I’ve never been one to make new year’s resolutions that have to do with fitness or travel. While I enjoy the idea of a new year being a transition or a time of change, I tend to spend less time thinking of what I want to CHANGE, and more of what I simply want to DO. In 2012 I spent a lot of time focused on teaching workshops and public speaking engagements. In 2013, I want to write more. I want to write articles, another book, and many more blog posts. I intend to continue to blog about design and craft and community DIY – including knit graffiti but not only about knit graffiti. For this reason, I’ve decided to retire yarnbombing.com, my blog of four and a half years.
For the past five years, yarnbombing.com has been a big part of my life. Maintaining a blog on the subject has been an incredible experience. I’ve received emails daily from knitters from all over the world. I’ve been included in documentaries and in magazines and newspapers. I was quoted in the New York Times. I’ve been invited to participate in conferences, and I’ve had the opportunity to drop into a little community that I’ve created all hours of the day. I’ve found it inspiring, fun, but often, overwhelming. I have received a lot of emails and comments through the site that I simply haven’t been able to respond to. When I wrote my second book Hoopla and tried to give it as second home on the web just for subversive embroidery, it was too much to maintain content on two subjects in two places. This coming year, in order to keep my blogging life fun and active, I’ve decided to streamline my place on the web to this site leanneprain.com. I still want to write about yarn bombing and knitting and community installation, but I no longer feel the need to keep a record dedicated exclusively to doing so as there are so many websites, Pinterest boards, and tumblr feeds now dedicated to the subject.
It is my intention to leave yarnbombing.com up so that the archives are accessible. I’ll still post about yarn bombing opportunities here and on my Facebook and Twitter feeds. If you have something to share with me, you can always email via the Contact page on this site. I’m continuing to do workshops and public talks on yarn bombing too – but my focus will be here on this eponymous site.
As for 2013, I’m looking to develop leanneprain.com to have loads of craft and design content, some web freebies, updates on my new book projects (including submission calls), exciting DIY projects, and some better photographs (I’m taking some photography lessons and I will try to not rely only on my iphone for pictures). I hope you will come back and join me here from time to time.
What do you want to do with your time in 2013?