A Brand New Year of Crochet!

What? Another new year? Are you as stunned as I am?

As we teeter on the brink of 2012, I decided to check my progress on my resolutions for 2011. (Just to note: I am related to people who track their resolutions through the year. My son posts his list on the bulletin board over his desk, where he can see it all year. Me, I just do what needs to be done. If all goes well, that dovetails with my hopes for the year.)

So I opened my blog of a year ago to see how reality met up with hopes. Here's how it shakes out:

Meet more crocheters. This worked out pretty well. I've chatted with many of you online and in person. I went to Texas to meet up with the Crochet Liberation Front,  where I got to hang out with Texas crocheters at the Knitting Nest in Austin. Linda Permann helped me untangle a ball of yarn. In September, I met up with a bunch of crocheters at the Chain Link Conference in Greensboro, NC. This is an ongoing resolution, though. I'm putting it on the 2012 plan.

Crochet a "vintage" Interweave Crochet pattern. Yes! Done. I made the Sera Lace Top from the Fall 2007 issue of Interweave Crochet (which you can find here and here). I love this top and I finished it early enough (in April) that I could wear it throughout the year.

Tackle a new crochet technique. I explored several new techniques, but didn't actually make a garment as I'd planned (I had my eye on the Cupcake Sweater by Tram Nyugen from the Spring 2011 issue for my daughter.) My daughter now really wants the Big Bow Sweater by Julia Vaconsin (you can see this on the cover of The Best of Interweave Crochet, a 2011 accomplishment that wasn't on The List). This is made up of single crochet (super-simple AND super stylish; you might want to add it to your list). Single crochet isn't a new technique, but the construction is innovative, yes? But you and I will have plenty of opportunities to explore new techniques in upcoming issues of Interweave Crochet.

Reduce the yarn, yarn, yarn in every room of the house. Trying to reduce the yarn stash is like trying to bail out a leaky boat with a bucket. Yarn keeps coming in. My plan was to transform the yarn into projects as part of a "make-it-quick-and-get-it-out" monthly project regimen. Hmmmm. I know I made a project every month. But there's still so much yarn. So here's what I did: In the beginning of December, a friend told me that her 7-year-old granddaughter is all about fiber, so I got a big pink box and filled it to overflowing with yarn and shipped it to her. Ta da!
Re-imagine Interweave Crochet. Done! We debuted out new pattern design in the Summer 2011 issue. Do you like it? Let us know in the comments. And let us know what you'd like to see in 2012.

Here's a thing I did in 2011 that wasn't on The List: I taped the crochet segment of Series 700 of Knitting Daily TV with Kristin Omdahl. These segments, which focus on the Chain Reaction Afghan Project and include lots of crochet techniques, were pulled together in a single place, which you can get as a DVD or a download. Kristin and I had a lot of fun and the segments are jam-packed with information. If you're making this afghan on your own or with a group, you'll find this useful.

This leads me to my first goal of 2012: Finish my version of the Chain Reaction Afghan. I've made every square at least once, but not all in the same yarn. Come join me in the Chain Reaction Afghan Crochet-Along and we can finish together! And for every afghan that you make and give away using some or all of the Chain Reaction squares, we'll make a donation to Warm Up America. (Psst. The give-away afghans don't have to be full-size; they can be baby or lap size.) That's double the warmth!

Next up: Make an amigurumi (or two) from the 2012 Crochet Me Amigurumi Calendar. These amigurumis are crazy cute. Want to make one, too? You can purchase patterns for all them at once in an eBook. Or, during the first week of the month each is featured, you can download the pattern for free. First up is Pucker the Goldfish, available free midday Jan 1 through midday Jan 8. You can get the calendar here. And you can download a desktop wallpaper of your favorite amigurumi here (or download a new one each month). There will be a crochet-along each month and a gallery to post pictures of your completed amigurumi. I'm thinking Pucker would be pretty great crocheted in a fun color-change yarn, and I could hang the good-luck fish from the ceiling over my desk.

Make one project from each issue of Interweave Crochet, and share the process with you all. So, the hardest thing about this will be selecting just one project from each issue. The designers keep coming up with such great projects! I'm going to get a start on this by making the Aslan Shrug by Brenda K.B. Anderson from the Winter 2011 issue (Hmmm. Does this count for 2012?)

I'm carrying over my ongoing goals of meeting and talking with more crocheters and continuing the quest to reduce the stash, by whatever means possible. That gives me five. Seems workable, doesn't it?

Let me know your goals for 2012! And let me know how Team Crochet here at Interweave can help you meet those goals. More technique videos? More inspiration? More blogs? It is always our top goal to help you realize your crochet ambitions, so just let us know.



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