Over the winter I thought a lot about what I wanted to do here, what I wanted to write, what I wanted to share with the world. I’m clearing the decks and starting again. So much has changed in the past 12 months. I’ve learned to drive, become more confident at my day job, lost 70lbs of weight, and started to take on more complex jewellery commissions. I’m not the same person I was then so this blog is now reflecting that.
I’m starting my year a few weeks late, I don’t make resolutions, and I am going to make a few changes. Time to start simplifying. I’ve started with my blog list as it was the least daunting thing to do, much easier than sorting through my books, and I’ve cut it down to a third of what I use to read. I know it seems odd but I feel much better for it. I’ve also gone through my email subs and removed all but 3 of them. I was finding blogs and emails taking up too much of my time in the mornings. I like to browse through them while I have morning coffee and it’s too easy to get caught up and spend an hour or two wandering around the net. Digital clutter can be just as stifling as physical clutter and it’s good to do some early Spring cleaning.
I have also decided to challenge myself a little more often. My first challenge is a knitting one. I’ve never made an actual piece of clothing for myself, never tackled lace, and fight terribly with circular needles so, in order to get past this, I’ve picked a pattern that has all three of these things. My ever so wonderful Extra Dad bought me a starter set of KnitPro circulars as a Yule gift to help me along and I’m using a favorite yarn of mine. The pattern I’m attempting is the simple lace shrug, a free pattern listed on Ravelry, and the yarn is James C Brett Marble Chunky.