Monday, December 28, 2009

New year, new knitting resolutions!

It's that time again!  That's right knitties, time for some more knitting resolutions.  These also apply to crafties, yarnies and hooksters of the crochet variety.

Take it away!

1.  Discover a new charity to make items for.  Check out Ravelry groups, visit for reliable charities and other sources you trust.  There are so many people in need this year, don't miss out on an opportunity to use your crafty talents to help.

2.  Meet other people who like to do similar crafts and enjoy the community online and in your local area.  These friendships can last for years and help you grow as a knitter and crafter.

3.  Support handmade artists and spread the word. 

4.  Recycle, reuse, upcycle and celebrate the Earth whenever possible.  Choose eco-friendly materials and always do your homework on how you can improve your efforts to go green.

5.  Economize your crafting materials so you don't end up on late night debt consolidations spots (knitting in shadow, of course).  You will save yourself unhappy feelings in 2010.

6.  Any hoarders out there?  I know, I'm guilty too.  This is the toughest of all for some of us.  Try donating the yarn you know good and well you won't be using or haven't used in a long time.  Let it go---give it a chance for a new's stuffy in that plastic container in the back of the closet.

7. Organize! Yes, another tough one for for some of us.  No. 6 will help you get a great start.  Try sorting, plastic containers, great eco-friendly project bags, or any other orgainizing method that fits your lifestyle.

8.  Invest in a few books and magazines that will help inspire you.  Online and digital are great ways to do this.  Only invest in hardback books or paperback books that are unique and ones you will want in your library for a long time.  There is something wonderful about holding them and flipping the pages, I admit, but going paperless is also wonderful, saving you space, money, and a few trees.

9.  Make your crafting place your own.  Set up an area just for you with all your materials just the way you like them and make it off limits to pets, children, and spouses.  You deserve this space!

10.  Last one, but an important one to keep in mind.  Turn to your needlework or crafting whenever you feel tired, lonely, or just plain bummed out (do people even say that anymore?)  It will help relax, rejuvenate and allow your creativity shine through but warn your friends and family they may want to grab a really cool pair of shades to shield them from your glow.

I know you're going to create wonderful projects in 2010 and remember to craft with intent, helping to make the world a better place because you're in it.

Marg (getting geared up for 2010!)

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