March Craft Goals Met?

A few weeks ago I posted a few crafty goals for March, let’s see what I’ve been able to get done shall we?

I think I may have been a little bit ambitious with the amount and the size of these goals, though!

I’ve been busy with work and I was ill the last week of March, so although last week I got lots of knitting done, I haven’t really been focussing on crafting.

I finished a book last night by Isaac Asimov called The Gods Themselves, so I’ve also been doing reading too. So little time to do all the things!


Crafting Goals

Sewing

  • Do something with denim fabric I got for Christmas – maybe a bag?
  • Find a skirt or top pattern for the dark denim I bought myself a few weeks ago.
  • Use up old wool fabric for a draught excluder (the front door is VERY chilly!).
  • Use up old fat quarters and zips and make some zipper bags.
  • Go through all my sewing patterns and get rid of the ones I am realistically never going to use!

NOPE! Haven’t done any sewing and in all honesty I probably won’t do any at all this month…they roll over to April Goals!

Knitting

  • Work more on my grey top in Fisherman’s Rib. I’ve done a few inches on the front but I’ve put it aside for a few weeks as I’ve been working so much!
  • Try and finish a sock that I cast on a while back, literally only a few cm done on the top cuff rib at the moment.
  • I cast on a green sweater a few weeks ago and haven’t touched it since, so, try and do the rib at the bottom as it’s on quite small needles so might take a while.
  • Sock yarn shawl – just do a few rows, it’s getting long to finish a row now.
  • Measure and design a top down sweater with aran natural fibre I got for Christmas. Or just find the right pattern!

I’ve done more on the 1st and 3rd points, even getting onto the main body pattern for my green sweater, yet I’ve hardly done any more on the others.

Crochet

  • Finish pink and purple granny square blanket. Not much yarn left, so just finish what I have for a few more rows and then see what size it is! FINISHED!
  • Do some more on my bright pink and blue granny square blanket, not much done so far.
  • Finish top piece of my crochet top. I’m crocheting the front, which has the sleeves and yoke bit all in one if that makes sense? So, it’s taking a little while to do a single row, but it’s looking good so far!
  • Make a hat with scrap yarn.

I started another crochet blanket which sort of took over all of my crochet headspace. That’s about 2/3 done and I did manage to finish a baby blanket out of scrap yarn (1st point above) so that was good!

Miscellaneous

  • Ice dying kit to do with fabric.
  • Leather handbag to pick up and sew together with saddle stitch. All the pieces are dyed and ready to go.
  • Get back into baking bread again, haven’t done any in AGES!

NOPE to all of the miscellaneous items!


Conclusion

Too many projects mean not much progress with many.

Also, I started extra projects that weren’t on the list which takes away from the intended goals.

I cast on another granny blanket and a baby knitted hat with spare yarn and sent them to Knit For Peace. The pics below were all donated, as well as some I didn’t take photos of:

My main priorities now are my green and grey knitted tops. And a new chunky knitted top I recently cast on.

I want to get back to my crochet top too.

Everything else can wait!!!

Except…I did buy a pattern for a v-neck tank top (or sweater vest, whatever you want to call it) from Petite Knits and I REALLY want to cast that on too…

No, concentrate on finishing what I have on the go already before I cast on any more…but it’s hard!

August Goals – Crafting and Work

Did I make a July goals post? I can’t remember…but here’s the August one!

Craft goals:

  1. Try and get the front of my orange jumper finished, or at the very least a lot of progress made.
  2. Try and finish the sample baby cardigan I’m knitting. So far got the back and one side done.
  3. Do a few more rows on my sock yarn shawl.
  4. Do more on crochet baby blanket.
  5. Cast on large heirloom knitted blanket, I think I’m going to go for entrelac! :O
  6. Finish sewing together fabric baby dress.
  7. Find a simple sock pattern for beginners and cast on.

I think that’ll do. Mainly knitting and crochet as I did a lot of sewing in July!

Work goals:

  1. I am opening my Etsy shop this month regardless of how many listings there are.
  2. I am publishing my book regardless of how finished it is!!!
  3. I want to post an article on Medium every day. Make a push for it!
  4. Join Fiverr.
  5. Join Substack.
  6. Spoonflower have 10 designs up.

That’s it. I have other things planned, but I’m not going to waste time writing every little thing down. These are the main points.

You know what, instead of waffling for ages about all of the above, I’m going to leave it there! I think they are all pretty much self explanatory really!

Wishing you a happy and productive day!! 🙂


[I’m going to try and write every day here in August. There isn’t a plan like in February…that got a little restrictive after a little while, even thought it was fun. Nope, just gonna post every day here this month! ]

The Plan For August – I need your help!

I’ve had this blog for 6 months and I’m only just realising what you can put in the POSTS!

I knew you could add things like social media icons in the sidebar etc…but in the POSTS too? OMG my little mind is blown!


Anyway…I was having a think about what to post in August. I’m going to try and upload every day, so some of the posts will be shorter than others.

I’m going to do the usual post whatever is in my head and show you progress of my knitting and crafty WIP’s and finished objects etc.

But is there anything else you want to see/ know?

How about I list some examples below and you comment yes/ no or with your own ideas?

OK, here goes:

  • Share independent small crafty businesses I’ve come across
  • Share my favourite books/ craft books
  • Other blogs to visit
  • Youtube channels I like
  • Long form writing pieces
  • Personal stories/ anecdotes
  • Free Printable Downloads
  • Tutorials
  • Local area pics and ‘tours’
  • Craft content – knitting, crochet, sewing, general?
  • Recipes – cooking/ baking?
  • Q and A
  • Passive Income related things – Print on Demand/ Affiliate Marketing/ Printables
  • Blogging – here on WordPress or over on Medium?
  • Writing- thoughts, tips, places to go for advice, books about the craft of writing

I’m not an expert on all of these things by a long shot, in fact for the Passive Income point above, I’ve only just started with it all this year. But I know where to send you for advice and what sites/ Youtubers to recommend.

I have lots of ideas, but I’d be really interested in knowing what you’d like to see.

Also, the post about 6 months blogging was one of my most viewed…was it the stats side of things, I wonder? You’re all so nosy, haha!

So, do you want more stats kind of posts? Because that was pretty much everything there is, although I could think about doing it for some other platforms too. I’m not sure about that one!

I think, in general, on the blog, I’d like to add more recipes and more craft related content. I’m afraid my photos will always let me down, but that’s alright.

I also want to offer a few more free printables for you to download for your personal use. Any suggestions for that?

Here are some ideas I had:

  • Project planners/ notes
  • Craft specific e.g. knitting pattern notes page, techniques to do, favourite designer lists
  • Productivity trackers e.g. habit trackers, time blocking
  • To Do Lists
  • Writing prompts
  • Journal pages
  • Challenges e.g. weekly/ monthly
  • Calendars
  • Task Batching
  • Budget trackers, expense trackers

Let me know what you think, I’d love to know!

Happy 6 Months!

I started this little blog 6 months ago this week and thought I’d share a few things with you.

The stats and boring stuff

Projects

This year I’ve done a variety of crafts, mostly knitting or sewing. I’ve had periods of not doing anything at all, I’ve been ill, I’ve lost my mojo, or just got fed up with a particular project and put it down for a month or two.

So far I have finished:

Knitting
  • A Neon Fair Isle Bag
  • Bauble, 3 mini stockings and a toy mouse, using up scraps of free yarn from knitting magazines
  • Knitted headband
  • Hand knitted woolly hat
  • Loom knitted woolly hat
  • Loom knitted cowl
  • Finished a Christmas jumper (my first one EVER!) I started late 2020
  • Done more on my orange jumper, I’m about a quarter of the way finished with the front.

Crochet
  • Granny Square Shawl
  • Started Baby Blanket for a friend
  • Started Christmas Granny Square blanket…will finish nearer December this year as I was only using up yarn

Sewing
  • 2 x zipper bags
  • Denim Rucksack
  • Denim Tote Bag
  • Yellow headband
  • Yellow skirt
  • Yellow pj bottoms (still need to redo the waistline)
  • I cut out the pieces for a practice baby dress, I’ll sew that up in a few weeks – I’m all sewn out for a bit!

Books
  • Prelude to Foundation
  • Robots and Empire
  • The Complete Robot
  • The Naked Sun
  • I Will Teach You To Be Rich [spoiler alert: the book did not!]
  • War and Peace
Cross- stitch
  • Started a rectangle placemat to use up old threads
  • Fortune Favours the Bold sampler
  • Make the Days Count sampler
  • Birthday card

Miscellaneous
  • Tall candle and candles in jars to use up wax
  • Tried out new techniques – Entrelac knitting, changed sewing machine needle, Sewed with Denim, Made pockets – both inner and outer, sewed webbing, used belt buckles, created repeating patterns and had a large sample of a pattern made up on fabric, made my own Procreate brushes
  • Digital ‘Art’ – figured out Procreate, Photoshop and Canva properly
  • Joined RedBubble, Medium, Spoonflower, Patreon and all the sites
  • Joined Etsy as a seller and my digital download shop is coming soon
  • Joined Amazon as an author and my first book will be coming soon

A Random Waffly Roundup

I had a similar blog a few years ago which I closed down and I realised this year how much I missed writing and posting. I don’t think I follow trends or whatever, I just generally tend to post what I’m doing. Mostly, it’s crafty stuff like knitting, crochet or sewing, with the odd life post.

I try to post a couple of times a week, but if a month goes by with nothing, I won’t apologise for it! Sometimes life happens and that’s that.

Photography is always going to be my downfall, but I’m actually OK with that! I’ll try and take a nice picture, but if I can’t I’m not going to beat myself up about it!

I love to write. I might not be the best writer in the world, but hopefully I can communicate my thoughts in an easy to read way! This blog is mostly about my crafting and my life to a certain extent. Although, since it’s my blog, I reserve the right to talk about whatever I want. That being said, I did start to write on Medium about a different topic as I thought it wasn’t a great fit here (although some people might find it interesting and relevant if they have a small crafty business).

On Medium I write about making Passive Income online, and to be honest I have struggled writing there somewhat. I feel like I have to up my game and the articles, whilst OK, aren’t the best. So, I’m trying to improve my longer form writing over there. The difficulty is trying to write without every article sounding like it’s a listicle – you know, the clickbait sounding ones…3 Things You Didn’t Know You Needed (and they’re not what you expect them to be) or 5 Ways To Make A Living Online With This 1 Thing

I hate that kind of content…it’s so Buzzfeed-ish (if that doesn’t sound TOO snobbish!). I prefer to just write whatever is in my head and I find it quite hard to organise my thoughts sometimes. Maybe it’s the adding value part of writing for money?

Speaking of money…my best month ever on Medium this month – 6 cents! I’m rich! [Although I haven’t posted much at all over there with being sick for most of June]

And the post that made most of that was this one where I talked about Low/ No Content Books on Amazon:

https://woollyorbit.medium.com/lowlow-content-books-on-amazon-kdp-low-quality-books-acec85abf1aa

I’m using Canva to make Pinterest pins and I’m adding a pins to each article on Medium, which is something I haven’t been doing here. BUT, I’ve started to try and start using affiliate links on this blog, but not all the time as I don’t want to spam everyone. Incidentally, you CAN use affiliate links on a free WordPress site, as long as the site doesn’t exist solely for that purpose and you’re creating content around the links.

Am I getting off topic now? Feel like I am…

So, what’s to come?

The projects I want to finish or at least make a lot of headway with in the next few months are:

  • Knitted orange jumper
  • Knitted sock yarn shawl
  • Crochet Baby blanket
  • Cast on knitted baby cardigan and entrelac heirloom blanket
  • cast on pair of knitted socks
  • Sew together baby dress that I have already cut out the pieces for
  • Read The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (then ALL of the books on my bookshelf will have been read!)

I want to make some bread as I did a bit in the last couple of years, but I’ve got out of the habit lately. And I want to try more vegetarian recipes…I’m NOT a vegetarian not at all. But I think eating one or two veggie meals a week is not only better for my dodgy digestive system but the planet too, so I’m going to try and start cutting out fat and sugar (she says drinking a full fat Coke on the hottest day of the year). So, I want to post a few more recipes on here too.

I also want to use my stashes of, well, everything. I have lots of wool to use, some fabric (although with the week of sewing last week, the drawers are looking a little bit emptier) and other random things like shea butter and ingredients for homemade beauty products, paints, things like that.

I have a leather handbag that is all ready to be saddle stitched together.

I also want to write more often on Medium, have 200 designs on Redbubble, and open my Etsy shop in the next few weeks.

So, there is a lot going on behind the scenes, a lot of plans and most of all dreams. It does seem like I post on here something I want to do and a week later I’m like, Nah! Forget that! I’m doing this instead!

Well, that was the last 6 months, here’s to the next!

Neon Fair Isle Knitted Bag – DONE!

Yay! A finished object!

Or…mostly finished! This project seems to have taken AGES to complete but it’s done now. 🙂

I had a push for the finish line this Bank Holiday Weekend and I finally finished it Tuesday 1 June, so that’s one of my June goals finished straight away!

I knitted it with acrylic yarn with 4mm needles. And I have quite a bit of yarn leftover.

There are a few things I want to point out.

First, I used my knitting doll (French Knitting/ Spool Knitting/ Knitting Nancy) to make an I-cord for the drawstring. I used 2 strands together, both pink and purple. I’m not sure about the finished cord, it looks a bit big. I might just redo it in a single colour (maybe the neon yellow) as it didn’t take that long to do really.

Second, I don’t like the idea of knitting a strap for the bag, even though it needs something to carry it with. So, I’m thinking of using a metal chain I bought last year. I knew then it would make a good strap for a project…the only problem is I can’t remember where I put it! When I find it, then it’ll have a strap!

I LOVE the bright colours of the bag though. And black with neon colours looks amazing in the Fair Isle colour stranding technique. But it takes so long changing all the colours…

I did think about doing a cowl in these colours and a similar Fair Isle technique…but I’m going to put that on my maybe list!

Here it is below, just ignore the terrible lighting, placement, background of the photo hahaha! The colours are much warmer in real life but instead of waiting to get a perfect picture, I am putting this put there and carrying on with life!

In future, I think this type of bag would work better in the round rather than in two pieces…and maybe a bit of neon green thrown in there too?

The fabric behind it will become the lining for a denim rucksack project I’m about to sew.

Next on my needles is something that I started a few years ago and put it aside until last year, where in the summer I knitted the front of a jumper and started the ribbing at the bottom for the second piece. Bit then I put it aside for the holiday season. I’ve had a bit of a break from knitting for the past few months (ignoring the main subject of this post!) and now I want to get this big project finished. The main pattern is a simple cable lace and there are just a few things after that like sewing it together, doing a neckline and tiny sleeves.

I can definitely finish it THIS year!!

And something to finish with is the amazing skyline last night. The past few nights have been so clear, not a cloud in sight. This was taken with my phone, which doesn’t have the best camera for these types of things but look how pretty the sky was…

knitted jumper

June Goals

May was quite productive, in fact, I think I managed to meet a fair amount of my goals for May.

I joined the Medium Partner Program and although I haven’t published a story over there in a week or so, I’m ready to get back to writing over there.

I carried on creating printables for my new Etsy shop/ book and although I haven’t technically opened the shop yet (which I really wanted to do by the end of May) I’m almost there. It just takes a LOT longer than I expected to sort everything!

I reached almost 130 designs on RedBubble, I wanted 200 by end of May, but to get over 100 is pretty good so I’m still happy. That’s not a huge priority right now, so I’ll work on that as and when I get the chance.

I also managed to get a lot of knitting done yesterday. I don’t know what it is about hot, sunny summer days, but they make me want to knit like a maniac!

I’m going to try to finish that tonight or this week at the latest and sew it all together (my Neon Fair Isle bag I mean) and that will finally be a finished object which I haven’t had on here for so long! It’s starting to drag a bit this project, I only meant it to be a quick 10 minute job but the colour work takes twice as long to do!

JUNE GOALS

  1. Open Etsy store and have 10 listings live in it!
  2. Reach 200 designs on RedBubble
  3. Publish 20 stories on Medium (good quality ones with good pictures and keywords – ‘proper’ posts!)
  4. Have some designs published on my Society 6 and Spoonflower stores
  5. Sign up to Substack (maybe)
  6. Sign up to Fiverr – create profile, have 1 Gig live
  7. Launch my own website…get the back end security and meta boring stuff sorted and have 10 posts listed
  8. Sell a Procreate brush on Etsy

I think that will do for the ‘job’ goals…and the crafty ones?

  1. Finish the Neon Fair Isle Bag – sewn up and everything – DONE! 🙂
  2. Make a lot of progress with my orange jumper (half done, need to finish ribbing at the bottom of the second half and get onto the main pattern)
  3. Do some more on my sock yarn shawl
  4. Start a crochet baby blanket for a friend
  5. Cast on a pair of socks to use up my socks yarn stash
  6. Do a lot more on my cross-stitch piece (not sure if I like the colours I chose…I might see what the finished piece looks like and if I don’t like it I can always start again with a better colour palette) STOPPED AND USING THE THREADS FOR ANOTHER PROJECT!!
  7. Sew up a linen top I have mostly cut out
  8. Denim rucksack -I cut out the denim the other day, need to cut out the lining and sew it together
  9. Do some more work on my leather work (started to sew it up last year and haven’t touched it since)

I also haven’t baked any bread in ages so I want to have a go at that too, got some brown seedy flour to use up!

I have loads of stuff in the boot of my car to take to the charity shop, I need to have another rummage and see if I can add anything else!

And Yoga. I haven’t made a lot of time for that lately. I want to get back into it…it’s like a mini heat wave where I am, not technically a heat wave, but it’s so hot outside I don’t feel like getting hot and sweaty on purpose right now!

knitted jumper
I finished the back, now I’m about 8cm into a 15cm rib on the bottom of the front…got most of the front to do, then sew it all up!