Time to take stock of my loom knitting year, and see where I have been, make plans for where I am going.
I have come much farther than I ever expected or planned one year ago. I have one month left in my braille classes, and I will graduate. I've learned that even though I can now read, write, and type braille, the world has very little of it for me to read. But I would not give up the ability to read and write, to be literate, for anything.
I am going to continue transcribing needle knit stitch patterns into loom patterns. I know I have said this before, and I have a small start (unpublished). I tend to get sidetracked with an idea and this year, I've gone off track with several new loom stitches. These have been very satisfying to me, although it is hard to tell if anyone else likes them.
Loom-a-longs and classes - I've hosted 3 loom-a-longs and a loom class. The loom class taught me not to assume my pattern will transfer to another loom with a *similar* size. The more complicated the stitch, the more precise the loom specifications.
Patterns - I've learned that some stitchers will take a pattern, change it completely, and blame me when it doesn't turn out the way I said it would. These are the people who will not ask me questions, and then post negatively about the patterns on Ravelry. So, for next year, I need a thicker skin to continue publishing patterns.
BUT - and this is the best part - most stitchers and readers of this blog, have been wonderful, sending me comments and questions, and making this a very enjoyable sharing experience. I get excited when I think of a new pattern idea, work through it, make myself write it out (always the hardest part,) edit, edit, edit, make the girls pose for a photo or two, make the cats pose for a photo, and then...publish and wait to see what happens.
January 2011 will start off with a nice Loom Class featuring one of my favorite patterns, "Miss Maddy's Capelet", inspired by the character of Miss Maddy in the PBS Cranford series. It is a charming little knit, and I think it will be a fun project to do as a group. I hope you will consider joining me in the class. It is so much easier to have a few friends there!
Happy New Year to you and your families. I'm looking forward to looming with you this next year.
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