I'm getting to the time of year when I get busy and my crafty productivity takes a nosedive. However, I'm trying to remember to enjoy what I'm doing.
Here's to a new year!
So here I am sitting on my couch, drinking a coffee my cat may have gotten the first sip of (well at least a lap of the foam), enjoying a beautiful morning and thinking about the new year.
So now its time to think about what I'm going to get done in 2017, and I've been thinking this for a while. My "year" kinda started back in October. With my job, which is so focused on the summer, I've been writing 2017 on files since I wrapped up last summer's paperwork. Also, with the way my time runs, I try to get my WIPs done as I head into the summer, because I know that I just don't have time for them in the summer (although that is something I would really like to change) and I get recharged in September once I'm back to a more 9-5 life.
So, with that in mind, here are my goals for 2017.
Make Something that Means Something
So, I'm more of a process knitter, which means I'm not as interested in the thing I'm making as I am in making it. This means that I end up making a whole bunch of things I can't really use and I give away, which is great, but I want to make things that mean things to me.
To that end I already have an unofficial goal, finish a sweater for me that fits me! I made myself a vest a few years back, that doesn't really fit me well (it always falls off my shoulders), but I tried on Carla's Mailin when I was home for Christmas and the yoke/sweatshirt style fit like a dream. It was more tailored on me that it was on her (or the model) but it is going to look really great in the Georgian Bay Fibre Co Bayfield Aran in Granite (a dark grey).
I'm hoping that by making something that means something I will feel more motivated to create.
Make Slow Fashion
One of the big revelations for me in 2016 was how much how what I wear informs how I feel about myself. I pared down my wardrobe, found a store where I could find clothes that fit properly and feel like myself (Torrid, they have my size and if you dig they have some amazing stuff). However, the clothes I'm buying are intended as Fast Fashion. While I'm fortunate in that I can afford the cash to buy good quality clothing, my size (anywhere from an 18 to a 24 depending on brand, store and part of body) makes buying the kinds of heirloom pieces I'm looking for very difficult. So, the solution is to make them myself.
I'm a bit intimidated by the process. Coming face to face with your own body is a hard to thing to do when you've been running from it since puberty, but that's why I'm taking it slow, starting with a great wool sweater (see above goal) and then seen what else I can make.
It's funny, turning 30 a few years back was a big one for me, because I spend most of my 20s feeling kinda shitty about my body, but I decided when I couldn't afford to feel terrible about myself. This body of mine can do amazing things and I needed to give it the respect that it deserves. Since then it has helped me do great things! So I want to honour it with good looking, fitting and ethical clothing.
Make the World Around Me
This one is more about the whole person who is doing the making. In the past few months I've really started to jump in. That hasn't always been my way. But if I can turn the heel on a sock, I can make new friends, I can make my world somewhere I want to live. This means being positive and truthful on social media/blogs, this means making time to for things that matter to me and making sure that I don't waste my time on things that don't.
Making is such an important concept. I have the ability to make and I want to apply it to my whole world.
So here's to 2017, with all the terrifying and joyful challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Wow, it's been a while since I've managed to get a blog post out. After a summer at camp I'm pretty wrung out and drained. I love camp, it's truly my passion, but like all things that matter it is completely exhausting, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
However, over the past few months I've managed to refill my cup (so to speak).
I've been working on lots of knitting, as well as adding lots of new artistic and physical pursuits to my schedule. During each week I manage to go to an Irish Dance class, swimming lessons, choir, board game meet-up, watercolour painting class and an online course in Adult Education.
So here's a little taste of what I've been up to, and I look forward to getting back into the swing of blogging, as I really enjoy sharing on the blog.
Here it is, August 29th and I am sitting in my bed at 8:20 on a Monday morning and just feeling happy, sad and grateful. After 8 weeks basically non-stop chaos, craziness, stress, love and light, I'm done camp for the summer. For the next couple of weeks I will be cleaning up and packing up camp and then it's back to the real world. Of course that's not to say that what happened at camp isn't real, it's just that there is no way of explaining it to someone who wasn't there. Trying to explain why Cowboys vs. Baboons made such a great theme day is futile, but know that I had a smile on my face during each one of those skits.
One thing I didn't do much of this summer is knit, or make in any way. During the quiet weekend between week 6 and 7 (around mid-August, I'm not great with exact dates during camp) I started a fingering weight mitered square blanket and it was the best knitting I had all summer. It was so wonderfully bite sized and all the colors and textures was really interesting to the kids.
It does mean that Henry (my darling nephew) turned 1 yesterday without a hand knit birthday gift, however I don't think he noticed!
So I'm taking about 10 days of slow reintroduction, I'm going to be up at camp getting the closing chores done, completing my end of season paperwork and also working on a whole pile of knitting. Hopefully, I will finish up Jim's birthday socks (his birthday was back in January!).
Here we are, just a few days into 2016 and it feels like I've been here for ages. Although that may have more to do with the fact that my brain has been working on the 2016 camp season since mid-October than the calendar itself, however it is actually the new year and it's time to think about what I want out of my making for 2016.
I did a longer blog on my personal page about my personal goals for the year but my crafting goals are going to follow a similar vein, of figuring out how to improve what I'm already doing.
So, without further ado, here are my goals for 2016.
Over the summer and into the fall my life took up a tempo I haven't experienced since grad school, with stuff going on all the time. So when I actually had down time I would veg in front of the television, and didn't make very much (although I did make up for that with some manic knitting binges). When I'm most tired is when I need knitting the most, because it makes me feel better. So this goal is about making sure I make the right choices to managed my stress with making.
And by that I mean consume less of the knitting/crafting/making social media. Over the summer I went on an unintentional social media diet, consuming only what I could get quickly and on my phone and Instagram was the clear winner and I was relieved to not have to keep up with Twitter. So my goal for this year is to spend less time trying to keep up with all the latest and greatest, and just work on enjoying what I enjoy, some blogs, Ply Magazine, Instagram, and forgetting about the rest.
This summer really threw me for a loop, and while I kept drafting posts, I never sent them. And I missed sharing with you folks out there and so I'm wanting to make a commitment to do my best to keep on top of blogging.
For 2016, I think less is more in the goals department, and these are them.
Happy new year!