When I think back to January, I had huge and high hopes for 2017. I don’t exactly make resolutions, but I picked the word “expand” for the year. I figured I would just keep on working towards the goals I made the year before and grow everything along the way. Simple enough, right?
When I started We All Knit Here over 3 years ago, my intention was to create a community around knitting. Having taught myself to knit, I knew there was a learning curve, and I wanted to share my newfound hobby/life saving skill with the world. In my facebook community, I originally wanted to teach others to knit, and my vision has slowly morphed over the years while keeping that helpful vision.
We’re nearly 6 months into 2017, and I think I picked a great word for this year. I have expanded and grown in so many new, different, and unexpected ways. I definitely have a vision for this website, my knitting designs, and my community, though it’s been rather difficult to stick with it since January. I thought I was going to get back on track in March, but I was thrown a few more curve balls, and I had to stop and re-evaluate again.
I’m so lucky I have knitting in my life. It’s definitely a constant, and sometimes it’s the only thing I look forward to at the end of the day. I wrote Knit and Breathe for the Huffington Post a few years ago about how knitting really pulled me out of a rut and helped me get through a difficult time in my life. It’s still true, and I’m so grateful for it and my community.
I know that with long silences, typically it’s because something very exciting is going to be announced. I don’t want you to think it’s all sad news. I’ve definitely had some truly wonderful and great moments this year, and I hope to have some very exciting news for you in the next few months. But I wanted to be very real with you and let you know that I haven’t gotten as much done as I hoped.
I have enlarged a few of my older patterns (Zona, Rockaway, and Siren Seafoam), and I’ve released a few patterns that I worked on last year (Cozy Vintage Dress, Golden Classic Skirt, Strawberry Wine Top, Summer Sweetheart Sweater, and the Demoiselle – coming soon!). I’ve also been sketching new designs and creating time lines for the next year so I can (sort of) stay on track.
I think my biggest aha moment, and I’m sharing in case anyone can relate, was when I really examined my life. Like most people, I want a certain lifestyle, and every step I take is in the general direction of my goals. The biggest thing I want is freedom – I want my mornings for me, I want to sit in the sun and knit, I want to spend time with friends and family, I want to enjoy my work. All normal things.
And one day I realized I had nearly everything I wanted, and the few things I have yet to check off my list are within my sight. But I was still overwhelmed and anxious nearly every minute of the day. My mindset was built on panic and worry and that prevented me from realizing what was right in front of me all along.
I’m not going to promise that everything is better now and you’ll be getting new videos and courses and patterns and Knit Alongs – I definitely want to do those things (and very soon!), but I’m going to keep going slowly so I don’t get overwhelmed and burned out again. I do hope that you guys will love everything I’ve got planned for you, and I’m definitely going to announce the Knit Along in the next few weeks!
In the meantime, I’m focusing on the process, on just knitting. So yes, I have started and then unraveled many, many, many projects over the last few months. And nope, I don’t have any mind blowing news. Just your typical overwhelm. And luckily I’ve had my knitting to help me through it. And that’s okay. It’s perfect. I’m exactly where I need to be.