The winter hobgoblins have been visiting lately. Perhaps you know the ones I mean? The ones that pounce on the back of your shoulders come mid-January, and then hang on with their kitten-sharp claws until, oh, ’round about May, whispering in your ears with their dreadful papery voices as to how whatever you are doing isn’t…enough. Good enough, pretty enough, smart enough, productive enough…just plain Not Enough.
The particular group of hobgoblins who visit my inner landscape do not mind if it is snowy January, sunny July, or even bright September. They just love to drop in and stay awhile, whenever I leave the door open a crack for them to slither in.
I believe that the goblins’ favourite time of year is January, when so many of us make well-meaning, but perhaps unrealistic resolutions for the new year. This year, the goblins howled with delight when I posted on my other blog that I was going to Finish Some Sweaters By Gum. Oh, how the goblins loved that one. It gave them all kinds of hammers with which to bang on me–for you see, in my heart of hearts, I somehow believe that I don’t finish anything, that in fact, I am a notorious Not Finisher of Projects.
In my head (the place where the goblins love to play), I am a capricious knitter who loves to cast on, but hasn’t the whatever-it-taketh to see a project through to its bitter bind-off.
Admittedly, I do have an absolute passion for casting on. I love casting on. I love that feeling of excitement, of possibilities, of wanting to learn a new stitch. I crave the tingle of a new yarn on the needles, or the adventure of an interesting bit of shaping as it takes life under my fingers.
But finishing projects? The goblins say I’m bad at that, and you know, it’s so easy to believe them. It’s so easy to think that those little voices are the voices of my muse telling me I am no good.
However, I know better, and goblins hate the truth more than they hate just about anything. And frankly, it’s not even the middle of January yet, and already I am just plain tired of hearing what their sandpapery voices have to say.
So I went off to arm myself with a bit of the truth regarding my project-finishing habits. I spent some time rummaging around my project bins, and updating my Ravelry projects page, and tagging last year’s efforts with “start2009” if I started the project in 2009 and “end2009” if I finished it last year.
The results are in, and the truth is pretty swell: I finished 12 projects in 2009, one on average for each month of the year.
Take THAT, ye moldy old goblinfolk!
In honour of this achievement, I have decorated this post with photos of all the projects I have finished in 2009.
In fact, there are so many 2009 Finished Objects d’Sandita that I still have a few photos left to show you:
Goblins of Winter: 0