Crafty Goals 2017

Last year I did accomplish most of the crafty goals I set, unfortunately documenting this progress on the blog didn’t happen but I’m all set to change that.    I finished blankets, did some colorwork, started my first sweater (which I still haven’t finished), did some charity knitting, sewed a bit but primarily focused on dyeing.  You can expect more of the same with an extra push in some areas.  My goals this year are:

  • Craft without pressure.  I’m a slow crafter and sometimes I get caught up in the number of FOs saga.  This year, I’m going to be a Cyndi Lauper crafter — this girl just wants to have fun!
  • Recommit to blogging. This space is where I document my crafty and sometimes life journeys and I enjoy doing so.  Last year I cheated on the blog with Instagram (not that I’m giving that up) but I need to do more detailed crafty postings rather than the insta documenting that platform supports. I also need to share posts here other than book reviews.
  • Reduce my stash by 6000 grams.  Sounds like a lot but last year between projects, destashing, gifting and charitable donations, I destashed 9000 grams.  I would have done more but I bought 6 skeins of yarn last year and they narrowed down my destash amount a tad bit.  😀
  • No yarn/fiber purchases for 2017.  I’ve done this before and I’m back at it again.  I have a large stash and while there are other yarns/fiber I want to try, I know I can still be creative with what I have.  Enough of the excess!  After I reduce it by 6000 grams, I’ll give myself permission to get more next year (all being well).  And just so you know … gifts don’t count in the no purchase goal.  LOLOL!  I’m just sayin’. 😉    Seriously though, it sounds tough but I only purchased 6 skeins and 1 fiber batt from a destash in 2016.  How hard can it be to go from 7 to zero?  😉
  • Finish Craftsy class learning schedule I already put together.  Purchasing the classes is like purchasing yarn — easy to do but no good if you’re not using them.  I’ve already made a schedule of 13 classes I want to complete this year.  It’s 1 up from the number I completed in 2016.  My goal is to really dig into them and get everything I can instead of just bulleting through them.
  • Charity knitting.  What can I say about this except that there are so many people in need, I’m going to do what I can with the skills I have to alleviate some of this need.
  • Personal Sock Club.  I’ve heard about it, I’ve seen people just loving socks, knitting socks, crocheting socks, talking about how much they love socks and I want to make socks too.   I just haven’t been bitten by the bug … yet.  This year I aim to make at least two pairs.  I’ve set up my own sock basket, put yarn and patterns together.  Let’s see if I come through with at least two pairs at the end of this year.  😀
  • Improve my spinning.  I need to finish my breed study sampler I started in 2016 and spin the braids I’ve already set aside in my spinning basket.  Most of the Craftsy classes I’ve scheduled are spinning ones so I’m ready.  I haven’t set a specific number of handspun skeins I want to achieve by the end of the year but I’d like to end the year with strong singles, multi-plied skeins and obviously improved spinning.  After this very generous gift of spinning tools (fiber and yarn) from my friend Monique, how could I not spin more this year?

  • 1 year, 1 blanket.  I’m not sure where I saw it listed like this, maybe a bloggy friend I visited and the phrase stuck with me.  I like having at least 1 long project every year, another blanket is the ticket for me.  I’ve already picked my yarn and pattern — I’ll be starting it this month.
  • Improve my dye portfolio.  This is listed last but it’s not the least.  Regular readers of this blog know that I enjoy dyeing.  I might not knit or crochet a lick of anything sometimes but I’m always dyeing.  I want to see where this takes me this year.

So there you have it — my crafty goals for 2017.  All things being well, it’s going to be an exciting crafty year.

What’s In A Beanie?

On October 8th, I celebrated a birthday.  I was treated so well and had so much fun that month, there wasn’t even time to do my usual Birthday Edition message.  Fast forward to exactly 1 month, 1 day later (November 9th), I find myself putting my money where my mouth is when I look at this post.  Especially the first two wishes …

I think by now, even sand under a rock knows who the US president elect is.  I can’t speak for everyone but I know for some of us here and worldwide the result was devastating.  For so many reasons.  I’m not here to disrespect anyone’s choices but I need to say what I have to say … for me.  To get this big weight off my chest.  To just have it written down some place.   I’ve not turned on my TV since Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning, but I can’t ignore what is.  Shutting myself away or ignoring what the results mean to people on both sides isn’t going to change the inevitable.  I need to accept it and give voice to my thoughts, my fears and my feelings even if doing so comes at a risk.  More importantly, I need to practice what I preach.  I need to make space for those who think differently from me and also allow them to express themselves.

Earlier this year, I agreed to join my friend Poppy in making hats for a homeless shelter in Indiana.  The demographics of the recipients didn’t matter to me and I even told some of my knitterly friends about the plan.  But today, I found myself caring about the demographics.  I found myself wanting to instead, support a charity in a state where the political views closely mirror mine.  This morning it was “let them take care of themselves”.  Stupid I know, because everyone in Indiana does not subscribe to hate and bigotry.  But that’s how hate is perpetrated.  Seemingly logical and “right” rationalizations about why we can’t do something for someone who is different or thinks differently from us. Or why we should oppress them with whatever power we have to do so.  Usually, these rationalizations/generalizations don’t make one lick of sense.  I thank God those thoughts didn’t last for long.  Who my parents raised me to be, who I am and who I desire to be is not a person who would let those thoughts fester much more act on them.  So I’m pressing on.

The more I thought of why I had those thoughts, the more I thought of the movement that was part of this president elect’s platform, I accept that I can’t yield.  I can’t yield to hateful thoughts.  I can’t yield to divisiveness.  I can’t yield to exclusion and I have to make space — for everyone.  So my beanie project continues.  Regardless of the recipients.  For with each stitch, I’ll be praying.  I’ll be praying that each recipient chooses:

  • love over hate
  • to embrace that we are more alike than different
  • to embrace that we are each, all of us, valuable
  • to be kind one to another
  • to speak against injustice
  • to choose joy
  • to embrace diversity
  • to be a light

What’s in a beanie?  For now, my prayers and most importantly love will be in each stitch.