Closing out another year

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2012 starts on Sunday morning. Wow. I know many of us say this, but it’s true. This year has flown by so fast. So many changes took place this year in my life, with many new changes coming with the new year. I want to share a few of those changes with you in this post.

 

Work-related

This past year saw me making the difficult decision to take time off from designing. I wasn’t sure how long it would last, or if I’d ever come back to it. If you’re here looking to see if I’m coming back, my answer is, “I don’t know yet.” I’m still in semi-retirement from designing. Sure, lots of designs are coming out right now from me, but these are projects I finished many many months ago (some a full year ago). Such is the nature of design work. I’d love to say now that in X number of months I’ll be coming back full time (or even part time) to designing, but I just can’t say that. I don’t know. I’m just now finding the joy in crocheting for me and others again. I had lost that for a while, and I need to revel in that for a bit.

 

I am, however, branching into tech editing and testing crochet patterns. If you’re a designer, or want to be a designer, I have reasonable rates and would love to chat with you about your needs and deadlines. I also still do finishing work and even custom work. I’m currently working on reverse engineering a family heirloom for a client so she can gift her mother with the pattern so they can make more. I’m also working on a testing and tech editing project for another client. I can truly say that I love this aspect of the business. So, get in touch with me if you’re interested. I can send you references as I have been lucky to have fellow designers who trusted me to be my first clients. 🙂 You can use the contact form on the main page to reach me.

 

Fun-crochet

Ah, to be able to talk about that again. 🙂 I’ve been working in lace for myself, and trying new techniques for others. I finished my second ever Tunisian project this year, and it was my first ever color work project. If you follow me on Twitter, you saw me comment that there were 146 ends in that scarf. But it was worth it to see the smile on the kid’s face. 🙂

 

One of my goals this new year is to crochet for myself. I have been gathering shawl patterns and lace yarn because I love both. I also want to work through the rest of my stash. Yesterday I went through it and got rid of half of it again. Most went to my mom since she retires this next month. The rest I need to add to my bin for the scrap afghan I’m making.

 

Life stuff

Part of the impetus to cut the stash down is because next month I’m moving (yes, again). I’m moving in to a quaint 1927 home with very little storage space. But my two years here at home has prepared me for that! There will be a definite need for shawls and blankets and such as the house is a bit drafty and while northerners wouldn’t agree with me, winters are chilly here…especially in old houses with no heat. Brr. I love that my love and his son are so appreciative of my crochet, and therefore they shall continue to receive crochet items! 🙂 So far, G (my love) has received a hat and a pair of slippers and Mr. B (his son) has received a hat, the Tardis scarf, and a Cthulhu. I have a scrap afghan that resides there to give me something to work on when I visit. It will keep us warm on those chilly nights.

 

One of the reasons I changed my domain a few months ago is because I wanted a space to share things other than just crochet and design. Don’t worry, I’ll still talk about those things, but I also wanted to share with you the other things that are just as important to me: green living, household maintenance, etc. There will be more later, but I’ll utilize the categories here through WordPress to be able to help you see those things you want to see.

 

New Year Goals

So, I don’t do resolutions. I do goals. Yeah, yeah, semantics. But here are some of my goals for this year:

  • Crochet from stash and use it up (or give it away at the end of the year if it’s not used for a project)
  • Crochet at least 6 shawls for myself
  • Learn hairpin lace finally
  • Finish all those UFOs in my bins (or frog them and repurpose the yarn)
  • Live as green as possible: reuse, repurpose, recycle, use natural products
  • Make great food from scratch as much as possible
  • Decorate and maintain a wonderful home
  • Read more books (I started a goal of 100 books back on 12/21/10 and I’m at 90 right now)
  • Take time for me each day (even if it’s just sitting on the front porch with some coffee)
  • Stay active! Walking, etc.
  • Throw a fabulous dinner party

 

 

I can honestly say that I’m happier than I’ve ever been in my life. I know where I am going and I’m thrilled with the people who are going on the journey with me. As we ring in 2012 tomorrow night, I will think of all of you and wish for you to have the same in your life. Thank you for all your support this last year (and years prior). May your new year be blessed!