17 for 2017 – September Update

September has seen several of my 17 for 2017 goals achieved, but the end of the month has been consumed by pattern-writing. Anyway, here’s progress so far:

Seventeen… Love Rocks or other little random yarny/sewn gifts. None this month, although I have one thing to send I need to write a letter to go with it; plus I have one item planned but not started. Total still 8.

Sixteen… batches of homemade biscuits. This goal is complete.

Fifteen… cheeses.  I  didn’t make any this month because of a disruption to the milk supply here at home. We were supposed to be making cheese at the Food Centre Wales in September, but they too had a problem with their milk supply, so it’s going to be October before we can do this. It’s a little frustrating not to be able to make progress with this. The total is still stuck on 10

Fourteen… pairs of knickers. None this  month, so the total is still six.

Thirteen… mends. Target reached in May.

Twelve… letters to friends. Target reached in June.


There are now 49 items in my shop!

Eleven… new items in my Etsy shop. None this month. I added loads of things to the shop this month – bird roosts made by me, vintage sewing patterns and vintage lace. This goal is now complete.


Ten... plants given to good homes. Target reached in May.

Nine… games of Scrabble. Still none yet.

8 Meals 8

A pretty yummy lunch

Eight… meals using only our own produce. I had a lovely lunch of omelette and salad to complete this goal; in addition, we’ve had loads of meals that included our own produce even if they weren’t exclusively made from it.


Seven… visits to see “social media” friends. Three this month – a visit to Sue (Going Batty in Wales), the Sixty Million Trebles meet-up plus a get together with the gals from university mean that I have sailed past this target.

Six… Pairs of socks knitted, using at least three different patterns. I still haven’t finished the honeycomb cable socks started last month, so the total is still three completed and one in progress.

Five… book chapters written. None yet, but now the weather is deteriorating and once my knitting pattern is completed (see below), I might settle down to get on with this.

Four… blankets for charity; knitted or crocheted. Target reached in February.


All this went off to be recycled: 100% paper

Three… sessions in the loft, sorting out some of the accumulated ‘stuff’ up there. Had a good chucking out session at the beginning of the month, so the total is now two.


Two… patterns published and on sale. I have been working hard on the second pattern this month, but it isn’t finished yet so I’ve still only published one.

 One… gardening apron. Completed in April. Worn a lot this month!
 So that’s it for now. 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. Oh my you are doing brilliantly and I predict lots of Scrabble this Winter!


  2. Laurie Graves

     /  September 30, 2017

    Wonderful progress! And, yes, the long dark of winter will be perfect for Scrabble.


  3. do you really only have 6 pairs of knickers? 😦


  4. coppicelearner

     /  September 30, 2017

    I am delighted to have helped you towards your goal!


  5. Murtagh's Meadow

     /  September 30, 2017

    You are doing so well!


  6. Pretty impressive, but I see a lot of Scrabble time in your future!


  7. You are soooo busy!!! I stopped making a “to-do” list, thank goodness!



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