Endings and beginnings. Making a new plan!

Who do I want to be?How’s everyone doing? Is the summer going to quickly?

For me it is. I feel like I’ve done some great things and had fun, and at the same time I feel like I’ve gotten nothing done and I’ve had no energy. At any rate, August is time to transition to fall and get our energy revamped for the rest of the year!

Fall is always an exciting time for me, getting out to teach, seeing people, doing some traveling. This year I’m also starting a major revamp of my studio so I can have a full-fledged yarn shop and classroom at my house and also host retreats right in Barton: Home-Sweet-Home!

I am also feeling like it’s time to reinvent myself again. I have done this several times in my life already and lately I’ve been feeling a little stagnant.

Finding My Roots Through Knitting

So where am I headed? Don’t panic! I’m not leaving knitting behind. But I’m going to be doing more writing and illustration, and making my fiber work more about art and less about technique. I’ve noticed that the older I get, the more I enjoy knitting using techniques I already know. While I’m intrigued by new techniques like sequence knitting and stacked stitches, I’m happy to leave these adventures to other designers, writers, and teachers. For my own new adventures, I want to get back to basics and start spinning and dyeing again. I’m also using paintbrushes and watercolors, and I want to incorporate my own illustrations into my knitting-related ideas. My hybrid project with writing, painting, and knitting is called “Finding My Roots Through Knitting” and it’s an ebook that will be coming out in 2017. I’ve been doing some work on it all year, and I am planning to hibernate and finish up the writing and paintings this winter, when it’s too much of a hassle to get out of Vermont and travel because of the snow!

I also want to blog more, so I can share my writing and my art with you on a regular basis. I’m not very interested in submitting to magazines or other places right now. I don’t want to be editorialized. I just want to say my piece. I’ve been doing mostly collaborative projects for almost a decade, with Lithuanian Knitting: Continuing Traditions (co-authored with June L. Hall) and Stories In Stitches (co-authored with Ava Coleman), and now it’s time for me to let ‘er rip!

That’s my plan. I’m ready to wrap up summer and move on to new adventures. How about you?