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    Smile 2011 Needlework Arts Challenge

    Hi everyone!

    I know this is a little early but I have already been making a list and checking it twice for the new year.

    I really want to make more homemade 2011 Christmas gifts so here is my partial list. I will need to start on these immediately as once summer starts, the needlework stops.

    DB - knitted hat and scarf set
    DN#1 - knitted hat and scarf set
    DN#2 - knitted hat and scarf set
    DSIL - scarf
    Friend #1 - knitted hat and scarf set (male)
    Friend #2 - scarf (female)
    Friend #3 - knitted hat and scarf set (male)
    Friend #4 - scarf (female)
    DM - scarf
    DNiece - knitted hat and scarf set (requested already)
    DGrandniece - knitted hat and scarf set (requested already)
    DGrandnephew - knitted hat and scarf set (requested already)

    I also have a tapestry kit I want to try.
    Then I have the mandatory dishcloths and scrubbies for 9 people.
    I want to attempt to make the knitted deer beanbag for my DN#1 and find some type of knitted beanbag for DN#2.
    The mandatory slippers as well for DN#1 and DN#2

    That's a start. I will be trying to broaden my knitting skills and attempt the stockings that Yankee Mom made. It would be a perfect addition to many people on my list.

    Whew, that's enough for now!




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    I have a gorgeous pattern for an afghan that I want to do in 2011.
    It's made up of about 180 wagon wheel hexagons.
    I would really like to make it big enough to cover the top of my double bed, so it might take more hexagons than that.
    I plan to make it with 3 colors - beige, chocolate brown and sage green. I might even throw in another color - either a darker green or maybe a light shade of brown between beige and chocolate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debbie-cat View Post
    Hi everyone!

    I really want to make more homemade 2011 Christmas gifts so here is my partial list. I will need to start on these immediately as once summer starts, the needlework stops.

    That's a start. I will be trying to broaden my knitting skills and attempt the stockings that Yankee Mom made. It would be a perfect addition to many people on my list.

    Whew, that's enough for now!
    Ahem!!!! +cough+ *cough* AHEM!!!

    What about the socks you started last year? And the pineapple afghan? (I have been peeking in your needlework basket!!)

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    I'm in. I have been woefully negligent of my knitting needles this year. No time like winter to think about knitting cozy things!

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    cant wait to see what everyone comes up with

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    I am going to learn how to crochet better and just learn how to knit.
    I bought some knitting needles a while back and tried to use them but they just feel so awkward to use. I have only used crochet hooks in the past. I have a lot to learn.

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    I have a lot of knitting to do next year. I want to continue knitting through "Knitter's Almanac" by Elizabeth Zimmermann. I also understand just how much knitting I'll have to do for next year! With all these new people in my life I really need to be on the ball for making gifts for next year. I'm thinking of quilting a few gifts too.

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    2010 was my year of learning to knit (and I've gotten surprisingly good at it!), and now 2011 is going to be my year of finished objects! Because I really do want to finish all the things I started in 2010

    I think I may have mentioned that I finished mitten #1 and have started mitten #2....then I frogged mitten #2....and re-knit past the point I frogged...gah! I'm such a perfectionist. I also frogged about an inch of my lacy vest because there was a small boo-boo several rows down...actually we had a debate at the yarn shop on Thursday night whether I should frog or not, and the winning argument was "you know it's going to bother you, it will drive you crazy that it's not right"...lol, they know me well!! We're going up to Timberline lodge today, which is about a 2-1/2 hour drive, so I'll be knitting away at mitten #2 in the car. And I have a ball of River Twist for a cowl that I want to start...yeah, I know, didn't I just say something about finishing projects? I'm hopeless...

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    I never did finish my sweater project, so I think that I may start out the new year with finding a sweater I really like and trying to actually make it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Labontet View Post
    I am going to learn how to crochet better and just learn how to knit.
    I bought some knitting needles a while back and tried to use them but they just feel so awkward to use. I have only used crochet hooks in the past. I have a lot to learn.
    You can do it! This time last year I was a newbie knitter and I've learned so much in the past year...you can too and it is so much fun once you get the hang of it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by madhen View Post
    I never did finish my sweater project, so I think that I may start out the new year with finding a sweater I really like and trying to actually make it.
    I have a vest and two sweaters on the needles and at least one or two waiting...am going to finish them this year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by peanut View Post
    I have a lot of knitting to do next year. I want to continue knitting through "Knitter's Almanac" by Elizabeth Zimmermann. I also understand just how much knitting I'll have to do for next year! With all these new people in my life I really need to be on the ball for making gifts for next year. I'm thinking of quilting a few gifts too.
    That's another thing I want to do in 2011...I have a couple of EZ books and I want to read them and, after I get some of my other projects finished, knit something from them.

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    ~I'm in! I want to knit a baby sweater. So far I can only do dishcloths. :O ~

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    Well, unlike most of ya all on here I don't knit. I crochet and I've already started on a list of things that I want to make for 2011. I'm hoping to do at least 3 a month. I've tried knitting but I found that it takes too long for me.

    Also, as a "gift" for my oldest daughter this year, I've told her that I will sit down with her and teach her to crochet. I have tried this before, but I am a lefty and she is not. This leads to one frustrated mommy and an even more frustrated 7 almost 8 year old!! If anyone has any suggestions on how to help teach her they would be greatly appreciated. I've tried eveything that I can think of so any hints would be greatly welcomed.

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    Don't forget, needlework includes sewing, embroidery, tatting, rug-hooking, etc!

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