You can probably guess my first resolution - learn how to weave! I took the plunge and bought myself a Schacht Flip loom and am starting to learn how to use it. I plan to share periodic updates on here, you can catch my first Weaving Wednesday post here if you missed it!
And since knitting, crocheting, spinning and weaving clearly aren't enough to keep me occupied in my free time.....I have a gorgeous vintage sewing machine that needs fixing up, and I would like to sharpen my very rudimentary sewing skills this year.
|Isn't this vintage Singer totally gorgeous??|
I'm also determined to crack that whole work/life balance thing, since I've been fighting burnout off and on for the past few years. I made myself a daily schedule to block out hours for working, chore-doing, exercising, and tending to the cats. More importantly, it stipulates that my work day ends at 6:30 pm. It's only been a week, but so far it is working quite well; last week, I worked til 7pm three out of five days, but that is a vast improvement over some of the crazy hours I was logging in 2016. I'll take it!
Lastly, I want to make my crafting time count. If I'm going to spend the time and money to make something, I want it to be pretty darn awesome. Last month, I had a 13 gallon bin of handmade items that I gave away to family and friends because I was no longer using them (or had never used them, period). Going through that bin was an interesting exercise, and it gave me a lot of clarity into the types of projects I like to make and wear vs. the types of projects I like to make and not wear. I also took mental notes with regards to mistakes that I can and can't live with, and what I should look for in a yarn or pattern to create something that I would be able to both like and use for a lifetime.
What resolutions have you made for 2017?