First thing first, what I learned in 2010:
1. I have limited amount of time dedicated to knitting and sewing, so I should not waste my time with ordinary project. I should work on project with gorgeous designs or fabrics/yarn. Material that you choose makes a big different, just check out these lovely people who rock with their material choices like Jettshin and Ceylangul in the knitting world or Tasia (love love your fabrics pairing girl) and Gertie in the sewing world
2. I should stop stashing like a mad woman. I find that my taste changes over time, it is best to buy supply on-demand even if that means paying a little bit more.
3. No more buying poor quality supply. The $2.99 polyester charmeuse on fabric.com may sound appealing, thanks but no thanks unless I plan to use it as a muslin.
4. I should only knit from early fall/end of summer to mid-spring. The rest of the year should be dedicated for sewing. Reason being, it is too hot to wear knitwear in summer. Plus, I need to put more flying time on my sewing skill. I find sewing a lot harder than knitting because knit material is very forgiving, fitting is less of an issue as long as I stay on the smaller side. Furthermore, there’re just a lot more to learn in sewing
5. When picking project, I should keep the big picture in mind, i.e. look at my wardrobe and make sure my projects can be mixed and matched with the rest of the wardrobe
With that my main goals for 2011
1. Finish Lady Grey. boy oh boy, it’s been shimmering for months
2. Learn stranded knitting. In fact, this will be the first project of 2011 (I just finished buckwheat, a leftover from 2010). Top on my list:
3. Learn to use my serger (it’s been collecting dust since september) and sew with knit material. How about starting with something like
Vogue 8685 (rated easy, hmmm doesn’t look like it)
4. Sew a dress appropriate for a beach wedding. My best bud Heaven is getting married in Spring in Honolulu. I have yet to pick the pattern
6. Sewing projects I may tackle, all of them are tops or dresses: Pendrell blouse by the lovely Tasia, Colette Patterns (which I have a ton): Macaron, Sencha, Parfait, Chantilly, Simpilicty 2560, Simplicity 2443, Simplicity 2643, V1190, V1174, V1170, Mccall 2603, Butterick 5491
7. Same goes with Knitting: Emelie, Kirigami, Aidez (free), Golden Wheat, Folded, Treeline striped (free), Middlefield, Mystic , Audrey in Unst,Botany (free), Abalone (free), Milkweed shawl, Estelle, Corona (free), Still, Round the corner hoodie, Chatam Bolero and I will for sure love some designs from the soon to-be released Little Red in the City
Whew… what a long list, we’ll check back in January 2012 to see which I have accomplished