Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 PROJECT REVIEW



2014 - before reaching half of the year, I lost my job. Then more than half of it, i spend crafting. is that good or bad?:-) Well, of course I was still looking for a job, on and off, but I don't know, just didn't get any until the end of this year. While I don't have a day time job, might as well enjoy my "crafting days" for now, because when I will find one, am sure I won't own as much as my time now. Happy and endless time of crafting will be over for me. Working for almost 10 years in a day time job was so much pressure than I can handle, have you ever tried dreaming about your job? Really! I did! That was the time I thought I was totally stressed out. I had a technical job, and even at home I have to think if I didn't make any mistake.whew!

Crafting more this year, was indeed a BREAK for me from a technical,stressful world I have in the shipbuilding industry as a production design engineer. Maybe there are just too many standards that I have to follow building a ship, where as making a garment there are standards as well, but there is more flexibility in it...haha just a funny thought, or else maybe I'm just bored with ships now.:-)

I discovered from Amy Herzog's Knit to Flatter book, that making a knitted garment there really is a lot of mathematics involved. I hope to learn more from it, how to take body measurements to fit the garment to the person who is going to wear it.

As for my crafting in 2014, I knew I had been making more hats than any other project. Most of the baby/kids hat are made to orders. The adult hats I made were for the local garden show, hosted by Talisay Garden Club in my hometown in Cebu. I wanted to observe what kind of customers I will have during that local craft show, during our City's Annual Fiesta. From the name itself, they sell mostly plants, but my partner who is a doctor, who is actually the mother of my kindergarten/highschool friend was the one who encourage me to join and sell. She herself is a craft and yarn addict!

I made 2 shrugs, a baby blanket for a birthday gift, a scarf - which was a good practice for grafting, but not so successful with that. The owl purses which I made several ones for sale during the craft show, dish cloths for my house, a baby girls dress - 80% done. Through the woods hoody - needs buttons, a dress for my furry family member - Lovely also around 70% done. This yellow supposed to be cardigan, I feel guilty about this project because i've change the pattern twice already. for the third time using this yarn, I'm thinking this will be my practice piece to start doing a simple pattern of a cardigan using Amy Herzog's book as a guide.

For 2015, I want to make more adult garments. Using a simple pattern with this book as a guide might just be a good start.

Happy New Year! Cheers to more crafting, more yarn and more learning in the year ahead!

4 comments:

Bheng said...

nice projects.. you're productive in 2014.. congratulations...

and goodluck to your plans!

Mafe Canas said...

Thanks Bheng! same to you!.:-)

Mimi said...

Fe, glad to know you have more time and to see you turn out more lovely projects the past year. But I also hope you get the job that you want. Looks like you do well selling yarns and your handmades, so goodluck on that too :)

Mafe Canas said...

Thank you to you too, Mimi! Well I remember you as the first one who encourage me to sell craft supplies.