2011 was a year where life just pinned me down & slapped me with a wet kipper! I mean come on, I can cope with a few of rubbish moments a year, but 2011 had it in for me & there seemed a limitless supply of kippers. It all got too hard, & even retreating to my bag(s) of halfway there projects didn’t provide me with the quiet solace, inspiration or strength as they had in the past. I packed up my bags & settled for waving the white flag, patiently waiting for it all to be over. Oh, and I brooded … You see, I’m an obsessive planner, & as I let the fish pile up, I started to form my attack plan on 2012 … And here, right now on this day, the plan starts rolling into action. I have said goodbye & good riddance to the trials of 2011, & I am ready to embrace my favourite past time again – not just because it gives me strength, inspires me, & provides me private solace – but because when the going gets tough, the tough get knitting!
This year I promise that I will knit, crochet, & craft more … I promise that my blank ravelry ‘projects’ page will no longer stay vacant.
In 2012, my pledge is simply this “12 in 12” – I pledge to create 12 lovingly & sometimes laughingly selected projects to take my knitting to new heights.
Today I have cast on the crazy cyclops pot plant … Something fun to kick off the year, something to make me smile, something to let 2012 know that I have allies, crazy allies, and this year should think twice about messing with me! Throw down your wet kippers 2012, I’m just not interested in playing dead any longer! … You see knitting is not just about blankets and sweaters, scarves and wraps …it’s about taking a journey and hanging on for the ride. It’s about experience, learning, and laughing along the way. Being crafty (both with thread & needle, and like a fox) makes everything more fun.
If you have been in a rut (creative or otherwise), I hope my list will inspire you to develop your own “12 in 12” gallery. My tip – start small & include something you would never think of doing … The process alone should inspire you to great knitty things in 2012.
And don’t forget to share, if my story has inspired you, leave a message and let me know what’s in your “12 in 12” gallery … You can follow my progress on Ravelry, through the blog, on Facebook or instore – I’ll have my finished projects on display throughout the year to give me (and you) inspiration to keep on going.
If you would like to see what else I have planned in 2012 … jump across to my Facebook Album “12 in 12 Album” and have a gander. Leave comments of encouragement – for those that know me, I may well have bitten off more than I can chew ;0)