Posted by: Mare F | December 31, 2011

Hopes for the coming New Year.

In looking over the past year and the place where  I am now, there is really only one thing I would like to change in the coming year and this is something about myself I’m going to work very hard at changing. In all honesty I’ve spent the last year like an unsupervised child in a toy shop and I don’t think that I could have possibly been less focussed. This past week of winter break has been spent looking at my collection of tools – my looms, spinning wheel, brushes and swifts –  all acquired in the past 12 months, and planning my future with them. There are so many great things to do with fiber and I feel like I’ve just lost a year because I couldn’t make a decision. This is why my one working resolution for this coming new year is to become more disciplined. I will still be able to use all of my cool stuff, learn more wonderful things to do with fiber, be able to make items for my online studio, and maybe get to enjoy all of what I’m doing without losing track of time or deadlines. This sounds so simple now…

A couple of days ago I pulled all of my loose notes, patterns, booklets, and notebooks out to the kitchen to organize. YIKES! What I thought was to be an hour spent shuffling papers turned into almost 4 hours of hole-punching, paper shifting work. At one point I wanted nothing more than to go my couch and read The Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras. When one spends a year accumulating information for not one, not two, not three, but four crafts that they want to pursue one really should be much tidier about the collections. On my hearth proudly sit notebooks for the following: dyeing, gardening, processing fleece, sheep, weaving, knitting, crocheting, spinning, and FUTURE PROJECTS! Have I lost my mind? I’m planning MORE projects? Is there an intervention for this? The good thing about this is that the future projects are in a separate notebook so what will be will be with them. I may or may not get there.

So what are your resolutions, if any, for the New Year? Will they involve fiber of some sort? In any event I would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy, and safe New Year. I’ll chat with you then and I hope that with your assistance I will be in a more comfortable place next year at this time. Oh, and on a lighter note, there is more snow on my blog than my on my yard.


  1. Maybe you needed this year to gather and sort so that now you can organize and edit projects where necessary. I have resolved not to start one more project until I finish the two still in the works so I also need to develop discipline! Let’s compare notes this time next year!! ps: love the snow!!!!

    • We should probably check a little sooner. There’s no telling what tangents I could wander off on in a year. Look what happened in the last one. LOL

  2. Lol! Sounds like a plan – Happy New Year, Mare!

    • Happy New Year to you as well!

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