Thursday, 31 January 2019

January 2019 New Year, New Challenges

Well, here we are, the end of January already, that's a twelfth of the year gone. What have you got to show for it so far? Did you make any new resolutions? I prefer to call them challenges or targets as somehow those words don't seem to put me under so much pressure.

So my challenge is not to buy any more yarn - and that really is a challenge for a hoarder like me!

My target is to reduce my stash by at least 12,000g, in other words an average of 1000g per month which should be achievable. My other target is to make at least 100 items in the year which is easy if they're all baby hats but not so easy when it's a mixture of little and large items such as bed sized blankets.

So what have you made so far this month? Have you been making for family and friends or do you have favourite charities like me?

So far I've made just one pet blanket in straight forward garter stitch using 6 strands of that coned yarn which I'd dearly love to use up this year as I'm getting a bit fed up of seeing it piled up in boxes in the wardrobe in the spare room, and I'd like to get started using some 'nice' yarn. You see I have a thing about using up part balls and things that I don't like much. I like to use them up as soon as possible before I start on the nice stuff - it gives me something to look forward to.

Also I don't like having several things on the go at once. I like to finish what I'm working on before starting on my next project. I know this quite different to many of you - you know who you are - the ones who have half a dozen WIPs and can't wait to make a start on the new yarn you bought at the weekend. Personally that would drive me mad, I wouldn't be able to decide which thing to work on next each time I sat down in front of the TV for the evening.

However, due to my commitment to OFAPUK, and love for all types of octopals, I'm going to have to change the habit of a lifetime. I've pledged to make one a month in 2019 - I didn't want to make it too hard since I've only just started. But being me I will be unlikely to stop until I've used a whole ball of yarn so that will probably be more like four or five per month. This month I made 5 octopuses using Alize Bahar Batik in gorgeous rainbow colours. I was chuffed to bits to find that three have passed so will 'swim' to preemies and two were not quite good enough so they will 'fly' to angels.

Meanwhile I will try to have something else on the go at the same time, whether it's a baby blanket for Baby Basics South Somerset or bed sized blanket for RAFT. That way I can work on something small like an octopal, that needs a lot of concentration - for when hubby is watching something about DIY or cars,  and I can do something easy with mind in neutral while watching a film or TV.

What do you like to watch or listen to while crafting? Silent Witness is my current favourite TV series, but I have just started watching Outlander on Prime and at the weekend we watched the Potato Peel Pie Literary Society which we really enjoyed - so much so that we've even booked a few days in Guernsey for hubby's birthday in March :-)

Anyway, I'm getting carried away here. So apart from the pet blanket and octopals I've made two baby blankets and a 0-3 month cardigan which will eventually go to Baby Basics. I used Love Knitting's Zig Zag Baby Set for the cardi and one blanket. It's a free pattern for paintbox yarn, but I used some Drops Belle Unicolour in a lovely baby blue which I had in my stash. The other blanket is a pattern I made up so I'll post the pattern here once I've typed it up.

So finally, to sum up, this month I've used 1,481g yarn and not bought any - even though I was sorely tempted by all the new year sales online.

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