|As I get ready to face 2012, I am looking back at my 2011
New Year's resolutions. Last year I wanted to explore join-as-you-go motifs
with the Moth Wings Shrug. I crocheted this beautiful lace shrug for a friend
to wear at her wedding, and I love the pattern. I am also completely in love
with joining motifs as you go.
My growing crocheted hat and scarf collection is a testament to the
fulfillment of my resolution to crochet more accessories. Now I am thinking
ahead to resolutions for 2012.
1. Try something new. This is a goal I set for myself each
year. This might be a new stitch or a new technique; it might be a project
design or a crocheting with a new yarn. I have a heavenly skein of angora that
I have been petting for several months. This year I will transform it into a
little amigurumi bunny.
I got a jump on this resolution a couple of days ago when I
also started a pair of the Raspberry Mitts from the Interweave Crochet Accessories 2011 issue. I love these half mitten
half mitts. I own several pairs, but I have never made my own. I modified the
color pattern and am working this pair in fun, brightly colored stripes.
2. Finish my UFOs. I make this resolution every year, and
every year I finish a few UFOs and create a few more than I finished. This year
I intend to finish all of my UFOs. I have a couple of sweaters I started many
years ago that, even if I finished them, would no longer fit. Rather than allow
them to continue to take up room in my UFO bag, I am going to ravel the yarn
for another project.
3. Join a crochet group. In 2010 I was part of a fabulous
crochet/knitting group. We would get together a couple of times a month to crochet,
chat, and help each other with our patterns. In 2011, I let myself get to busy.
But I really missed those relaxing opportunities to crochet with friends.
You can often find a crochet/knit group at your local yarn
shop. If you don't have a yarn shop near you, grab a group of friends and plan
and block out a couple of hours at a coffee shop or the local library.
The fresh start of a new year holds such amazing promise. I
can't wait to get started on my resolutions, which I know for a fact will be
much easier to keep than my resolution to lose 20 lbs or to eat healthier. What
are you resolutions for 2012?