Tuesday 17 December 2013

Something Old, Something New

2013: The Year of the Finished Project was not as successful for me as I would have liked although it was very successful for other participants.

Deb at A Simple Life Quilts asked recently what one word described this year. My word was "unexpected" -- I didn't expect my DD and her family (including both our grandchildren) to move several hours away, I didn't expect to spend three months renovating a house I don't own, I didn't expect to get shingles, I didn't expect horrific bush-fires so early in the season, I didn't expect to be so moved by this horrible event that I just had to do something to help, I didn't expect to spend weeks sewing knitted squares into blankets (with more still to be done). Most of all,  I didn't expect to find a deeper, more wonderful relationship with my husband which is the direct result of returning to fellowship with other believers after several years isolation (of my own choosing) and a closer walk with my Creator, my Saviour and my Friend.

As far as my linky party was concerned -- I didn't expect not to meet my goals each month, or to have so many excuses/reasons for not meeting them.

That being said, I have decided to take a more relaxed approach next year. (Perhaps "simplify" is rubbing off on me, Deb.) I still have UFOs I need to complete but I also want to spend 2014 learning and/or practising new techniques.

So I'm inviting you to join me for a year of "Something Old, Something New". The "old" will focus on finishing just one UFO each month (you could finish more if you wish). The "new" is not starting a new project -- there's already a linky party for that over at Cat Patches -- it's challenging yourself to intentionally learn one new technique or skill each month, related to the craft of your choice.

Will you join me?

 I'm already thinking about things like foundation piecing, trapunto, Bargello, piecing curves, FMQ (although that's not really new for me, I just need lots of practice), candlewicking, shadow knitting...

With all four bedrooms (including the sewing room where my PC is located) occupied until next Monday, I can't access my computer to make a linky party "button" and I haven't thought of any guidelines/rules for playing along but hey, if there's anything else you need to know, just ask!

And, because I can't finish this post without any photos, here is Knitted Patchwork II, which I finished on Tuesday. I started with thirty-five half squares, so I had to knit 35 half squares, sew them all together, sew in the ends and add the single crochet border. 

Not bad for seven weeks work (if I do say so myself)! I would prefer it was flatter but the blocks are not square and it was hard to join them in this pattern! I live and learn! Older Grandson likes it -- the first thing he asked was "is that for me?" And he spent a lot of time yesterday dragging it around the house. I need to wash it to soften up those fibres so it isn't a big problem. Besides, I have plenty of yarn, I can always knit a new one; if that one gives him so much pleasure, he can have it!


  1. After trying for a year to get rid of my UFO's I learned something important. UFO's never go away!!! They just keep landing back in my sewing room all over again. Hahaha. I think you finished a lot this year in spite of everything else.

  2. Sometimes it's just our turn for a tough year....look how much you learned and still got so much done! Here's to 2014!!!

  3. Your unexpected events this year have returned blessings to you....just not what you expected. And you now want to tackle new techniques! I would say that is growth and a bold step. I love it. You have that plan for next year and I do like it. I have taken a couple months off but will return next year.

  4. I had a year of unexpected also, and so didn't finish as many projects as I had wanted. 2014 will be a much more relaxed year as I am refusing to take on as much as I did last year. :-) I would love to join in on your Something Old, Something New for 2014.

  5. I would love to join you hopefully this year I will manage to get more done!

  6. My year was full of unexpected turns too but I've still got my sense of humour and a big dose of optimism :-)
    I would be interested in joining you in the coming year in learning new technique and finishing UFOs.

  7. Hey, I really like this Something Old, Something New idea! I'm sure I will be joining in. And, wow - yes - you really had a doozy of a year. Here's to a nice 2014~!

  8. You certainly did have a year of unexpected surprises. Some bad some good. I think it is awesome that your relationship with your husband grew deeper.I know that pleases God too. I do have some things I do want to try this year. One is hooking a rug. Should be fun! I wish you a Merry Christmas and a much better New Year.

  9. Sounds like a good way to get rid of some UFOs and learn some new skills. I will likely be better with the UFO part than I will be with the new stuff. Still, I'm game.

  10. Each year is a learning experience and really for as much as we plan there can be a lot left to chance. You had a doozy of a year! Sometimes opportunities lurk behind hard times and I hope that comes for you. I'll be following along with something old for sure and mostly something new too.


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