Happy New Year!

Well, hello there! Are you still here? Thank you for sticking around as I took a completely unannounced hiatus. I’ve thought quite a bit about blogging in the last few months, just not actually writing. But suddenly this morning, the house is tidy, the boys are quiet and I feel like writing again. It’s a new year, time to think and reflect, make some plans and look ahead. So here I am, wishing you all a very happy New Year’s Eve (or New Year’s Day, if you’re on the other side of the globe) and taking a few moments to ponder…

Now, this could actually be two posts since I’ve got two big things on my mind. Do I start with blogging? Or 2012 goals? Since I’ve been lapse in my blogging, I’ll start with that. So if you’re into the status of the blogosphere, read on here. If you just want to get to some good sewing and knitting, you can skip ahead through the bullets and get to fabric and yarn…

Blogging has been on my mind a lot lately. Why am I not blogging anymore? Why don’t I even feel like blogging? Why am I not reading blogs as much as I used to? And I’ve reached some conclusions about my temporary demise:

  • Facebook. My number one problem. First of all, I have limited computer time. I tend to pop on for a few minutes while the onions are frying or my brain needs a break from whatever I’m doing. And somehow I shifted those little breaks into checking into my Facebook page rather than my Feedly page. Along with that, Facebook has sort of stolen my blogging voice. Many of my posts came from a thought or idea that I had. I’d think about it, it would grow, and by the end of the day it would be a blog post. Now, I have a thought, the boys do something funny, I read something interesting and I throw it on Facebook. But then it’s out there, so I stop thinking about it.
  • The state of the blog: Blogging has changed so much from when I first started, over six years ago. Back then it was such a small community. Everyone left comments, because you had time to leave comments. There were only a handful of blogs around and you felt as if you really knew those people And I loved to write because I loved the dialog about what I was writing. The reason I never kept a journal was because it was boring….I was just talking to myself. I loved blogging because it was a conversation. These days there are so many blogs, It’s impossible to keep up and I often find myself just clicking through them, rather than staying awhile, reading and leaving my own thoughts. It’s interesting…I know I still have a few hundred people who still visit this blog on a regular basis (or I did, when I posted!). But I’m guessing you’re all like me, buzzing in and out rather than staying awhile and saying what you think.  When I do read, I rarely leave comments these days. And blogging is business now. I love all the blogs of the designers and authors, the “professionals.” But reading them is more like reading a magazine than having a conversation. And so many of the little bloggers like myself have just up and disappeared. I guess what I’m saying is I miss that community. Now I only “know” a handful of my readers. And maybe that’s okay, perhaps that’s the direction it’s had to go. OR maybe we can still have that. What do you think?
  • My camera sucks, and good blog photography is important. But that’s an easy one to fix. The Skeptic and I received some cash for Christmas which will be going to a new camera (Incidentally, do you know of one that is under $250 but will also take nice pictures of both yarn and jumping boys?)

Okay, enough of that. Let’s get to the important stuff…(Jump in here if you wanted to skip all the blogidty-wogity thinking!)

So, 2012. What will I do in 2012? 2011 was busy. Probably the busiest I have ever felt in my life, and while I feel like I did get a decent amount of stuff done, I don’t feel like I really tackled anything new or challenging. I mostly had a “hurry up and make it” philosophy, probably because it’s so hard to squeeze in any time. I made things I knew. So for this year, I want a new challenge. And because this is a blog, of course I need to give it a name and promise to report back to you on it. So I’m calling it Monthly Apparel.  It’s my pledge to go beyond pajama pants and simple knit skirts and actually make some clothing for myself. I would LOVE it if I had people join me. It will keep me focused on my goal (since I typically have mid-year burn out when I do this stuff) and it will keep my blogging.

Think about it, and I’ll have a new post up in a few days (really, I will). I’d love to see people setting a monthly goal in the beginning of the month, then reporting back on the last day. And although I’ll be trying to get myself into some more difficult stuff, maybe this is a chance for you to start with even the most basic sewing. I’ll even tell you how to make a skirt out of old t-shirts, it’s easy (See picture below) I do hope you’ll join me!

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And surely,  I need to share some knitting. All this sewing  does not mean the knitting or spinning will stop around here. I actually finished this vest last last spring, if you can believe it, and finally sewed the buttons on this fall. It it by far the most lovely and practical thing I have ever knit. The pattern is Redhook from my favorite, Brooklyn Tweed. Raveled here.

I also have a beautiful cowl I’ll be sharing soon (along with a free pattern). But let’s just leave it at Noro Silk Garden for now…..

Have a Happy New Year everyone!! I’m looking forward to renewing a sense of blogging community this year and trying some new things. Hope to see you around!!

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  1. Happy New Year – I’ll look forward to the updates!

  2. I know what you mean. Blogging has changed quite a bit since the early days. I don’t often comment on blogs because they garner so many hundreds of comments per post that I don’t think my particular comment makes any difference at all. A blogger might say they read every single comment, but I can’t imagine that mine matters all that much. A lot of times I just don’t feel like I have anything to contribute to the conversation, either.

    The blogs that I’m mostly likely to comment on are ones like this one. The community is small and any given post is likely to have less than ten comments. These are the blogs where I’ll leave just a “yeah, me too.” comment or add something more.

    A lot of the smaller blogs I’ve been reading since my first son was born. It doesn’t happen often, but I really value the writers who let me peak in on their lives. I know I have learned so much by reading what other moms have gone through and I still gain by their advice and experiences. A lot of people write about how the internet is this huge time suck and I suppose that for some people that might be true, but for myself I have to say I wouldn’t trade what I’ve gained from blogs for the world. Where else would I learn about the best book to use to teach your kids about the birds and the bees or about how to break a toddler of a pacifier habit?

  3. I am so glad you are still blogging. I still love it and even though I have a tiny handful of bloggers, it is still a lovely way to connect with people. I have cousins and friends who obviously do read the blog as they mention it when I see them!

    Looking forward to seeing what you make in 2012.

  4. What you said about blogging: YES.

    Various social media outlets (particularly Facebook) have done a lot of reshape blogging, and like you I find that it’s much changed from when I started my blog six years ago. Lots of the individual blogs I regularly read have gone either silent or sporadic (my own included, alas), and I’ve never found the “superstar” blogs to be good conversation areas. They’re useful for information sometimes (once you get past the ads and relentless self-promotion), but when the comments usually consist mostly of “I’m the first comment!” and variations on “Nice!” I don’t really get much out of them. 🙂

    Glad to see you back at it here!

  5. Sedstrom… I am happy to hear that you enjoy hearing some of the personal, homey, mom on the front lines details in blogs. I too feel a connect when someone really opens that door and lets you in for a bit. I haven’t been reading blogs as long as you and the other commenters but I have been writing my blog for about a year, and yes, nearly every comment I get is an inspiration or enlightenment.
    As for the 12 outfits challenge, I used to sew All.The.Time. Now I am obsessed with knitting, but I think I will join up and see where 2012 brings me.

  6. I srhead several of the things that I think blogging has done for me. These are significant and valuable considerations for me as I have been in a process of

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