Saturday, 31 January 2015

january crafting - update

At the beginning of the month you may remember that I set myself some crafting targets for January - something to structure my crafting and to really see if this was something I would like to do month by month in the hopes of improving my blog and perhaps some sales on Etsy as well. I set myself 3 goals for this month, and I've had a mixed bag of results. 

Completed - write a pattern for my owl hat
Of all the tasks I set myself, this was probably the most straightforward. I have made this hat at least half a dozen times over the last 2 and a half years so it was just a case of perfecting the hat and writing/sharing a pattern for it. After making countless chunky knit hats now I understand better the sorts of decreases you need for the crown of the hat and also just how very important gauge is when writing a pattern! I really enjoyed finalising this pattern and writing it and I am so happy at just how popular it has proved to be!

You can find the free knitting pattern for this hat on my blog, and I've also uploaded it to Ravelry so you can store it in your library for the future! And if you were hoping to buy the spare hat that I made when writing this pattern it actually just sold today on Etsy - sorry!

WIP - knit a jumper (that fits)
As you can see I am SO close to having this jumper finished! I am three quarters of the way up both sleeves having completed the back and front panels but I've just run out of time before the end of the month to have this project finished. What frustrated me when I started knitting this jumper was the measurements of the sizes available (available in woman's size 8-10, and 12-14 - and so on - but I am a 10-12!) so I have tentatively, upon direction from B's grandma, modified the pattern (which I have never done before). It is only a slight modification, adding 2 extra stitches to that recommended by the pattern in the hopes that it will result in a comfortable fit, but I'm hopeful that this will work! At the stage it is now I am worried the jumper is a little short in the length for my body. But this is all a learning curve and I don't want to rush this so I will have this finished probably half way into February. 

Not started - write a full Moogle pattern
I'm really disappointed in myself that I haven't even been able to make a start on this challenge as I am very excited at how I am sure it will result - an excellent Moogle crochet pattern! 
So all in all I'd say a 50% completion rate.
But I shouldn't beat myself up about not being able to complete all my projects because really I simply didn't have enough time to start another pattern or finish the jumper - I'm trying to get back into reading frequently, I've really been enjoying playing more video games in bed, I'm looking to step-up work wise, and I've made more Etsy sales this month than in the last 9 months that my shop has been open! Which has meant I've needed to make those commissions - alongside a scarf commission from a mate of my dads, turns out even after Christmas people want to order things! - and these were unplanned craft projects that I hadn't accounted for when I first set myself these tasks (it's been wonderful though to know that people are still looking to order from me). 

So now I have an idea of what I am capable of during a month when I'm not knitting and crocheting 24/7 like I was in the run up to Christmas! And I have a better idea of what I should be able to accomplish in February which I will be sure to share with you in a couple of days!

Have you been able to achieve what you wanted this month?


  1. I think you've done really well, especially modifying a pattern! I wanted to knit some socks using a new pattern, I found one with stripes which needs three colours on the go at once. I found it hard to get used to knitting with all the wool getting tangled, but I was pleased I managed to get to the heel. Then the heel went wrong and I'd had enough and decided to start over, which would make my stripes better as well. So my plan for February is to get this sock knitted again, better this time and hopefully make it a pair as well! Looking forward to seeing what your Feb goals are!

  2. Sounds like you're getting lots done, even if it's not what you planned. i'm excited to see how your jumper turns out. I'm in the middle of two crochet WIPs that are dragging on! :)

  3. the owl hat is my fave! glad you are having more time for reading and playing video games! I am trying to be less on the computer and spend more time catching up on tv shows and playing some games... makes me happy!! :) hope you are having a great weekend!


  4. I adore the owl hat! I wish I could learn to knit properly. I think I've been able to focus on the house a bit more this month and it's slowly coming together, the wind hasn't helped us much as we've been having fence panels coming loose. Boo Mother Nature, Boo xx

  5. I might join you in making these crafty monthly goals! Congrats on your etsy shop success' I'm thinking of opening one up myself :D

  6. This jumper looks like it's going to be awesome, I can't wait to see it! :)

  7. ah I'm glad you are a fan of the owl hat :) video games are definitely a worthy past time if I'm not knitting away, as is reading! thanks I did I hope you did too! jenny xx

  8. thanks Rhi :) aw boo hiss mother nature! but yay it's starting to come together I dont doubt that it looks excellent and homely now though :) jenny xx

  9. oh yes please do, I really like setting aside some time to think about what I would like to make in the coming weeks, regardless of whether I manage to or not :) I'd say take the plunge and go for it! jenny xxx

  10. aw thanks Amy :) sounds very frustrating your knitted sock escapades, but good show giving it another go this month, I bet you will get it done really splendidly :) jenny xx

  11. thanks Rebecca I do feel like I am getting lots done but I just wish I was getting the things that I really want to get done, done! oh I am too I hope after all this time it will fit at the very least! aw WIPS are my worst enemy and my best friend - good luck with yours! jenny xx

  12. I hope it won't disappoint! :) jenny xx