Michelle's Project list

Monday, January 2, 2017
I'm reluctant to say 2017 Project list, and you'll understand why when you see the number of potential projects. Go get yourself a cuppa. I'm not usually one to write a project list, set goals or declare a New Year's resolution, but I suspect they do help you get more done. This year I would like to learn more, not just about crochet but knitting too. I would like to make things for others, I would like to make useful things, and I would like to make things that are beautiful or just outright fun. So with no more ado, here is my project list, as it stands now. Oh I should say, I fully expect this list to morph and change over time, as some project ideas are still very nebulous, and I'm sure more inspiration will hit soon enough.

1. The Black Bag

This is a crochet project I dreamt up last year some time. It won't happen until the green bag is finished. This project should extend my crochet skills, I will use a Spincushions square motif, I'm not sure which one yet, but one with a how-to video definitely! I'd like the motif to be quite filled in, not too lacy. It will be all in black, but I wanted to learn new stitches and also wanted the bag to have texture, not colour. I'm thinking I'll line the bag in a linen fabric, probably natural coloured, and it will have a leather strap, at this stage. Front and back will be the same, with the sides done in a simple continuous stitch, not sure which one yet, to form a band for each side and the base.

A combination of a square motif by Shelley Husband, with overall bag design by me.

I'm expecting to use 8ply BWM Cotton, as I'll be needing black cotton for project no.3, and it makes sense to go with the same yarn.

Need to source leather bag strap and linen for lining.

2. The Green Beanie

The green beanie will probably have to be no.1 in fact, my youngest has put in an order for a green beanie with pompom for his 5th birthday, which is end of February. I'm going to take this as an opportunity to learn to knit in the round, which will be entertaining as it has been forever since I knitted anything at all.

This hat tutorial by The Craft Sessions, I may need to adjust to suit a 5yo head, I just need to check measurements first.

Blue Sky Worsted Cotton in Pickle, from Purl Soho.

Also need to buy circular knitting needles and possibly stitch markers, and check if I have the right double-pointed knitting needles in my inherited craft stash.

3.  The Midnight Garden

Ha ha yep, this one has a name! This project will be a sofa throw blanket for my sister-in-law, who loves black, red and purple, which is a colour palette I wouldn't normally use in my day-to-day. I like the idea of challenging myself to use more colour, as long as I don't have to live with it. Rented homes (or the ones we end up in) don't lend themselves kindly to colourful interior decor. For example, our last place had salmon yellow walls in the living room. Seriously, it was an awful salmony pink yellow. Sounds impossible but there you go. I'm not sure I'd count this project as extending my crochet skills, but I will be looking for a lovely flower-like square motif (or maybe hex... hmmm) from Shelley Husband, again. Finding the right colours for this one was tricky, I wanted two shades of purple and a red that went together nicely, and it is soooo hard to tell on screen isn't it? Finally discovered the Bendigo Woollen Mills, even though only having a limited range, seemed to have exactly what I was looking for. Would have been great if the colours had all been available 10ply (I love a chunkier faster hook-up) but the 8ply will do. Also - they do nice big balls, and as I'll be needing a fair bit, that appeals too.

Blanket overall by me, using a flower motif from Spincushions.

A photo posted by Shelley (@spincushions) on

Bendigo Woollen Mills 8ply cotton, shades to be finalised, but I think Noir, Regal, Pomegranite and Wild Lavender.

4. Big Grey Cowl

This is mostly to use up the two balls of Panda big fat squishy grey cotton I have (ok 50% cotton, 50% acrylic). I could do two more smaller ones, just like the last one, for Mr, but I want to do something different. I'd like to practice a different stitch in this one too. Popcorn maybe? That shell looking stitch? See I don't even know the names of them yet.

No pattern, just bigger than my last grey cowl, and using a standard stitch to be determined until yarn runs out or cowl seems right size.

The only project where the yarn is from my stash, mostly because apart from some very basic acrylic, I have no stash (umm ah!!! how can I call myself a crafter???).

5. Red Cowl

This project is very nebulous. I discussed making a cowl for a friend, using the fat grey Panda yarn from above, but I think red would suit her better. It mayn't happen. If it does, I may knit it instead of crochet, and use a nice merino wool. This friend gets cold in a way I will never understand.

Not sure yet.

I'd like something red, warm, soft, and may try to buy local. We do have a nice little yarn shop in Milton, which is normally not much use to me as they stock basically no cotton.

6. Sofa throw for Mum

Hmm, what to do here. Mum recently redecorated, using shades of taupe. Still has a pale lemony coloured sofa with some chambray-denim faces to some of the throw cushions, and likes a bit of blue thrown in. I have no fixed ideas for this one, but in saying that I like the idea of a crochet ripple blanket. Mum lives on the coast, the colours are a bit coastal, the ripple could be quite lovely. Need to think about that one a bit, and check if Mum finds wool itchy or not.

Not sure. Ripple blanket? I could go to Attic24 for that.

No idea yet.

7. Landscape Blanket (Moorlands Blanket)

This one is heavily inspired by the Moorlands CAL about to start with Lucy from Attic24. Why not just do the CAL I hear you say? Well, long before the Moorlands CAL I had been admiring the views as I drove into town, the rolling green hills, silvery fogs, and brilliant blue skies. Initially I was thinking a quilt, after visiting the local annual show last year, but when I saw the Moorlands blanket, it seemed a perfect fit - for the pattern. The colours however - as much as I love them - aren't quite right, and I'm not ready to dive into a CAL right now, so maybe I'll do the CAL or pattern later, once I've chosen the right colour palette for where I live. I also need to decide what it's use will be, so I know how big to make it.

Probably Moorlands by Attic24.

I want to keep this one, so it'll have to be cotton. Beyond that, not sure yet.

8. FLAX jumpers for the boys

Okay so this one should be much higher up the list I think. Maybe no.6. Or even *shudder* as a second WIP alongside the Midnight Garden Blanket. Oldest wants his all in black, or a very very very dark grey (no he is not Batman), and youngest would be happy with the pale grey and rainbow version - I think. Will confirm before yarn purchases of course!

Flax by Tincan Knits, put firmly on the list after I saw the above versions by Tanis Fibre Arts.

No idea yet, but will have to be cotton.

9. Sofa throw for Helen

It would be nice to get his done in time for either christmas, mother's day or birthday. So I've got a few goal posts there. Helen is my mother-in-law, and colour or pattern would not be a good idea here. Texture and neutral colours. Well, one colour. Modern. Maybe something quite chunky. Hmm.

10. Sofa throw for Amanda

This is basically the same as for Helen, Amanda is my sister-in-law, Helen's daughter. Once again, chunky, texture, and either white, off-white/cream, or blue would be the go here. Bit french provincial, bit coastal, bit modern, very classic.

The Rest

From here on out it gets even more vague, but there are a mass of almost-on-the list project ideas.
  • Simple no-fastenings wrap or waterfall style cards for me. Oversized. Knitted. Like this one, or this one.
  • Garlands and crocheted paper chains for Christmas.
  • Christmas baubles - see here and here - whilst both are extremely cute, I'd have to go with a much different colour scheme.
  • Cushions - there are never enough cushions. See these.
  • A poof made from t-shirt yarn. Not the big ball kind. A big flat cylindrical kind.
  • Baskets made from t-shirt yarn. This needs to tie in with furniture to hold said baskets. Hmm. Maybe they are project baskets/bags.
  • Rugs made from t-shirt yarn. Um. Yeah. I just want one ok? For the entry/office would be good.
  • A super exciting cowl for me, check this one out. 

Non- knitted or crochet vague project wish list things:
  • Pillow cases, where I design fabric via Spoonflower and sew them up.
  • Simple jersey batwing dress.
  • Another simple dress style, maybe t-shirt flowing to swing/a-line with pockets? Like this one.
  • Pajama pants, for the boys, maybe. Flannel perhaps?
  • Take up the mother-loving curtains you naughty naughty girl.

So probably this'll be enough to be getting on with.


  1. When I first started reading your list I thought, 'ha ha my love of lists has rubbed off on her' and then the list grew and grew and grew.

    It is an amazing list.

    I hope it works or you like lists work for me. They energize me. They keep me focused and when I feel like I don't know what I want to do next I look back to the list and remind myself what I wanted to achieve. And I really like crossing things off my lists.

    The concept for your black bag looks amazing, I'm looking forward to watching that one develop.

    Oh and little kids heads are surprisingly large!

    1. Yes it is one heck of a list. With like, little listlet items hanging off the bottom, hoping to get on the list properly. I do like lists, but I don't use them very often. The only regular list making I do is for my weekly meal plan and corresponding shopping list! I also use Wunderlist app for keeping track of project tasks for my actual job. But that's it, nothing for crafty or personal use so far, so I think this will be good. And super handy here, because I've linked to my inspiration or materials, patterns etc, which is very good for reminding me what I've already figured out or why the thing got on the list to start with! Far out that was a big effort though!


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