17 for 2017 – April Update

This month has involved a holiday and a lot of work, distracting me from ticking things off the list; however, here is the April update for 17 for 2017. This is where I am so far:

Seventeen… Love Rocks or other little random yarny/sewn gifts. I crocheted a little collection of flowers and hearts for the craftivism display at The Make It Shop, to be given away at the end of May. Although there were seven of them, I’m just counting this as one ‘make’ on my list. Most unusually, I completely forgot to photograph them, but I will do so once they are in the display. This takes me to a total of four for this target.

Sixteen… batches of homemade biscuits. Just one batch in April takes the annual total to 12. We took this batch on holiday with us!

15 Cheeses 7

April’s cheese in the mould

Fifteen… cheeses.  I experimented with making a new sort of cheese this month, using a thermophilic bacterial starter. It is smelling very good, so I hope that April’s solitary cheese will be a success. The total has now increased to seven.

Fourteen… pairs of knickers. None this  month, so the total is still six. I have decided I need to tweak the pattern a little as I have lost a bit of weight!

13 Mends 9

Bucket reinforced using Sugru

Thirteen… mends. Two mends this month – both involved using Sugru to rescue damaged plastic items, namely a bucket and a coat hanger. This takes me to nine different mends so far this year.

Twelve… letters to friends. None written this month, so the total is still six.

Eleven… new items in my Etsy shop. I haven’t added anything this month, The current total is still seven, but I’ve got some new ideas.


Here they were, ready to go to their new home

Ten... plants given to good homes. Finally kicking off this aim, I gave away two tomato plants this month to the friend who looks after our hens when we are on holiday.

Nine… games of Scrabble. None yet… we took the Scrabble set on holiday, but somehow it never got used.

Eight… meals using only our own produce. None yet, although plants are flourishing in the limery now, so the future looks bright.

Seven… visits to see “social media” friends. One lovely visit to see Karen of the blog Sweet Baby Veg – more about this in a later post. My total is now five.

Six… Pairs of socks knitted, using at least three different patterns. I planned to knit a pair of socks whilst on holiday, but I could not find the right needles before I went, and so I didn’t manage even to start a pair. Of course the needles turned up as soon as I got home, so maybe I’ll do better this month. The total is still just one pair.

Five… book chapters written. None yet – I’m still not feeling inspired!

4 Blankets 5

A bonus blanket in progress (the fifth of four!)

Four… blankets for charity; knitted or crocheted. I’d completed this target by the end of February; however, I have another one underway at the moment – it’s the project I took on holiday in the absence of sock needles!

Three… sessions in the loft, sorting out some of the accumulated ‘stuff’ up there. None, but now the weather is warming up, the prospect of this happening is increasing.

Two… patterns published and on sale. No new pattern this month, so just the one published in January.


It’s a bit grubbier than this now!

One… gardening apron. Yay – this one is done, and it’s getting lots of use.

Progress has been a bit slow this month, but I’m still moving forward – how about your projects this year? If you have a 17 for 2017 blog post or an update on your progress, do leave a link in the comments.

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  1. You’re doing well! I’ve yet to type mine as I’m squeezing every last drop out of April before I sum it up to see if I can make any more progress!


    • I nearly left it an extra day, but realised that I’m unlikely to do any more before the month finally ends as we have lots of “sorting out after the holiday” to do now.


  2. It’s a fabulous achievement for the month 👏🏾 I haven’t heard of this challenge before (or else it has leaked out of my brain; entirely possible!) and it sounds like a good way to try to keep all those balls in the air. It is so easy to think “I really must……” and then forget all about it. This must keep you more accountable to yourself.


  3. Any progress is still progress. Congrats on the weight loss. You see where my focus is. 😉


  4. You are doing brilliantly, but it’s incredible how fast this year is going by! Hope the cheese is yummy.


  5. Murtagh's Meadow

     /  April 30, 2017

    You are making good progress. Keep up the good work


  6. I feel a certain sense of relief that I didn’t take this one on! I’m trailing behind with almost everything the last couple of months, and having self-inflicted deadlines would simply make me feel worse! However, I do admire your progress, you seem to be staying up to the mark rather well 🙂


    • I wanted to avoid listing things I knew I would do anyway, but not set myself any goals that were doomed to failure from the outset. I’m not sure that I got it quite right, but it’s an interesting exercise anyway and nice to reflect on what I’ve done each month.


      • A sense of achievement is always more encouraging than a sense of having failed to meet targets. Your attitude is much more positive!


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