It’s a new year — one in which I hope to come back to myself. For the latter half of 2012, I had to step outside myself at work to take over my boss’s job while he was on temporary assignment. I knew that the job change-up was coming long before the change actually happened. I planned for it. I told myself that I wouldn’t let these new duties be all-consuming. And I reminded myself that even if all else failed and I was consumed, the change would be just temporary, and that I could come back to my regular life in 2013. The reminder was a good idea, because doing both jobs was just about all-consuming, despite my preparations.
My regular life is about to resume, with all its challenges, routine, and opportunities. Not having to do two jobs creates a space for me that hasn’t existed for close to a year. How will I fill it?
One thing I plan to do is to blog more frequently. Yes, I’ve said that for almost two years now, but this time, I will try harder to follow through. I’m going to try to post every weekend and occasionally more often than that. I’d like to be posting more than once a week, but I can see that such a schedule is not realistic given all of my other obligations. I don’t have legions of followers who are waiting eagerly for my next missive, so that’s not why I want to be a more regular writer. No, I think the discipline of regular writing for a public audience will make me a better writer, regardless how many followers I have.
I plan to explore colorwork this year. While I certainly enjoy lacework and cable knitting, I would like to expand my repertoire to include more colorwork. I’ve made a few odds and ends in stranded colorwork, intarsia, and stripes. I’d like to progress to making an allover Fair Isle sweater, but I don’t feel ready to tackle that just yet. I’m going to amuse myself with small projects like mittens and hats, which I’ll sprinkle in among the other projects I already have planned for this year.
I also plan to continue designing some of my own projects. I haven’t published anything yet, and I doubt I will in 2013 — I’m not quite there yet. To get there from here, I’m going to experiment with design software (yes, I know, not strictly necessary, but fun to try), refine some designs, and research the particulars regarding publishing designs.
What’s the point? Both knitting and writing are creative outlets for me. I often feel compelled to knit, as well as to write. I like to expand my talents by learning new things. I also feel like I’ve benefited from the collective wisdom of other knitters, and I’d like to continue and expand my contribution to the ongoing conversation.
In 2013, I will return to my more creative self.