In the last few months, I’ve been blogging less due to personal reasons and because I have been designing secret projects on a regular basis.
Just last week, I realized that the third year of the Year of Projects had kicked off weeks ago when I saw posts about it in the Ravelry group. I’ve always really enjoyed the concept behind the Year of Projects and the process of blogging along with other crocheters and knitters, but I wasn’t sure I could handle the regular blog posts. After a few days of contemplation, the desire to be a part of the community won out over my fear of commitment .
A few different things came together in the last few weeks, all of which influenced my Year of Projects list of goals.
- I recently learned about the Head to Toe Knitting Challenge (which is apparently crochet-friendly, too), hosted by Bubsby in this Ravelry group. Each month through the end of 2013, she will designate a body “zone” and challenge us to crochet or knit something for that area. (The points system, if you’re a competitive sort, is explained here.)
- Last week, I finished Kim Guzman‘s awesome online crochet pattern grading class on Crochetville.
- One of my very best friends is having her first baby in December. We are crafting buddies, and I want to make her baby boy all kinds of handmade goodies.
- I’ve been working really hard on busting my stash, but I still have a big collection of yarn.
- I’ve been ruminating about writing a crochet book for several years, and I’d like to self-publish that in 2014.
I realized that I need to practice my grading and self-publishing skills on smaller, manageable projects. It’s also easier to make baby and infant projects from yarn stash since I don’t necessarily need a large amount of any particular yarn. I like to crochet and knit with purpose, and would rather create samples that I can use as gifts than just for the sake of designing.
With all of that in mind, here are my goals for the third Year of Projects. By June 30, 2014, I’d like to…
- Explore my new pattern grading skills by designing small projects for each body zone (hands, feet, torso, legs, head) as part of the Head to Toe Knitting Challenge.
- Crochet/knit design samples – using stash yarn, when feasible – which will double as gifts for my friend’s baby.
- Develop a pattern booklet in multiple formats (e.g., print and ebook versions) to get familiar with self-publishing before finalizing my “big” crochet book.
Though I only have 3 goals, each one is major for me!
For more Year of Projects posts, visit A Year of Projects blog-a-long on Ravelry.