Happy 2012!!

I love this time of year. I like to reflect on the past year and think about how I want the new year to be different. 2011 was a pretty crazy year for me and I think 2012 is going to be pretty awesome (the end of grad school!). I’m not setting New Year’s Resolutions this year. Instead I’m making lists of things that I want to learn, try or do in the new year. I have 5 sewing and knitting goals for the year:

1. Sew a dress. I’ve made a couple of pair of pajama pants and a simple skirt but I’d really like to figure how how to make a simple summer dress.

2. Learn how to properly bind a quilt. I’ve made three quilts so far and each time I’ve cheated on the binding. I like the look of a properly finished binding and I think it will be a lot easier to machine quilt my quilts if I learn to do them the “right” way.

3. Knit and sew (at least) one (each) quilt for Project Linus this year. Due to poor quilting math skills, I ended up sewing two quilts for Project Linus last year. Thanks to a minimum yardage requirement at a local fabric store I suspect I’m looking at sewing about 5 quilts this year but I’d also like to continue to work on my knitting skills and knit a quilt too.

4. Knit something. I learned how to knit over the summer and made a scarf. I’m about 3/4 of the way through knitting a pair of sox that I started in a class. I’m very much a novice knitter and knitting patterns, yard requirements and gauge are still very alien to me. I’d like to pick a pattern, figure out what I need, learn how to read the pattern and make something. Sounds easy, huh? :-)

5. Investigate the feasibility of a sewing-related entrepreneurial idea that I’ve been thinking about . . .

May you all have happy, healthy 2012s!


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