Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Year

Some people start the new year by cleaning their houses, sweeping out the old to bring in the new.  Some people eat herring at midnight to bring good luck in the coming year.  Some people clang noisemakers at midnight to scare off the bad and ring in the new.  I should have done one of these things to break the string of bad luck that started right before Christmas.
Beginning the Friday before Christmas, I lost my little MP3 player, that I use to listen to books downloaded from the library.   It must have gotten lost somewhere between the bakery where I was buying the Christmas morning coffee cake and the Botanical Gardens where we took the kids for the Christmas poinsettia show.  Loaded with books, it was distressing. Then the Thursday before New Year's, just before going to see "War Horse",  I broke a tooth while eating a sandwich.  The dentist wasn't available until the 2nd so I babied it for four days.  On New Year's day, the desktop computer died.  No picture, no nothing just a humming sound from the tower.  Sigh.   Backup?  What's that?
Oh, we got a new iPad for Christmas, fortunately, and we have the laptop, so we have time to decide if there is a new computer in our future or we'll just make due with what we have.  One of the small gifts I got was a gift certificate from my LYS.  Did I tell you they had a fire in the building and have smoke damage, so they are closed until they decide what they are going to do. So all the bad luck isn't mine, I guess.
I lost the last week due to the tooth problem.  I had a crown put on that required some very painful oral surgery, and the week between the surgery and the crown being put yesterday on passed in a haze of painkillers and eating the softest things I could find.  So I'm just getting to the year end review and New Year's resolutions.

Looking back at my resolve for 2011, I fell down the rabbit hole and am now digging my way back out.  I foolishly went every which way in buying yarn and making things for the sake of taking classes.  I have a bunch of items I am not really sure I even like.  Certainly not the one's in my queue or even the ones I had yarn for.
As a result, I have more unfinished objects and yarn waiting to be knit than ever.
So, even though I had about the same yardage used and items finished, it is somehow less satisfying than what I accomplished in 2010.
So 2012 is the year of production.  I want to have something produced every week.  Not just knitting, but a project that has been sitting around waiting for me to get to.
The first week I finished one sock and the elephant vest for Jordyn.  I also took down and put away all the Christmas decorations and cleaned the house from top to bottom.
I organized all my Ravelry queue matching up projects with yarn in my stash and I started Dad's Cardigan for DH with KnitPicks Wool of the Andes that I have had for so long, it is the large skeins of 220 yards.
Even though I love making them and have yarn for a large number, I am going to slow down on shawls.  I never wear them.  And no one I know does either.  My thoughts of wearing a different shawl as a scarf each day haven't come to pass.  It's been too warm.  No need just yet to wrap oneself in wool. I took a walk through my garden this morning after feeding the birds and saw green leaves on the rose and butterfly bushes. Weird.
And this is the year I get through piecing my Cream bedspread and knitting some of the other 5 afghans I have yarn for.  Hmmm.  2012  the year of the afghan is a good thought.

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