I finished Constellation in January. I'm reasonably pleased with it, but a little disappointed that I didn't come up with a more imaginative setting for the blocks. This was another project that I used as a quilting sampler, quilting each block differently. This made me realize that the reason I make quilts is for the color and pattern. I like geometric patterns. Even when I doodle, I usually doodle straight lines. While I can appreciate a beautifully done custom quilted piece, I don't really enjoy doing that work. Also, I've decided I'm not a huge fan of sampler quilts. I like the patterns created by repetitive blocks and quilting designs. It's not that I don't like this quilt, I do. I'm learning more about what I like and dislike in my quilting journey.
I finished the hand applique border on the triange quilt that I'm calling Flower Up. It is now waiting for me to make the time to make the backing and baste it in preparation for quilting. Perhaps that will happen in March.
My new evening hand project is knitting an Aran knit sweater in this pattern (http://www.yarnspirations.com/patterns/honeycomb-classic.html). I cast this on in late January and am finally getting comfortable in knitting the pattern. I have no idea how long it will take me to complete. The last and only sweater I knit was nearly 30 years ago. I wanted the challenge of knitting a large, complicated pattern and I love Aran knit patterns, so this fit my criteria. It's getting to the point where I'm enjoying the knit and can see the pattern emerging. It's not without mistakes, but they are small enough that I can live with them, especially since I'm starting with the back.
That's what I've been doing craft-wise for the month. I'm hoping February will be as productive.