I’ve been making my list and checking it twice, my crafter’s new years resolution list that is. It started like this:
1. Finish current works in progress (w.i.p.s)
*Mystery Shawl 3- low priority…that is until I was invited to a "Winter ball" this weekend. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect place to debut the swan-lake shawl? Alas, or perhaps fortunately as it will save me needless suffering from trying, there is absolutely no way to complete by tomorrow evening.
* Hubbos sweater- high priority- have re-begun the second sleeve with out incident, have high hopes of finishing soon, as my favorite circular needle will be held hostage until the sleeve is complete.
Friend’s B-day socks AKA "start-up" socks- High Priority Complete and in the mail, late (due date Jan 9th receipt) because I did not stick to schedule, but complete.
2. Knit More For Others- current count III
*Family- partially covered above, I got off to a good start in 2007
knit promised cabled vest -high priority completed 2/07/08
* Sweaters for new arrivals
*Charity- baby socks etc.
3. Polish my knitting skills- I
I have chosen to do a study in socks, using Vogue’s Ultimate Sock Book as a point of departure. Hopefully by the end of this year I will know how to knit from the toe up, how to execute short-row heels, how to knit a sock on two circs, etc! This may also dovetail nicely with resolution #2 and eliminate my need to Christmas shop next year..or not. I am going to try and shoot for a pair a month.
4. Take on less overwhelming projects
*See above= new challenges in small packages
Crochet an afghan– 2/17/08 this does NOT contradict the resolution above, as long as I stick with a simple pattern yet TBD, but the yarn will be the organic pakucho shown previously (the pakucho one is still pending).
6. Sew a quilt using squares purchased At Houston Quilt show.
* Ignore The Quick and Easy Giant Dahlia Quilt on the Sewing Machine until you complete 1st simple quilt, reduce yarn stash and regain sanity..probably a 2009 project.
7. Play with Natural Dyes (before my husband throws away all the onion skins I have stashed in the closet).
8. Spot UFOs (unfinished objects) and bring them back down to earth. Transform dead-end projects and unrealized yarn-dreams into completable projects, also dovetails with resolution number 4.
At this point, and after wanting to list about 20 projects under every category, I decided I needed more of an overall mission statement. Knitting Daily has rallied us all to knit fearlessly in 2008 and I’m all for that, but I actually think that was a bit more of a 2007 resolution for me. This year, perhaps it is to craft wisely. But more on that another day…