I resolve…not to lose my mind in 2011
I hate making New Year’s Resolutions, because I just can’t stick with them very long. The idea of being committed to change in the New Year, however, is really enticing to me. It’s sort of like when you buy a new purse: You swear to yourself it will stay neat and organized, that you will never find a sticky unwrapped mint clinging to the lining of THIS pretty treasure bag, that all your pens will be in THIS pocket and your hair-fixing-things in THAT pocket, your cell phone will always be where it is supposed to be and you will never ever lose your keys, because now, of course, they will be clipped to the super-duper special Key Clip Widget.
We all know how long that particular state of pure organization lasts.
Still, the lure of change, of cleaning and organizing and bring order to the chaos that is my life, that lure is strong and very, very seductive.
For one thing, I’d really like to not be insane in 2011. That’s a worthy goal. Right?
The Chaos that is My Project Queue
For example…let’s take my project queue. My project queue rarely resembles my tidy project notebook on Ravelry, for example. Either I’m working on something super-secret for publication, or I’m making gifts for friends who might peek, or (and this is the most common factor) I just plain forget that I’ve got half a sock in that green bag over there. I have Chronic Startitis, and that’s fine, really it is…but I’d really like to encourage myself to develop at least a mild case of Finished Objectitis, too.
I’ve heard of various groups on Ravelry making various commitments to their craft for the New Year. There’s the 111 in 2011 group, who pledge to make 111 things this year. (Bonkers. Just Bonkers, if you ask me.) There’s the slightly less ambitious, but still no lazy-bones group 52 in 52 weeks. How about the 12 in 12 months group? Or the 12 Sweaters This Year group? And on and on.
I’m impressed by those groups and their commitment, but I’m not so sure I can do anything that ambitious.
I thought I’d start out by making a list of the unfinished projects scattered around my house. (The OBVIOUS ones, OK, the ones I can find without calling in an excavation crew.) Here’s the list (not counting a couple of super-secret-for-publication projects). The links go to my Rav project pages; the ones without links are, well…linkless.
UFO’s as of January 2011
- Karmic Geese (includes spinning the thread and sewing the Thing)
- Cheery Fletcher Mittens (have one-half hand’s lining to knit)
- Undulating Ribs socks for N. (have foot of first sock and entire second sock to go)
- Thick socks for me (personal pattern; first sock done, have to knit second sock)
- Baby Surprise Jacket (almost to neck increases)
- Hoodie for Liz (halfway through one sleeve)
- Wheatgrass Truffle (includes finishing the pattern, the software, and the knitting; done with Back and half the fronts)
- Winter Creek Gloves (must knit pattern again in a second yarn for kits)
- Tote Bag body (weaving on floor loom)
- Tote Bag strap (weaving on inkle loom)
- Cashmere Silk spinning on Trindle (25% done)
- Pink Cormo spinning on wheel (30% done)
- Spinning for N’s brown vest (not done blending fibre yet)
- Hat for gift (finished spinning yarn, need to knit hat)
- Sweater for gift (knitting top-down, am at armholes)
I’m sure there are more unfinished projects around. In fact, I KNOW there are more. (Guess where? Yup. Go to the head of the class if you guessed In The Studio Upstairs.) I’m kind of afraid to go digging too much right now, however. Let’s just start with that list above. It doesn’t look too scary, right? It looks almost…manageable. 15 projects. 3 spinning, 2 weaving, 9 knitting, 1 combination spinning/sewing.
I’d really like to have all of those be Finished Objects by the time 2012 rolls around. Think I can do that?
This does not mean I can’t start new projects. It doesn’t mean that I can’t up and frog one of the above projects if it misbehaves. It just means that by the end of 2011, those 15 projects are gonna be Outta Here, one way or another. Off the needles, done, gifted, in my working wardrobe, whatever. Done. Finis. The End.
What this also means is that I am responsible to YOU folks now for those 15 projects. Yeah, babeeeee. Accountability. Let’s say that during the first week of each month of 2011, I have to report back to you on this blog as to how those 15 projects are progressing.
I’ll try to have photos for all of them by next month. That’s do-able.
The Deep Winter Fairy Thanks You…
I had SO MUCH FUN emailing the winners of yesterday’s giveaways (one planned, one a surprise), putting together their packages, and mailing them off today. I’m determined to come up with more mischief for the Deep Winter Kindness Fairy to spread around. I’m already trying to decide what next week’s giveaway will be. I have a little pile here on my desk….hmmmmm…..
Giving is good. One of the packages went to Germany, the other went to the state of Georgia in the southern U.S. As I wrapped the goodies, I imagined them being opened in faraway places, threads connecting my little house here in Canada with people half a continent and half a world away.
So next week. Shall I do another spinnerly giveaway, or a knitterly giveaway?
Today’s Random Good
You liked the llamas, did you? Good. But now, the alpacas say it’s their turn to charm you.