2013 Knitting and Crochet Blog Week—Day 7: Looking Forward

Day Seven (Sunday April 28th): Looking Forward
One year from now, when the 5th Knitting & Crochet Blog Week rolls around, where do you hope your crafting will have taken you to? What new skills, projects and experiences do you hope you might have conquered or tried?

This could be anything from mastering a technique (broomstick lace, entrelac, etc), trying a new yarn or skill, or a long term wish to crochet only from your stash, or knit every stitch in one of the Harmony Guides. Maybe you have no desire or plans for your craft at all, no new element of knitting or crochet that you dream of mastering, in which case write about why that might be. In a year’s time participants will be asked to look back to see if they achieved any goals, no matter how general, and see which house conquered the art of looking forward.

ball of yarn
My future Wedge Pullover

I’m not the most goal-oriented knitter/crocheter on the planet, but this year I do have a couple of goals for the year to come.  I’m currently participating in the Year of the Stash. The idea here is to finish twelve projects by the end of 2013 that either a) use yarn from your stash bought before 2013, or b) were started before 2013. I’ve finished four projects so far and am hoping to keep this going through the rest of the year.  I also plan to (start and) finish the Wedge Pullover. After that, my “goals” get so vague and misty that it’s stretching matters to call them goals. Back when I was comparing my projects to my queue, I said in passing that I’d like to crochet more. Define “more.” And by when would I like to have crocheted more?

The prompt suggests writing about why you have no plans for your craft if that’s the case, but that’s not the way I’d put it. No, I can’t name a technique I want to master, nor do I have any formal plan of study for the year ahead. It’s more that I consider myself open to future ideas. I’m not going out of my way to look for new techniques, because that’s when I become more product-oriented than process-oriented: if I run across a pattern that I like, that uses a technique I’m not familiar with, then that’s when I’ll want to learn it. Until then…[shrugs].

Yes, I could do more to make my vague and misty goals precise and concrete. I haven’t wanted to do so enough to put the energy in; it’s easy to just keep working on the projects I’ve already got going. But it probably wouldn’t kill me to browse the Ravelry patterns, maybe add a crochet pattern or two to the queue, and maybe even make one with yarn I already have, adding it to the Year of the Stash. If nothing else, this sounds like it would give me more to write about next year for Knitting and Crochet Blog Week V—I do like getting as much of a head start on that as I can!