Taking advantage of the cold weather (there’s lots of it and snow) and a plentiful supply of firewood (thanks to two hurricanes and a freak October snowstorm in the last 2 years), I’m enjoying some relaxing crafting time by the fireplace.
In line with my word of 2014, possibilities, I realize that you cannot just keep starting things but have to finish a few too. So, here’s my first needlepoint sampler from a class at A Stitch in Time a few years ago. The light blue, partly finished in this picture is the last round. Then I will dig out the DVDs with the instructions on finishing projects and give this one a whirl. I think it will be a small pillow for the bedroom, which is decorated in yellows and blues!
I have been enamored for years with the idea of “possibilities” ever since I encountered the quilt book publishing company by that name. Besides the wonderful quilt patterns and ideas presented in their books, the concept of anticipating the possibilities of crafting and dreaming of handling crafting materials really appeals to me.
Every time a magazine comes in the mail (today it was Interweave Knits Spring 2014) or I go down to my quilting studio and pull a book off my shelves for perusal, my mind is thoroughly engaged with the possibility of creating what I see on the pages.
And I’ve been dreaming and crafting other things too. I treated myself to a 6 week knitting class and am making my first sweater – hoping to learn enough from my teacher so that the sweater actually fits. And I’m working on a kumihimo braided, beaded “something”. Whether it’s a bracelet or necklace is yet to be determined. And a beading loom might just have arrived from amazon.com last week. And then there’s the rigid heddle weaving loom upstairs with two placemats partially woven on it. And I’ve been dreaming of getting this all relocated back in the quilting studio if the carpenters EVER finish down there. And …………well, there are lots of POSSIBILITIES.
So that’s my word for 2014 and my plan for 2014 is to become much better at turning all these things into REALITIES.