New Year’s Goals and Opportunities

I’ve been thinking a lot about my goals for next year, and, here, and more specifically, my crafting goals.  Here’s what I’ve come up with, no particular order.
  • Learn to do cables.  There are so many patterns I want to try, but all have cables.
  • Learn to use a Turkish drop spindle.  One has been ordered with some roving and is on its way.
  • Learn to read a chart, a knitting chart, that is.
  • Try my hand at more complex pattern writing.
  • Learn to turn heals on a sock.
  • Knit more sweaters.
  • Learn to sew!
  • Take a class to learn a new technique, like Magic Loop.
  • Revisit learning how to crochet.
  • Get a Knook kit and see how it works.
 On a more personal note, I would like 2012 to be a year of opportunity.  Opportunities in work, my knitting, my photography side business, and in life as a whole.  I’m anxiously waiting to see what the year brings and what opportunities shall come. 

I’m interested in hearing what your goals are, crafting or not, for 2012.  What opportunities would you like to see for yourself in the New Year?  How would you like to grow?
I want to wish each and every one of you a safe, healthy, and Happy New Year. 
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Christmas is in the Bag

Even though the holidays aren’t quite over, I’m still glad my knitting frenzy has died down and I can once again knit at a leisurely pace.  I honestly don’t know what to do with myself or what to knit since Christmas has come and gone. 
Ah, yeah, I do.  I’m going to start another sweater!  I’ll be starting it soon, just after I’m done knitting myself a new hat and scarf. 
I even have a few ideas as to creating patterns, but more on that another time.
Here are a few knit gift bags that I whipped up for holidays using stash yarn, just to show some of my prolific knitting over the past month.  I used the Knitting GM’s Dice Pouchpattern found on Ravelry.  These bags are nice, quick little knits that use up odds and ends.  Good for stash depletion! 

Give a Four-Year-Old a Camera…..

 Office Clock
 Moi
 Snowman
 Christmas Ornament
I’m such a cheeseball.
Halloween Magnet
A friend of our office brought her four-year-old daughter in today.  Being a big kid myself, I occupied her while the child’s mother was in meetings.  It was fun!  And I’m tired.  I don’t know how mothers do it everyday.  
Otherwise, one of the things we did was take photos.  I gave the little girl my camera, why, I don’t know, and this is what she got.  Not bad for a little one!

Rediscovering Instructables.com

One DIY site that I always forget is Instructables.  I have found some interesting stuff there.  I haven’t posted any of my own istructables, but I hope so soon.  In the meantime, I encourage you to take a look at Instructables and its many offerings.  You can find instructions on anything:  from food to relationships, to sewing to technical gadgets.  It’s fun!  Learn something new and perhaps contribute something yourself.
In the meantime, here are some of my favorite Instructables.  Go and learn something new!