I love welcoming the New Year. It isn’t a religious holiday, so I don’t have to worry about offending (or excluding) someone when I say “Happy New Year!” It’s also a great time to reflect on the past and think about the future!
About a month after I started my blog in March, I set myself some craft goals to complete by May 1, 2012. At the halfway mark, I looked back and made some changes to those goals. My original inspiration for doing this was Cheryl Marie Knits, since she was in the middle of blogging her way through 365 days of craft goals.
Today, I’m tracking my progress to date.
Personal crafting goals
1) Work my way through Crochet Master Class: Lessons and Projects from Today’s Top Crocheters. Instead of using the patterns, I’d like to create my own project (for myself and/or for teaching) for each technique/skill in the book.
This has been, by far, my favorite project to work on. I delayed the start of this project until July 1 so I could join in on the Year of Projects blog meme. (If you’re not familiar with the Year of Projects, Kathryn at Crochet Concupiscence did a great roundup of everyone’s who is participating here. It’s never too late to join – the Come Blog-a-long group on Ravelry has more information.) You can read my original inspiration for choosing this book here and about my meeting with the masters here.
My first project was freeform crochet (Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4), inspired by the Prudence Mapstone chapter. I made an awesome freeform cat blanket while (loosely) following the Freeform CAL on the Crochet Liberation Front blog.
I had a lot of fun with the Tunisian crochet chapter, and even had the opportunity to interview Julia Bryant, the featured master. For this chapter, I developed a workshop, handout, and ebook with 6 scarf patterns (available for sale on Etsy and Ravelry). I taught the class at the Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival and the North Jersey Fiber Arts Festival in September. My other Tunisian crochet posts can be found here and here. My favorite scarf is the Tunisian Moss Stitch Scarf Recipe, modeled by my mom’s neck (for privacy and such). Hard to tell – but trust me, the color complements her eyes.
Tastes of other chapters
I have flirted with a few other techniques from the book as well…
I dabbled briefly with filet crochet (here, here, and here), but have no finished pictures to share. I swatched up some Bruges crochet. I might actually make a design using this at some point (but not today!). I had fun with post stitches but never really tackled Aran crochet. I’m currently making a single crochet entrelac cat blanket.
I started out posting my updates on Mondays, but I shifted my Year of Projects updates to Sundays since that is when most of the other bloggers participating are posting.
2) Make something handmade for my mom and sister for the holidays (or their birthdays). Possible sources of inspiration include Toe-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks or something from my growing collection of vintage crochet books.
My magnum opus for the past six weeks or so has been the double Irish chain granny square blanket I’m making for my sister in New Orleans Saints colors.
I expect to complete it by mid-January, in time for it to get to her for Super Bowl Sunday.
3) Read Knitting from the Top and 4) Create a contemporary interpretation of one of the vintage patterns I have in my collection.
Other than skimming the book to provide a description in my knitting design book roundup, I’ve made no progress on either of these.
5) Limit new yarn purchases, increase the ratio of natural to synthetic fibers in my stash, and continue to destash any yarn or notions that I won’t be using in the near future. and 6) Make and donate more charity crochet projects in 2012 than in 2011.
I’m so excited about these two goals. I’ve joined in on the Surmount the Stash 2012 challenge with Revelations of a Delusional Knitter. On Monday night, I started making my own grab and go project bags from my stash. Here’s my bag for the Xavier Beanie by Evelyn at Project: Stash. I figure this can be a great unisex gift to have on hand, for any occasion.
In 2011, I donated six hats, a pair of mittens, and two scarves to Hats 4 the Homeless via the Lion Brand Yarn Studio; several toddler hats, scarves, and mittens along with some soft, acrylic yarn to Knits for Infants; and six scarves for Lakota Oyate Wakanyeja Owicakiyapi, Inc. (LOWO), a charity I learned about through the Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation.
7) Participate (however briefly) in a Ravelry CAL.
While I did look around Ravelry at the various CALs for 2012, I haven’t made a commitment to any yet.
Professional crafting goals
1) Read Producing Video Podcasts.
I consider this one completed. I read most of the book, and decided podcasting wasn’t for me.
2) Create and post at least three videos (tutorials or projects/patterns) on my blog or website.
3) Publish at least five patterns.
I’m happy to say I exceeded this goal.
- Four of my patterns, the Long Double Crochet Hat with Flower, the Columns with Shells Scarf, the Bobble Diamonds and Posts Scarf, and the Buttoned Cowl, were published in the Accord Crochet Pattern-a-Day 2012 Calendar;
- My Sunshine Blanket and Pillow Set was published in the August issue of Inside Crochet;
- My broomstick lace shawl, Quadrilateral, was published in the Fall issue of KnitCircus;
- I self-published The Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet ebook and the Wide Ripple Scarf pattern; and
- I published two freebie patterns, the Chubby Sheep and the Twisted Crocodile Stitch Keyhole Scarf, as part of a collaboration with Galler Yarns.
4) Blog at least twice a week. and 8 ) Figure out how to do super cool stuff on WordPress.
I think I’ve done a pretty good job here, too. I learned how to embed videos (a bit harder to do on a self-hosted WordPress site) and I’ve been getting better with trackbacks.
5) Teach in at least two conferences/festivals.
I finished this book back in May and wrote the review here.
7) Write the book proposal that I’ve been thinking about – and send it out.
I’ve actually been working on this all along, but haven’t sent anything out yet.
9) Take better photographs, along with all that entails.
This is still a thorn in my side. I have really relied on public spaces in New York City for outdoor photos. I haven’t established a permanent indoor photography set up yet.
10) Become a CYC Certified Knitting Instructor (Level I-Instructor).
I am officially signed up to attend the Knitting Certification program in February at the Fashion Institute of Technology. I just received the email with all of the homework on Tuesday, so I have to get started swatching.
Did you meet any of your craft goals for 2011?
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