This isn’t one of those reformative, resolved posts. I gave up resolutions a few years ago. At some point in the next few days, I’ll take a deep breath and look back at 2010, but right now, it’s a houseguest who has overstayed her welcome. You know the kind… she gets up earlier than you, rattles dishes in the kitchen until you stumble in to join her, announces she thinks she’ll stay another day or three…
Hem. I am looking forward to our annual dinner celebration with dear friends, so at least I can say 2010 ended on an upturn. In the meantime, I’m packing up Christmas early. Usually, I’m a 12 Days of Christmas gal and Christmas is Christmas until we’ve celebrated Epiphany. This year, the Magi are going to have to be their own party.
I didn’t knit much in 2010. I read a lot more than I have since the knitting bug bit, but I also spent a lot of time just BEING. I miss knitting, so I’ve cast on for a baby blanket I need to get finished in the next couple of weeks, and I’ve decided I need a plan. Sure, knitting should be fun and requires some room for spontaneity, but I felt this year I was just spinning my wheels.
Here’s the plan:
- More project monogamy. Sure, baby blankets are quickly too big to be good travel projects, so I’ll need a couple of things at the ready, but I’m going to aspire to starting something and seeing it through. I seem to enjoy that more, even when there’s some tedium, than having 20 UFOs – unfinished objects.
- Knit from stash. I did okay with this in 2010. Of the 24 projects I completed, 19 were either from stash or yarn I did not purchase myself.
- Cloths. I like giving cloths, so this means I must knit/crochet them. If I do one or two each month, I’ll be way ahead of the game.
- About those UFOs… I want to finish them, three of them specifically – my pink cardi, the Mooson shawl, and Miss Dashwood – in that order. My pink cardi will be the non-travel project of choice, just as soon as the baby blanket is done, then Mooson, etc.
- A certain lace scarf needs to be finished. I’ll do one repeat nightly when time allows, once said blankie is complete.
- Christmas knitting. I do have one scarf that was meant for a gift this year that is near completion. That will be the first travel knit of the year, almost sure to be finished over the weekend. I have three to do, so it looks like I have great firehouse knitting for a while.
- Sock yarn stash. I do aspire to use 12 skeins this year. I have a pair of Christmas socks I want to do, but I’m going to allow my mojo to have a little freedom here. It seems at this moment, I’m liking the shawl-like scarves, similar in design to the one Kathy gave me for Christmas.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a baby blanket to knit and a tree to take down… more fudge to make…
I do wish you a peaceful, happy 2011.