Since falling love with card making, I've endeavoured to make time to try out a new craft every year. As goals go, I realise this is pretty modest, but when you work in crafting, it's surprising how hard it is to find the time to work on a project that doesn't have a deadline! Some of the new crafts (beading, quilling and cross stitch, for example) have become firm favourites that have made it into my 'normal' crafting repertoire, whereas others, like pyrography and clay modelling, were interesting and fun to try, but have failed to grab me in quite the same way. I've chosen knitting for 2012's new craft, and I'll be amazed if I don't become completely addicted to it, especially with little Bob to create for. First though, I had some unfinished business from 2011 to deal with. Last summer I finally got round to trying rug-making, using a little kit I bought in a sale a looooong time ago. It pushes many of the same buttons as cross stitching (relaxing, portable, limited mess, a potentially useful end product, and possible with a sleeping baby on your lap!), but scaled up so you get a great impression of progress. I only got halfway through last year though, as the kit got packed away so we could redecorate the craft room, and it's taken me this long to find it!
This week I managed to do the last few lines while Bob snoozed, and I'm really happy with the result. All I have to do now is figure out how to finish it off, and it'll become a wall hanging for the nursery. The kit doesn't help with edging - other than to say "put a nice edge on it", so if you have any advice of how to do it and where to get the bits, I'd love to hear about it.
In the meantime, I'm planning my next ruggy project. My Nanna once told me that she made rugs out of worn out clothes in the War, so I'll figure out a design of my own and take a look through my wardrobe. No slightly tatty clothes will ever be safe in my house again!