Friday, January 02, 2009

Crafting Resolutions

(Pictured: Silas on New Year's Day, wearing bruiser hat, roll-neck giraffe sweater, and stripy mittens.)

I'm not really the resolution making type, but thought it worth the effort this time. Perhaps actually having a list, seeing it in print on the blog, and being able to cross items off it it will be motivating. It's worth a shot. So, without further ado, here are my crafting resolutions for 2009:

1. Finish Silas' Knitted Farmland by his birthday in mid March. This is doable, as long as I stay motivated and use my time wisely.

2. Complete at least 1 largish crochet project. I love crochet. I really do. But my default tends to be to pick up two needles rather than the hook. I dream more in knitting, than in crochet. Still, crochet has an important place in my crafting world, and so finishing a sizable crochet project this year is a must, in order to keep those skills honed.

3. Spin more. I'm always putting this off in favor of other projects, so I need to figure out how to make this a part of my regular routine. I have some wool I dyed with coffee way back in September. I'd like to have that all spun up by the spring.

4. Steek something. It seems that everyone is steeking these days, and I'd like to jump on that bandwagon too. I actually have a sweater sitting in my cedar chest that I'd like to convert to a cardigan. It's no big loss to me if I ruin it in the attempt. After all, it's just sitting there, too big and shapeless for me to actually wear. It really is the perfect candidate with which to practice this skill on. So what's stopping me?

5. Knit Sylvi for myself! I'm a little bit a lot smitten with Twist Collective. I love just about everything I see in it. Sylvi would make a great coat which would work basically throughout the fall, winter, and spring here. This is a huge project though, and I am already in the middle of a big project. That doesn't mean it can't be done, though.

6. Get my Roaring 20's cloche hat pattern up and available in Ravelry. This is one of the things I've been meaning to do for forever. I've had several requests for it, and still, it remains undone.

7. Knit something extra nice for Drew. Drew is the neglected one in the family. Whenever anyone remarks about all of the sweaters and hats and whatnot that I've made for Silas, Drew proudly shows them his socks...and that's about it. He has a few hats, a scarf, but he's not really the hat or scarf type, so the only thing he really wears that I've made for him are his socks. I really need to make him at least one other pair. I'd like to say that I promise to make him a sweater, but...perhaps that will be at the top of the list of crafting resolutions for 2010 instead :)

8. Keep my stash in check and organized. That one probably goes without saying, but as most of you know, it's easier said than done.

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