17 for 2017 – January Update

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As we are coming to the end of the month, I thought I’d give you a 17 for 2017 progress update. I’ve got quite geeky about it all and made myself a spreadsheet with hyperlinks to pictures and (in one case) a second spreadsheet, meaning that I should be able to see how I’m getting on at a glance… if I remember to actually update the spreadsheet as I do things! Anyway, in less than I month, this is what I’ve done:

Seventeen… Love Rocks or other little random yarny/sewn gifts. I haven’t finished any yet, but I’m working on quite a big creation to send as a surprise gift.

Sixteen… batches of homemade biscuits. This was under-ambitious for the year – I’ve already made five batches!

Fifteen… cheeses.  I’m not sure whether I should count one or two here – I made a tomme-style cheese, and then I made ricotta with the whey. I’ve only entered this as one cheese on my spreadsheet, because it was only one cheese-making day.

Fourteen… pairs of knickers. Good progress here: two pairs completed and another six pairs cut out and ready for sewing.

Thirteen… mends. Two done: some boro mending on the knee of a pair of jeans belonging to Mr Snail and a tear in a cotton tunic repaired using my overlocker.

Twelve… letters to friends. In a flurry of activity on a dull and wet day, I wrote five letters!

Eleven… new items in my Etsy shop. None yet (although one pattern is now listed, but that’s lower down this list)

Ten... plants given to good homes. None yet – it’s too early in the season.

Nine… games of Scrabble. None yet… we’ve got a bit carried away with watching The Blacklist on dvd to the exclusion of playing games.

Eight… meals using only our own produce. None yet, because neither of us fancy kale omelette!

Seven… visits to see “social media” friends. One visit to blogging friend Katy the Night Owl.

Six… Pairs of socks knitted, using at least three different patterns. Yarn and new pattern at the ready, but none started yet.

Five… book chapters written. None, although I’m planning a talk on ecology that will form the skeleton of one of the chapters.

Four… blankets for charity; knitted or crocheted. Two completed – one for Knit for Peace, one for Sixty Million Trebles, and two on my hooks.

Three… sessions in the loft, sorting out some of the accumulated ‘stuff’ up there. None – it’s too cold to venture up there yet!

Two… patterns published and on sale. Bird Roost pattern finished and available as a digital download from my etsy shop.

One… denim gardening apron. Not yet – I’ve been dithering about the fabric!

If you have 17 for 2017 blog post or an update on your progress, do leave a link in the comments.

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25 Comments

  1. What an amazing start – had to laugh at your spreadsheet! but I think I’ll look out some old graph paper and maybe make a chart – it looks like a fun way to keep track. I keep seeing posts including the use of overlockers…………… I’m resisting so far but not sure how long that will last! Lovely to read your list – will be posting mine during this coming week and will come back with a link.

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  2. I’d say making 2 cheeses in one day counts as 2. You have set up an ambitious list for yourself. I haven’t even gotten round to making a list. 😦 You’ve accomplished quite a lot in one month.

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  3. Ann

     /  January 29, 2017

    Whats the dither on the denim apron fabric? Between all your followers, we may find a solution here. X

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  4. I haven’t a hope in hell of sticking to a list like this! Too much of a butterfly, flitting from project to project as the whim takes me. I do like how varied the achievements are, making biscuits and clearing the attic, making socks and writing letters…

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    • Oh, I could possibly do a list like this that was all yarn-focused, or all cooking focused. Knowing myself, I will be determined to achieve all of them… which is part of the reason for making the list as there are a few things that I would otherwise put off.

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  5. BUSY, BUSY, BUSY!!!

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  6. Absolutely terrific progress. Those biscuits look delicious. Love the heart shape ones. Very impressed with a spreadsheet. I have a page in a notebook as well as the update on my 17 for 2017 page. I agree that is two cheeses.

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  7. I’m impressed! Well done, well done. It’s fun to set and monitor goals. I see an amazing year ahead.

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  8. Wow, you have been busy! At this rate you’ll need to come up with another 17 things to keep you occupied from July onwards! I’m very interested in your overlocker, by the way… Does it take up very much room?

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  9. Laurie Graves

     /  January 30, 2017

    I am so inspired by you!

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  10. Good heavens–what are you going to do with the rest of the year, when you finish this list by the end of February?! 😉

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  11. I love that you’ve set about to tackling that biscuit goal!! And I’d make a note that you did two cheeses, but are only counting them as one. That way you have a back up cheese “just in case.” Although, at the rate you’re going, I think you’ll be able to hibernate from August through December this year.

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  12. This is the most impressive and ambitious list. I agree with others and feel you’ll have accomplished this by the summer at the rate you’re going.

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