Things Are Going to Change in 2015

If you’ve followed this blog for a few years you’ll know that every new year I try to set an intention for the coming months.  Rather than set specific resolutions, I pick a word (or in this case, a phrase) and try to incorporate that word into the year.  2014 was the Year of Learning and I kept a journal of the lessons I’d learned everyday.  2013 was the Year of Progress and that year I made leaps and bounds in my design business.IMG_6564

What is 2015 going to be?  2015 is going to be The Year of Taking Care of Myself.  A bit of a longer title and it might seem kind of vague, some of you are probably saying “Holly, that seems really generic, everyone wants to eat better and be more active this time of year” to which I would reply “this isn’t just about being more active and eating better (although I definitely should do those too), a lot of this year is focusing on my mental and emotional health.”IMG_6178.2

So what does that mean?

Well, I’m breaking it down to the basics:

  • Do things that make me happy
  • Hang out with people that make me happy

Basic, yea?  Those basics break down into further basic categories but really, 2014 was full of learning and full of stress.  I don’t want you to think that I didn’t enjoy 2014, I certainly did!  I just learned a lot of things (the hard way) that I’m looking forward to developing in more positive directions.

Anyways, enough with the non-yarny blabber, let’s get back to knitting and stuff shall we?!IMG_6523

My knitting goals include:

  1. publishing more patterns
  2. finish WIPs (there aren’t too many, I’ve been good about supressing Start-itis, but there are few languishing)
  3. knit from the stash

Also pretty basic right?  Should be a good year for goals!

What are you working towards this year?  How was 2014 for you?

New Year, New Knitting! – A KAL

Welcome to 2015!  I hope you’ve all made it to this side of the holidays happy and healthy and ready to knit something new (selfish knitting maybe?).New Year new knitting kal badge

I want to start this year off with a bang and part of my plan for that includes hosting a Knit-Along!

From now until January 31st, get 20% off any of my self-published patterns using the code: 15SLLKAL.

The KAL will run from February 1st through March 31st.  That gives you two whole months to knit up a thing or two – just for yourself, for your favorite knit-worthy friends and family, for whomever!

All finished projects knit from any of my patterns posted in this thread in my Ravelry group will be eligible to win the prize package. Garments, accessories – they all count!  And if you finish more than one of my designs and post a photo to the thread by the end of March, you’ll be entered more than once!  A winner will be chosen the first week of March and announced here on the blog and in the thread.

The Prize Package includes:

  • Everybody’s favorite – yarn!
  • A $15 gift certificate to my Ravelry store (only my self-published patterns are eligible)
  • Buttons
  • Stitch markers

What are you looking forward to making this year?