365 and Counting

Hello Kneeps*

Well, today is my last post for the Knitting and Crochet Blog Weeeeeeeeeek (seeing as it’s taken me a lot longer than a week to write, I thought that is was only fair that I made it a very long “week” ­čśŤ ). ┬áThe final challenge is to blog about where I would like to be this time next year in terms of my crafting. ┬áIt’s taken me a long time to figure out how to write this. ┬áNot because I don’t know where I want to be but because my own self doubt got in the way of writing something positive. ┬áSo I am taking the plunge (while I’m feeling good about it all) and baring my knitting hopes and dreams with you all and I hope that you will keep me accountable to this.

For a while know I’ve been keeping a sketch book close by to jot down/ sketch any original pattern ideas I have, these vary from kids through to adults; socks through to jumpers. ┬áI’ve even gone so far as to chart out some of the different designs, and I’ve cast on 1 or 2, only to rip it out again a few rows later. ┬áI’m kind of scared, firstly because I really don’t know what I’m doing and I struggle with the concept of making “mistakes” and not making something perfect the first time. ┬áSecondly, I’m scared that I’ll knit something up and be really proud of it only to find out later that everyone else thinks is ugly. ┬áThirdly, I really really don’t know what I’m doing (beyond the knitting bit) and that freaks me out a fair bit. ┬áMaths was never my strong point at school and despite the fact that I know how to use a calculator and have one handy, I still avoid anything to do with maths as a general rule (says the mum with school aged children who bring maths homework home ­čśĽ )

My goal for the next year is that I actually get over myself and turn my sketches into tangible items with real patterns available for those that want them. ┬áRealistically, I know that not everyone is going to like my particular style and you know what? ┬áThat’s fine. ┬áBut I also know that there must be people out there that will like what I design. ┬áAll I need to do is start – or more knittingly, cast on ­čśŤ

My 2nd goal for the next year is to start dying yarn. ┬áI’m really keen to give it a go. ┬áOnce again, colour aesthetics differ from person to person, just like design. ┬áThere are some indie dyers out there whose work is good, but not my style. ┬áI’m sure that there will be people that love my colourways and some that don’t but until I give it a go I’m never going to know what I can accomplish. ┬áAnd if I bomb out, well, someone’s going to be getting a very ugly multi-coloured Beekeepers Quilt for Christmas ­čśŤ .

So, that’s it. ┬áPutting it out there is a good┬áthing┬áfor me (despite the terror I feel at baring my knitterly soul to you all), it means that if I don’t do it, everyone will know. ┬áReally, I don’t want to come to this time next year and find myself having to make excuses as to why I didn’t give it a good shot, it’s certainly not an example that I want to be setting for my kids.

I hope you have enjoyed the last 7 posts, some of them have certainly been very different to what I normally write. ┬áI’ve enjoyed the challenge and having to think outside of my usual box and I’m certainly looking forward to doing it all over again next year.

*Kneeps = knitting people ­čśŤ (“Creeps” – crafting people – just didn’t seem right ­čśë )