I don't always make New Year Resolutions, and if I do, I don't often stick to them, but I've been thinking about making some New Yarn Resolutions instead.
The main one at the moment is:
Make things for me, especially with all the gorgeous hand-dyed yarn that I've bought over the past year or so. Ideally I'd like to have used it all up before Yarndale 2016 (so that I can buy more, natch!)
|So I've got to turn all of this into some beautiful items of clothing!|
I don't mean to sound selfish, but other than things like hats and scarves, I've never really made myself anything, especially not clothing. Recently I've gone through all my back issues of Simply Crochet magazine and made a note of all the things I'd like to have a go at - mostly jumpers, sleeveless tops, cardigans, plus a few shawls. If I've already got suitable yarn, I want to start making, and if I haven't, then I'll allow myself a treat of buying some yarn specifically for the pattern. This 'Yarn Year' needs to be the year of making clothes!
Make another blanket to use up stash
If I fancy a change, or something a bit less complicated, I'll probably start another blanket. I wanted to make an Autumn inspired one, but when I went through my stash, and then looked at my Stylecraft Shade Card, it turned out that I needed to buy at least 10 more colours. Hmm, fancy that... So that might be on hold for now.
Make things for other people
My mum asked me (months ago) to make her a throw for her bed. She wanted it to cover it top to bottom, and to almost touch the floor, so even though it's only a single bed, the throw will probably be almost double-sized. I'm making sunburst granny squares, all in cream (her choice), and I'm slowly chipping away at it. I've made 30-odd, but I think we worked out it might need about 165! I really need to speed up on that.
She's also asked me to make her a shawl, but I think she understands that she might have a long wait for it.
I've got a couple of patterns that I'd like to make for Junior, but I want to buy the correct yarn for them, and I need to have a think about what size to make. If it takes me a long time to make them, I wouldn't want him to have grown out of it after only wearing it a handful of times.
I've got a couple of things in mind for Christmas presents, so obviously that's a bit of a priority
Make things to sell
I started making blankets to sell, and I also designed and published my first shawl pattern, but I'm now really torn between wanting to do this (some of which I find a bit boring), and wanting to make things for myself, which is much more enjoyable and rewarding. For example, Chris has asked me to make some facecloths, which he's offered to try and sell for me. It would be great to make a bit of money from that (albeit not very much), but the trouble is, I find facecloths quite boring to crochet, and all the time I'm doing it, I'm thinking I could be doing something else instead. So do I just abandon the whole selling idea? Or maybe just fit things in between other projects...
Learn other crafts
This one mainly refers to the needle-felting kit that I bought at Yarndale 2014, which I still haven't done. I need to have a play with that! I also need to have another go at dyeing my own yarn, now that I've bought some proper dyes.
I think those are all my New Yarn Resolutions for now. What about you? Would you like to join me and think about your own yarny goals for this Yarn Year?