Sunday, July 07, 2013

A Crafter's Bucket List

Matched set of Fish Hats
As a girl I learned the basics of knitting, crochet, embroidery, cooking (including jam!) and sewing. I also learned to lay asphalt tile (does anyone use it anymore?), "cut-in" paint, and float concrete. I learned some of the basics of gardening, at least the flowery kind. Although both of my grandfathers had big veggie gardens at various times I never learned anything about growing veggies. My paternal grandmother tried to teach me to tat, but I didn't get the hang of it. I learned these things in the 50's and 60's and thought I had a good overview of crafts. My Irish grandmother crocheted with pearl cotton and did needlepoint and I was pretty sure I did not want to do either of those.

Mailbox Garden Year Two Early Spring
Then came the Internet. I started out small. There was a time before Knitty when you could sail around the knitters' webring in one sitting. Bonne Marie Burns and Wendy Johnson were my heros. Now you really have to pick and choose. I don't get around to every crafty blog I like very often, but the inspiration to be found there is astonishing.

Crafts I have not yet tried but want to:

Tatting - maybe I could do it now.
Spinning - probably drop spindle, as a wheel is an investment
Fimo Clay - Buttons are my particular interest
Needle felting - I will try this on a holiday gift this year
Quilting - God help me, I'd like to try a crazy quilt
Laurel Closeup

Things I have done before but want to take up again:

Sewing is starting to look appealing again
Sourdough baking

Things I will never do but love to look at:

Furniture building

There are a few little projects that I can't categorize. I made a little sign for my garden, and will be stenciling a line of poetry on a sheet of plywood as a piece of garden art. I have my plywood painted, but have to see if I have any stencils.  I want to make a little fairy door to tuck into the bottom of a tree for whimsey. I am on the lookout for a louvre door or shutter that I can turn into a magazine rack.

Too many possibilities!


zippiknits...sometimes said...

Hope you get to do all the knitting you want to do! Ah, I want to make Marmalade again, too. Nothing is like what you make yourself. Do you know that rhubarb and cherries seem to go together too?

lacochran's evil twin said...

I've been pulled by a glass blowing sample class (1/2 day). Hmmm...