Ah, 2009. It feels like I hardly knew ye. A new year is upon us, and it would be nice to have a fresh start. However, there is so much that has piled up, especially in the last month or so when my home/studio/life became all softies all the time. Part of that is because, thanks to my friend the fetus, I spent all of September and most of October either puking, feeling like I was going to puke, lying down hoping for the floor to stop tilting and the room to stop spinning so that I wouldn’t want to puke, or just sleeping from the exhaustion of dry-heaving until there were tadpole-like spots swimming before my eyes. Thus, I had little time for sewing or knitting even. Every time I got behind the sewing machine, I became nauseous. It was as if the motion of the needle was enough to make me hurl. I just couldn’t do it, which meant I was running behind on orders as well as late preparing for the holiday craft fairs. Fortunately, I only definitely committed to do one. I had to bail on the others. When I finally felt better, I had a ton of catching up to do and little time to do it. As I cranked out softies and puppets, all other crafty endeavors were put on hold, and I missed them terribly. On top of wanting to complete them for the sheer joy of having the finished pieces, it’s also good to have a little variety.
Now that the holidays are over (and that I’m in the middle of the second trimester and all the puking is behind me) and that I am working on the softie thang at a more reasonable pace, I have some time to get back to some of these projects. Only thing is, I’m thinking of prioritizing all these projects – going through them and determining what gets done first, what gets done in stages, and what gets scrapped. I recently had a conversation with Stacie about making lists to organize projects, and she is all about making lists on what needs to get done and setting up some deadlines for herself. I kinda suck at making lists, or more importantly, I suck at sticking to them. I’m not one for new year’s resolutions or any of that either. I do want to establish some order in all this crafty chaos, however. That said, here’s my attempt at a list of projects to complete in the new year:
1. Finishing this crib quilt in January.
2. Finishing this “It Takes a Village” type quilt (ahem, that I may have started today) with wee trees and houses. I’m thinking I’ll be done in February since this is going to be a little fiddly.
3. Knit mates for all my lonely mittens. This will be ongoing, as I predict there will always be a single mitten or two floating around this place.
4. Knit a pair of Fiddleheads for Matt. Gotta have this done by the middle of January.
5. Quilt & bind my scrappalicious quilt. Hope to have that done in March.
6. Finish my crochet scarf by February.
7. Crochet this type of blanket by March. I just ordered the yarn for it and am super-excited about it.
8. Crochet a couple of toys from the same awesome amigurumi book I used for this turtle.
9. Make a weekly contribution to my letter to Beba. This will be my ongoing 365-type Flickr project. Because I love Beba. And because this has the potential to be a fun photo challenge.
10. Completely organize my work space. Since we’re having work done in the apartment, I’d say I’m going to have to do this sooner than later and think that by mid-January I should be mostly done.
That’s about it for now. I’m sure the list will grow over the course of 2010. I’m just hoping to have most of what I listed here done in the early part of the year. What are your crafty plans for the new year?