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Crafty New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year by Meddy Garnet, via Flickr

I’m not really one for new year’s resolutions these days,  I just know I cannot keep them!  Craft-based new year’s resolutions, however, are a different thing entirely.  They are actually fun to keep.

So here goes…

  1. Knit socks – lots of them. I have joined the Socktopus Knit Love Club so I will be supplied with gorgeous sock yarn throughout the year.  I’d better get learning how to knit the things pretty quickly…
  2. Knit lace. I have cast on Ishbel and joined an Ishbel knit-along on Ravelry for this one.
  3. Learn to knit colourwork. No idea where to start here!
  4. More tutorials on the blog. I started these towards the end of last year and really hope to offer some more up.
  5. Spread the word about the iMake podcast.
  6. Use my (shiny, new) sewing machine regularly.
  7. Make fewer handmade Christmas gifts! See my recent posts on my handmade Christmas challenge.
  8. Organise knit-alongs with my Stitch n’ Bitch group. The first is planned for this month (a sock!)

Let’s see how I get on.

Has anyone else made crafty resolutions?

2010 in Review (Blog Stats)

This is just a little self-indulgent, but I got this fabulous email from the WordPress people about my blog stats and I thought I’d share it.  Happy new year all…

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,700 times in 2010. That’s about 9 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 71 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 331 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 119mb. That’s about 6 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was December 18th with 79 views. The most popular post that day was Handmade Tea Cup Candles.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for imake podcast, christmas card tutorial, imake blog, patchwork christmas, and hand stamped christmas cards.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Handmade Tea Cup Candles December 2010


Patchwork Christmas Card Tutorial November 2010


iMake Podcast August 2010


Baby Jumper: Done September 2010


Episode 1 – A Podcast is Born August 2010

iMake in Making

Those of you who don’t follow me on Facebook and Twitter will have missed out on this exciting bit of news… the iMake podcast got a mention in my favourite craft magazine ‘Making’.  I posted on their forum about how fab craft blogs and podcasts were and they featured me in their forum section of the magazine.  Look…

I am, quite literally, giddy with excitement!


Drawing Pins Coloured by Public Domain Photos

I have a new creative obsession – Pinterest.  I’ll be talking about it more in my podcast this weekend so I won’t go into too my detail here.  But before you download the podcast when it’s up tomorrow (hopefully) you might want to apply for an invite to join Pinterest.  Basically it is a creative catalogue service.  I am using it as a massive mood board for my various creative ideas (amongst other things).  Please check it out.  Click the button below to follow my pins or go straight to

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A Little Teaser…

I am really looking forward to recording the podcast tomorrow.  I suspect it might be a little longer than previous podcasts as I have rather a lot to cover.  Unless things change dramatically between now and tomorrow my plan is to talk about hand-stamping metal as my main topic.  It is a craft that I am just getting into and it is really fun.  I have a book called ‘Stamped Metal Jewelry’ by Lisa Niven Kelly to review – it is a great book, one of the best resources on hand-stamped jewellery that I have ever seen.  I am also going to attempt to teach my listeners some Guernsey French in the Guernsey segment.  Added to that there will be the usual crafty chatter about my recent creative exploits and much, much more.

The podcast should be up by close of play Sunday so please tune in.  Have a great weekend everyone.

A Few Minor Podcast/RSS Problems

I’ve had a morning of technical issues with podcast episodes going missing on iTunes and all sorts of things. Fear not, they will return to iTunes, it is a temporary glitch. If you are subscribed you will have no problems.

To combat the issues I have set up a separate RSS feed for the podcast only, so if you subscribe through an RSS feed reader and just want the podcast, this may be of interest. The feed is:  If you are interested in the whole blog though, stick to your previous feed.

Anyway I think we should be ok now – thanks to ‘Roger’ from the Apple podcast help forum for pointing me in the right direction.

All this talk of feeds is making me quite hungry!  There is a French Market coming to Guernsey today so I feel french bread and cheese coming on…

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Guernsey girl, maker of stuff, teacher, knitter, blogger, podcaster, tweeter, lover of stationery, geek, crocheter, jewellery maker, domestic goddess (sort of), paper crafter, g&t drinker, artist, singer and reluctant sports person.


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