Every once in a while, if I manage to drop all video games and my children get a tiny bit of sleep at night, I get ambitious with my craft plans. I know that I work best with a schedule, but I also enjoyed the participatory nature of Kids Clothes Week. My many posts just within one week attest to how working within someone else’s schedule can pressure me to move along, especially when Twitter and Instagram support that.
So, I’ve decided to look ahead to this easy going summer when I plan to sell a house, settle on a house, and, basically, furnish and decorate a house while gearing up for child’s first full year of schooling. I want to craft like mad. (“Mad” being the word most descriptive of my plan…)
I’ve been working pretty steadily on Rose of Sharon as you might have noticed recently. I’ve also been making some pretty steady progress on my Snowman Blanket of Doom, though I have not been posting about it because it is unexciting and unglamorous progress until quite recently. Now, normally, my weirdness is that I can only work on a single project within a craft at one time. Otherwise, I get overwhelmed and anxious. My only exception is my sock knitting which is my “travel” knitting if my larger project is too big to travel easily. (Since currently all ten of the skeins of yarn I bought for that blanket are in play or are knitted up, my Snowman Blanket of Doom is officially too big to travel.)
However, this summer, I’m going to try changing it up. First, I bought The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery‘s Summer Sampler. I love the stuff coming out from the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery and since I’ve never done a mystery knit or cross stitch or sewalong or even a yarn club in my life, I decided to try this to see if I liked it. I’d be participating and posting with others. I think this just sounds like fun. I’m going to make completing this with the time frame a top crafting priority, which is hilarious since it overlaps with the week I settle on my new house. No probs, remember? If you want to join because you cross stitch, please do so.
They’ve promised a free pattern to all participants if they get more than 400 participants before the end of the weekly sampler release. I know at least one of my readers loves their stuff also and if she has not already bought it, I’m hoping this peer pressures her. The first release will be June 21, but I’ve gotten information for the threads needed, the fabric needed, and a chart for the stitched frames which I have started.
What else am I doing this summer? I joined Sew Knitpicky’s Sock It To Summer. I have no idea if you watch her videocast, but maybe you should? She’s got a lot of overlap in hobbies with me (though she recently picked up spinning which I’m attempting to avoid like the plague), so I quite like it and her cute multicolored hair. It just calls for you to knit a pair of socks (or more than one pair) this summer. They can be socks for children or adults and you can work on a WIP so long as it is not more than seventy five percent done at the start of the summer. It runs from June 1 to the end of August. There is a prize. I plan to work on my husband’s socks. I only have four inches done of the first cuff. He wants seven inch cuffs for his extra wide, size eleven feet. *WHIMPER*
Sadly, due to the moving and the lack of a setup for sewing, Kids Clothes Week will not be on for the summer session. I do plan to participate in the fall session.
So, on weeks in which the Summer Sampler is running, that’ll be my priority and I’ll work on the other stuff in between that. Otherwise, it’s going to be one week knitting the Blanket of Doom, one week on Rose of Sharon, and one week on socks. The socks will also still be my portable knitting. I’ll get back to you in August to give you a loose update on how all of this is going, okay?
Good job, team. Join me on some of this if you want. I think the Sampler is great for cross-stitchers, and the sock knitting is great for all knitters. I’d like to see more comments and participation, like I said, so let’s do this!