The Promised Epic Crafty Quiz

I promised yesterday that I’d do a Crafty Quiz. I figured if I was going to do it I was going to go big. Get ready for the Epic Crafty Quiz.

Since we have just completed our first year of this dang pandemic I’m going to use the year as the jumping off point. Get ready! Here we go!

  • Have you crafted more this past year or less?
  • Have you tried or become addicted to any new crafts?
  • Have you added anything new to your crafting that you’d recommend others try?
  • Ballpark estimate: How many things have you made?
  • Which item is your favorite? Bonus points if you leave a link to a photo.
  • Have you found a new designer that you enjoy? Do share a link if you can.
  • Have you increased your craft learning? Have you taken online classes or used video to learn?
  • Have you made more gifts than you normally would? Were they well received?
  • If you have a craft group, have you found ways to meet this year? Maybe zoom meeting or small socially distanced group at a park?
  • Do you want to make something soon? Have you got a plan?
  • I’m trying something new here. If you’d like to add a question to the quiz feel free to place it in the comments.

Please feel free to answer in the comments. If you’d like to answer on your own blog leave a link so we can read your answers and answer your question if you ask one.

Here are my answers.

  • Before I looked back to see what exactly I’ve made this year I would have guessed that I’ve made less. I think I’ve made more than I thought. I’ve completed 11 projects and have 3 or 4 in process. I even sewed some masks. I feel like my productivity dropped off though. I’ve spent more time than I usually do reading.
  • I haven’t tried anything new. As much as I love the idea of trying new things I hesitate because I already have more than I’ll ever use.
  • I haven’t found anything new but I have gone back to using a piece of paper to keep track of my projects. As much as I liked using the notes app in my phone I found it too easy to just check email or whatever and I was too easily distracted. The paper has worked out better as long as I remember to hide it. Myles new hobby is stealing my piece of paper and shredding it. So far he has left the all important last few marks alone.
  • I have completed 11 projects and have 3 or 4 in process. I’ve allowed myself to break my 3 project rule but I won’t go beyond 4.
  • My favorite item I’ve made is my Klickitat Street Cowl. It is outside my comfort zone colorwise. It was fun to knit. And it’s very fun to wear.
  • I haven’t found a new designer recently. I’m always looking for one though:)
  • I have been more willing to take the time to look at multiple ways to do things that are new to me. I’m currently learning to knit stripes in the round and I’ve been looking at various jogless jog methods.
  • I haven’t made any gifts. I haven’t finished the blanket I was knitting as a gift and the baby arrived in November. I’m just not a great knit gifter.
  • I have done zoom knitting with friends. It’s fun to spend time together but boy the time goes by super fast. I’d like to try socially distanced in person knitting.
  • I still want to knit a cardigan. And a vest. I’ve got the yarn. Once I clear a couple of things off the WIP pile maybe I’ll cast on.

Remember to leave your answers in the comments or a link to your blog if you’ll be answering there. If you leave a question I’ll answer in the comments here or on your blog.

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20 Responses to The Promised Epic Crafty Quiz

  1. RebSef says:

    Probably less 😮 because online studying and being in the house I find jobs to do.
    I tried and now LOVE macrame!
    I recommend macrame to others.
    Since March last year I have made a total of 12 things (not just macrame)
    My favourite was a plant hanger that I gave someone to use as a present. Wasn’t bad for a first attempt. *massages my own ego*

    I have used YouTube much more as a tool than before. So much easier than written instructions but I am compiling my own notes in a notebook now.
    No, I sadly haven’t given more homemade gifts 😭

    I plan to make a hammock for my sisters soft toys.

    Does crafting help distract you from the woes of the world? Or do you find yourself thinking and finding the problem? For me, I can get so lost in thought that I clear my head and wonder where the last few hours have gone…

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    • Macrame is so fun! It’s useful too which is a bonus:)
      YouTube is my go to for anything I want to learn. People are so generous to share their knowledge.
      If I need to clear my mind I find reading a good book works best for me. I tend to have the TV on if I’m crafting so the world tends to creep in.

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    • ReginaMary says:

      Crafting (or sometimes zoning out to crafting podcasts) helps to distract me. If I am knitting, I can get so absorbed that I knit beyond where the pattern calls for.

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  2. tinaor says:

    I have definitely crafted more this past year.
    No new addictions, but at times manically keen to use up my stash of yarn and fabric (it didn’t work, I still have enough to fill my own haberdashery shop!)
    Ballpark estimate of things made? Erm …. less than 40.
    Favourite item was a crochet cotton top for last summer, the first time I’d crocheted a garment not just a blanket.
    I made an effort to gift handmade rather than buy. Most were well received, love the stack of whatsapp videos sent to me with little children dancing up and down with their latest cushion or bag or modelling hats!
    All my crafting has been online via Zoom. My regular weekly coffee/chat/crafting sessions have still taken place and we’ve had an extra one each week too to help us keep sane!
    Always something new to craft in the pipeline. Read my blog for new things, WIPs and UFO’s .
    Any yarn you’d recommend to knit with for a man’s sweater – needs to be hardy – husband’s not exactly good at looking after handknits. I err usually on the side of caution and don’t knit for him!

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    • ReginaMary says:

      I love knitting with Lettlopi. The colors are very pleasing and the wool is rugged.

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      • tinaor says:

        I had to google Lettlopi, looks very nice, I guess the more natural colours seem a little more rustic than the brighter ones. I love it when you favour a yarn and can use it time and time over. I used to love Debbie Bliss tweed aran and dk (now there is similar Debbie Bliss Donegal tweed). I made a beautiful waistcoat, hat and neckwrap with it. Sadly I didn’t think one day when I washed the waistcoat on a hot wash – it came out small, and stiff as a board and could almost stand up by itself! I still love the same type of yarn, just am more careful with laundering homemade items now!!!

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      • ReginaMary says:

        I think we have all done similarly. My son tossed his wool hat on the floor of his room and he accidentally scooped it up with his dirty clothes and put it through the washer and dryer. He was more upset than I was. I have an excuse to knit another hat! Unfortunately, he has to wait for it.

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  3. chrisknits says:

    I think my knitting dropped off because I lost the knitting group when we moved. I just never found a good one here. But I did find a quilting group, so now we know why the knitting dropped off even more.

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  4. My gosh – that is an epic quiz! I will answer in my blog 🙂

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  5. Alissa Head says:

    What a great quiz! Here are my answers:
    I have crafted pretty vigorously this past year, so more I would say.
    I have not become addicted to anything new. I already have too many crafts on the go.
    I’ve added yarn clubs and Year of Projects.
    4 fiber art pieces, 18 knitting projects, and 8 sewing projects finished since lockdown.
    My favorite item is my Shetland Tweed Throw because I use it constantly. https://headknits.files.wordpress.com/2020/12/img_1264.jpg?w=768
    I took a class with Gudrun Johnson and I can’t wait to start on a Hansel Hap. https://www.theshetlandtrader.com/
    I attended Knit City this year. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot.
    I made socks for immediate family and they are being worn, so that’s good!
    I have a weekly virtual knit that has really been the best thing that could have happened to me.
    I always have a plan. Here’s my Year of Projects list: https://headknits.com/2021/01/03/2020-2021-year-of-projects-half-year-update-and-a-resolution/
    My question : Do you test knit for designers? Do you enjoy it? What are the perks?

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  6. kathyreeves says:

    This is epic, I will do this in my blog this week!

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  7. ReginaMary says:

    Have you crafted more this past year or less? Less, sadly.
    Have you tried or become addicted to any new crafts? Nope. I would rather hurl myself into more knitting!
    Have you added anything new to your crafting that you’d recommend others try? No. I am dullsville.
    Ballpark estimate: How many things have you made? I tend to do a pattern a month with the occasional hat thrown in for good measure.
    Which item is your favorite? Bonus points if you leave a link to a photo. I love top down raglan sweaters.
    Have you found a new designer that you enjoy? Do share a link if you can. Jenjoyce Designs (I met her here on WordPress) https://www.ravelry.com/designers/jenjoyce-design
    Have you increased your craft learning? No
    Have you taken online classes or used video to learn? Yes!
    Have you made more gifts than you normally would? Yes Were they well received? They were VERY well received!
    If you have a craft group, have you found ways to meet this year? Maybe zoom? What would we do without zoom? meeting or small socially distanced group at a park? Yes, thanks to a large deck and a sunny day!
    Do you want to make something soon? I am 3/4 finished with a project, but I just haven’t had time. 😦 Have you got a plan? Of course not!
    I’m trying something new here. If you’d like to add a question to the quiz feel free to place it in the comments.
    My question for the readers is “When during the day or week do you get the most knitting done?

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    • I love JenJoyce Designs too! I started the Calidez Vest and never went back to it. I want to knit an Sol Inca cardigan. It’s one of my someday sweater:)
      I get the most knitting done when I’m in the mood. I’ve been too easily distracted lately. If I start in right after dinner I can do pretty well in an evening too.

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  8. I have done a lot more sewing – I make American Girl Doll clothes for a friend’s daughters because they’re fun and I love those kids – and I’ve made a plethora of masks.
    Just before Covid hit, I gave my friends diamond art paintings so we could do them together. This has become our new “addiction” and we get together and have dinner and work on our paintings every two weeks.
    I’m about to start a Wonderful Wallaby – a new pattern for me – as soon as it gets here! That will be a gift for a baby who will be here soon! Have I made more gifts? I have yet to charge for a mask so I guess that counts. The baby Yoda one I gave a friend tonight may be the best yet. 🙂

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  9. YarnyDragonfly says:

    Well, this topic is right up my alley!
    I have probably crafted a little less this year. Having to deal with 2 deaths in the family over 14 months has taken away some of my crafting motivation.
    I’ve tried a few new papercraft type projects that were fun, but not sure if I’ll become addicted yet…stay tuned…
    I have taken a beading class on Zoom and was pleasantly surprised that I was able to follow along and even finish my project during the workshop time. I have also taken a few craft workshops on Zoom given by different local libraries.
    I did make a few knitted gifts for this past Christmas – a hat and a shawl. They had to be mailed so I made sure to get the package out very early and it still managed to go missing! While I was mourning the loss of my knitting gifts, I was even more upset about the old, original family photos that were also in the package. Luckily, I had copied and scanned those before mailing them. But, like a real Christmas miracle, the package showed up at its destination on Christmas Eve!! The knitted items were very well received.
    I belong to two different local craft groups and both have been meeting on Zoom, one more regularly than the other, and one where we actually do some easy project together online, where the other one is more of a social get together which has been great – I’ve enjoyed them both! The knitting group is also meeting weekly on Zoom and that has been something to look forward to each week.
    Those are my answers to most of the questions. Thanks for a fun quiz!

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