Hello 2017!

I know I am a litte bit late for New Years resolutions… But still! I like resolutions, the idea of a fresh start and setting intentions for the time to come. It’s also a nice record of ideas to come back to, reflect on what I actually accomplished and what I have forgotten about.

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This year I tried to make as little resolutions as possible, because I have one very big and urgent project that I have been carrying around for a long time now… My master thesis. As much as I want to do all the things, I have to channel my creative energy into this work in the first few months of this year (hopefully the first quarter!). I have been struggling a bit with motivation over the last time, so I hope to resolve this by working steadily on the thesis and getting things done.

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This is not the only resolution for 2017 of course! There have to be nice things as well, and one of these is to learn more about Tarot. I have enjoyed doing readings for myself or with others and reading about it, but this year I want to go deeper. I signed up for The Alternative Tarot Course by Beth Maiden of The Little Red Tarot and I am excited to start it as soon as I have some more time. Beth posted a really nice little open thread where people post their resolutions in the comments and then draw a Tarot card for someone else. Such a nice idea! This inspired me to sign up for the class and use my cards more.

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My last and very diffuse and open resolution is to dig deeper into my creativity, learn new crafts, challenge myself creatively, designing more things myself and sticking to my creative practice. I want to do more research in the new craft books I got and hopefully take a class or two! Easy! Now i just have to find the time for all this… But the thing about New Years resolutions is to be optimistic and positive, right?!

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DIY Christmas Wish List: Butchcraft

This year I have two books on my wish list for christmas and they seem to follow a topic: Butchcraft. They feature practical outdoorsy projects, lots of (handmade!) tools and beautiful photographs. They are a nice surprise in a sector that is mostly considered feminine, and a great addition to The Manly Art of Knitting. There are many exciting patterns out there with an androgynous, menswear-inspired or outdoor feel, like the new Kelly Anorak pattern, the Cooper Backpack or the classic Archer Button Up. It is nice to have some more butch patterns in book form now!

Here we go!

Molla Mills: Crochetterie – Cool Contemporary Crochet for the Creatively-Minded

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Molla Mills, the reigning queen of crochet, has outdone herself again in her latest book. Her designs feature lots of typography, geometric patterns and great colors. What I am very excited about is, that Crochetterie features the instructions on how to carve your own crochet hook! This is right up my ally – making literally everything, even the tool you use! She also writes about how to stretch your hands and body after crocheting, a great addition for this risk group for carpal-tunnel syndrome… I cross my fingers that this book will make it under the tree this year, maybe I will be able to show you some crochet projects in 2017 (I think the last crochet project I finished was a yellow mouse in primary school…)!

Anton Sandqvist: Heavy Duty Sewing

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One of the founders of the Swedish backpack company Sandqvist seems to be a passionate maker, as a side project he has published a book on how to make functional and beautiful accessories yourself and sells the fabric you will need in a small online shop. The style is similar to the ready-made bags and backpacks they sell, colorful, with leather details and a simple, timeless design. Sadly this book exists only in Swedish so far, but I have asked, and apparently an English publisher is interested in translating it. But to be honest, the book looks so great, I would be totally ready to google translate my way through it (and focus on the photos…)! If non-Japanese people are buying Japanese knitting patterns, then Swedish should be doable, no?

 

Maybe you are inspired to gift one of these to yourself or your favorite crafty butch?! I am just ignoring, by the way, that Molla Mills‘ book is dedicated to the crafty men in her life and doing a queer reading of Sandqvist’s work. Admit it, both books have a very dykey feel to it 😉 I am very convinced the outdoors, practical crafts and crafty adventures are not just for guys and women in general are very underrepresented in this field, just like the creators of Misadventures Magazine (another great gift idea by the way!). I get, that it’s interesting for (small) creative businesses to open up and directly speak to another demographic, but wouldn’t it be even greater to smash these stereotypes?

Anyway, for now I will keep my fingers crossed that both books will find their way in my christmas present corner, so I can hopefully present you some good Butchcraft in the new year! Maybe I will collect my thoughts on arts, crafts and gender for another time…