Welcome to 2013!

Looking forward to the new year I have a few goals, not the least of which is to use this space more. Writing is a muscle that I’ve not exercised very well in the last year, and I’m feeling the lack. So here they are… 2013’s goals:

1. Blog regularly
2. Make cheese
3. Learn to play the guitar I saved up for and bought 8 years ago
4. Sew clothing, especially everyday pieces
5. Make a soufflé
6. Learn Illustrator

I also have some less-specific general areas to work on, like this year I want to give myself permission to play. I’ve been programmed so long that work & play are entirely separate that I feel somehow subversive to be loving what I do. The nature of creative work is different. We have to spend time feeding our creative coffers without the pressure to produce, or we face burnout and despair.

So in the playing vein, I have plans to read all (and most likely swatch through) Principles of Knitting and a couple other books with really intriguing techniques with which I want to play around, and I’ll be talking more about all my creative endeavors (not just knitting) here on this blog.

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I’ve also started a 365 Project I’m calling “Year of Making” (days 1-3 shown above). I’ve started and failed at doing a 365 Project 3 times, but I think the Making focus will make it easier this time since it doesn’t require any self portraits, as will the great camera on my cell phone and instant uploading to photo sharing sites like Instagram (scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the cute camera icon to follow me there).

I hope you’ve got some good goals for the new year, and that you’ll be a part of my 2013.


Comments 5

  1. Kim Werker wrote:

    Good list! I need to work on nailing down my goals for the year; I don’t think I’ll be able to till I find out if a particular thing I’ve been waiting to hear about comes through.

    But I am definitely setting the goal to sew myself a tunic shirt. It’ll be my first garment. I’ll probably take a class.

    Posted 03 Jan 2013 at 9:23 PM
  2. Kristiina wrote:

    Awesome! I didn’t make learning illustrator an official goal or anything but I am taking a super beginner workshop.

    Posted 03 Jan 2013 at 9:24 PM
  3. Mim wrote:

    Kristiina, is it local and in-person? I think that might be the way to learn Illustrator for me.

    Posted 04 Jan 2013 at 6:08 AM
  4. Mary Catherine wrote:

    Great list!! Any particular sewing patterns you want to make? I want to try a wiksten tank. Looks pretty easy, even for a beginner like me.

    Posted 03 Jan 2013 at 11:23 PM
  5. Mim wrote:

    I do! I have a few dresses to make (already have the fabric) including Tiramisu, Crepe from Collette, and a butterick pattern that’s been making the rounds on Pinterest. Also thinking about an Amy Butler tunic pattern, and more t-shirts and some yoga shorts from the patterns in the Craftsy class I’m taking on sewing with knit fabrics 🙂


    Posted 04 Jan 2013 at 6:06 AM

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