During 2013 I crocheted 66 blankets for children entering foster care. Sixteen of them were pieces of fleece that I bordered with crochet.
The others were all ripples. – If you’d like to see the entire group just visit my Ravelry project page and click on the ‘2013 Ripples’ tab. – Fifteen of them were baby-sized blankets that I crocheted throughout the summer out of fingering and sport-weight yarns. Eight of those were squarish. . .
and seven were round.
The remaining thirty-five were traditional rectangular ripples.
As for granny afghans, in 2013 I added some more rounds to a small pink and white one that I found in a thrift store. . .
and I finally assembled and bordered the Field of Wildflowers granny that I started the previous summer.
I gave it, as well as this lace shawl and scarf that I also crocheted in 2013, to local charity fundraisers.
As usual, I didn’t do nearly as many knitting projects as crochet ones. I knit two rugs out of ‘tarn’, t-shirt yarn that I made out of strips cut from old t-shirts.
We Love Them Both! The one of the left is our bathmat and the other is in front of our kitchen sink.
Oh, and I knitted the ribbing on the tops of the slipper socks I sewed for DH from a thrift shop sweater. He quickly wore holes through their soles. I will use a more durable wool/nylon blend sweater next time.
I also sewed him a pair of cashmere long johns, again from a thrift shop sweater. What a Fun one day winter project this was!
I didn’t do very much weaving, but I did learn and/or remember a lot about the craft, which I hope will make each future weaving project go a little easier and faster for me.
I refurbished a tag sale tote with fabric I wove out of quilt fabric ‘rags’
and I wove two dishtowels out of cotton thread and yarn that I found in thrift stores.
I also wove a ‘free-style’ bag on my ‘new’ Saori loom. I will share its ta-dah photos soon.
2013 was a Wonderful Year for shopping on CraigsList! Not only did I get the Saori loom, but a Kromski rigid heddle loom on a stand that came with two extra heddles, a bobbin winder and an inkle loom!
My most Fantastic Buy of the year was 21 bins of weaving yarns that came with a bunch of free wool fabric,
some already cut into strips, and a free fabric cutter.
I was blessed throughout the year with many generous donations of yarn. Some came in anonymous plastic bags byway of the local charity I work with. . .
while those from a particular Yarn Fairy came in boxes delivered by the mailman.
I appreciate all the people who donated yarn to my local thrift stores
and to church and historical society rummage sales.
Thank you, also, to every person who bothered to throw a tag sale and thought to dig out their unloved yarns.
I look forward to discovering what thrifty treasures and crafty ideas this New Year holds for me. – I feel 2014 is going to be a Great Year!
What a lovely recap of your year!!! You do amazing things and are such an inspiration. I always love to see your updates and I wish you a fabulous 2014 🙂
I’ve noticed that your hook has been very busy, Lisa. 😀
You’ve made so many CUTE kids’ hats! And I looove your Hungry Caterpillar cocoons!
You are one productive lady and 99% for charity! You set a superlative example for us all.
May 2014 be a truly blessed year for you with many wonderful things instore for you.
And may your New Year be blessed too, Wawanna.
Wow, you do get a lot done, don’t you? I think I am going to do more charity crafting this year.
I find that having a blanket or two ready-to-start – yarns chosen and striped plan written – makes it easier for me to continuously crochet for charity. “A hook in motion tends to stay in motion.” If I take a long break, it’s really hard for me to get started again! And, while I may be able to convince myself that a half-finished blanket is too bulky to take along on a road trip, one that’s newly started gives me no such excuse! 🙂
Best wishes on meeting your goal.
What a lot of warm kids this winter! You did beautiful work…your crocheting and your charity for the lil’ ones! Have a great and productive 2014!