First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
May your 2015 be as creative, healthy and full of joy as a toddler with a blank wall and a jar of peanut butter!
I thought this would be a good time to put some ideas, plans and future projects in writing. That way I create accountability. And a considerable amount of stress for December 2015. And possibly a drinking problem along the same timeline. But never mind that! Let’s just get inspired together for the new year! We’ll cross the whole ‘impossible deadline avoidance techniques’ bridge when we get to it, okay? What I love most about New Year’s resolutions, anyway, is those first fifteen days of January when you can still believe you’re actually going to do all that stuff.
So without further ado:
Here are a few things you may or may not expect from me this year!
(Can you tell I’m super good with commitment and expectations?)
I’m totally going to get four hours sleep every night.
#1 YOU NEED STITCHES!
For a while now I’ve regularly been helping other people out with crochet riddles. These vary from unreadable or ambiguous patterns, to technical difficulties with a certain project. Usually I stumble upon the questions in one of my Facebook groups, and for some reason I just find myself compelled to help solve people’s puzzles. Not that I’m always 100% proficient myself, but I have this pitbull-like tenacity when it comes to figuring out all things crochet, and somehow apparently I’ve figured out how to use that force for good. My trademark is brainstorming along on the backs of envelopes and then posting badly lit pictures of my answers.
Believe it or not, this was actually helpful at the time.
Anyway, I thought it’d be cool to bring that format over to the blog! I’m going to name it ‘You need stitches!’. This means that from now on, YOU CAN SEND ME YOUR CROCHET RIDDLES AND I’LL HELP YOU SOLVE THEM. For free! Out of the goodness of my heart! Or rather, the pitbull-like curiosity of my geeky little crochet brain. Let’s learn and grow together!
Send your crochet riddle to facebook/Recoverista or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note: this is about specific patterns or projects that you need help with (or want a second opinion on). For help with general crochet techniques, there are much better resources available online (and frankly, it’s not really my thing).
DO YOU NEED STITCHES? LET ME KNOW!
#2 Free spirit back pack pattern
I think this would make a nice spring/summer project. When I made this bag, I had to figure everything out for myself, and it turned out so nicely that I think it might be worth turning into full-fledged pattern! What do you think?
#3 Super mysterious pattern ideas I can’t reveal yet
This year, expect a pattern for gloves based on an arcade game, something to do with secret codes, and a hat inspired by a famous artist!
#1 Belated Christmas swap
Right now I’m still working on my swap package presents. Naturally I’ll do a reveal here after everything has been finished, sent and received. So, you know. Probably in late autumn.
#2 Blanky for me and the bf!!
There’s just something about wrapping yourself up in a blanket you made for yourself. When I was little I read this awesome book like a hundred times; in it, aspiring white witch Wise Child has to weave herself a cape at one point. She makes a mistake in the weaving, but is too lazy to go back and correct it. Later when she is attacked by The Evil Guys, this flaw, of course, is where she gets injured while the rest of her is protected by the cape. I always think of this story whenever I start a project for myself or my loved ones. I don’t know. Something about the healing power of using the best of your ability and putting all your love and attention into something you make. It truly is magic.
Here is the tutorial I’m following and the above is my inspiration, a project by one of my awesome fellow crafters on my favourite FB group.
#1 I’ll put my crochet health first
One of the reasons that Christmas swap package still isn’t finished, is that I hurt my hand pretty badly by crocheting for too long with bad posture. For someone with an illness causing chronic pain and muscle tension, I can be pretty stupid, amiright? In 2015 I vow to always crochet in timed intervals and watch my posture. Until I feel better, by which time I’ll probably forget all about it and hurt my hand again.
#2 I’ll publish at least six for sale patterns (and some free ones!)
And believe me, I have them all figured out, too. The only thing left is to, ehm, actually make them. Go time!
#3 I’ll donate 1% of my yearly gains from selling crochet to the Project for Awesome 2015
Because, like it says in my donations policy, I’m a total nerdfighter at heart and I believe in paying it forward. So…with a little bit of luck, I’ll buy them at least one sandwich!
#4 I’ll partake in at least two crochet-alongs or other social crochet activities, either for charity or just for fun
Because, you know, fun. And charity. And (online) friendliness. All things I highly value.
#5 I’ll crochet together with someone IRL at least once
Because none of my friends crochet, but I think it would be so awesome to stitch and bitch with someone! If you live in Holland, in or near Utrecht, please let me know. I’ll bring candy.
#6 I’ll do at least one ‘You need stitches’ post per month, hopefully more
So I need your input!!:)
What about you? What are your plans, upcoming projects and resolutions? Let me know in the comments! And once again, a healthy, happy, fabulously crafty 2015 to you. <3