For the past couple of years, my Crochet Resolutions for the New Year have been all about you. And, frankly, this works for me. Because making you happy makes me happy. So, here are my Top Resolutions for 2011, as channeled through Beatles song titles.
Meet more crocheters. I love talking with you all. It's a little tough, what with there being lots of you and just one of me. But we can link up through Twitter, Facebook and CrochetMe, plus email of course. Drop me a line (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll drop one back! (You can start by leaving a comment to this post!)
Believe in Yesterday
Crochet a "vintage" Interweave Crochet pattern. I'll be browsing through back issues of Interweave Crochet to sleuth out a classic design. Much as I love flipping through the magazine, I do also love clicking through the DVD of past issues, with all those plummy images moving before my eyes. (BTW, a reader just wrote asking for a replacement for page 32 of the Fall 2008 issue-her kitty "edited" a pattern she was working on. This doesn't happen with DVDs. Just saying.)
A Hard Day's Night
Tackle a new crochet technique. One of the joys of editing Interweave Crochet is that designers send projects that push the edges of the yarn ball. I am constantly floored by what they can do with a crochet hook. The first challenge I have in mind is a gorgeous Tunisian sweater that will be in the Spring issue (full disclosure: because of the production schedule, I actually begin planning New Year's resolutions in July). You will LOVE this sweater, too, with it's four different Tunisian stitches creating fabulous shaping. It will be perfect for my daughter.
Here, There, Everywhere
Reduce the yarn, yarn, yarn in every room of the house. Some yarn is entangled in projects, but most are chubby balls and skeins tucked into tidy boxes. Here's the plan: Transform the yarn into projects that can be given away by making one quick-and-get-it-out project a month. This dovetails with my ongoing commitment to give away crochet.
Re-imagine Interweave Crochet. We're working to bring you a smarter, prettier magazine, with more editorial features, while maintaining the same volume of fabulous patterns. Tricky business, but we have clever people working on it. Meanwhile, I'd love to know what you want to see in Interweave Crochet - drop me a line (that way I can work on Resolutions 1 and 5 at the same time!)
I hope 2011 is off to a fantastic start in your world! And I'd love to hear about your crochet resolutions for the New Year!