My 2015 Pledge

As we come to the end of January, it’s a good time to reflect on progress with your New Year’s plans. For those of us who have picked goals or themes to make life a bit simpler and a bit more fun in 2015, the first month might have led to a little bit of reflection and realisation about our previous goals.

Global Nomad Cowl

For me, 2014 was about dreaming big. I set myself the challenge to design delightful things, write the most helpful patterns possible and support you to make that perfect knitted item.

On that journey I designed and published 17 new knitting patterns

Hosted over 10 KALs

Produced 45 podcasts

And attended some extraordinary events.

I covered topics from tips and tutorials for your knitting and stories of my travels. I shared some of the ups and downs of starting a creative indie business. It was wonderful to meet lots of you in person as well as connect with readers and knitters online who shared their stories.

So what does 2015 hold for me?

My new challenge starts with you! I want each person that follows Curious Handmade to have the confidence to admit “I am creative”!

I can relate to lacking in confidence when it comes to practical skills or being unsure of where to take the inspiration I find and channel it in order to create something beautiful and unique. That’s why you can expect more KALs, more gorgeous hand knit patterns and more ways to be part of the Curious Handmade community.

One way I’ve started this challenge in my own life has been to simply and declutter. It can feel distracting to have too much clutter around and chores hanging over you that you’ve been meaning to do for months (years!). Often it can feel that being creative gets pushed to the back of the queue in the humdrum of everyday life. I want to make sure that you find inspiration and time to create something truly beautiful in 2015 whether that’s on your commute to work, jet setting across the globe or from the safety of your favourite knitting spot!

I’m pledging to keep it simple and be creative in 2015. Are you?

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