Crochet Goals for 2011

Crochet Mittens

To me, January 1 represents a clean slate, the opportunity to start anew. Every year on that day I feel as if I can accomplish anything. During the last two days of the old year I spend some time creating goals for the coming year.


Certain things tend to reappear every year. There will always be a goal about healthful eating and working out regularly and a goal about finding a better balance between work and home. But the goals that are the most fun to make, and keep, are my crochet goals.


As I look to 2011, here are some of my crochet goal-setting ideas:

Crochet Shrug

1. Learn a new Technique

Crochet has such a wealth of techniques to choose from, it can seem a little overwhelming. There's Tunisian crochet, broomstick lace, hairpin lace, working with thread, or felting – just to name a few. Here’s my approach: I pick a new technique to explore, then choose a couple of specific patterns to help learn that technique.


Last year I explored Tunisian crochet and in 2011 I am looking forward to playing with colorwork and different methods of joining motifs as you go. At the top of my pattern list to meet this goal are the Mischa Mittens (above), for their unique colorwork, and the Moth Wings Shrug (at left), with its join-as-you-go motifs.




Cable Crochet Hat


2.      Donate to a Charity

Craftivism, or crafting for charity, is an integral part of crochet for many people. I am so inspired by the stories you share on Crochet Me, and this year, I want give craftivism a larger role in my crochet goals. I think I'll start with hats. The Leaf Peeper Hat (at right) makes a great easy pattern. The fact that it is worked in a bulky yarn also means I can crochet one of these warm hats in an evening. If you are aiming for this goal, and are worried about fitting it into the rush of life, consider joining or creating a crochet group. We are stronger together.

3.      Crochet more AccessoriesCrochet Scarf

Accessories are quick, provide a wonderful opportunity to indulge in a skein or two of luxury yarn, and can add a sophisticated touch to otherwise boring outfits. The best part is that they provide a fun and easy way to check one of your goals off. I'm adding the Gali scarf (at left) to my project queue. After just a couple weeks of crocheting I'll not only own a beautiful new accessory, but I'll also be able to mark one goal off my list. Ah, the satisfaction!


So as you sit down to write out your own goals for 2011, don't forget to add a few crochet-related aspirations. We would love to hear what you plan to learn and make in the New Year.


Thank you for making 2010 a wonderful year for Crochet Me. We look forward to crocheting with you in 2011.

Best wishes,

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