A new year, a pledge and some intentions

Happy New Year everyone!

I have taken a semi enforced digital detox with some serious energy recharging needed (but over this holiday season it seems as if it has been subject to near constant depletion with all the fun, present making & hosting etc!).  Technologically it is also not worth battling against very temperamental broadband access when there are two extra laptops jostling for bandwidth, but how interested can anyone be in that?  Moving on then ….

So I am newly full of vim, looking forward to catching up with everyone else’s new year’s plans, and will catch up on visiting your wonderful blogs.

Of my own resolutions for 2012?  Well, I had decided not to make any, accepting for once that I am weak & have high boredom thresholds/ rebel against too much structure.   But then I thought back, and in doing so I have become a little more motivated to keep a couple of intentions going, & then just set up a couple of new ones.

SB’s handmade wardrobe

  • But here’s THE BIG INTERESTING ONE.  Last year I planned not to buy any ready to wear (except sports clothes & shoes/ undies).  And amazingly I achieved this particular resolution.  I am stunned.  To develop my handmade wardrobe ( most pictures here) I made:
  • 10 dresses
  • 10 tops/ blouses
  • 4 skirts
  • 6 pairs shorts/ capris/ culottes/ trousers
  • 1 cardigan
  • 1 jacket
  • 7 pairs of knickers (not all now in use!)

Oh me oh my!  That is 36 things for me!  There are 3 things missing in pictures that I will update soon as I can.  I will keep this going, and update my projects in the pipeline page as my ideas develop.  And I will make a coat.  And more jackets. I will.  I suppose out of the 36, here are the most eliciting comments in the real world – my Vintage Vogue jacket & much worn-to-parties-this-Christmas-and-new-year-Rooibos.

I will take the seamless pledge also, (I will not buy any ready to wear with the exception of running / sports wear,  or second hand for the duration of this year and will renew it each year.)

This poses the biggest problem for my real wardrobe gap, as with many other keen sewists is in the knitwear department.  I am knitting (slowly) a cardigan – Kim Hargreaves Wisdom.  So onto knitting ….I shall have to knit more, or make jersey cardigans in 2012….can anyone share any great UK online yarn stores?

Another thing I’d like to do more of this year is jewellery making, having totally failed to make very much at all last year.  I will try to make a quirky or vintage inspired piece a month.  So there we are, some intentions for  sewing, jewellery making and knitting.


I do enjoy blogging & am super inspired by all of you lovely people out there too.  Thank you for the blogs you create, the makes you share with us & for visiting here & leaving comments.  This year I shall try to get better at putting more effort into blogging: pictures, ideas, whatever….

Making for others

The boring bit!  I need to make an advanced intention about Christmas next year.  I seem to go crazy making for others in six weeks of the year but should spread it out!  Therefore I shall try to make more for others across the whole year.  Related to this, ie non-selfish sewing, I should also try once again try to sort my home furnishings out.  Nothing happened last year to the saggy lounge curtains or the broken bedroom blinds.   Or to the cushions in the lounge.  Tsk Tsk.  I had a Christmas present though that has some lovely ideas that should encourage me.


  • And I need to include something on running …
  • Last year I ran 3 half marathons (slowly!)  and ran 550 miles.  Wow.  That was worth looking at as here I am going through another dip in motivation caused by being ill (my most arch enemy that knocks my running mojo with longer lasting impact than the illness itself – I have no strategy to combat this one).  Hopefully my returned vim includes running….I have another half marathon in March.  It would be so great if it was  at least a teeny weeny bit faster than last years….

So that’s it for now.  Onto a fun filled 2012 we hope!  I will enjoy catching up with everyone else’s plans for the year ahead.  May we make it brilliant & dazzling !

36 thoughts on “A new year, a pledge and some intentions

  1. Magpie Mimi

    Wow, I knew you were productive but didn’t realise just how productive until you’d set it out! Well done! I’m hoping for a productive year, I’m currently working on Colette’s Taffy Blouse. Wish me luck!

    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Aha! A Taffy! I am also tempted by a Taffy too – it’ll be lovely – I’ll look forward to seeing your appear on your blog. I hope you enjoy making it- it looks a pretty & delicate make.

  2. Clare S

    Wow, that’s lots of making! What a productive year – you’re inspiring me to get moving for this year!

    I’ve been thinking the same about Christmas making, myself – I want to make presents for people, but I want to enjoy it.

    I only recently found your blog (so, hello!), but I’m looking forward to seeing what you make this year!

    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Well hello to you as well Clare S! Yes, it does feel a shame to feel “driven” to make presents for others, when it could be so much more relaxed! I’ll come along to say hello on your blog too soon 🙂

  3. Kerry

    You’ve been so productive – you should be very proud!

    Re UK online yarn stores, I like Kemps and also The Black Sheep crafts. Both have great bargains all year round and are worth checking frequently.

  4. didyoumakethat

    Your achievements on every level have been amazing. You’re a great seamstress, a key blogging personality who I always love reading, and your shared thoughts on running have helped me keep up with the odd run. Which half marathon are you doing in March? IF I have a new year resolution (I loathe them) it would be to get back into running. I went for a scamper today! (Curry guilt. I indulged in curry last night.)

    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Karen you are so kind, thank you (I’m blushing!) I am actually finding such lovely responses on the odd occasion that I do write about running, & that helps me too! I’m in for the Bath Half (again!) I seem to rush to enter again when those pesky emails are first released to past participants announcing the next one ….
      Well done you though, going out today. I re-start running tomorrow evening. Honest!

  5. Chris

    Fantastic levels of production this year. If I could only get myself more confidence in the fitting department, I’d love to make more!

    My plans are to start blogging my sewing (just done) and to keep up with running too. Having done C25K last year I ran out of steam for a while, but have just got back to it, and am considering whether entering a HM would give me the motivation to keep pushing. Not decided yet – good luck with yours.

    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Hi Chris, I’m looking forward to following your progress too, now that I have found your site & your amazing New Look 6000. (unfortunately domestic internet problems are thwarting me- I need to get something fixed)

      Good luck with your running too. I always seem to suffer from demotivational periods running, & therefore lose out on the possibility of improving – or so it seems to me!

  6. Jane

    Hi Scruffy,

    I suggest you try my favourite shop of all time: Knit and Yarn in Bungay. Gilly stocks lots of lovely things and is always happy to give advice, help with ideas or find something for you if she doesn’t have it in stock. Her online shop can be found here:



  7. Catherine

    Happy New Year!
    The woolly layer is always my biggest problem and since june has been the only thing,prt from undies,that I have bought.This year though I am trying to make more woollies….

    keep on with that cardi!

  8. Marie

    I’m so impressed that you made a whopping 36 items and managed not to buy anything new too! Wow! Great aims for 2012 too…oh, and I went for my first jog this year (and in over 6 weeks)…it actually wasn’t too bad!

  9. Jane

    Your handmade wardrobe is an amazing achievement Winnie, you should be well and truly proud of yourself. I’ve loved reading your blog and meeting you!!! this past year, and will continue to do the reading (and hopefully the meeting!) again this year with real pleasure. I’ve no doubt you’ll be brilliant and dazzling too – hooray! x
    PS. Have tentatively started my new year running too, my goal is on a far smaller scale though – hopefully a 5K run in the spring…! x

    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Yay Jane & Marie!! Thank you & I’m feeling proud to be amongst other sewing bloggers that run – we should do the odd bit of group encouragement! Well done for getting out there & aiming for a 5k Jane. Good on you! I know your considering yourself a starter runner!

  10. Roobeedoo

    Woo hoo! Happy New Year!
    I would love to take the seamless pledge… but I need the safety net “just in case”!
    Yarn shops: depends what you are looking for! For cheapness with high ratio of acrylic but occasional Rowan surprises: Kemps. For high-end imports as a special treat: Loop of Islington. For a good selection of mid-range yarns, including a few gorgeous imports: First4Yarns. For sock-weight variety: modernknitting dot co dot uk. For discontinued and main UK brands: mcaree. For mostly UK, but also elusive knitpicks: greatbritishyarns.
    That should keep you busy!

    1. Roobeedoo

      I can’t believe I just failed to recommend any UK indie dyers!
      I personally swear by: SkeinQueen (dot co dot uk), oldmaidenaunt(dot com) and the following on etsy: UncommonThread and LionessArts.
      But the thing you really really need to do is join Ravelry. Trust me – it will transform your view of the knitting universe!

      1. scruffybadgertime Post author

        Oh my word! Roo thank you for such a wealth of ideas. I am very excited now & am going to put aside any worries I might have about acquiring a yarn stash. Who cares?! I really appreciate your suggestions & everyone else’s.
        I have actually joined Ravelry, but haven’t really invested much time in looking – it seems so – “Huge”! I will put aside some time just to look, it’s the second recommendation I’ve had today. 🙂

  11. Sigrid

    I was feeling good about my output until I saw how much you made. And so much of it is AMAZING! I think your sewing looks better every month. What will next year bring???

    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Sigrid, your output is not to be sniffed at ! Thank you for the enthusiasm. Indeed, what will the 2012 collection contain? My question exactly! Overwhelmed by choice, underwhelmed by time 🙂

  12. Christine

    (Handmade) hats off to you Scruffybadger! You’ve accomplished so much this year – very inspirational. I echo Roobeedoo’s thought that Ravelry is a great resource. I’m “tefighe” if you want to be “friends”!

  13. Ali

    Wow!!! 36 items, so impressive, a great, good looking achievement. I haven’t always been able to keep up with blogs, but know I always enjoy seeing what you’ve been up to — stitching, running, what have you 🙂 And such gorgeous dresses this year!

  14. Elena Cresci

    Eeee! Welcome to the Seamless Pledge – it’s a right laugh, honest 😉

    Jewellery making and more knitting are also on my list – they’re such handy skills to have, especially considering the amount of dangly earrings I wear. I definitely just need to get on making my own!

    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Ha ha Elena! I’m so glad to be in the party & you write some really interesting things too …. am looking forward to keeping up with it all. Tell you what, earrings are SO easy to make … you should try it…

  15. Debbie

    I have so enjoyed reading your blog and seeing your makes this year Winnie. I am keen to try sewing cardigans from jersey knits, but have trouble finding the right fabric. Got a couple of patterns though. Hope we can do another meet up this year. Rag Market Round Two? Ding ding. xx

  16. Alessa

    Wow, what a super productive year for you! And sticking to the Seamless pledge, too!
    I really like those knickers, underwear has been on my to-sew list for over a year and I still haven’t gotten to it! I’d also love to make some more jewellery&accessoires this year.
    I’m still pretty much blown away by you running half marathons. Go girl!

  17. Joy

    Nice work on your non-RTW resolution this year. You made so many nice things for yourself, not just t-shirts (: Deciding not to buy RTW was really the push I needed to try things that seemed more advanced. I haven’t bought RTW for 3 1/2 years (besides my personal exceptions, hehe, undies, socks, gloves, shoes, and things I would have to knit).


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