Thursday 2 January 2014

Something Old, Something New -- January edition

Never too hot to Stitch!

Hello and welcome to the first post of this Linky party. If you are here for the first time and have no idea what "Something Old, Something New" is about, you can read the guidelines by clicking on the tab at the top of this blog. That's where you’ll find the “grab code” or you can get it from my sidebar. Some further background reading is in this post where I first proposed the idea.

Basically, "Something Old, Something New" (SOSN) is about two things each month:
  1. Choosing one UFO to work on* -- for me a UFO is any project I haven't touched in the last three months; but you may have a different definition and that's okay!
  2. Choosing one new technique to learn or practice
*Originally I said to "finish" a UFO but there are some projects that can't be finished in a month but can be worked on! For example, I have a cross stitch that was started many years ago and is nearing completion but there's no way I can finish it in a month and still have a life! So I'm changing the {rules}  from "finish" to "work on"!

Personally, I am intending to focus on both the "old" and the "new" each month but you might choose to work on only one or the other, it's totally up to you!

On the second day of each month, I'll put up a Linky party where we'll share how we went with our previous month's goals and list the goals for the following month.

I don't know about you but I have so many UFOs and so many techniques I'd like to learn that it's hard to choose one!

So, what do I plan for January?

Old -- Rainbow Blocks quilt
I made the blocks in 2011-2012 as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, and it's time to do something useful with them! I'm not sure I will get it finished but my aim is for a completed flimsy!
2011 purple improv  2011 yellow improv 2012 green improv blocks 2012 orange improv2011 red improv 2012 pink improv 1 2012 pink improv 2 2012 purple improv 2012 teal improv 2012 yellow improv

New -- Shadow (Illusion) knitting
I am booked to tutor a workshop in this technique in July and I haven't tried it myself; so if I start now (and continue to practise) I will have some level of experience by July! I can’t show you a photo because I haven’t started yet but here is a link to a great design on Ravelry.

How about you?
Are you going to drag an old project out of its hiding place and work on it?
Or are you going to start the new year by learning a new technique?
Maybe both?

Please link up here with the URL of your blog post so we can all visit and cheer you on.

If you don't have a blog, leave a comment with the address of where we can find your photos (eg Flickr).

Have fun working on your projects in January!


  1. Hi Lynne, I would have to say it is a bit too hot to knit at present:D Not so bad if the AC is on. I am intrigued by your challenge/linky party. I think it fits in with the way I like to work. I will have to work out what I am going to do for January and get back to you. I love those rainbow colour blocks.

  2. I would love to have you join me -- thank you for seeing the potential here.

    1. Great plans for a new year and a clean slate! I will join you on the shadow knitting! It is something I want to try for quite a while! I will go check out that link!

    2. Woo-hoo! Glad to know someone will be right there beside me, learning the same thing at the same time!

  3. Nice idea for a linky party. I might post once I get my sewing/craft room set up.

  4. Love the idea Lynne. I must write my post. I also love the look of the shadow knitting.

  5. I'm looking forward to a great year of finishes. Making new friends here in the process will be a bonus!

  6. I linked up my big goal post because I feel the need to get busy DOING something today instead of writing about it! LOL As you know... my new will be my first dabbles in FMQ.

  7. I love that Shadow Illusion pattern! If I wasn't in Thesis mode now, I'd join right in with you on that one. For sure! I have to play the Something New part low until August - hope you don't mind. I'll use that for little bits of somethings on my NewFOs until then.

  8. I remember those crumb blocks. They will look great in a quilt. Good luck with this month's goals.

  9. I'll be joining you soon too. I've got a goal this year to sew from my stash, so I should something for you every month. :-)
    Happy New Year!

  10. Neat blocks. It will be fun to see how you set them.
    Happy New Year.

  11. Beautiful rainbow blocks. They will make a lovely quilt.


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