Saturday, January 10, 2015

My Hopes for 2015

This past year has been full of all sorts of challenges for me, some of those challenges I met head-on but many more I fumbled and I'm still barely past those obstacles.  My creative life took a nosedive with me barely knitting or sewing a stitch.  I'm hoping to change that for this year.  I have four major goals this year.

  1. Projects Half Done: I want to finally finish up all those projects that have languishing in various bags and baskets throughout the house.  I have 2 quilts that are sandwiched and just need quilting and binding done.  A pair of toe-up socks where one sock is done and the other I'm almost done with the leg.  A sweater that I barely started.  A few other odds and ends laying about here and there.  I want those done!
  2. The Historical Sew Monthly: I want to go back to what drew me to sewing in the first place.  I love historical clothing.  I love costumes and learning about who wore what and when they wore it.  The past few years, The Dreamstress has hosted the Historically Sew Fortnightly on her blog.  I have watched from the sidelines wishing I had the skills to participate.  This year she is changing it to the Historically Sew Monthly.  I think a historical-based project a month is doable for me and it's time for me to stop watching and starting doing.  And I'm happy to see this includes not just sewing but knitting/crocheting/tatting/etc.  I already have some ideas lined up for the year and my January project is ready for cutting.
  3. Wardrobe Architect 2015: This past year came with a lot of changes for me, and I know this new year there is going to be even more changes.  I have a lot of clothes in my closet that don't reflect who I am and just sit there.  I can't even remember if I ever wore some of those clothes.  Last year Coletterie posted the Wardrobe Architect series and how to create wardrobe that reflects your style.  This year they are using those principles to create a plan of attack to clean out your closet and focus on sewing garments for your own wardrobe.  The series is a year-long plan to develop your own capsule wardrobes.  I really liked the series last year and I've been wanting to do this.  I'm sick of looking at the mess in my closet.
  4. Stashbusting:  Speaking of messes in closets, my craft closet is full of bins of yarn and fabric just begging to be made into something.  I want to sew/knit from stash as much as possible this year.  I think points 2 and 3 will work really well into this plan.  The only time I want to buy fabric is if I absolutely have nothing else that works in my stash for my planned project.  As an addendum to that, I did receive a Jo-Ann's gift card for Christmas, so all purchases will be made with that.
So that's my plan for the year.  Hopefully I can get most of it done!  It looks like a lot, but I know it's doable if I just take it one day at a time.