New Year's Crochet Resolutions 2015
Are you ready for 2015? I'm not sure I am, but I'm excited about the new possibilities, and there are a lot of new possibilities when it comes to crochet. So as I sat here thinking about my 2015 crochet resolutions, I had a hard time narrowing them down. This may not be my final list, there are always new techniques and patterns that catch my attention, but here are my 2015 New Year's Crochet Resolutions.
Learn a New Crochet Stitch or Technique
This is a crochet resolution that I have made every year, and it has never disappointed. I keep thinking I will run out of stitches or techniques, but crochet designers continue to create or discover new designs.
Two techniques have caught my eye already this year. The first is the crochet ribbing used by Brenda K. B. Anderson in her new book Crochet Ever After. I have tried post stitch ribbing and back loop only ribbing, but Brenda uses a crochet ribbing that combines post stitches and extended single crochet. This ribbing is unique and I love the look. I am curious about its elasticity and stability. I will let you know what I find out!
And have you see Laurinda Reddig's reversible intarsia crochet. It is incredible! You can create crochet intarsia dragonfly's, flowers, and incredible colorwork designs based on traditional quilting designs. This is a technique I definitely need to try my and at. Check out this incredible technique in Reversible Color Crochet.
Organize My Yarn Stash
I just finished buying more plastic containers so that I can move my yarn stash from cardboard boxes that are falling apart to containers that are easily stackable. Most of my yarn is organized by fiber, with the exception of my fingering weight bin, but I love Sarah Read's idea of keeping a bin specifically for yarn that you have in sweater quantities. Check out her organization tips on her blog.
Stretching: My Non-Crochet Resolution
I have to have at least one non-crochet resolution, but this one actually has a lot to do with crochet and my job. Hours spent on my computer and additional hours spend with yarn and hook in hand can lead to neck, shoulder, hand, and back pain. It is something all of us need to watch out for, and this year I am going to do something about it. Share some of your favorite stretches in the comments. I'd love to try them.
Finish Crochet Projects
I think one of our readers, Suzanne, said it best on our Facebook page, "To finish what I start and start what I can finish."
Yes, I want to crochet another afghan-I'm thinking the Croises Cable Afghan from Unexpected Afghans-, but I am not making a resolution to finish it in 2015. I'm finally smarter than that. No, this year, I am going to work on a lot of little projects-items that will make great gifts.
For that I'm turning to Interweave Crochet Presents: 7 Fast & Fun Gifts to Crochet. There are plenty of quick projects in there to keep me busy. The Picea Hat and Seafoam Shawl are two that are definitely going on my list.
I'm sure I will come up with more resolutions, but I think this is pretty good start.
P.S. What are your 2015 crochet resolutions? Share them in the comments below.