There's just something about a brand new year! Hanging that new calendar on the wall, turning to January....so much promise in a new year! I love it! I gather a couple January magazine issues every year....O always has such inspirational articles for change! I've been reading it at my leisure this weekend. Because as the cover suggests, it just might show me "How to Get What You REALLY Want This Year"...so I'm open to that!
I also picked up this organizational issue of BH&G, at the suggestion of my friend, Kimm.
She suggested it, not (I don't think) because she feels like I need to get organized (though I'm going to read those articles and take something from them I'm sure!)...no...she suggested it because she thought I might find this article interesting....
or I should say this picture! LOOK!!!! I am NOT alone!! Do you SEE what's on top of the bookcases!!!?!??
Globes! Lots and lots of GLOBES!!! My globe-quest will continue in to this new year for certain now! Aren't they lovely!! Now if only I had some bookcases! LOL Yeah....bookcases! There's a plan for the new year! Take up woodworking. HA! KIDDING! Another hobby I do not yearn for at this stage! I have plenty!
I'm kickin' off the new year with fresh starts on my hobbies! This is nothing new. I do this every year. It's a great excuse to start something NEW, whether there's other projects (ahem...Ann Raynor) languishing or not.
This year, Paulette and I decided that Sarah Brignell from The Scarlet Letter would be our New Year's start!
As you may have read on her blog
I was, indeed, dying my linen shortly before midnight on New Year's Eve! See, I had a lovely chunk of 35 count Elegant Bean...and while lovely....it was just too clean...too ivory for my taste and the DMC floss that the chart calls for. So...in the sink it went with a small portion of a pack of tan RIT dye. It turned out so-so....took that clean edge off...so I went with it. Paulette decided to pull her own lovely, soft conversion for her sampler. I, on the other hand, have decided to stick with the bold, somewhat garish, palette of DMC as charted. Doesn't everyone need a somewhat garish sampler on their wall? Here's my progress...
On the quilting front.....I could not decide which quilt to start!! AAAACK! SO many! Of course this just means the choices are endless for this year of quilting, but I had to choose one for my New Year's start!
I LOVED the Tag Sale quilt in Carrie Nelson's (aka Miss Rosie's Quilt Company) book, and pulled a lovely bundle of Regency III from Judie Rothermel cuts from my stash shelf.
It's stacked on my cutting table! It's going to be lovely! But that's not my start. This is!
I have had 1/2 yard cuts of the Indigo Pewter & Honey line of fabrics on the shelf for a while...just waiting for the right time..the right quilt. And New Year's was the right time! And the block in the pattern Nutmeg Stars was the right block!!
I've got a nice start to it! Just 14 more blocks to go, but they go pretty quickly because you cut two at a time...the positive and the negative! I don't know that I will set them as the pattern shows. I'm thinking, instead, of sashing them and then the border. And I may make more than 16 blocks because I'm not always a fan of square quilts. We'll see how it goes! Once the blocks are done, I'll see if they tell me to set them like the pattern, or sash and border them.
On the knitting front....tonight I'm casting on for a new scarf....a luscious soft one....out of this.
Ooooh yum! Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino...RED! Perfect! I pulled out my stitch pattern book and have decided to do a classic scarf...pattern will be the double moss stitch! I'm so excited that I can actually read stitch patterns now! This from a gal who taught herself how to knit dishcloths with the help of the StitchWitch on youtube! So there will be progress pics of the scarf in the next post!
I didn't start a new rug.....I've barely started my first one, as you may recall! But I have a nice little rughooking station set up in the studio now so I can steal a few moments here an there hooking a loop or two!
I've decided no pressure.....no deadlines....and no guilt when it comes to hobby progress this year! I'm going to remind myself it's about the process! And if I want to start four new samplers, I'm giving myself permission! Of course they may not get completed until Twenty Thirteen, but that's okay! If there's enjoyment in it....I'm all for it!!
Yep...I'm kickin' off the new year and looking forward to lots of creating! I hope you are too! I'd love to hear about your new year's start or startS! It's always nice to hear what others are doing and to know I'm not alone on this creative journey!!