It was just about this time last year when I created a little list of crafting resolutions for myself. Looking back over my list just a year later, I have to admit that it felt pretty good to see my goals in relation to all of the things that I’ve been able to try over the past year. I’ve explored the world of crochet more and have a few projects under my belt (including an in-progress blanket!), I learned a lot about fiber and silk hankies, but my number one goal was to move from a drop spindle to a spinning wheel. And I’m pleased to report that I’ve utterly and completely gone head over heels for spinning! I’m collecting fiber just as fast as yarn, and having so much fun pairing my handspun yarns for special projects and gifts.
If you’re like me and are ready to (or have just made) the transition from spindle to wheel, but need a bit of extra guidance – be sure to check out Kelley’s Wheel Spinning class! This 6-part video class covers everything from the basics to fiber choices and the mechanics of your wheel to spinning and plying.
In part 1 of this series, Kelley covers the basics of spinning on a drop
spindle and explains how the same motion translates to your spinning
And you can find Kelley’s complete 6-part video series on learning to spin with a wheel here:
So as another year begins, it is time to set some new crafting goals for myself once again. I think this year I am going to try to focus more on my crocheting skills. Even though I’ve definitely come a long way since the beginning of 2012, I know there is so much more out there for me to learn! I’ve also tinkered with embroidery over the last year, which is another intriguing craft I’m itching to explore more in depth.
And as a small side note: if any of you saw my comment about the Sheer Beauty Swirl Jacket from the book Knit, Swirl! by Sandra McIver that I listed among my 2012 crafting goals – here is brief update! I have everything knit, and it has just been waiting for me to seam everything together (my least favorite task in the world!), but I am hoping that with my new-found enthusiasm for exploring new crafts and fiber fun that I will wrap up some lingering projects like this one.
So what about you – have you set yourself any crafting resolutions for 2013?