Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Resolutely not... making any plans

Resolutely not....making any plans
My ever-present Yarn Tree  Studio Journal, Wreck This Journal and Hobonichi Techo... but NO plans! 

If we can just let go and trust that things will work out the way they're supposed to, without trying to control the outcome, then we can begin to enjoy the moment more fully. The joy of the freedom it brings becomes more pleasurable than the experience itself. 
- Goldie Hawn

My annual plans never ever seem to pan out. For instance, 2011 was to be "The Year of Sewing". My Mum bought me a sewing machine for Christmas, a box full of different threads and sharp scissors, and I began collecting sewing books. A week later I started knitting (and soon afterwards, began writing this blog). By the time I'd gotten sufficiently to grips with knitting and had started making yarn on a spindle, it was Christmas 2013 and I was ready to take on a new challenge - a spinning wheel. D bought me the one I really really wanted, but before it was even unwrapped and assembled, I'd published my first 'proper' pattern, and that lead on to numerous other things. Far from being "The Year of Spinning" as planned, 2014 became the year I started designing - I published various patterns on the blog, some others via Ravelry and yet more were written and knitted up for publication elsewhere - I'll be able to tell you more about one of those fairly soon! 

So as 2015 begins, I don't want compose a list of things I'm *planning* to do this year. No doubt there'll be knitting, some new designs, and more doodles and sketches (I've started making a small sketch each day and have enrolled onto Paul Heaston's "Drawing the Everyday" sketchbook class on Craftsy which I'm really enjoying).

I've already shown you my Wreck This Journal and the creative experimental ethos behind it which resonate with the quote above and how I'm feeling at the moment. Who knows where the days will lead and what opportunities and adventures will open up? As I get older I realise that it's less important to plan each step than to look around and enjoy the journey. Whatever you get up to this year, my wish for you all is that you are able to do that too. Thank you for being here to share my journey. Sarah x 


  1. Sarah, I love what you have just written, and by some strange synchronicity have been thinking the very same thing! I'm giving myself permission to just "be" this year. Oh, and I am planning a trip to Billingshurst to meet up at some point as well!

    1. Well that sounds wonderful - let me know when you're coming and the kettle will be on! xxx

  2. Oh I love the quote you used from Goldie Hawn. Last year all my plans didn't materialize and I think taking one day at a time is the best way to proceed. Thanks also for blogging about Wreck this Journal. I'm going to get my daughter one for her birthday,
    Ali xx

    1. That sounds like the best way forward, Ali. I'm sure your daughter will love the book.... don't be surprised if you want one too! :) xxx

  3. Hear, hear! I don't like planning my next knitting project. I've stopped buying books. I didn't make any resolutions. I hate begging boxed in. I already have schedules and chores.

    1. That might be why I feel like this - the end of last year was just constant chores! :) x

  4. I love it, I feel exactly the same way this year. I love this Wreck this Journal ... I need to get one of those for sure. I am bothered by things not precisely right or "my way" etc. I've gotten over a lot of stuff over the years, but not enough to be happy, LOL!

    1. Oh yes, you should get one then! It'll be great for you - it's a lot of fun to make a mess! :) x

  5. I'm just drifting through the days not knowing what to do except from my duties at school of course. There are so many possibilities. I may paint this afternoon .... ;-) or knit a baby monster .... or. Let's see. No plans, which is very nice. All the best to you! Regula


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