go in for the usual bettering myself new year's resolutions ( do I think I cannot possibly better myself? Best discussed at a different forum!). But this year I have made crafting resolutions. In short I am going to make even more stuff but chiefly things that have been in my head or on my to do list for a while or things I have seen in some of the many many craft books I have bought this last year that have made me go Oh I want that. Only for the book to be added to one of the piles of books in my living room and never to be made. 

Maybe I should make a resolution to not buy any more craft books until I have run out of all the things to knit, crochet and sew from all the wonderful patterns I already have. But it is an addiction and I am not quite ready to stop buying and coveting craft books just yet (although I could go on a fancy holiday in a hot country if I stopped!). is my list of all the wonderful things I want to make and finish this year. Maybe slightly ambitious but hey as I am still feeling very optimistic about 2012 here goes in no particular order:

1. Make something (bunting?) out of ironed plastic bags. May sound daft but I have seen a few tutorials about reusing plastic bags (not that I have any mind, I will have to beg borrow and steal some) to make a durable fabric by ironing the bags between greaseproof paper. See this fab link:
Doesn't this dress look fab?

2. Gorgeous Owl jumper as sported by the lovely Lisa this Saturday.
About 5000 people have already knitted one worldwide I saw on Ravelry but why not me too? It is rather cute..

3. I bought a lovely soap making book and would like to now make some soap. In fact I have a lovely (pie in the sky?) idea of making my own dishwasher soap, shampoo and everything. Baby steps Jennie!

4. Do a cross stitch design for a new tattoo. Yes, it has been way too long since I last had myself decorated and I feel a little swallow vintage stylee coming on. As I also want to do a funky cross stitch design (inspired by Twisted Stitches and Subversive Cross Stitch books) I will combine the two.
5. I want to, need to, finish the great lacy tunic I have been knitting for like, ever. I did so well with the first side and the start of the second one too, and then I stopped. And then I never started again. It looks great and will be fab when done so I MUST!
6. Make something from the Big Ass Book of Crafts. It has about 6000 projects in it and I love most of them so this should be easy. I feel something non fabric related, maybe some spray painting onto vintage plates? Could link in with the class I am doing at Oak Studioto make a cake stand from vintage plates. 
right up my Strasse me thinks! 

8. Make something from the gorgeous Everything Alice book. Perhaps the lovely felt cot mobile for Laurel's twins?

9. Make a quilt from the Material  Obsession books, maybe coupled with my growing stash of old clothes of ours I want to re-use. 
10. Make something from the Scandinavian Needlecraft book, would make great Christmas presents

11.Make something from the great Sew it, stuff it book. Lovely dollies and teddies. Perfect for little people's birthday presents.

12. Do some fabric printing from the Printing by hand book I bought about a year ago, with all the best of intentions. I even have a stamp I made  with the lovely Zeena and some shiny silver fabric paint.  

I also joined the Ravelry 12 in 2012 group, to spurn me on.

....and lastly I thought I might try blogging every day or most days just to force my creative hand in that way. We are now on day three so let's see how we go...




  1. Have you joined our A Make A Month 2012, you would be miles ahead!

  2. I have joined! Looking forwards to keeping in touch about crafty matters

  3. Wow, that's a big list. Loads of fun projects! I want to get a tattoo, and I know that it's going to be a small cross stitch heart. I just don't know where I want it to go yet... Do you know a good parlor locally?

  4. Thanks, am really looking forwards to making them all! I have actually moved my blog to and posted yesterday about my cross stitch tattoo.
    I have had all my tattoos done at Into You in Clerkenwell but have been told good things about a place in Chingford so will go there to get this little one done. Are you local to me then? Let me know how you get on!

  5. I know what you mean about the craft book addition! I have well over a hundred and keep telling m yself to make things out of them!

  6. Well maybe you should join the 12 for 2012 on Ravelry! It is good to force yourself to go back to your books and make stuff from them.