17 for 2017 – November Update

November has been very quiet with respect to 17 for 2017. Here’s progress so far:

These were a real hit with Rachel who works in the Post Office

Seventeen… little random yarny/sewn gifts. Two this month and the remaining four all either done but not sent or in the planning stage.

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

Fifteen… cheeses.  This goal was completed in October.

Fourteen… pairs of knickers. None this  month, so the total is still six, but I think that a concerted effort soon will see this one achieved before the end of the year.

Thirteen… mends. Target reached in May.

Twelve… letters to friends. Target reached in June.

Eleven… new items in my Etsy shop. Complete and more than exceeded now that I’ve got into the habit of doing this. And I’m delighted to say that sales are slowly increasing too.

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

Nine… we don’t talk about nine

Eight… meals using only our own produce. Target reached in September.

Seven… visits to see “social media” friends. Target reached in September

What do you think, Sam?

Six… Pairs of socks knitted, using at least three different patterns. One pair completed this month and the final pair well on it’s way.

Five… book chapters written. None yet, but I have a plan for next year.

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

Three… sessions in the loft, sorting out some of the accumulated ‘stuff’ up there. Still two. I’ve spent time sorting more things out and now all the glassware is in the new cupboard in the kitchen and sorted, so I consider this one achieved.

Two… patterns published and on sale. I failed to get on with the second pattern again this month, so still just one.

 One… gardening apron. Completed in April.
 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.

17 for 2017 – October Update

Debbie loved her surprise gift

October has seen several of my 17 for 2017 goals achieved, but one that I had hoped to complete has not got done and one has been entirely abandoned. Anyway, here’s progress so far:

Seventeen… Love Rocks or other little random yarny/sewn gifts. Two this month and one in the offing, so the current total is 10.

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

Fifteen… cheeses.  With my training course and the five cheeses that I brought home and am maturing in various ways now, this goal is complete.

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so many cheeses this month

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.

Eleven… new items in my Etsy shop. Complete and more than exceeded now that I’ve got into the habit of doing this. And I’m delighted to say that sales are slowly increasing too.

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

Nine… has been abandoned… Forced enjoyment just wasn’t working for me!

Eight… meals using only our own produce. Target reached in September.

Seven… visits to see “social media” friends. Target reached in September

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 finished near the beginning of the month

Six… Pairs of socks knitted, using at least three different patterns. One pair completed earlier this month, plus two pairs in progress, so the total is 4 plus two on the go… and I have used three different patterns.

Five… book chapters written. None yet, and I really don’t think I’m feeling sufficiently motivated about this at the moment. I just don’t seem to have enough dedicated time to settle down to make plans and get writing as other things keep being more urgent.

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

Three… sessions in the loft, sorting out some of the accumulated ‘stuff’ up there. Still two. Although I have been up there and done some more sorting I can’t really describe it as a dedicated ‘session’.

Two… patterns published and on sale. I failed to get on with the second pattern in the past few weeks, although there really isn’t much more to do. The total, therefore is still 1.

 One… gardening apron. Completed in April.
 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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

A lost treasure

I’m not entirely sure whether this post is a celebration of hoarding or of clearing out. Both probably, since without the combination of the two, a lost treasure would never have come to light.

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not promising as treasure chests go

When I went to university, I took some photographs from the family photograph albums (remember those? we used to have paper pictures in paper books rather than digital pictures on screens) to remind me of home. I kept them in a little box and I looked at them when I was feeling homesick. Over the years, I looked at them less. Then, during a house-move some years later, the little box got packed away in another box and disappeared from sight. The big box moved house a couple of times and finally ended up stored in the loft Chez Snail… until two weeks ago.

One of my 17 for 2017 targets is to have three sessions sorting out some of the stuff in the loft, so I couple of weeks ago, knowing that I wanted to find some very old paperwork that I was sure was up there, I brought down a few boxes to go through. And, the little box of pictures emerged. It was lovely – some memories of my late dad, some pictures of my nieces’ and nephew’s christening… and a couple of very old ones of my parents. The first is of them cutting their wedding cake, the second of them when they got engaged. And it was the second that was so special.

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striking gold!

There weren’t many copies of this picture, but the one my mum had went astray some years ago, leaving her only with a scanned version. No one, least of all me, remembered about the one I had, but there it was, tucked away and waiting to be found. I’m not going to put it in the post – much too precious. I’ve scanned it and will take it over very soon. My mum is over the moon.

And the moral of the story? Never throw away a box, however old, without going through it first to check it isn’t full of treasure…

17 for 2017 – August Update

My August 17 for 2017 achievements are mainly sock-related. Since sock-knitting is a rather time-consuming activity, lots has been done, but not many things crossed off the list:

It’s crafty – just not me doing the craft

Seventeen… Love Rocks or other little random yarny/sewn gifts. One more this month, although it was actually a case of giving someone else a ball of yarn from my stash because I know how much she would enjoy making something herself. In the parcel I also put tea, biscuits and a ball of string… essentials for a happy crafter! Total 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. The total is currently ten, there will be more next month.

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.

Eleven… new items in my Etsy shop. None this month. The total is still eight. In fact I’ve sold several things, so I really do need to restock.

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

Nine… games of Scrabble. Still none yet.

Tapas-style meal

Eight… meals using only our own produce. I have to confess that I have rather lost count of this because so many meals just get made and eaten without really thinking about the source of the ingredients. As a result I also forget to photograph them, so here’s one that’s mostly home-produced. However, I know that there have been at least five this month, which takes the total to seven.

Seven… visits to see “social media” friends. None this month, as I had to postpone the one that was planned. The total is, therefore, still six.

One of this month’s two completed

Six… Pairs of socks knitted, using at least three different patterns. This is the biggie this month: two pairs completed using my standard pattern and the first of another pair underway using a very different pattern. So the total is three completed and one in progress.

Five… book chapters written. None yet, but some planning has happened for a different book that I’m going to co-author.

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

Three… sessions in the loft, sorting out some of the accumulated ‘stuff’ up there. I’ve done a bit more sorting, but it hasn’t really been a concerted effort, so I can still only claim one “session”.

Two… patterns published and on sale. No new pattern this month, so just the one published in January. Actually, this was the thing I had planned to do this month and somehow, yet again, it didn’t happen – really because I got distracted by the socks.

 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.

17 for 2017 – July Update

Progress was a very slow with my 17 for 2017 goals in July… in fact I’m not sure where the time went. However, I did manage a few:

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a woolly Welsh square

Seventeen… Love Rocks or other little random yarny/sewn gifts. None this month, but I can share this picture from last month (I couldn’t then because it was a surprise) – it’s a square for a blanket the recipient is making entirely out of British wool (of course this is Cambrian Mountains wool). Total 7.

 

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

Fifteen… cheeses.  I  didn’t make any this month, although exciting plans are afoot in relation to this one… watch this space. The total is currently ten.

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.

Eleven… new items in my Etsy shop. None this month. The total is still eight.

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

Nine… games of Scrabble. Still none yet.

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Eggs, rosemary potatoes and lettuce

Eight… meals using only our own produce. We managed the first two this month, thanks to potatoes, lettuce, courgettes, tomatoes and eggs. Actually, not a day goes by when we don’t eat something that I have cultivated (even if sometimes it’s cheese!) and so the slow progress on this is a bit misleading in terms of how much food we are growing and consuming.

 

Seven… visits to see “social media” friends. Sadly, the trip with a friend that was planned for this month had to be cancelled because she is very unwell. I do have plans for a variety of get-togethers with other friends in coming months, but for now the total is still six.

Six… Pairs of socks knitted, using at least three different patterns. I’ve made some progress on the pair I started last month, but it’s still not finished, so the total remains at one.

Five… book chapters written. None yet.

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

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out of the loft

Three… sessions in the loft, sorting out some of the accumulated ‘stuff’ up there. One, as a result of having the new cupboard. Lots of boxes of preserved food are now out of the loft and in the kitchen, where they are accessible. The total is, therefore, one.

 

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

 One… gardening apron. Completed in April.
 I have been so busy with other things this month, that the list has been rather neglected, but that’s my small amount of progress.
 If you have a 17 for 2017 blog post or an update on your progress, do leave a link in the comments.

17 for 2017 – June Update

Progress continued with some of my 17 for 2017 goals in June, and, like May, another two sets of goals were achieved. This is my progress to date:

Seventeen… Love Rocks or other little random yarny/sewn gifts. One more this month, which I’ve just sent off to the recipient. Total 7.

Sixteen… batches of homemade biscuits. I made my final batch this month, so this goal is complete.

A cheese underway

Fifteen… cheeses.  I made one lot of Bel Paese-style cheese. The total now is ten.

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

Thirteen… mends. Target reached in May.

Twelve… letters to friends. This month, I wrote six letters – half of my target and reaching my goal. But don’t worry – if I’ve promised you a letter, you will get one since I’m on a roll now.

Eleven… new items in my Etsy shop. None this month. The total is still eight.

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

Nine… games of Scrabble. None yet.

Eight… meals using only our own produce. None yet, although we’re getting closer now that we’re harvesting more.

Seven… visits to see “social media” friends. None this month (although lots of people came to visit us), so the total is still six.

No finished, but started in June – a sock

Six… Pairs of socks knitted, using at least three different patterns. I’ve started a pair this month, but it’s not finished yet, so still only one pair made

Five… book chapters written. None yet.

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

Three… sessions in the loft, sorting out some of the accumulated ‘stuff’ up there. None yet.

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

 One… gardening apron. Completed in April.
I’m feeling rather pleased with my achievements again this month – especially all the letters.
 If you have a 17 for 2017 blog post or an update on your progress, do leave a link in the comments.

17 for 2017 – May Update

May turned out to see lots of action with respect to 17 for 2017, including another two sets of goals achieved. So, this is progress to date:

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A gift vaark

Seventeen… Love Rocks or other little random yarny/sewn gifts. I could claim that this goal has been completed, having put dozens and dozens of hearts in the community garden in Chorlton last Saturday, but I’m only counting this as one ‘act’. I also made a little vaark which was sent as a surprise to one of the administrators for the 60 Million Trebles project. Thus, the total so far is six.

Sixteen… batches of homemade biscuits. Three lots in May means I’m just a single batch away from my goal.

Fifteen… cheeses.  I made two lots of Bel Paese-style cheese – it’s really simple, is ready after just six weeks and it’s great for cooking. Th total now is nine

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

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Mended with a swirl or two of Sugru

Thirteen… mends. Leggings, pyjamas and two different sets of headphones this month means that I’ve reached my target for the year.

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

Eleven… new items in my Etsy shop. I’ve added just one item this month, the “Start a Revolution, Plant a Garden” embroidery that appeared in the craftivism display. This takes the total to eight.

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Lemongrass, grown from seed, off to a new home

Ten... plants given to good homes. Although I only gave the first plants away last month, I’ve already reached my target, with summer purple sprouting broccoli, lemongrass and chillies accounting for most of the plants that have gone off to new homes in May.

Nine… games of Scrabble. None yet.

Eight… meals using only our own produce. None yet, although there have been several meals that came close.

Seven… visits to see “social media” friends. My visit to Manchester took my total to six.

Six… Pairs of socks knitted, using at least three different patterns. None this month, so still only one made

Five… book chapters written. None yet.

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The squares for blanket six of four

Four… blankets for charity; knitted or crocheted. I’d completed this target by the end of February; however, I finished another this month and I’ve nearly finished one more.

Three… sessions in the loft, sorting out some of the accumulated ‘stuff’ up there. None yet.

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

 One… gardening apron. I made this last month.
I’m feeling rather pleased with my achievements this month – 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.

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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

17 for 2017 – March Update

I can’t believe another month has whizzed by, but it has, so here is the March update for 17 for 2017. This is where I am so far:

Seventeen… Love Rocks or other little random yarny/sewn gifts. I have managed two contributions this month: hopefully my yarn bombing for Sixty Million Trebles reached a few people, plus I made Petunia vaark who has gone off to live with a new friend in Lancashire. This takes my total to three – I think vaarks may feature quite prominently in growing this target!

Ginger biscuits

Sixteen… batches of homemade biscuits. Four batches in March means that the annual total is already 11. The best thing to report, however, is that we have not bought any packets of biscuits at all, so there has been no palm oil consumption.

Fifteen… cheeses.  One regular hard cheese plus two alpine cheeses this month mean that the total has increased to six. The regular cheese has been waxed to allow it to mature without further intervention, but the alpine cheeses are being washed regularly with locally produced honey ale to control the natural mould growth – these are supposed to be ready to eat after six weeks.

Fourteen… pairs of knickers. Only one pair made this  month, bringing the total to six. However, I have now got some more organic cotton jersey fabric, so there’s cutting out to do.

Oh, darn!

Thirteen… mends. One pair of slippers and one pair of socks have been darned this month. I’m trying to keep on top of mends as they crop up, and this approach seems to be working well so far and I’ve now mended seven garments 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, but I have sold a couple of items, which wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t listed them in the first place! The current total is still seven.

Ten... plants given to good homes. None yet – but it looks like I’m going to have plenty surplus as the year progresses.

Nine… games of Scrabble. None yet.

Eight… meals using only our own produce. None yet, although we’ve eaten lots of kale, broccoli, mizuna and eggs from our garden!

Seven… visits to see “social media” friends. We met up with a whole bunch of Twitter friends a couple of weeks ago, taking my annual total to four. I’m currently in the process of organising a visit in April, one in May and looking at a get-together at the end of July. If all three of these work out, then that will take me to my target number.

Stripy socks

Six… Pairs of socks knitted, using at least three different patterns. I made my first pair of the year this month using my old-faithful pattern… I just couldn’t work up the enthusiasm to try a new pattern.

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

Four… blankets for charity; knitted or crocheted. I’d completed this target by the end of last month. I haven’t made any more in March, but various friends have given or are about to give me yarn and squares, so there are going to be more blankets in coming months.

Three… sessions in the loft, sorting out some of the accumulated ‘stuff’ up there. None, although a plan is afoot to increase storage space in the kitchen and then we can have a good sort-out of all the preserves and preserving equipment that’s up there and currently quite disorganised. I have also given away a couple of items, but I’m not being very focussed so far.

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fabric for #1

Two… patterns published and on sale. No new pattern, so just the one published in January – sadly sales of that have been disappointing.

One… gardening apron. Not yet, but the fabric, chambray for the outside and poplin for the lining (not denim in the end – I had a change of heart) has arrived and this is something I’d really like completed soon because I want to use it!

Petunia

So, it’s progressing well – 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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