It’s the beginning of a brand new year, the perfect time to both reflect on the past year and plan for the year ahead.
During 2012 I crocheted 57 ripples for charity. With an average weight of 1 1/2 pounds, that means I turned 84 Pounds of Yarn into ripples last year!! All but one of them, the round Spidey ripple, went to a local charity group. From there a few traveled to a nearby nursing home where they became Bingo prizes, and the rest were passed on to social workers for children who are entering foster care.
I’m going to continue crocheting ripples for foster kids and intend, for the third year, to give away at least one of them a week.
All 62 of the ripples that I made in 2011 followed my single strand version of the Rustic Ripple pattern, so it was a Big Deal that I tried three new ripple patterns in 2012: (photos are of the first ripple I made from each pattern)
The Jacob’s Ladder Ripple,
the Ripple-Mania Eyelet Ripple,
and the Superhero Dreamcatcher Afghan.
I also wrote my first ripple pattern, The Wriggly Ripple,
and helped Mara Thomas write another, The Express V-Stitch Ripple!!
I’m definitely going to make more round ripples this year, using the easy Superhero blanket pattern. It would be fun to try some other new ripple patterns – there are so many wonderful-looking ripples to pick from! – but I don’t think I’ll tackle doing three new ones all in the same month like I did in November! Whose dumb idea was that?! lol.
I made a few non-ripple blankets last year too. I finished. . .
Christmas in Grannies,
the Flower in a Star Hexagon,
and the Thrifty Granny,
and I started two others,
the Mushroom Granny,
and the Mini-Scrap Granny,
even though I haven’t yet finished the Flower Garden Granny. . .
which I started in 2011. wince.
I must show more discipline and finish those three before I start work on my new Crayon Granny idea. . .
My other charity projects of 2012 were recycling pounds and pounds of used crayons into fun new crayon shapes for the foster kids and marathon knitting 16 wooly neckwarmers for the Warm Hands Network in Canada, a project that taught me alot about steam blocking! And let’s not forget what fun I just had making the two fleece superhero capes for Christmas gifts!!
I’ll soon begin making new Easter egg and bunny-shaped crayons. If DH visits Canada on business again this year, I’ll definitely knit more woolies to send with him, but, in the meantime, I continue looking for a local charity that wants handmade woolen items.
New charity projects for 2013:
Crochet edgings on a bunch of these fleece remnants,
turning them into cheery blankets for foster kids.
Make fun stuffed ‘critters’ from fleece scraps, also for the foster kids.
Crochet a shawl for a Haiti mission’s charity auction.
2012’s personal projects were very few:
For DH, knitted charcoal ribbed fingerless mitts and a mocha cowl and fingerless mitt set.
For a friend’s baby, a knitted hybrid baby hat and legwarmers.
And for myself, a pair of simple charcoal fingerless mitts, which, although started back in February, are, sadly, still waiting to be finished.
What a pathetically short list. sigh.
It’s not like I have a hard time coming up with ideas!
This is my craft queue. Each mini post-it represents a project. Those on the right half are personal projects.
Here are just a few of the things I’m thinking about doing in 2013:
weave, sew some patchwork quilts for the kids, crochet a floral motif throw of fine wool yarns, add-on to the rust blankie I knitted for DH a few years ago, knit my very first sweater or top, hook a rug, try punch embroidery, knit or weave a rug out of tee-shirt strips.
Phew! Just reading the list makes me tired. lol.
Well, whatever I end up making – you’ll see it here at alottastitches!