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Keeping Promises

Tamiko.

First a co-worker, then a friend, now a sister friend.  I can’t imagine my life without her.  ❤

I’ve talked about her on this blog before.  I’ve talked about the way she encourages me, fights with me, loves me and is still after 10 years, one of my biggest supporters.  She’s seen me sick, well, at my worst and at my best.  So why did it take so long for me to make her something handmade?  I’m like that knitter who makes fifty million things for so many people and never an item for a significant other.  I used to be that person … but not anymore!!!!  Huzzah!!!

She bought these gloves last winter, sent me the picture and asked for a hat.

I should have whipped that hat up in no time, but you know how it is …  I lollygagged.  Shameful, I know.  Even more shameful is that she has the 45th and the current political climate to thank for me finishing this.  Daily, as events unfold, I’m beyond flabbergasted at the blatant lies, the corruption, the hate and the broken promises.  Or as some say — “alternative facts”  🙄  I know not making a hat is not a big deal to some, but to me it is.  The longer I took to make it, the more likely it was that I wouldn’t finish it, and the nearer I got to a broken promise.   In my mind, I gave her my word and I needed to make good on that or really, I’d be just as disingenuous as these politicians who disgust me with their broken promises.   So I whipped up this little beauty:

And she loves it!  I haven’t seen her in it yet but I was assured, she thinks it’s “absolutely beautiful”.   Her joy was worth every puff stitch I cussed at.  :blush:

I’m just happy to have kept my word, kept my promise.

“Promise only what you can deliver. Deliver more than you promise.” ~ Author Unknown

  • Pattern: Pretty Puffs Slouchy Hat
  • Designer: Jessica Suzanne
  • Yarn Used: Lionbrand’s Martha Stewart Extra Soft Wool Blend in Grey Pearl
  • My Difficulty Rating:  Beginner.  From what I read, the puff stitch seems to be intimidating to some people but it’s really not.  The trick is to keep the loops loose so it’s easy to pull the last stitch through all the loops.
  • Comments: Although I went up a hook size (used K), the hat didn’t come out slouchy.  The pattern is definitely one I’d make again, the next time I’ll go up two hook sizes to get the extra slouch.

Crafty Goals 2017

Last year I did accomplish most of the crafty goals I set, unfortunately documenting this progress on the blog didn’t happen but I’m all set to change that.    I finished blankets, did some colorwork, started my first sweater (which I still haven’t finished), did some charity knitting, sewed a bit but primarily focused on dyeing.  You can expect more of the same with an extra push in some areas.  My goals this year are:

  • Craft without pressure.  I’m a slow crafter and sometimes I get caught up in the number of FOs saga.  This year, I’m going to be a Cyndi Lauper crafter — this girl just wants to have fun!
  • Recommit to blogging. This space is where I document my crafty and sometimes life journeys and I enjoy doing so.  Last year I cheated on the blog with Instagram (not that I’m giving that up) but I need to do more detailed crafty postings rather than the insta documenting that platform supports. I also need to share posts here other than book reviews.
  • Reduce my stash by 6000 grams.  Sounds like a lot but last year between projects, destashing, gifting and charitable donations, I destashed 9000 grams.  I would have done more but I bought 6 skeins of yarn last year and they narrowed down my destash amount a tad bit.  😀
  • No yarn/fiber purchases for 2017.  I’ve done this before and I’m back at it again.  I have a large stash and while there are other yarns/fiber I want to try, I know I can still be creative with what I have.  Enough of the excess!  After I reduce it by 6000 grams, I’ll give myself permission to get more next year (all being well).  And just so you know … gifts don’t count in the no purchase goal.  LOLOL!  I’m just sayin’. 😉    Seriously though, it sounds tough but I only purchased 6 skeins and 1 fiber batt from a destash in 2016.  How hard can it be to go from 7 to zero?  😉
  • Finish Craftsy class learning schedule I already put together.  Purchasing the classes is like purchasing yarn — easy to do but no good if you’re not using them.  I’ve already made a schedule of 13 classes I want to complete this year.  It’s 1 up from the number I completed in 2016.  My goal is to really dig into them and get everything I can instead of just bulleting through them.
  • Charity knitting.  What can I say about this except that there are so many people in need, I’m going to do what I can with the skills I have to alleviate some of this need.
  • Personal Sock Club.  I’ve heard about it, I’ve seen people just loving socks, knitting socks, crocheting socks, talking about how much they love socks and I want to make socks too.   I just haven’t been bitten by the bug … yet.  This year I aim to make at least two pairs.  I’ve set up my own sock basket, put yarn and patterns together.  Let’s see if I come through with at least two pairs at the end of this year.  😀
  • Improve my spinning.  I need to finish my breed study sampler I started in 2016 and spin the braids I’ve already set aside in my spinning basket.  Most of the Craftsy classes I’ve scheduled are spinning ones so I’m ready.  I haven’t set a specific number of handspun skeins I want to achieve by the end of the year but I’d like to end the year with strong singles, multi-plied skeins and obviously improved spinning.  After this very generous gift of spinning tools (fiber and yarn) from my friend Monique, how could I not spin more this year?

  • 1 year, 1 blanket.  I’m not sure where I saw it listed like this, maybe a bloggy friend I visited and the phrase stuck with me.  I like having at least 1 long project every year, another blanket is the ticket for me.  I’ve already picked my yarn and pattern — I’ll be starting it this month.
  • Improve my dye portfolio.  This is listed last but it’s not the least.  Regular readers of this blog know that I enjoy dyeing.  I might not knit or crochet a lick of anything sometimes but I’m always dyeing.  I want to see where this takes me this year.

So there you have it — my crafty goals for 2017.  All things being well, it’s going to be an exciting crafty year.