For my followers, this post details why it has been a while since I have blogged. I hope to continue this year about once a week.
So for the past couple of years, the knitting and crochet business has slowed down, but orders have snowballed. By that I mean that I haven't sold a great deal at craft shows, however, people have been keeping me busy with repairs, orders, and other things yarn related. I am not sure when I have completed something for myself. So I had to make some decisions, since I stopped taking requests/orders and have almost completed the items owed.
1. This year, 2015, is the year of knitting for me. I may still make something for friends, but it will be my choice of pattern, yarn, skillset. This way I can learn some things I want to learn and I don't feel obligated because I am on a deadline and getting paid. I also get to knit some things for myself that I have been hoarding for several years. (And find time to blog about what I am making.)
2. NO MORE ORDERS. Knitting is not as much fun when you feel the pressure to complete something because you are getting paid to make a beautiful shawl, but in department store acrylic yarn. (For those of you who are non knitters, to me it is like making a ball gown out of burlap.)
3. I also needed to make time in the mornings for myself. I wake up at least an hour before everyone else in my house. With all the orders and repairs, I had been using that hour to work on projects and fill orders. Now that I am (almost) done, I hope to return to my routine of exercising to get back in shape. It takes a lot less yarn to knit a medium size sweater, than a large or XL.
All this being said I want to leave you with my crowning achievement this year. It is called the Robin Hood Jacket and was my first seamed sweater. I learned a great deal while making this sweater. The biggest lesson was sometimes you have to rewrite the pattern to get each section pattern stitches from different pages. A chart for this sweater would have been invaluable, since the patter was made up of cable sections which were on 2-3 different pages of the pattern. All in all it was a great knit and I can't wait to make a grown up sized sweater.