New year, new crafting resolutions

There are lots of things I’d like to learn to do in 2019, many of them craft-related, and there are various crafting ideas I’ve had but haven’t taken to completion (or even started, in some cases).  So I thought I’d set them down here in black and white to shame my future self into getting on with them.

I’m going to have a go at:


  • paper marbling using wallpaper paste and acrylic paints
  • making simple 3-D shapes from papier maché
  • card-making from wallpaper samples


  • making a kindle case, and if that works out …
  • … completing the laptop case I started ages ago


  • using up engineered oak flooring scraps to make birdboxes

Knitting and textiles

  • learning to knit backwards so I can use the Sockmatician’s clever “strantarsia” method for in-the-round intarsia
  • learning to knit continental style so I can work Fair Isle with one colour in each hand
  • making at least one item from stash for every one from newly-purchased yarn or fabric
  • covering the cushions for our new window seat
  • making new scatter cushion covers to replace a pair of ragged ones
  • de-puffing the puff sleeves of a velvet jacket
  • learning freehand machine embroidery

Well, that should be enough resolutions to keep me going for a while.

As for now, my first crocheted tray cloth has turned out reasonably well after its blocking.

1st granny square tray clothAnd I’m well advanced with its twin, although I’ve just had to pull out three of the outer rounds because I ran out of dark green shortly before the end of the second one in that colour. Instead, I’ve opted to have just a single yellow round before the dark green ones, and then I’ll add another single yellow round after I’ve worked a pair of light green ones.

2nd granny square tray clothMy tray cloths will only be fraternal twins, alas.

About yorkshirecrafter

I live and work in West Yorkshire.  I've always enjoyed crafts of all types, from woodwork to lace-making.  I also enjoy anything mathematical, which makes knitting a favourite pastime, especially complicated designs.  I've been advising businesses and industry on environmental matters for 30 years and also have an interest in green living, especially where it saves me money. I live with my husband and our Maine Coon in a 100-year-old cottage that constantly needs something doing to it.  Fortunately, I enjoy DIY too.
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