Welcome to the first post of 2019, what I hope will be a happy year for all of you filled with piles of shiny inspiration and crafting time. If I look back over the last year, before I start looking forward into the next one, it has definitely been an interesting time as well as the year where this blog has grown to over 100 posts!
It has been an action-packed year in a lot of ways. Most of it has revolved around work, as per usual for me. There has been rather a lot of it and I think I’m gradually getting to a place of acceptance, or at least moving out of denial, that it will ever calm down. The truth is though, I do like what I do, and while there are times where I wish I wasn’t working stupid hours or dealing with the three hundred things that are all on fire at once, I don’t think I will make any significant changes. It’s partly what the career demands but it also can, from time to time, just be good fun.
Despite all that, I’ve managed to do some cool things this year. I’ve finished a few pieces, including some RSN Day Classwork that has been hanging around with my goldwork and silk shading. There has been some great travelling adventures, including my first trip to South Korea and its incredible markets and the San Francisco School of Needlework. I’ve been getting over my discomforts with the sewing machine and enjoying many mini-projects there.
One nice surprise looking back on my WordPress stats is that, since March 2018, I’ve been managing to blog weekly, only missing a few weeks this year. I love writing in general and I find blogging has a few wonderful side effects. One, the wonderful community that comes with it. I appreciate everyone who takes the time to leave some kind words and share all their inspiring work, tips and tricks and life stories with us all, even if I find myself getting a bit jealous when I see everyone speeding along on their various crochet, knit and a stich alongs! Two, I find it oddly motivational for working on projects as it feels like I ‘have’ to have something to write about to share with you all! It’s also an excellent notebook for me for keeping on top of my excessive number of works in progress.
Perhaps another side effect from a lot of blogging is that I’ve been doing a lot of photography too and starting to try and move beyond just taking pictures that are intended as faithful reproductions of what I see. I’ve been trying some new photography courses, including Fiberygoodness’s ‘Outstanding Images for the Fiber Artist’, which has been an excellent course for ‘getting out the comfort zone’. There’s some nice tidbits on the technical aspects but what has been more interesting for me is the idea of staging and using props to showcase the main fibre. Not quite sure it’s working for me just yet but maybe it’ll take a bit more practice. The beautiful diz in the photograph below is from Wildcraft who make very beautiful equipment for knitting and spinning. While I like a curved diz, the three holes and built in threading hook make this a great all-round utility piece!
What does the year ahead have in store then, or, what would I like to achieve in 2019? The goldwork monogram will be taking up a lot of stitching time this year for sure. I’ve just started another project too (don’t shout at me readers!) which will be revealed in the upcoming weeks. I really want to get back to making temari and, if possible, make it back to Japan this year… We’ll see where the work travelling takes me somewhere that makes that possible. Travel-wise, I’d love to visit the Musée des Tissus in Lyon, France. I stopped by the city briefly a few months ago and had a glimpse of the beautiful silk and weaving shops but didn’t manage to see the museum itself. Maybe, if I’m feeling super ambitious, I may try and sneak off for a little course at Lunéville too… The main thing though I’ll keep plodding along, keep blogging and see where the year takes me! I hope you all have an excellent 2019, with plenty of enjoyable adventures of your own.