Day Seven (Sunday April 28th): 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 prefer to keep things really relaxed as far as my knitting is concerned. I want to continue with the activities that connect me to the knitting community such as blogging, Ravelry and Knit Night. I spend most of my knitting time at home where no one really appreciates talking about knitting so when I have opportunity to connect with others who enjoy knitting I relish it.
I’d also like to complete a few works in progress that I’ve been ignoring. I don’t like to feel guilty about my knitting but when I think about the hundreds of dollars of yarn I have tied up in things that are just waiting to be finished guilt does creep in.
I’d also like to cast on a few new projects that stretch my knitting abilities a bit. I would like to knit an epic project like Celestarium. I would like to knit a casual wearable sweater like Topeka. I also want to continue with my effort to knit a lifetime supply of socks.
I also want to get better at handling my time. I tend to lose out on perfectly good knitting time because of laziness or poor planning. I want to find a way to gather up these small chunks of time and use them in a more productive way. At the same time I should get a handle on my stash. While it isn’t huge compared to some other people, it is huge to me. I currently have more yarn than I have ever had and I’m feeling the weight of it. I want to use it up but I want to use it is a way that I am happy with. Finally I want to find balance. My life tends to be spent dealing with the needs of others to the point that other things, important things like cleaning, cooking, knitting and reading are done in a rushed and unpleasing way. If I could find balance in all these things I would be better able to handle the demands placed on me by others and the demands I place on myself.
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