Friday, January 8, 2016

A New Year


Welcome 2016!! How I welcome and plan to conquer you!! 

For the past few weeks I've been reading and listening to other knitters about their goals for the new year. I've been giving it a lot of thought as to what I wanted to accomplish or to see happen. At first only a few goals came to mind repeatedly, but I knew there were other things I wanted to explore. I finally had to sit my butt down and draw out a mind map in order to get these "things" out of my head.

This is what I've come up with, my crafting goals for 2016:
     ♥ Knit more from stash!! Seeing how well I did last year has not only motivated but inspired me to continue on
     ♥ Knit more with Canadian indie dyers and yarn brands
     ♥ Buy all yarn from my LYS, unless it's a Canadian indie dyer who only sells via their own website or Etsy
     ♥ Knit a garment that involves colour work
     ♥ Knit a pattern from the top 10 listed in my Ravelry queue
     ♥ Knit 6 pairs of socks. 
     ♥ Explore knitting pattern design some more!! I've got ideas, time to face my fears and give it a try!!
     ♥ Blog more!! Or, more specifically, more regularly. 


The last two points are big ones for me. Even though I have self-published a pay-for pattern a few years ago (self-promotion alert: it's my Lovely cowl), for some reason I'm really hesitant about going forward and putting out more designs. My guess is insecurities and fear of rejection as the cause, but if I want to try to pursue this obviously I need to face my fears, grow some lady balls, and give it a go. I have no idea what I'm doing, or how to go about certain things (grading, I'm looking at you!), but I do understand and accept that not everyone is going to love or even like one or any of my designs. And I'm ok with that. I'm not setting out to be the next "It" designer or to gain Stephen West or Brooklyn Tweed fame. It's simply another creative outlet that I would like to share with the knitting community.

As for blogging, I'm guilty of "writing" blog posts in my mind as I take a shower and then completely fail at getting it all down on either paper or a draft on the computer fast enough before the words leave my brain. Sometimes the post and even the topic idea deteriorates altogether as my brain thinks I've already written the post so therefore my mind is done with it. Most times though, I'm able to remember and managed to write up lists of all the ideas and topics I would like to talk about on the blog. So many times last year I wanted to sit and blog but as usual I tend to overthink the topic and then end up not writing the post at all. I worry that I won't get everything I want to say out and dislike the idea of updating a post to include an afterthought. I worry about writing a post that doesn't contribute anything to the so-called "knitterly conversation". I often wonder, when I write, is the post unnecessary babble or am I actually offering something of worth and has meaning. Am I producing a post that's just regurgitating the same talking points with no personal opinion (and simply saying "I like it!" or "I'm swooning over it" isn't really considered a personal opinion) as several other knitting blogs? Or am I actually contributing to the knitting community? These are questions I often ask myself when I sit down to write a post, but they are also ones that hold me back from blogging as much as I would like. That, and the constant stopping mid-sentence so that I can knit a row or round on a project! But trust me when I say that I'm definitely going to try to overcome all this. Although, I can't promise that I can always fight the urge to just sit at my desk and knit!

So here's to a more productive and positive 2016!! And if you've made any, I hope you all have success in trying to accomplish your goals too. If you have, please share! I'd love to know what you're working towards too. We can cheer each other on!


♥ Happy knitting! ♥


8 comments:

  1. I need to just knit something this year! I barely did any knitting last year. I have a stash of wool that needs to be used so this could be my year. I'd also love to have a go at knitting socks. Any tips for a newbie sock knitter?

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    1. You have an excuse though, you've been sewing up a storm!! :)

      I don't have any tips until I know what kind of socks you like to knit...but I do highly recommend checking out the book "Socks From The Toe-Up" by Wendy Johnson and/or "Getting Started Knitting Socks" by Ann Budd (for a top-down sock). I also suggest that if you don't enjoy sock knitting, at least give it one more try and knit it the other way. So if you start out knitting a toe-up sock and hate it, give top-down a try (or vice versa) before giving up on socks altogether. Also, I'm a big fan of using yarn with a bit of nylon fibre content for sock wearing longevity. Good luck! &hearts

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  2. socks, baby gear in cotton, baby outfits in wool, bags with handles, destash, finish UFOs

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  3. I love your goals for 2016, especially about supporting Canadian dyers and local shops (and even especially with the Canadian $ being what it is...) Looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful knits, and more of you blog posts in 2016!

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    1. Thanks Julie! I think the Canadian dollar and hearing the woes that really small time indie dyers are having due to the crappy dollar is what really pushed me to have that goal, which i think I'll have no problems sticking to. The other goals though...fingers crossed! ;)

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  4. Hau'oli Makahiki Hou. We share designing and colourwork goals :O).

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