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Sunday, 2 January 2011

Review of 2010 & plans for 2011

At the start of 2010 i decided that i really would love learn to knit socks and also to learn crochet if possible and i'm pleased to say that i did manage to do both.

I came across a pattern that knitted socks on 2 pins and they were quite easy to master and with lots of encouragement and help i finally managed to make some on 4 pins.

These were DH's first pair on 4 needles and he now has another pair too.

Other members of the family also received some as Christmas gifts, so now i need to make a pair for my little tootsies.

Crochet was a little more difficult to master, holding the hook correctly and getting the tension right i found hard.

Lots of fabulous help from tutorials by Lucy at Attic 24 and also the ravelry group i soon got the hang of it.

It's a wonderful craft and grows so fast for those of us who need a fast finish sometimes. I think my favourite was the Lucy bag i made for myself, its so useful for holding wool and your current crochet project.

2010 saw a few more bunny's made too and some were given for special birthdays like my daughters 21st.

I attended my first stitchers meet up in April and we met again in October where Mr Stick sent along another one of his bunny friends to make sure the ladies were being good!

There are over 50 bunny's out there in the big wide world now, hard to believe that i have made and sent out so many and they are all different

The big project i chose was the 2009 free design from Isabelle Vautier. I decided to stitch mine on 25ct over 1 and have thoroughly enjoyed stitching on it.

Unfortunately it didn't get completed by the end of 2010 as i had planned, but i have sorted out the troublesome 'W' and this is the latest WIP pic, so not long until i'll be happy dancing a finish with this.

Just for my own reference i've added a full list of finishes for 2010 here. Most of them are small projects and i still have a couple of WIP's that were started earler in the year like Just Nans Floral 15, that only has 3 squares done and also Liz Turner Deihl's Irish Garden that i began way back in February, that really needs to come out to play again.

70 ~ Scarf ~ for Karan
69 ~ Scarf - for Clare
68 ~ Crochet bag - for Karen
67 ~ Crochet bag - for Barb
66 ~ Stitchy Kitty freebie treat bag
65 ~ Covered tape measure
64 ~ Stitchy Kitty - Chilly Gift
63 ~ Covered tape measure - Sally's Bday
62 ~ Kitty Fob ~ Tina's Bday
61 ~ SIL's Christmas socks
60 ~ Notecube
59 ~ 2 more doillys
58 ~ Trinket box and notecube
57 ~ Crochet doilly and Xmas stockings
56 ~ Scarf
55 ~ Oct challenge - Gazette94 - Noel
54 ~ Socks
53 ~ Mrs Cane bunny - For Kathy
52 ~ Large granny square throw
50 ~ DH's winter socks
49 ~ Sept challenge - Matina Weber - Manuela's Sunflowers
48~ Sept monthly ornie - Cosmic Handmade - Winter Sampler
47 ~ 60th birthday bunny
46 ~ Crochet doilly - Clare's b/day
45 ~ Aug challenge - Penelopis
44 ~ Aug monthly ornie - Shepherds Bush Santa's Flight
43 ~ Bunny Family
42 ~ Crochet Lucy Bag
41 ~ 50th Wedding Anniversary bunny
40 ~ Amy's 21st birthday bunny
39 ~ Fruit & Veg show sampler
38 ~ Shepherds Bush - Scatter Sunshine - Karan's B/day
37 ~ 1st pair of sock knitted on 4 pins
36 ~ July monthly ornie - Shepherds Bush - Mary & Joseph
35 ~ June challenge - Les Chroniques de Frimousse
34 ~ June monthly ornie - Shepherds Bush - In a Stable
33 ~ Polstitches 'starstruck' Mums b/day
32 ~ May monthly ornie - Shepherds Bush - Shepherds Watched
31 ~ May challenge - Primitive Betty - Tulip Time - Rachael's B/day
31 ~ Elizabeth Designs - Special Stitcher - Kathy's b/day gift
30 ~ Elizabeth Designs - Special Stitcher - Julianne's Birthday
29 ~ 2nd set of clothes for dolly!
28 ~ Clothes for 'Dolly'
27 ~ Jardin Prive - My Ladys Quaker
26 ~ Elizabeth Designs - Dear Friend
25 ~ Bunny for Dani - 'Matilda'
24 ~ April monthly ornie - The Drawn Thread - Santa Keeper
23 ~ Just Nan - Victorian Treasures VII
22 ~ Bunny for Mylene - 'Purple Dushess'
21 ~ April Challenge - L*K Hello Spring
20 ~ Bookmark for Lesley
19 ~ March challenge - Plum Street Samplers - Be True
18 ~ Socks in double knit wool
17 ~ March monthly ornie - Ladybug Lane Designs - Plaid Greetings
16 ~ Knitted cardigan for Gabriel
15 ~ Just Nan - Ice Garden
14 ~ Feb monthly ornie - Prairie Schooler 2004 Santa
13 ~ Shepherds Bush - Friendship Lamb - Barbs B/day gift
12 ~ Feb Challenge - Primitive Betty 'Valentine'
11 ~ Jeans b/day socks
10 ~ Stephies b/day - 'Have a cup of Cheer'
9 ~ Just Nan - Lady Scarlets Journey
8 ~ Dec/Jan Challenge - Blue Ribbon Designs - Red Birds for Peace
7 ~ Blogoversary Gift (bunny & fob) for Gaynor
6 ~ Bookmark for Joan
5 ~ Bookmark for Eileen
4 ~ Jan monthly ornie - JBW Christmas Tree
3 ~ 'Shaun' Scissor Fob - Cindy b/day
2 ~ Just Nan drawstring bag - Karens B/day
1 ~ Just Nan - Heartfelt Bag

I'm embarking on something new for me, a round robin with 3 other stitching friends and it's being run over at Needlecraft Haven(a new forum set up by Clare). I have the chart chosen and am ready to grid out the fabric and add my stitched part. The first post out date for this is Feb 1st and i'll be posting off to Hazel and then it will go to Tina(no blog) and finally Clare and should return back to me later in the year. I've always been fearful of doing one of these incase a project gets lost or that another stitcher is disappointed with what i do on their project but after some discussion at the meet up in October i decided to give it a go.

This years biggie project is going to be Shores of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings. This is a SAL organised by Tina (no blog - hope she gets one soon!). Start date is Feb 1st, i had better get shopping for fabric and threads for this one.

Knitting and stitching for 2011 will be whatever i decide to do, no specific plans for that, but of course with the expected grandchild on the way i guess there will be baby knitting and crochet happening.

Before i end this post, i know its been a long one, i would like to just wish Karen a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY for today, i hope you have had a wonderful day Karen and been thoroughly spoilt.

Happy crafting in 2011 my friends


  1. Wow ~ an awesome year of crafting, Julie! Congratulations!

  2. Great 2010 - I'm impressed with your bunnies and the crochet - I really must try again LOL

    Good luck with all you plan for 2011, the RR will be fine - just enjoy

    much love x x x

  3. Julie,

    Congratulations on a VERY productive year!

    I just love the bunny you made for me and so did DD Justine. She loved her so much she actually went to live with her:)

    I wish you much happiness in your creative projects in 2011.

  4. Wow, you accomplished quite a bit this year. Have a happy 2011.

  5. That's quite a list Julie.
    Good luck with your 20011 goals. I think I might make 2011 my year of learning to crochet

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  7. Wow those Needles and hooks have been busy.
    Have a wonderful 2011

  8. Wow you have done loads! You put me to shame re the socks. I only did two pairs and I really should get more done. I am loving the crochet and I have finally received my pack of Rico so guess what I'll be starting soon?? Well, I look forward to getting your RR through. Happy New Year. x

  9. Congratulations on a very productive 2010. Looking forward to seeing your projects in 2011.

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  12. Wow that is a list and a half Julie, and when you look at that list you realise just what a special person you are as most of your stitching etc is done for others.Bless you.
    Will be in touch soon,the lergy has returned.
    Hugs n stuff

  13. Love seeing your productivity for last year. I really enjoy visiting your blog to see what you are up to. I'm still crafting, mainly knitting though and hope to make 2011 a better blog year than the last year was. Happy New Year to you and your family and I hope you'll all have a wonderful year.

  14. Wonderful review of the past year. You got so much accomplished! Sounds like you have a few fun projects planned for this year. Happy New Year!

  15. Happy New Year Julie! What a lot of fantastic crafting you've done in 2010, I count myself very lucky to have one of your very special bunnies! Thank you so much!

    I look forward to what you've got coming up this year!

  16. Wow Julie you have been busy and such a wide range of projects too. I hope 2011 is just as productive for you.

  17. A jam packed 2010! Sorry the W caused so many problems, but your GM is looking great. Looking forward to seeing what you get up to in 2011

  18. What a wonderfully productive year 2010 has been for you, Julie! I always love seeing all of your creations whether it be stitched, knitted, crocheted or the "birth" of one of those darling bunnies :)

    May 2011 be a truly great year for you and your family!

  19. Good for you Julie!!!! I want to learn but am waiting for the right moment and person to teach me ;o)

    Wow! Fifty bunnies!!!! Sigh...

    So close! You'll be done in no time :o) Can't wait to see what's up for 2011.

  20. A great accomplishment for 2010,wish my list was that long and nearly all pressies too,how kind
    Look forward to seeing Shores,have started mine to check if my fabbie was ok,love it!!
    Lookforward to seeing the new arrival and all the dinky baby clothes
    Tina xx

  21. Wow, 2010 was a very successful needlecraft year for your, wasn't it. I hope that 2011 will be just as successful and that you continue enjoying your needlecraft!

  22. You had a fantastic crafty year Julie. I hope this year is as good:)


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