To me, January 1 represents a clean
slate, the opportunity to start anew. Every year on that day I feel as
if I can accomplish anything. During the last two days of the old year I
spend some time creating goals for the coming year.
Certain things tend to reappear
every year. There will always be a goal about healthful eating and
working out regularly and a goal about finding a better balance between
work and home. But the goals that are the most fun to make, and keep,
are my crochet goals.
As I look to 2011, here are some of
my crochet goal-setting ideas:
1. Learn a new Technique
Crochet has such a wealth of
techniques to choose from, it can seem a little overwhelming. There's
Tunisian crochet, broomstick lace, hairpin lace, working with thread, or
felting – just to name a few. Here’s my approach: I pick a new
technique to explore, then choose a couple of specific patterns to help
learn that technique.
Last year I explored Tunisian
crochet and in 2011 I am looking forward to playing with colorwork and
different methods of joining motifs as you go. At the top of my pattern
list to meet this goal are the Mischa Mittens (above), for their unique
colorwork, and the Moth Wings Shrug (at left), with its join-as-you-go
Donate to a Charity
crafting for charity, is an integral part of crochet for many people. I
am so inspired by the stories you share on Crochet Me, and this year, I
want give craftivism a larger role in my crochet goals. I think I'll
start with hats. The Leaf Peeper Hat (at right) makes a great easy
pattern. The fact that it is worked in a bulky yarn also means I can
crochet one of these warm hats in an evening. If you are aiming for this
goal, and are worried about fitting it into the rush of life, consider
joining or creating a crochet group. We are stronger together.
Crochet more Accessories
Accessories are quick, provide a
wonderful opportunity to indulge in a skein or two of luxury yarn, and
can add a sophisticated touch to otherwise boring outfits. The best part
is that they provide a fun and easy way to check one of your goals off.
I'm adding the Gali scarf (at left) to my project queue. After just a
couple weeks of crocheting I'll not only own a beautiful new accessory,
but I'll also be able to mark one goal off my list. Ah, the
So as you sit down to write out your
own goals for 2011, don't forget to add a few crochet-related
aspirations. We would love to hear what you plan to learn and make in
the New Year.
Thank you for making 2010 a
wonderful year for Crochet Me. We look forward to crocheting with you in