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Happy New Year! 2018 Goals

Happy New Year! don’t know exactly what’s coming down the pike in 2018 – it’ll be a surprise for us all – but I hope it’s good or that, at least, we can find the good in it.

I tend to not set annual goals; instead I set small goals as needed through the year. However, thanks to a windfall, I want to knit more fair isle and stranded color work in 2018.

The windfall came about through my good friend Lisa (rabbitsmile on Ravelry), who has a friend facing not being able to knit anymore. Initially the friend carefully went through her stash, sending Lisa only the things she knew she could use,  but I think as this friend-of-a-friend went through her stash (and her tools and her library) she got overwhelmed. She mailed Lisa a box of books (think of the expense!) that included books that Lisa already had, so she offered them to me. Meg Swanson, Alice Starmore, two books from Jamiesons on Fair Isle, and more – the beginnings of a solid Fair Isle library. This friend also boxed up her remaining stash – 5 or 6 big boxes – and sent it to Lisa, including bits and bobs and unfinished projects that Lisa now feels compelled to finish. So Lisa has offered, encouraged, and begged me to come shop this stash because she’s overwhelmed by it all. So in doing more Fair Isle, I’ll have fun (I love stranded knitting – knitting it is addictive) but also help out a friend and honor a knitter who can’t knit anymore.

First up, I hope, is this sweater, the Turka Ocean designed by Natela Astakhova/Natela Datura (her business name? maiden name? I’m not sure). I wish I could figure out how to get an image from Instagram to display properly, but I’ve never gotten it to work, even with my own account, so you’ll just have to click through to see how gorgeous it is. Anyway, Natela is in Moscow and her site is primarily in Russian. She only has 2 designs available for purchase on Ravelry; the rest of her designs – she designed some really gorgeous colorwork sweaters – are available in Russian from her site. I just realized the email from her with the download link went into my Spam folder but that I have it – Happy New Year to me! I know what I’ll be reading as soon as I finish this post!

I do have other goals, but they are short-term goals for the month of January, not annual goals. I’m starting #spin15aday today, which is (I think?) an annual thing, but I’m starting out with the hope/expectation that I can spin for 15 minutes every day in the month of January. I still have lots of fiber that I bought leading up to Spinzilla that I really want to spin, and I dyed some of my own hand-prepared fleece during my end of year quiet time that I’m excited to use to make rolags.

I’m also starting the #wespinyarn challenge run by Three Waters Farm and @knittingsarah on Instagram. It’s a series of prompts, one for each day in January. I hope to become more aware of the spinning community on Instagram and meet some new people.

Last, for January, is a writing challenge run by Nadia of Cottage Notebook, who I also met on Instagram. I haven’t decided yet how much of my writing from this I’ll be sharing here, but I realized during my silent end of the year period that I do need to write, that if I don’t write I’m wasting one of my talents, and that I don’t necessarily have to have some end game goal in mind (like this blog or a contest or being published) for it to be meaningful: it means something to me and that has to be enough.

I really do hope 2018 is a good year for you all. Thank you for all your comments and encouragement in 2017; I hope you’ll stick around and that we can find out way through the next year on some fibery adventures (and maybe some more personal stuff too) together. <3



9 responses to “Happy New Year! 2018 Goals”

  1. That jumper is gorgeous. Yes, you’ll live knitting that 🙂

  2. Oh wow! That sweater is so beautiful! Do you speak Russian or does she have her patterns in English too? And what a blessing to be able to help a fellow knitter out by helping them to destash. I sometimes wonder if I should get rid of some of my stash, as it’s quite overwhelming; however every time I look at what I might get rid of, I can’t. It’s just too beautiful 🙂

    1. I don’t speak Russian, but I have a friend that does, and her Mom (also Russian) used to knit a lot. Also, the designer said she’s translate it and send it in a few days, so hopefully that will happen. I have a hard time letting go of things, so I really admire this woman for having the strength to donate & or mail it all off. I don’t even want to think about what I’d do if/when I can’t yarn anymore!

      1. I was just talking with my husband about that last night. We were talking about keeping minds occupied during retirement and he said he thought my knitting would keep my brain from freezing up. I told him I hoped I could still knit and don’t get arthritis or something debilitating. I hope you get your pattern translated!

        1. I hope you can still knit, too, but it occurs to me that learning to weave might be helpful also. A woman in my knitting group is a weaver, not a knitter; she & her husband have a weaving business in their retirement. They’re both in or near their 70s, I think, and still going strong. She hand sews all the hems on the towels, dish cloths, napkins, placemats, etc. that they weave and sell.

          I did use google translate to translate the pattern and most of it is pretty clear, except for two parts. Still hoping for a full translation from the designer, but I’m moving forward anyway. I’m going to have to order yarn for it too, so there’s plenty of time to figure it out.

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    Wishing you all the best for 2018! I’m doing the #spin15aday challenge on Instagram as well, and so far it’s turned out to be wonderfully therapeutic! I’m not participating the #wespinyarn challenge but am absolutely loving everyone’s pics and comments. It’s great to see your blog posts popping up in my inbox again. 🙂

    1. Thank you! ❤️

  4. I’m so happy to hear about your fiber-windfall! Your plans sound like a beautiful way to honour the giver, as well. I’m hoping 2018 will be a year of more stranded colourwork for me as well. Of the different techniques I tried last year, I found that it really exercises my powers of concentration in a good and very fulfilling way. I’m hoping to actually develop the focus and the hands for it this year! And, so glad to know about your writing challenge, too; I really enjoy your artistic and literary angles on the craft, and your poetry! Happy New Year, Mandy!

    1. Happy New Year, Shirley! I can’t wait to see where you take your skills in 2018!

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