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First finish of 2015…

on February 21, 2015

I was off to a bit of a slow start this year, with RL stuff.  I lost my crafting mojo and could not figure out what was going on.  As I was working on a sweater I was knitting one evening, it hit me.  I wasn’t enjoying what I was doing.  There is nothing less fulfilling than working on your hobby, only to find that you are dreading picking it up each night.  I began to think about what exactly was causing me to not enjoy what I was doing and the realization came to me.  I am, at heart, a crocheter.  I do enjoy knitting, and I’m glad that I took the time to learn, but limiting myself to exclusively knitting was becoming tedious to me.  I love my hand knit socks, and have enough sock yarn in my stash to knit over 20 pair, so I don’t intend to stop knitting them.  Everything else though, I know now, that I will mostly stick to crochet, with a few limited exceptions of projects I know I want to make.

Once I sorted all of this out in my mind, my whole focus changed.  Not only on my yarn crafting, but on crafting in general.  I have bogged myself down with so many different crafts that I want to do, or plan to learn, that I don’t have time for the ones that I truly love.  Now that spring is soon approaching in my neck of the woods, I plan to do a major overhaul of my crafting supplies.  The things that I have purchased and ended up not enjoying just need to go.  I keep hanging on hoping I will someday get the urge, but all I have is a massively cluttered closet.  I have been working tirelessly on purging and streamlining the girls toys, so I need to do the same for myself.  I have already begun by returning a ton of yarn that had been purchased with knitting projects in mind.  I was able to exchange it for yarn to make some cute crochet things that I can’t wait to get started on.  I will be making quite a few things for the girls spring/summer wardrobes, not to mention baby things once I find out the sex.

Another crochet love I am rediscovering is doily making.  There is just something so wonderful about using the tiny hook with thread to make something so beautiful.  I was recently gifted a box of crochet thread from a dear friend and my hook has been flying working on a gorgeous doily.

The last thing I have treated myself to is a book on learning to sew.  I have wanted to learn for years and for a multitude of reasons (excuses) on my part have never done it.  Well, now is the time.  When I receive the book, I plan to start working through the projects right away.  I can’t wait!

My hook is flying, and my brain is constantly churning with ideas and things I want to make, so it was no surprise when I created this gorgeous dress in just a matter of days…

My little one loves her adorable sundress!

My little one loves her adorable sundress!

The pattern, Girls Tiered Sundress by Sara Lora of Ball, Hank, and Skein, was a dream to work.  I have already started ona  second one for my other daughter.

So, tell me readers, what crafty changes are you making this year?  I’d love to hear in the comments!

Have a happy, hectic, handmade day!

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