January 9, 2014
Welcome to 2014!  Isn't that crazy and exciting all at the same time?

Here we are, well into the second week of the new year, and I'm thinking about resolutions and crafts.

Do you make New Year's resolutions?  I like that they invite reflection and good intentions for positive change, but I'm tired of failing.  I can't think of one that I've ever kept the whole year through... but perhaps that says more about the resolutions I've made than it does about my ability to stick to something.

So this year I've decided to make only one and because it is exactly in keeping with an urge I've been having since the beginning of Advent, I think this might be the one that sticks.  There is some irony involved: my resolution is to be crafty.

Evidence of craft projects past
I have, in my life, taken up and put down all sorts of different crafty projects. I have a tickle trunk full of yarn, purchased with every intention to make beautifully yarny things with my own two hands (and an assortment of yarnish stick and hook-like implements.) I took up candle making for a time. I have several started but not completed cross stitch patterns along with the obligatory little box of silks and needles and the sweetest tiny scissors you've ever seen. I have bits of fabric I meant to turn into a quilt... or curtains.  I can't remember now. There is currently on my bedroom floor an old bed sheet I've been holding on to with the thought that I'd make a braided rug of it.  Not that I need a braided rug or have the least clue how to go about it.  I have the beginnings of a sweater meant for my sister when she was about 13 years old.  She is now a mother of five and styles aren't ever going back to what I have hanging sadly, incomplete, from one lonely knitting needle.

Why, then, am I seemingly setting myself up to fail?  Because there are two fundamental differences this time: 1) I know, honest and for true, what it is I like to do.  All those other passing fancies were me trying out what my friends were doing at the time.  Of all the crafts I've tried in the past, crochet has stuck, though I haven't yet progressed beyond variations on a theme (I've made a couple afghans, several scarves, and a baby blanket or two - an impressive list of successes against my track record) and I thoroughly enjoy it.  It soothes me, and I like having my hands busy with something that doesn't require a great deal of my attention.  2)The desire is really there.  I really want this. It feels good, it feels right.  Plus, it's not exactly an onerous thing.  I've also decided to not make a huge deal about it, such that I will chastise myself if I don't complete a sweater a week or when I decide that I'd really rather do something different for a while.

T-shirt rag rugs I've been dreaming of
Tutorial found here (not in English)
Aside from the crochet, I've been making my own cards for a while - simple collage type things, rather than the crazy multi-layered bejewelled and bedecked variety. I love stationery and I love writing letters, so this is a perfect hobby to explore further.

Perhaps a habit of creativity will develop... creativity begets more creativity.  Sounds plausible, doesn't it?

So, there it is.  My New Year's resolution for the Year of Our Lord 2014 is to be more creative, rather than be passively entertained.


  1. I love knitting and crocheting. And there's a particular stitch…cable knit, I believe…which I would like to try. Thanks T for a push in the right direction!

  2. Tess, thanks for this post. I'm so incredibly busy in my 7, soon to be 8 blessing family, that I some how forget how important it is to just do something creative without a deadline. I think I get so caught up in the finished product, and want to have it just perfect that I hesitate or rather procrastinate, and hmm guess what nothing relaxing or creative happens. Yet I love to crochet, sew, decorate etc. As of late my 5 year old daughter has in need of some real momma time,creative time. Separate from her 4 brothers and her 20 month old twin sisters. I've been begging Our Mother for inspiration, this post was a confirmation for me personally and for our relationship. I need to do something, be something for her however small it starts out to be. With no deadlines, ie,. finishing for Christmas, a birthday or whatever. Just start already. To paraphrase Chesterton, 'If something is worth doing, it's worth doing badly'. It won't be perfect or maybe even as regular as I'd hope, but it's something, and Our Lord can work with that.
    I'd love to hear how this resolution fairs in 6 months. Look forward to hearing how rewarding it has been. I hope I'll be able to tune into the still small voice, just a little better.

  3. How beautiful! What a lovely way to spend special time with your daughter. I'm glad you've been inspired... and I'll take that Chesterton quote to heart. I tend to not do something because I worry I won't do it perfectly. So... here goes: jumping off the cliff into creativity for its own sake.
    Good luck to you! And stay in touch... let us know how you do.



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