Thursday, 5 January 2017

2017! What are you going to do with a whole new year?

2017! A fresh year, a fresh start and lots of exciting opportunities! I have been so inspired by all of the creators, makers, designers, teachers and bloggers I have come across in the past year since making my way into the wonderful world of yarn and creativity. The main word I can think of to describe all of these people is welcoming. People love sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm for their individual crafty loves and I am so grateful for all the little tips and lessons I have been given along the way so far. Two memories immediately come to mind. The first is the stall holder at Fibre East who taught me how to use a drop spindle without even hinting at buying any of his products. I immediately bought a drop spindle and some fluff to spin! 

My drop spindle and bundles of fluff from

The second was remembering all the lovely women I took around London as part of the Great London Yarn Crawl 2016. All of them were comfortable knitters and gave me advice and guidance throughout the day. One particularly helpful lady sent me a message on Ravelry filled with useful links for beginners as a small thank you for enjoying the day.  

Knitting with the lovely GLYC ladies in the Wild and Woolly shop in London

Because of all these fond memories, I am really looking forward to continuing my crafty adventures in 2017 and want to include creativity in my new years resolutions. 

New years resolutions 2017

I have a few personal ones like exercise more and cook more healthily but here I want to think about the exciting goals! 


  1. Declutter
  2. Blog more
  3. Do more creative things in 2017 such as classes, events and projects
  4. Plan my creativity for 2017

I read recently that one of the most common reasons that new years resolutions fail is that we make statements but don't necessarily plan how to achieve these resolutions on a weekly, monthly or daily basis. The other is that we try to change too many habits at once which causes too much instability and therefore stops us successfully changing our habits (article here). So with these two facts in mind, I'm going to try and introduce these goals gradually and see if it works! 

1. Declutter

Everyone who has a hobby has a secret cupboard or box or in my case huge pile of stuff specific to your hobby. Or hobbies. Definitely plural in my case! Its so easy to walk into a yarn shop or event or an online retailer and accidentally find you've bought something that is vital to your continuing happiness resulting in an increasing mountain of crafty goodness. After just one week away from home for a placement I realised my room has been taken over by this mountain which has slowly crept from one cupboard to another two plastic boxes and all the floor space under one of my sky light windows. So this year will be about using all of this stuff and only buying new things if its for a specific project. Its going to be a challenge! 

2. Blog more

As I mentioned in my last post, my degree has given my social and creative time a bit of a battering! Looking back though, my most stress free weeks were ones that had something fun in them including writing posts for this blog. I'm not going to have a set schedule because my uni timetable is so variable but I will aim for a post or two a month and see how it goes. It'll push me to do creative things as well which will help with my third resolution.

3. Do more creative things in 2017 such as classes, events and projects

I've got a list written in my diary of upcoming events in 2017 such as Unravel Yarn Festival, Farnham in February. I'll be adding this to my Pinterest and on the blog. I've been browsing different classes but nothing stands out just yet! I wouldn't mind a sock class to cement what I have learnt so far. Projects below :)

4. Plan my creativity for 2017

Of course we never know how a whole year will pan out but I have a few initial plans that I am really excited to share with you!

The plan so far:

Attic24 Moorland blanket CAL (crochet-a-long)

This starts tomorrow!! I ordered the Moorland kit from Wool Warehouse which contains 15 balls of Stylecraft DK in all the colours needed for the blanket. The colour layout is beautiful. As a regular hiker, I love the concept of of a blanket inspired by heather and the outdoors. The lovely Lucy from Attic 24 has been posting regularly about the CAL so if you'd like to try it, its not too late! For more information, you can find Lucy's blog here.

Tin Can Knits Simple range

Tin Can Knits The Simple Collection is aimed at beginner knitters who want to learn new skills and want to knit things they will actually use. All the patterns are free and they have lots of tutorials for each pattern. The first two patterns are for absolute beginners and are basic stockinette patterns for a scarf and a baby blanket. The patterns work you all the way up to a jumper (sweater) which is still an intimidating thought but will be doable by the end of the collection (hopefully!)

Yarngasm - Box of socks 2017

This is a bit ambitious considering I have thus far knitted half a sock! The aim of this knitalong is pretty straightforward. Get a box and fill it with at least 12 pairs of socks by the end of December 2017. One pair a month. Any pattern you like and any yarn you want to use. I think this will be great to help me really improve my sock skills. More info here Yarngasm has a great podcast on youtube and beautiful hand dyed yarns under the name Voolenvine. 

I'm going to start with these three projects and take it from there! I don't want to overload or feel like I have too many things I had to finish every month so this will be a nice, steady amount of knitting and crochet. 

Have you got any creative plans for this year? Any suggestions of other things you're trying?

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