Happy New Year friends
I hope you had good time welcoming the new year, in whatever way you did. I had a day off and we had a relaxing time at home and I tried a new recipe which was a success.
I have been reading everyone's wrap up of crafty finishes in 2017 and plans for 2018. I love reading statistics...numbers and pictures speak to me rather than just plain text.
Let's see how I did with my 2017 goals.
Goals for 2017
1. Dedicate more time for crafting specially on holidays/vacation ✔ Non crafting reduced from 42% in 2016 to 34% in 2017
2. Try blackwork ✔ Made a blackwork ATC for swap
3. Learn 2 new ways of finishing cross stitch ❌ Only one new way, biscornu
4. Pick fabric painting again ❌
5. Keep trying to crochet ✔ Made a crochet hat
Plans for 2017
1. Participate in following monthly SALs
a) New Year New Start with Stitch Maynia (FB group)- I will start Dimension kit "Indian peacock" on 1st Jan 2017. ✔
b) Tour de Designers 2017 - SODA stitch with Stitch Maynia (FB group) - I will start "The Love Rain" on 1st April. ❌
c) Tour de Designers 2017 - Lizzie Kate with Stitch Maynia (FB group)- I will start "I Cannot Count" on 1st July. ❌
2. Blog SALs/Activities
a. I will continue to participate in Gifted Gorgeousness SAL . ✔ Yes managed to post all months.
b. I joined Kaye's Friday Frolicking somewhere near April 2016 but shamefully posted only once in 2016. Will try to post more often. ❌ Posted only once
c. Catch up posts for The Alphabet Club. Haven't posted about this since April 2016. ❌ Posted only four times
Apart from above I joined the blog- A New Stitchy Start 2017 and posted only once. I also joined Theme-tas-stitch 2017 hosted by Kerry in February and posted 5 times for the SAL.
Wrap up for 2017
2017 was clearly a year of exchanges, I participated in 4 cross stitch exchanges and had fun making things for my partners. I enjoy the process of getting to know my partners, making something they will like .I had a total of 6 cross stitch finishes this year.
I added 9844 stitches to the only WIP from 2016
|Progress as on 14th December 2016|
|Progress as on 31st December 2017|
My new year start will be the second WIP I will carry into 2018.
|Indian Peacock by Dimensions.Design by Suzanne Nicoll|
Knitting caught my interest this year and I learnt some new stitches .I had 9 knitting finishes, achievement being finishing my first baby blanket. Shown here are 5 which have already been gifted.
I'm very proud to say that I hosted a national level knitting event -WWKIP day here in Kuwait. The event was a huge success with considerable media coverage.
I also helped my friend Tammy with a cross stitch workshop for kids in December.
I'm more confident with crochet now and made one hat for hubby.
A little about how much I spent this year on needlework:
Cross stitching supplies $51.8
Knitting supplies including badges for WWKIP $122.4
Needlework exchanges $36.9
Apart from needlework, I took a dig at a new hobby: Postcrossing. It involves sending postcards to random people in the world and bringing a smile to their face.
I finished reading 7 books this year.
Just noticed that my last post was 100th post on my blog. I would like to thank my readers who visit and leave a comment on the posts. Your comments encourage me to blog.
Goals for 2018
I have set simple goals this year to craft every day and finish the WIP from 2016
My choice of designs prevents me from joining any designer specific SALs. As the idea of a SAL is to stitch along with other crafters, I enjoy stitching and posting for a SAL, when the host is involved. By now I know which are the SALs host who make special efforts to leave comments.
I will be joining following SALs this year:
1. Gifted Gorgeousness
3. I may join an Instagram SAL called #gardengatesal later in the year.
I'm thinking of joining Smalls SAL as usually I stitch birthday cards all thru the year. Need to check what the perquisites are for this SAL.
I will also like to blog more often and leave comments regularly on blogs I follow.
So that's it my friends for 2017 and I hope you have lots of crafting time in 2018.