Holy Heck. It’s 2016 now??!

Where the crap has time gone, guys?? 2015 was a good year in a lot of ways, but so many things got away from me, including my blogging schedule. I absolutely hate reading blogger apologies because I kinda think, if it’s hard to write posts, why are you doing this to yourself? You honestly don’t have to. But I love my blog. I love writing to you guys. Between adjusting to a new, post-grief (or, maybe more accurate, middle-grief) life, and a new job (the first one I’ve had in a long time that wasn’t for myself / at home / freelance), it did simply get away from me. Not to mention the last nearly two months with no blogging capability, while my formerly trusty laptop needed medical attention.

So. Yeah. I missed you guys. Is anyone still out there?! I wouldn’t blame you for jumping ship, if you were sick of waiting for me to get my crap together, but I’d be overjoyed to hear from anyone still reading along. Leave me a comment! You’ll make my day AWESOME.

In order to help catch up quickly and get back to business, let’s look at some fabric-y / stitchy stuff that was great about 2015:

Best of 2015

That stuff was pretty good, it makes me happy to see all those pretty things all in a row like that. Stuff I made with my hands. ‘Snice.

But what was missing? Well, there are some things I’d like to do better in 2016:

– Keep to a better balance between my various activities. I’m taking a month or so out of doing anything social (so sorry, real-life friends, I really hope you understand) and try to get my rest / work / sewing / life balance back to something a bit more normal. I miss not being exhausted all the time.

– Get more patterns out there, in the world, published. I’m sure I’ve made this resolution before, but something always comes up that changes how the year goes. That’s just how life rolls, that tricksy jerk, but I can still keep making it a goal. I have some ideas that I can’t wait to work on, so hopefully I’ll be on this resolution’s ass pretty much from the start.

– Sew from my stash more. Everyone says this at the beginning of a year – for most, it’s part of being determined to spend less. Actually, that’s not why I want to it. I like spending money on fabric. It’s pretty. And fun. But then I stick all that beautifulness in the cupboard and it sits there. It wants to be loved! I will use some of those special cuts of fabric in the cupboard and let it get the attention it deserves.

– I also have two secret goals, things that seem a little out-there that I want to try. But I’m not gonna tell you. I’ll keep these ones close to my chest for now, but I promise I’ll tell you once I’ve tried, whether I succeed or fail. Promise.

So 2016. I’m ready, yo. I really hope you’re still with me, and I thank you most sincerely if you are – what are you going to get up to this year??


HAPPY NEW YEAR to all my lovely IG / Twitter / Flickr friends! You guys rock the most! :)

So, it’s 2013, eh? I have very mixed feelings about this new year, and the one that just passed, so I hope you don’t mind if I get a little semi-serious up in here, just for a day. I promise it won’t stick!

My gut reaction is to say ‘good riddance to 2012’ and do my best not to look back. I’ve had a bunch of years like that recently. But if I really think about it, I mostly come up with good things that happened in the last 12 months. I still have so far to go to be who and where I really want, but still, I have to contradict my gut on this one and admit that 2012 was a pretty good start.

– I made some damn awesome friends this year, online and in real life, and felt my existing friendships grow substantially. That rocks so hard for me, because I’d allowed myself to isolate myself a little too much in recent years.

– We opened a business! And another one! Ok, little tiny businesses, but I made things up with my brain (and co-made things up) and people paid for them! That still kind of blows my mind.

– Very much unlike this time last year, when I felt like a goofy duckling eavesdropping on the cool kids, I feel like I’m gradually becoming part of this awesome crafty community. I’m so lucky to hang out with such talented people.

– I joined the &Stitches blogging team and have been allowed to contribute to their wonderful stitchy ‘zine as well. I keep waiting for them to come to their senses, but I seem to fit pretty good over there!

– I had a piece of embroidery hang on a wall in a Gallery. That’s absolutely In-Sane. (It’s still there, just for another couple of days, if you happen to be in Milton Keynes. If not, I’ll be sharing more about it soon!)

– I have blog readers! ME! Thank you all so much for stopping by, sticking with me, commenting and generally just being there. It means so much to me.

– And I made this stuff, among others (click through to Flickr for details on each project):

2012 retrospective

I didn’t make official, blog-published resolutions for 2012, but I think I did much more than I expected – if I’m totally honest, this may be in part because I didn’t think to expect anything of 2012. I had some basic stuff I wanted to do, but didn’t really think beyond that. Maybe it turns out that’s the way to go.

So what’s next? I have NO idea! As I said, I didn’t really expect to get this far even. So here’s some things I’d like to work on this year:

– I’d like to get something published. In a magazine, in a book, online – I don’t care. I don’t even know how to go about that really. Other than submitting a knitting pattern to an online magazine, I haven’t taken any steps towards that sort of thing yet, but it’s time.

– I want to post a tutorial or similar on this here blog at least once a month – I know I have loads of ideas I’m bursting to share. I can’t think of any off the top of my head, now that the pressure’s on, but I’m sure they’re in there somewhere. Please never hesitate to shout if you see something you’d like me to go into in detail!

– This one I’ve already announced to some of my family-based public: I need six months to myself, crafting-wise. I will gradually finish up those things I’ve started and owe people, but if anyone else is hankering for some handknit goodies, etc, they’re going to have to wait until July. I’ve seen a lot of resolutions like this on the blogs in the last few days. So many of us seem to feel like we need to claim back some selfish crafting time! In my case, I don’t necessarily want to make things for myself so much as I want the time to explore ideas I just keep adding to never-ending lists. So the next six months are for that.

– My daily time is becoming more organized starting now. I have already set aside specific time every week to work on knitting patterns, which normally get pushed aside for other things and linger for ages and ages. And it’s already working well – I have two patterns in progress now and I’m absolutely loving them!

– I’m not sure if there’s anything else specific, but here’s my general personal goal for 2013: Be More Positive. I tend to dwell on the negative and I don’t want to do that anymore. I could go into more detail, but let’s just keep it simple: Be More Positive.

So bring it on, 2013. I’m ready!