One of the reasons I decided to start this blog was so that I could track my progress. I love lists and progression charting! I know it’s a bit dorky. When I was saving up before I came to University I decided to sell lots of things online, and to make sure I was making a good profit I set up an excel spreadsheet. And before you laugh, it was actually great because I could see what type of things were selling, what keywords maximized sales and I learnt about postage rates. And from that I added more to my savings. Meanwhile, my mum would be heard in the background, putting on a cartoonish geeky voice, complete with lisp, “I love spreadsheets! Sometimes I make spreadsheets about spreadsheets! I call them spreadsheet spreadsheets!” Thanks mum.
While I haven’t made a spreadsheet for a while, I do like to chart progress in the form of lists.Two of my favourite lists have dedicated books: MADE and BOOK LIST. I have been noting which books I read, and the month I finished reading it since 2010. At the end of each year I can see whether it was a well read one, or… not so much. I find this also really motivates me to read more, because I want to compete with last years record. This year, I began to do this with the things that I am making. Projects can only be put in the book once they are fully finished; threads knotted off or yarns woven in. Although it is a good documentation of productivity, it isn’t as visual as a blog is. I want photos, but I don’t want to sit around sticking them in to a book! So, a blog seemed like the best platform to showcase my projects: it is paperless, visual and neat. And I mean the organised kind of neat.
And here is the other kind of neat: a super cool Sunny Summer Bag! This is my Friday’s Finished Object! It has box corners, making it a perfect beach bag, or shopping bag – two things I will be using it for! This also counts towards my goal of using up the fabric I already have. I bought this ages ago to use for a quilt, but when I got home realised that it was a bit too coarse and would make the quilt feel like cardboard. So I shoved it in the back of my drawer and let it sleep. But now, it is awake, and ready to prowl about the town!
…and yes, I have pictures of Lloyd Grossman and Jesus on my wall. The two greats!
Lloyd Grossman + Jesus = Lord Grossman. Yes?