2008 was quite a momentous year.
Looking at this little mosaic almost makes me dizzy, and it’s really only a small sampling of the goings on.
I have grand plans for ’09, both personal and craftual. I never thought of myself as a New Year’s resolution person but with knitting and sewing it really has focused me. First, let’s revisit the ’08 resolutions, shall we?
Sewing lots more of my own clothes and avoiding the mall as much as possible. – I think I did well with this one, even participating in Wardrobe Refashion. The downside is I’m down to one wearable pair of pants
Learning more about sewing techniques and fabrics. – I tried but this will be ongoing.
Being more laid back about my crafting and not being my own task master. I have to remember to enjoy myself and what I loved about knitting to begin with (being creative, connecting with tradition). – This I continue to struggle with
Being less critical of myself and celebrating my talents. – Always a battle
Stash management. Not a yarn diet, just being a little less crazed with the credit card and the internets. -Better than 2007 but this will carry forward with a vengeance into ’09
Take my time with projects and make sure to add length! – Needs improvement
Many of these will carry forth in the new year in some form or other.
The commandments of ’09:
- Blast the stash. Yarn and fabric buying will be a reward for good behaviour (i.e. paying off debt) or will be requested as gifts. I need to work with and rework what I have, including the old clothes quilt I started four (!) year ago. If I buy yarn or fabric I want it to be because I’m inspired not because it’s 30% off.
- KISS. Hand painted and variegated sock yarns have their place but I need to amass more solids and semi-solids to have more pattern options.
- Think outside the crayon box. I always, ALWAYS choose cool colours (not as in hip but as in “what season are you?”) and I need to branch out to more neutrals and earth tones. Maybe even orange *shutters*
- Be thankful. I’m pretty lucky to have a working sewing machine, camera, dozens of craft books and many other accouterments. I’m going to try not to be jealous every time a fellow blogger gets a new fancy toy and be happy with what I have. The materialism that seems to have risen with the rise of craft is a peeve of mine and yet I fall into it myself.
- Lay off myself. I have completely reworked my Ravelry queue to include only two items. Everything else has gone into favourites. It started to feel like a task list to be checked off. I want to knit more on a whim and design from inspiration rather than feeling married to the list.
- Take my time and enjoy. It’s a hobby not a race. If there’s a technique a pattern calls for or an extra little touch I could add I need to get off my arse and pick up a book rather than ignoring it and pushing through for expediancy.
- Take millions of pictures of my finished garments. I tend to take four or five and trust that one of them is good. It never is.
I hope 2009 will be the year of living well for all of us. I’m going to work at health and happiness and I wish it for all of you too!