Sigma 21 … well not exactly …

let me explain …

Last year was a low production year for me in terms of knit and crochet. I didn’t do any of it at all in 2020. Outside of COVID, there were some personal things I had to deal with which left me with no energy for anything except spinning. As 2020 ended, I found myself being able to think about crafting again, planning projects other than spinning ones so I registered for the Sigma 21 project challenge in one of my favourite Ravelry groups. I like that you can set your own goals — fibery and non fibery. I also like that there’s a longer timeline to complete your projects so the pressure is less than with some other project challenges.

The challenge itself is a play on the sigma mathematical concept (sigma 5 means 1+2+3+4+5) so for the challenge, the setup is:

  • 1 of item a
  • 2 of item b
  • 3 of item c
  • 4 of item d

This challenge has gone on for more than a few years so rather than do Sigma 21, the group moderators circled back to 11 this year. Sigma 21, can you imagine trying to get through that in a year?!!!!! ūüėÄ

I’ve also started blogging again, documenting my makes here as opposed to on Instagram (if you’re interested, you can read why here) and thought my Sigma 21 project list would be perfect for my bloggy adventures with the Year of Projects blogging crafters group also on Ravelry. I joined the YOP challenge late so I appreciate that the group has two versions of the challenge running — one that’s on a calendar timeline, the second — a July 1st to June 30th of the following year timeline.

My Sigma 21 (but really 11) list is below:

  • 1 — crochet blanket/throw — In Progress
  • 2 — read at least 2 non-crafty books per month (25 as the minimum yearly goal) 2/25
  • 3 — pairs of knitted socks
  • 4 — knitted adult garments for me
  • 5 — new techniques — intarsia, brioche, steeking, short rows, yarn embroidery
  • 6 — destashed items per quarter (25 as the minimum yearly goal)
  • 7 — weeks to organise paper clutter (end date 2.28.2021)
  • 8 — new recipes
  • 9 — completed Craftsy classes
  • 10 — create at least 10 created by me rolag packs for spinning
  • 11 — (x2) handmade gifts for my Hope Holders

OTHER GOALS

  • Spin 21 skeins of yarn — minis or full skeins 12/21 already completed here so I’m increasing this to 30 handspun skeins for 2021
  • Sign up for Moderate Merino but work towards 12 months of cold-sheeping
  • Learn to use my rigid heddle loom and make at least 6 items
  • Knit/crochet exclusively from library patterns.
  • Create container garden for balcony
  • Add all stray yarn and fiber to Ravelry db (Completed)
  • Create non Rav Excel sheet of all spindles

I love lists — I like making them, I like working through them but life sometimes gets in the way of my crafty lists. My goal this year is to do as much as I can from the one above.

On to the current project … after all the spinning I’ve done last year and recently, working on my crochet throw has been a joy. I started this throw a week or two ago but decided when I was almost at the end, that I wanted it wider. I’m currently 1/3 the way through version 2.0 and am loving how it looks. This is a project I can’t wait to see what the F.O. (finished object) looks like.

Happy cozy Sunday to you friends, and cheers for a great week ahead.

This post is part of the Ravelry Group: A Year of Projects crafty blog hop (Week 5)




More Squares …

Insomnia led to a migraine which resulted in a sick day.¬† I’m still working on squares for this project and will be doing so throughout the year.¬† I’m going to try to squeeze one in today and ship them off to Sam tomorrow.¬† I’m crossing my fingers on this one cause I think I might run out of yarn … we’ll see how that goes.

It’s just what I need today … a simple project for a cause.¬†¬†

My third square is a crochet block from my craft book: 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws and Afghans from Jan Eaton

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