Of Plans, Old & New …

If you’ve been reading this blog, even from time to time, you’ll know already that this year has been an immense year of change for me.  Some of it good, a lot of it negative.  But even with the negative there’s some lesson to be learned, light shed on habits needing to be changed, the revelation of unexpected blessings and support from corners previously unknown.

Before I say goodbye to the old, I like to take a look back at the life goals I’d set and see where there was success and failure.  As I looked through my word for the year post (2014), I realised that despite the year’s challenges, I did pretty well with moderating my life.   The two things I have to continue to work on are: eating better and moderating my online time.   But other than those, all the other goals were successful.

Since my blog’s tagline is “Intertwined: Craft & Life”, it would be remiss of me to not say something about my craft journey this year.  Craft-wise, this year has been beyond my expectation.  I did cabling, fair isle colour-work, slip stitch colour-work, weaving, folk-art weaving, my mood blanket (with the millions of ends to weave in it’s not ready to be shown but it’s done!!!), drop spindling and natural dyeing. I learned 3 ways to steek a knit project and even my crochet game went beyond a granny square.  😀

If I had to name it, I would name this crafting year — The Year Of Technique.   As my British cousins would say, I’m pretty “chuffed” at the level of learning and crafting this year brought.  As the new year approaches, I’ve already started setting some goals one of which is to make 2015 my year of colour-work.  There’s something about it that draws me and my goal is to really work hard at it for the new year.   Projects like

pattern and image: Ramona by Julie Mueller

pattern and image: Winter Flowers Hat by Phazelia

pattern and image: Michaelas Pot Holders by Mors Lilla Ylle

keep calling me like a siren so I’m answering.  Another goal is to work on my finishing techniques and a cute but “concentration required” project like

pattern and image: Bunny Girl by Julie Williams

should help me with that in addition to giving me a ridiculously adorable end product.  Did you know that all these pieces are knit flat then seamed?  It’s hard to tell right?!!! Julie’s finishing technique is fantastic and my goal is to become as proficient.  Re-acquainting myself with my spinning wheel, some cross-stitching, embroidery, sewing, crochet and stash-diving are all on the agenda.  And about stash-diving … I’m back at it!  I have a decent yarn stash and I need to use it.  By Friday, I’ll be 30 days into shopping my yarn stash only and 75 days shopping my fiber stash only.

The events of the year have cemented some life and craft ideals for me and although some of those events I wish I’d never have to deal with, now or ever,  I’m grateful for the lessons learned and am beyond hopeful (albeit a little weary) moving into 2015.


Resolutions: 2012

Not going to pontificate on this … here’s my list:

  • to complete the Knitting Superstar program
  • learn to knit continental style
  • to complete my Craftology 2012 list
  • to complete my Knitology 2012 list using only my stash
  • learn to cable
  • master the kitchener seaming technique
  • finish at least on project needing dpns
  • finish at least one pair of socks
  • learn the Magic Loop technique  Completed: 04.22.2012
  • finish at least one hat:    Completed: 01.16.2012
  • finish at least one knitted garment
  • finish at least one pair of mittens
  • finish at least one pair of gloves
  • learn colour-work technique — either fair isle or intarsia

That’s it!!!!   My goal for the new year is as my tagline says “Knit, Craft, Sew!!!!”

See you in 2012!!!!!