I agree that the points are not my main motivator, and it can be hard to judge how long an item takes. The hat I recently posted took me about 3 hours to make, but someone who crochets faster could probably make it in an hour. I know I've submitted projects for prompts that could have been Big Time projects, but I really love the challenge of figuring out how to fit a project to a prompt!
As for Research Projects, I like that we have to declare them in advance, knowing that it's a project that has multiple steps or components, and that we can put them on hold, if needed. I try to choose a project where I'm actually learning something new, not just a project that will take a long time. For me personally, it's the distinguishing factor for a Research Project. My Fireworks Blanket Research Project, for example, requires me to learn how to do a join-as-you-go technique I've never tried. I'm also working on a poncho, which will take me just as long, but I'm not learning anything new, so I'll eventually submit it as a Big Time project. I don't know if that was the original intent of a Research Project, but it's how my science (and teacher) brain interpreted it- doing some bit of research to learn something new.
Maybe we could add in the option of a few more Big Time project submissions, and be a bit "stricter" about the definition of what a Research Project is, if that makes sense. So, a Big Time project could be based on number of hours, but a Research Project should be something with a timeline (minimum hours/weeks), multiple steps, and some kind of new skill/knowledge gained.
Prompt: February- Snow Fort Team: Textbook Bonus Points: n/a Project Name: Tassel Hat for the Celtics Game Project Link: n/a Brief Description: Tomorrow, I'm chaperoning a school trip to a Boston Celtics game. Winter weather has finally arrived, and it can be cold on the bus and when we have to stand outside to wait for the bus after the game, so I figured I'd make myself a hat in Celitcs colors. I used the instructions from this video on YouTube. I had to add an extra set of stripes, plus a few extra stitches in the starting chain (because I crochet tightly, not because I have a fat head ). I also changed the style of the tassels. And the best part? IT WAS ON CLEARANCE! Project Picture:
I finished my hat for tomorrow! It's the "Hat with Tassels" and I had to add an extra repeat (plus a few extra stitches in the starting chain) because I crochet pretty tightly (or I have a big head ). I also changed how I made my tassels- I twisted 2 strands of yarn together and then folded them in half to create the thicker twist, and then I tied the end into a knot. I trimmed that end for a bit of fringe and, at the other end, I put a piece of yarn through the loop and used that to attach it to the hat. I like how it looks!
I just noticed that the hat is on backwards in the photo. And, somehow, my join gave me a diagonal seam, and I don't know why... But, no matter! I have a hat for the game!
Great interview, LovelyMiss! I don't remember seeing that Star Trek beaded curtain before, but I love it! And, it's pretty cool that you built your own computer! Makes it easy to know how to fix it if it breaks
Whoo-hoo! I am still planning to start sign-ups in a little over a week, with crafting to happen for most of March. I have a lot of things to catch up on and there's a possibility we might have a snow day tomorrow. When I left school this afternoon, word was it would most likely be a 2 hour delay, but the storm track seems to have shifted north, and we're expected to get more snow. So, since I thought I'd be in school tomorrow, I left all of my work on my desk. This now leaves me much of the day for crafting... and shoveling
Thank you! I was lucky to find the platters and the candleholders when I randomly stopped at the thrift store on my way home. I've got a couple of items I'm hoping to find by next year, but I have a DIY solution if I can't find what I need
Lately, I have been checking posts on my phone and I have a hard time typing replies on it, so I haven't been commenting much. But, I have been admiring all of the projects.
I have not been super crafty lately. Seriously, knocking out that quilt over vacation kicked my crafty behind, and I haven't recovered yet! I have a very ambitious list of projects to tackle (and I still have Christmas gifts to finish... tsk, tsk), so I'm going to have to concentrate on the more pressing items, and then see what else I can squeeze in. I am chaperoning a trip to see the Boston Celtics on Sunday, and I might pack a little crochet project for the bus ride