Day Seven: Looking Forward
One year from now, when the 5th Knitting & Crochet Blog Week rolls around, where do you hope your crafting will have taken you to? What new skills, projects and experiences do you hope you might have conquered or tried?
This could be anything from mastering a technique (broomstick lace, entrelac, etc), trying a new yarn or skill, or a long term wish to crochet only from your stash, or knit every stitch in one of the Harmony Guides. Maybe you have no desire or plans for your craft at all, no new element of knitting or crochet that you dream of mastering, in which case write about why that might be. In a year's time participants will be asked to look back to see if they achieved any goals, no matter how general, and see which house conquered the art of looking forward.
I love this kind of thing. After reading many other blogs this week I'm finding that my crafting is a rather organized and planned out process. So, making lists of goals and such is something I really enjoy. (Which is sort of strange since I don't plan and or follow through on anything else in the rest of my life.) I want to learn to spin. I plan to start with a spindle and maybe, if I enjoy the process, invest in a wheel. I've already started dying yarn, so I want to get better at that and then start to use spiffy "commercial" dyes. Eventually I want to be a part of the entire process from raw fiber, to spinning it into yarn, to dying it either at the fiber stage or the yarn stage, and then knitting an FO. I'm calling it Total Fiber Immersion. (More than a year from now, I want to have my own hobby farm of fiber producing animals... but that's for another post.)
As far as slightly more attainable goals... I want to do some more colorwork projects. I just did my first Fair Isle recently. I have another Fair Isle project I want to design, sort of, it would involve putting already made graphs together. I would really just be figuring out some maths to make the graphs into a hat. I want to try some intarsia since I'm on this colorwork kick. I still haven't made anything truly lacey like a shawl. I'm the proud owner of a beautiful shawl pin and I don't own a shawl. That must be rectified. I want to get better at photographing my FOs. One of these days I should do entrelac since I still haven't. So far, this year has been a goal attaining year. I made a "knityear" resolution list near the first of the year and I think I've already knocked off the majority of it. I would have to go check it again...
My two and a half goals were: Colorwork and lacy shawl knitting. Then I wrote a paragraph about wanting to learn to spin this year. So within the first quarter of the year I've already checked off a goal. Sweet!
I like lists so at the end of the year I can refer to this:
-Colorwork (more faire isle and try intarsia)
-Lacy Shawl(s) (So I can use the beautiful shawl pin I now own.)
-Learn to spin
-Improve my photography skills
-Do more yarn dying (which will hopefully result in prettier yarn and a feel for the craft)
-Play with more beads (which will hopefully result in really great looking stitch markers)
That seems easy enough, as Jeremy would say "How hard can it be?" It's easy to attain goals when its all fun stuff I want to achieve! I hope to have this list all checked off by December. Until then, I'm off to play with beads, or dye or maybe yarn.....
Happy Crafting! I really enjoyed Knit Crochet Blog Week, I hope everyone else did as well!!!