It’s starting to look like a sweater

See!

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This is the Sea Princess Sweater I said I was going to make for the Kiddo. It is, in fact, VERY pink. But the pink is actually quite pretty and not as harsh as I initially thought it might be.

Looking at the progress, I might actually be done a bit earlier than anticipated. In which case, the Kiddo has also requested a pair of matching legwarmers. I’m fairly certain I’ll have enough yarn to accomodate that request, but we’ll see. I hope so.

I still need to decide on buttons. I have to go through my button stash first to see if I have 6 buttons that will match and look pretty with this sweater. If not, I’m not sure where I want to look to try and find them….maybe Etsy, maybe Jimmy Beans (a new fave of mine that I’ll talk more about soon, by the way).

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Plans and goals and projects, oh my

Yes, it’s already been 2013 for a week, but I think I’m still safely in the window for resolution-making.

1. Make at least 2 “Project Use Up All the Cotton” items per month. I have no illusions about actually emptying the cotton stash completely, particularly because I’ve had to buy more to use in customer projects. However, I figure 2 items each month is a reasonable and achievable goal. Plus, it would be nice to have a stash of washcloths & soap pockets to donate later in the year.

2. Make this sweater for the Kiddo. It’s a beautiful short-sleeved cable sweater that would be great to wear over a long-sleeved shirt in the early spring. The designer is Elena Nodel and she has created some wonderful patterns. For me, this will be only my 3rd sweater ever attempted and the largest. I’ve always been a bit intimidated by larger garments, but I figure if I was able to tackle a lace shawl in 2011/2012 I can take on a child-sized sweater in 2013.

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photo from “Sea Princess” (by Elena Nodel) pattern page on Ravelry

3. Learn how to make an “Aunt Gert” blanket. What is that you ask? Well, the simplest explanation is that it’s a crocheted ripple afghan. More than that though…it’s a blanket that almost every kid in my family has received – me, my sister, my cousins, my niece & nephew, the Kiddo. Aunt Gert was my great aunt. I don’t really remember her, but she made my blanket, my sister’s, and 2 of my cousin’s. My Aunt Barbara and my mom have made all the others. My mom can’t really sit and work on the blankets like she used to so someone needs to step up and make them. That’s really the main reason I decided to learn to crochet. (I had the story totally wrong earlier & my mom called…she was like, “You know all this.” To which I responded, “Duh! Yes I do. I don’t know what I was thinking. So I came back & fixed it.)

There are lots more plans I have in my head for what I’d like to do this year, but as far as solid goals go I would be super proud of myself for accomplishing all three of these.