I keep reading 2009 lists and somehow it feels like 2009 should not have happened yet, but it did and it is gone.

What crafty things did I accomplish?  I sort of love the photo mosaic, but I hate putting it together.  As I started the process though, I thought, “wow, look at everything I did!” and that was nice.

2009 Review

That empty lower corner is where I should have a picture of the Margaret sling bag I made my sister but forgot to take a picture before I gave it to her.

I knit: pretty pink princess (sheldon from knitty), newborn booties (magic slippers from ???), bright scarf (drop scarf pattern that is a modified clapotis), camping hat version 2.5, grandpa’s hat, my leaf lace camping hat, pink lemonade (elenka from knitty), february lady sweater, brimless topi (from knitty), asymmetrical cable scarf (from One Skein), Panda legs (improvised pattern), Turn-a-Plain (Turn-a-Square from Jared Flood), Brynn’s Ruffles (modified Lilly pattern from Larissa Brown), Poppy brooch (riff on Nancy Ricci’s poppy pattern), Crumpet beret, Peach Baby and Sea Baby (ribbed baby jacket pattern from Debbie Bliss adorned with a flower from Crochet Adorned)

I crocheted: Butterfly cap (from Vallieskids), Medallion Table Runner (from Crochet Adorned)

I sewed: little artist’s drawing case (from Craft Apple when it used to be a free pattern), Unstructured bag (idea from a Japanese craft book), two Hourglass Pillows (Amy Butler pattern), Hello Kitty Pajama Pants (Simplicity pattern), Bloomers for Pink Lemonade (Favorite Things pattern), woolen flower brooch (from Design Sponge), Buttercup Bag (modified, from Made by Rae), Margaret sling bag (from Oh Fransson), Moleskin Cover (mashup of a family pattern and Mr. Monkeysuit pattern), oh and recovered 4 patio chairs (not sewing, but it involved fabric)

I grew and mostly did not kill: mint, rosemary, primroses, cat grass, radishes and arugula

What crafty things did I leave unfinished?

2009 Unfinished

I did finish one marigold sock (though didn’t take a picture), now I need to sit down and do a little knitting csi before I can start the second sock, doh. And I’ve made progress on both sassymetrical and ishbel. But I stalled out on machine quilting the HK quilt way back in springtime. I basted the three layers together, wound 5 bobbins worth of thread and then chickened out. The Anna Tunic was hemmed during the christmas sewing (quick while I have matching thread in the machine) and just waiting for buttons to be sewn on.

I’m going to ignore the list of things I never got around to starting.  But I am focusing on finishing up before I tackle too many new projects.  Except fingerless gloves, because not having a grab and go knitting project that stuffs in a purse was making me cranky (just ask TheHusband).  So I grabbed a single skein of yarn, jotted a few notes from the Maine Morning Mitts pattern and started last weekend during an errand run with TheHusband.

January 9, 2010. Tags: . Crochet, Gardening, Knitting, Sewing, Thoughts. 2 comments.

plant killer

I want to have a green thumb, really I do.  And I’m so close, my mom, that woman can bring plants back to life, and she loves to garden; but while I love the idea of gardening successful outcomes often elude me.  This actually creates a bit of a dilemma for me, part of making a home means having green plants in it, I even had a couple plants in my dorm rooms, but I have a heck of a time keeping those plants alive.  When we moved here I took a look at the lighting (crappy, all our windows are north facing, 5/7ths of them are also covered by roof overhangs) and available spots for plants and just decided to not even try.  Then mom came to visit and bought me a little herb garden in a pot.  I didn’t kill it so the following spring I decided to grow basil (fail), nasturtiums (fail – aphid prone and our complex was overrun), mint (just didn’t thrive, then killed in our harsh December), and parsley (again failure to thrive).  Oh well.  But now I’ve found a garden store and it has the cutest succulents (oh how I love succulents).  So last fall I bought a jade plant, now jade plants are often on the list of “nearly impossible to kill”, exceept look what I did:
dead jade plantYup. I’m a plant killer.  My neighbor and my grandmother were quite surprised, but I don’t think my mom was.  I think I managed to first dehydrate and then drown this plant. Of course a lot of my plant killing tendencies have to do with wanting to grow the wrong plants for my conditions. See, I love plants that require full sun, and dry conditions but my last two houses have been damp and shady. So I’m trying to learn. This year I discovered primroses and it seems they actually like shade so grabbed 5 little pots when they were on sale at my nearby used-to-be-local big box.


day of planting

primroses + 3 weeks

3 weeks later

I think I’m doing okay so far. Keep your fingers crossed for me. I suspect that gardening is one of those skills that I will just have to work at. Try try again and all that. So I am. I’m slowly building up my gardening book collection (The Bountiful Container, Gardening for Dummies and I’m eyeing a few more titles) as well as gardening blogs in my RSS reader. Plus I think gardening is a bit like knitting, you generally get more help at a small local nursery/garden store than those big boxes so I’m trying to give them more of my business. They helped me pick out a liquid fertilizer last month (I think it is a 3-3-3, very basic).

And I’m trying to grow more herbs agin. This year I picked a mint in which the tag claims it likes partial shade. And I bought a new rosemary plant (the one in my herb pot also sucumbed to the unusually cold December or was it the unusually dry January or February? however the chives and thyme are still alive).  Whenever I start planting things I get excited, I think, “oh wow that wasn’t hard at all” and then start plotting great plans.  But I’m trying to take it slow, and only use plants that others claim grow in shady conditions.  This weekend I’m going take the plunge with radish seeds…

mint & rosemary

April 30, 2009. Tags: , , , . Gardening. 3 comments.