I do so love the holiday crafting that happens in the last months of the year. It's exciting and fun, thinking about the person we're crafting for, and being caught up in the flurry and good energy of the elving season. But after that, January crafting might just be my favorite of all. The clearing of the slate that comes with a new year makes way for so much, both in the trying of new things, and in the finishing of old ones. Invariably, in the month of January, I finish so many unfinished things that have been languishing for ages. And when it's stormy and cold outside, there's really nothing better. My eyes are beginning to turn to piles of yarn and fabric everywhere, scheming and dreaming up what could be done. And my hands are full - motivated to finish old projects (so close to the finish line on my Mountain High sweater that I am loving so much!), and excited to play around with something new. Many of you asked about where I got my crochet instruction and I wanted to tell you that I watched the beginner videos by Cal Patch on Creativebug (borrowing Adelaide's subscription there, because my girl LOVES those video tutorials!). I was watching on my phone one evening this week next to Ezra on the coach, engrossed in his own thing. "Wow!" he looked up. "I know, right?" I replied. Because it's true, Cal has the most amazing teaching voice ever, so patient and mellow, you believe you can do anything. Like crochet a granny square.
There's more stormy weather coming, or at least cold weather that makes outside play less fun. I think I'll be playing with yarn.
And you? Has the January crafting bug hit?