With a few exceptions, 2005 really was a good year for me. It pretty much consisted of starting The Preemie Project and watching it grow. Actually the best thing about the past year is the success of the project. I still can't believe it. TPP was just a thought I had at this time last year. I never would have dreamed that it would get this big. The yahoo group actually has 80 members!! Plus I have a list of 50 local volunteers and most of them are not a part of the yahoo group. Craziness!!!
Here are most of the items that I made and donated to the project in 2005:
3 burial gown sets (SEPT '05)
30 Hat and Bootie Sets. (SEPT '05) Some of these were knit by my mom. We also donated 27 fleece and flannel sewn blankets. We forgot to get a picture of those.
Pumpkin Push Items
Booties to be paired up with misc hats donated by other volunteers. Pumpkin hat and bootie sets. Halloween themed blankets.
Blankets for the 12-5-05 UIHC Donation (4 not pictured)
Some bereavement Items donated in November '05
Finally, the items for Winter Holiday 2005 Donation: 20 Blankets that mom and I sewed together on her vacation. !5 Santa Hats, some with booties and some without.
Mom's Santa Hat Sets:
I believe that those are all of the items I made and donated in 2005. It was really a lot of fun. I learned a lot about knitting this past year. I also learned how to use a sewing machine. I can even sew a straight line now!
After all of those santa hats I have become a little sick of hats and booties. Because of that, I've decided to spend the first months of 2006 knitting misc booties to pair of with hats. I also want to put some time into sewing bereavement mementos, like teddy bears. I'm just finishing up some pink ones and plan to cut out some blue bears this evening.
Part of the reason I stopped blogging in October was due to a feeling that my blog was getting boring. I was spending so much time working on administrative duties for TPP that I didn't have a lot of time to knit. What knitting time I did have was spent on hats and booties and sewn blankets. I felt like I kept showing and talking about the same thing over and over. It seemed like posting wasn't even worth it anymore. I really want that to change this year.
Don't get me wrong, TPP IS my life. I definitely won't stop talking about it. I just want to make room in my life, and my blog for other knitting projects. That's the plan! I suppose you could call that a New Years resolution. Hopefully I will remember that one in a couple of months.