Thursday, 30 December 2010

The obligatory resolutions post - 2011

2011 - wow. I can't quite believe it's here already. I wonder what it will bring? 2010 was quite a big year for me and Matt. We dealt with some massive flatmate hassles. We moved out of a shared flat and into our own place. We did a 3 week driving holiday in America. I found out I have exactly the same hand size as Marilyn Monroe.

photographic evidence!

I got back my crafting mojo and began blogging.

I bought myself an electronic keyboard and began practising piano again. I am technically a grade 7 pianist but this time a year ago I had barely touched a piano for more than 10 years. I was afraid that if I left it any longer I would forget how to play. I'm so glad I did, I'll never be a brilliant pianist but my parents invested quite a lot of money in lessons, it seems churlish to let it go to waste!

I taught myself to crochet.

my first self designed crochet project

We have no big plans for next year so I'm afraid if I don't make some now, 2011 will end up a bit 'nothingy'. I'm the type that forgets or belittles my own achievements if I don't have them listed somewhere (ah, lovely lists). So here goes!

This time next year I'd like to have made at least 5 items of clothing that I am happy to wear outside and am proud of. That's not even one every two months, surely even I can manage that! Number one will hopefully be the Rooibos. I would quite like to try another Simplicity 2591, perhaps with contrasting fabric on the interior pocket panels. I'll chart the progress of this goal on this blog. In the meantime I'll be perusing all the super crafty bloggy goddesses I follow for inspiration as to what the other items will be.

Life and that #1
Although I love where I work, there's a lot of upheaval planned for early 2011. I may not have a job by summer and the job itself (if it continues) will be a dumbed down version of what I already do. Sadly this probably means I'll be getting a new job in 2011 - but although I'll be sad to leave my lovely colleagues I'm also quite excited. New opportunities, new challenges - they can only be good things, right? So. Goal number 2 - new job.

Life and that #2
Last year Matt bought me a website with the intention I would set up my own little shop selling crafty things (via Etsy or Folksy). At the time I was doing lots of little cross stitches. Needless to say I never did anything with it, so this year I would like to at least get something up there. I'd like to do craft fairs too if my stuff is any good. This year I want to make up some 'stock' and at least attempt to sell it. Watch this space, you'll be the first to know if I set up shop!

I've been a lurker for years but am only just getting in on the blogging action myself. It has kept me so motivated and the creativity flowing, knowing that I have a few lovely readers out there has made me determined to finish things whereas before I may have just left them for 6 months (Simplicity 2591 being a case in point!). I also met the lovely and talented Tilly and Karen, and maybe I'll meet a few more of you in 2011 - I do hope so. I hope I can continue to blog in 2011 and that you'll keep reading, your comments make my day.

I learnt to crochet in 2010, in 2011 I want to turn my hand to some bigger projects. By Christmas 2011 I'd like to have a granny blanket and another larger piece finished - maybe a cardigan or jumper.

In the immortal words of Girls Aloud, I can't speak French. Well, I sort of can, but I'm very out of practice. I have an A-Level in French and did an intermediate conversational evening course in 2005. However since then I've not been to France and have forgotten so much. And as we all know, if you don't use it, you lose it. Having had this lurking in the back of my mind for a few years, I was inspired to do something about it by Rebecca over at The Thrifty Chick. She plans to learn Italian this year and I am copying her idea of breaking it down into manageable chunks. 15 minutes French practice a day or 30 minutes every other day. I plan to do this for a few months until I feel confident with my verbs and vocab again, and then get stuck into my French literature books (with my trusty dictionary by my side).

So here we have it. My list for 2011. Hopefully I will achieve all this and more. There are tons of other things I'd like to achieve this year but I'll just feel bad if I write them all here and don't quite get there. I guess I'll return to this list throughout the year, ticking stuff off. I've loved reading all your resolution posts too, good luck everyone!



  1. Ooh, I love your crochet project. How did you make them? Tell me, please!!! I too would love to make a granny blanket. Your plans sound fantastic. Keep swimming, Carly!

  2. Good luck with your rezzies, looking forward to seeing how your sewing projects go! Re. the French, I find that downloading French podcasts (eg. France Inter news) is a good way of keeping up with the language. Bon courage!

  3. Good resolutions! They sound manageable too - mine so far have been a bit over the top (pay off debts, loose loads of weight etc.). Good luck and Happy New Year!

  4. Good luck with the French learning - we should totally be language-learning buddies and keep each other motivated! Also, so funny that you should mention your hand size being the same as Marilyn - I went to exactly the same spot when I was in LA and mine are the same as Judy Garland! All the best for 2011 Carly, hope it's both joyful and productive :)

  5. Just realised I never replied to the comments here - Karen I have a wee tutorial for the wristlets here: but they have a seam in them - it's not too noticeable but they'd be better in the round, I just haven't totted up a pattern for it, the maths got a bit tricky (you'll see what I mean if you try yourself) and I got distracted! I want to figure it out though so I'll post on the blog when I do - or feel free to trump me if you figure it out on your own before then!

    Tilly, French podcasts are a good idea - need to get some for my commute.

    Lauren, good luck with the resolutions, I hope you get there - just imagine how good you'll feel afterwards!

    Rebecca I don't think I would be a very good language learning buddy as it's now 7 January and I've done nothing towards this goal! I think it was too ambitious for January with so much else going on. I'll be skipping over to your blog for some inspiration, hope you're getting on better than me.

    All the best for 2011 everyone xx