I have been looking back on my last year’s accomplishments. What did I learned? What I would like to learn in the new year?
Here are some of my thoughts.
I have learned, that if you jump of a cliff, you are not necessarily will get smashed, but it might heart like the blazes anyway. It will also be a very empowering and exhilarating experience.
Last year, somehow, almost without meaning to do so we have started our Chicken Stitches Design business. We began with this blog, that was and remains my outlet for self-expression. It is fun to share my daily life and my views of the world at large and of my fiber-crazed, child-dominated reality. It feels wonderful to be able to share the patterns, and see others knit or crochet things using these patterns. Honesty compels me to admit that this feeling gets even better when people are not only willing to spend time, but spend money on my patterns. Selling my first pattern, was like getting a medal. I also learned, that you can teach a not-so-young dog new crafts. Especially, if they are connected to fiber. So I learned to make stitch markers, loved it, and then decided to sell them. Again I was happily surprised that with G-d’s help it worked. I learned, that despite the dire predictions it is possible to have six kids, be pregnant and run a home-based business. I think the secret is – we are doing what we both (me and DH) like. I am knitting, crocheting, beading and dreaming up new things. He gets stuck with all the geek jobs plus photography. Amazingly to me he likes it.
What I would like to do next year? Well, first of all I would like to deliver a healthy baby with G-d’s help. Besides that, I really wish I would be able to spin more and to play more with raw fibers. I believe that knowing how the fibers work will help me grow as a designer. I am also hoping to do something with the wealth of knowledge in my Grandma’s crochet sample album and her notebooks. I am hoping to get to play more with Fair Isle, and to do more interesting things constructing modular garments not just in my head, but in actuality.
There are lots more things that can go in this part of the list, but it will make this post way too long. So having said all this – take a look at the slideshow of my last year’s finished projects. And thank you for coming along with me on this wonderful, crazy ride. Thank you for your interest and your support.