MyMuddlings Episode 66 – Losing My Voice

Finished Objects

Works in Progress

Sewing

  • Rocking chair cushion using this tutorial
  • Kwik Sew K4089 nightie

Podcast Episode 35 – Spin, Spin, Spinning!

Housekeeping

Finished Objects

Works in Progress

Spinning

Acquisitions

  • Spotlight has paper patterns for $5 + 50c VIP discount so $4.50 each!

Video Podcast Episode 26 – Flat as a Tack

Housekeeping

Finished Objects

Works in Progress

  • Goomy Socks my project page
  • Bergère de France Goomy 50 in Imprim Azur (purchased from Love Knitting here)

Spinning

Sewing

  • Pyjama Eaters by Sew Fearless for my niece and nephew in Sydney
  • Knit kit for my niece
  • Custom bag that was a bit of an oops

Polymer Clay

  • Various progress keepers that will be available in the shop soon

Dyeing/Shop Update

  • MyMuddlings Etsy Store
  • 2 x ‘Pink Grapefruit’ on Bamboo Sock
  • 2 x ‘Prismarine’ on Fine Merino Sock
  • ‘3 O’Clock in the Afternoon’ on Fingering – SOLD

Video Podcast Episode 17

Housekeeping

  • Issues again with YouTube’s algorithm
  • They are using likes and comments now to sort the video suggestions so please click that like button and comment if you have time
  • People are being unknowingly unsubscribed from channels so please check your subscription
  • Use the notification bell button to make sure you get notified of  new uploads from me
  • Vlogmas videos will be uploaded daily (fingers crossed!) until Christmas
  • Stash-Down-Along 2017 sponsors so far: Tamara from TamsCraftyKnits and Caroline from Clothesline Designs
  • If you’d like to sponsor a prize or make a donation towards prizes please contact me via email at julieannec@mymuddlings.com or PM on Ravelry

Handmade Wardrobe

  • Polly Top by ByHandLondon – Free pattern available here
  • Made from cotton voile and quilting cotton
  • Made for Christmas 2013

Finished Objects

Works in Progress

Shop Announcements

  • Follow MyMuddlings on Instagram to get the sale of the day for my Advent Calendar Sale
  • 2017 Business Planning survey still open here

 

Video Podcast Episode 3

Handmade Wardrobe

Off the Needles

On the Needles

Off the Hook

Adventures in Dyeing

Episode 5

Sewing Adventures:

On the Needles:

Off the Needles:

Newly Queued

Book Review

2015 Spring Accessories Collection from Knit Picks website

 

Goal Progress

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I thought I’d take today to have a bit of a think about how things are going with the goals I set for myself at the start of the year.

Knitting Goals

So far so good. For some of it. 😉

I have failed in my “do not buy yarn unless I am ready to cast on straight away” goal. On my most recent podcast (here), I discussed another little exception to my knit from stash goals. And this was that if I can get it, I’m allowed to purchase the limited edition Madelinetosh colourways from Eat.Sleep.Knit (ESK). These colourways are available for the first week of the month only and are inspired by places around Georgia, which is where ESK is located. They disappear pretty quickly as there is only 10-20 skeins of the colourway on about six yarn bases.

I have also failed on my “only two WIPs” at a time goal. I have had a bit of cast-on-itis lately and have started a couple of Memory Blankets. These are mitred square blankets where each square is knit onto the last. However, this does help with the stash down as it is getting rid of little odds and ends of yarn that have been hanging around for a while. I’ve started one in sock yarn (4 ply) and another in worsted/aran (10 ply) yarn. I have been putting in a lot of work to finish my WIPs so I’m still moving forward in respect to this goal. I have knit 1356 yards for my Clean Slate Challenge so I nearly have an entry into the prize draw (at 1500 yards)! 🙂

Sewing Goals

I have yet to sew anything but I have it on my agenda for this week. I have joined a beta test of a new productivity website for craft businesses and I am using it to organise my time so that I can work on the MyMuddlings brand and also schedule some personal sewing in. If you’re interested to see the new products I am working on, head over to my Facebook page.

I have yet to set up my husband’s old desk for my cutting table, we’ll need to get rid of some stuff to make room first. I have begun working on the Wardrobe Architect exercises and I’m intending to write about my progress later in the week.

Cross Stitch

Again, no progress here as yet.

Healthy Lifestyle Goals.

Hmmm… this has been a bit so-so. I still have the good intention but I have been lacking the motivation and energy as I have been struggling with a set back to my mental health progress. Sometimes it’s all just too hard to make a juice or a salad or carrot and celery sticks when you’re feeling down. It’s easier to reach for the processed carbs to give yourself a sugar boost. It’s a pity because I know I will feel better if I eat the veggies. Most days I’ve at least had my green juice so that’s positive.

I haven’t been exercising and that includes the yoga. Although, now I have scheduled dog walking into my agenda with the productivity website I mentioned above. I also need to carve out a time and create a ritual to begin my meditation… Some more research is required here.

Simplified Home Goals

At this point, we have no progress to report other than my knitting down scraps from my stash. Again, with the way my mental state has been of late, it’s just all too hard. 😦

So that’s where I am one month into the new year. How are your 2015 goals working out?

Episode 4

Musings:

Sewing Adventures:

On the Needles:

Off the Needles:

Off the Hook:

Newly Queued:

SEWING GOALS

Screen Shot 2015-01-10 at 1.29.12 pmPretty much I just have one sewing goal this year:

  1. SEW

I have not done a lot of sewing at all in 2014 and I want to change this in 2015. I want to finish a few WIPs and also start some more garments that I have thoughtfully decided upon, instead of making something on impulse then not wearing it because it doesn’t fit my style.

On the Colette Patterns blog, the Coletterie, they are doing an extension to their popular Wardrobe Architect series of last year where Kristen will be going through all the steps outlined in the original series of posts and building her new wardrobe through 2015. I am intending on following along and creating a wardrobe of garments I love, love wearing and that fit my style and look great along with removing garments that I just don’t dig anymore.

What are your sewing goals for this year?

Changes afoot.

Hello my lovely followers!

Wow, have I been sporadic in 2014! There are many factors that have added up to this blog fade and I’m not going to go into all of them here but thought I would have a bit of a discussion about where I’d like to go with this blog in 2015 and things that have been on my mind over the recent months.

As you can see, I have changed the layout theme of the blog to something a little more simple and clean. The cutesy layout of my previous theme just wasn’t doing it for me anymore. My path this year is moving towards a cleaner, fresher life so why shouldn’t my blog mirror that? You might have also noticed that I have changed my tagline from ‘A beginner, teaching herself how to sew and knit’ to ‘Muddling though life with creativity’ and this is because I feel I would like to expand this blog to include other areas of my life apart from the sewing and knitting.

It has always been in my mind that I want to continue this blog but coming up with the motivation to write a blog post has been hard. 2014 was the hardest year of my life so far and it’s hard to focus on seemingly frivolous things such as clothes when you’re worried about keeping a roof over your head, the lights on and food on the table. I’ve still been creating despite the various setbacks that 2014 brought but just couldn’t find the motivation to photograph the projects and then write a post about them. At this stage of the year, 2015 looks to be doing a complete 180 turn from last year and that’s made me more inspired and motivated to start sharing with you all again.

I didn’t do a lot of sewing last year that was clothing. This is mostly due to the fact that we moved in February 2014 and in the new house with a new layout I have yet to find a comfortable, convenient place to cut out pieces of fabric for clothes. I can easily cut pieces for the bags that I sell, but larger clothing parts has been very hard and frustratingly I am unable to find a suitable place to do it. I’ve tried the kitchen bench, the floor and even where I used to cut, our dining room table, but in it’s new position it is far too difficult as I cannot move all around it anymore. Things are looking up though, as my husband has a new desk for his computer and his old desk is a lovely, large, rectangular table that is a nice, convenient height for cutting fabric so I have appropriated it. So, once it’s set up, it will much easier for me to cut and therefore sew clothing.

And as I mentioned in the title of this post, there will be changes to this blog and that mainly involves the subject matter. Posts will no longer be strictly about my handmade wardrobe. I am embarking on a new and positive journey in my life with a new job, a new way of eating and a simpler way of living and I’d like to talk about it, discussing my successes and set backs alike.

So I hope you stick with me, as I appreciate each and every one of you who reads this blog regularly. I will be keeping up with the podcast, but posts may be once a month rather than the fortnightly podcast I was intending, with more time dedicated to this blog and improving other areas of my life. I will be doing a few posts in the coming week about the goals I am hoping to achieve in the various areas I’ve mentioned above so you can find out more about what I’m going to be discussing here.

Thanks for reading and sticking with me through this last year of irregularity and I hope you enjoy the posts to come.

Julieanne xx