It’s taken me a little while to gather my thoughts and sort out what I actually want to achieve next year in terms of Crochet, Knitting an AOCB (Any Other Crafty Business). I have compiled a few lists of various things here… so if you’re interested… this is what I’d like to achieve in 2018.
Nb. These are personal craft targets and are not related to ‘Love Charlie’ i.e I’ve not listed my Instagram, YouTube targets and what patterns I’d like to release this year. That’s all going to be a surprise!
Firstly, before planning what new things I’d like to make; I thought it would be useful to write a list of all the WIPs I have lying around the house. This took a little while, and every time I thought I was done, I found more hidden away. This is embarrassing and shameful. Here is my lest of all projects that are started, but unfinished.
Wow… that’s 16 W.I.Ps. I’d like to say that by the end of the year I’d like all of these to be finished… but that’s not really attainable. Some of these will take a long time; and there’s 5 blankets in this list. I’m just going to try my best to reduce the number of W.I.Ps that I have. The embroideries are also going to take a long time, as generally, I only pick these up in Spring and Summer when the light is good.
Next, I went through my Ravelry Library and Instagram, and made a list of projects I’d like to make. Here goes…
- Granny Stripe Blanket (Stylecraft Yarn Pack)
- Charity Blanket (Stash Buster)
- Doppio Colleseum Shawl
- Hydrangea Blanket (Stash Bust)
- Winwick Mum knitted Socks
- Vanilla Latte knitted Socks
- Arne & Carlos Knitted Socks
- Rohn Strong Crochet Socks
- Vicki Brown Hop Socks
There’s 2 more blankets in this list and lots and lots of socks! (I did warn you 2018 would be a year of socks!)
Next, I went through my stash and gathered together all the yarn that I want to use this year. I have some beautiful yarn, and I’d like to get it hooked up…
- 2 skeins Arne & Carlos Sock Yarn
- 2 skeins John Arbon Alpaca Delights
- 1 Starry Nights River Knits
- 1 Shroom River Knits
- 1 Eplekake Fjord Fibres
- 2 100g balls of Woodlander DK
- Stylecraft Sock yarn x 3
- Opal sock yarn x 2
- WYS sock yarn x 2
- Chunky Alpaca
- Lace weight yarn
- WYS 100g DK weight
- 1 skein Mothy & the Squid Sock yarn
- 1 skein Vixbrown sock yarn
I would also like to stash bust the Acrylic DK yarn I have. Various skeins of yarn in the above list were bought at Yarndale in September, and I’d like to – if possible, use this before I go back this year. I am also going to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival and possibly Unravel; so there is every chance I will be buying more hand dyed loveliness (so I want to use some of the gorgeous skeins I already own)
The next step in sorting out my scatter brain to try and figure out a plan for 2018, was to try and match the Yarn I already own to the Patterns I’d like to make in 2018.
Here is how I got on…
So, I think the easiest plan, as I’ve mentioned on previous blog posts – is to make a charity blanket by stash busting my Acrylic DK. This will be an ongoing, long-term project. That’s fine with me though, and I know that there is every chance I will be taking this project into 2019.
I will use my Stylecraft, WYS, and Opal sock yarns to make Winwick mum socks, Vikki brown socks, and Rohn Strong socks; and of course I will use my Arne & Carlos yarn to make Arne & Carlos socks. When I get comfortable with making socks, I will start to use my hand dyed yarn, the River Knits ‘Shroom’, Fjord Fibres in ‘Epplekake and my Vicki Brown Yarn.
I haven’t decided on the River Knits ‘Starry Night’ or my Mothy & the Squid yarn yet, and I’m struggling to find a pattern for the gorgeous Woodlander DK. These could be for shawls…
The John Arbon was picked with the Doppio Colleseum in mind so that one’s an easy decision.
The chunky alpaca and the Laceweight yarn is going to be used for Love Charlie Designs.
So there we go… Here’s the general plan for 2018 WIPs. Over the next week or so, I want to create some kind of check-list or WIP-bingo in my bullet journal so I can visualize my progress. Sorry is this was a boring blog post! It took a while to put together, but is probably uninteresting to you all.
Love Charlie, Xx