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|
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)
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.