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5KCBWDay7 — Looking Back, Looking Forward

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Blog prompt: Look back on last year’s Day Seven post. Did any of the techniques, ideas and hopes for the last 12 months that you wrote about ever make it onto the hook or needles? Did anyone cast on and complete the project researched in last year’s Day 2 post? One year from now, where do you hope your crafting will have taken you to? What new skills, projects and experiences do you hope you might have conquered or tried?

Last year I discussed several things:

  • Making the cardigan worn by the little girl in the movie The Fall.
  • Organizing my craft room
  • Attempting Fair Isle
  • Attempting Tunisian
  • Making sock puppets for my friend based on a photograph

Success rate? 60%. I achieved three out of the five goals. Behold the craft room:

Craft Room 1

And the Tunisian:

Mom's Tunisian 9

And those sock puppets, which got their own dating profile in this year’s Blog Week Extravaganza:

Avatars 1

For next year, I’m putting Fair Isle and The Fall Cardigan back on this list. Also, I want to finally write up and publish the pattern for a pair of fingerless mitts I designed as a gift several years ago.

San Luis Mitts

I’ve gotten multiple requests for this pattern, but have procrastinated writing it up for so long that I may have lost my initial notes on the project. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because I originally designed the mitts in a bulky yarn and have since decided a lesser-weight yarn is a better choice.

Magazine Review: Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 2009Blog content-wise, I’m considering a return to magazine reviews. I pared my knit and crochet magazine subscriptions down to two (from a high of seven), Rowan and Vogue Knitting. Back when I had so many subscriptions, I was trying to review each magazine as it came in. That meant upwards of 30 magazine reviews per year, which resulted in a stack of unread issues sitting next to the computer, giving me guilt. I don’t need more guilt, thank you very much, so I stopped the reviews. Vogue and Rowan only may be manageable: Rowan publishes two issues per year, and Vogue publishes five (six if you count the special crochet issue, but that’s not included in the subscription). Rowan CoverWriting timely reviews will require a certain amount of self-discipline. I’m not good with self-discipline, and I need to be, because the next step for this blog — not next year, but within the next five — is to turn it into something that generates a little income. That means content other than me running my mouth about my latest project or the last book I read. It means patterns and tutorials mainly; perhaps little stuffies, if I ever design any. I don’t expect to make excessive bank here, just enough to cover the domain fees.

And that’s quite enough ambition for my little corner of the interwebz.

As Blog Week draws to a close, I just want to say I appreciate each and every one of you who’ve dropped by during this past week. I found a few new bloggers to follow and hope at least one or two of you enjoyed my articles as much as I’ve enjoyed yours. See you around! And y’all come back now, y’hear?

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4KCBWDay7 — Looking Forward

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One year from now, when the 5th Knitting & Crochet Blog Week rolls around, where do you hope your crafting will have taken you to? What new skills, projects and experiences do you hope you might have conquered or tried?
I’ve got a little list….

Okay, so it’s not a list of people that need doing away with, but the phrase gave me an excuse to toss in one of the best modern renditions of the Gilbert & Sullivan song I’ve heard in many a year. You may add “theatre nerd” to the list of nerd-doms to which I belong. And, while I’m not normally an admirer of musicals, I make one of my few exceptions for The Mikado.

None of which has anything to do with my list.

I fell head over heels in love with a film a few years ago, an art piece called The Fall, directed by Tarsem Singh and starring Lee Pace and a remarkable young girl named Catinca Untaru. Not only did I adore everything about this film, which I urge everyone to see immediately, I also coveted the cardigan the little girl wore throughout the film. You can get a pretty good look at it in this clip:

Designing and making an adult version of that cardigan has been on my list ever since. I found the lace and stitch patterns I needed a couple of years ago, and made swatches. Perhaps by next year, I will have succeeded in working out the basic structure and stitch counts.

The other major thing I hope to accomplish is finally getting my craft room organized in the manner I’ve envisioned, with a wall or two of cubbies for yarn and books, and a rolling fold-down table suitable for use as a blocking table, cutting table, or general multi-use crafting surface.

Skillwise, perhaps I’ll finally get up the nerve to make a small Fair Isle project, but one that doesn’t require steeking, like a hat or a scarf. Learning Tunisian crochet ranks high on the “skills to be acquired” list. And I’ve been thinking about taking on the Master Knitters Program from the Knitting Guild Association, but that will probably need to wait until spouse is employed.

Mainly, though, I plan to keep making things I like for myself and for others. I knit because I love to knit.

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