Monday, December 3, 2007

New Leaf

As the new year approaches I'm trying to change things I'm not happy with. Here are a few new leaves I'm attempting to turn over...

1. I'm going to go on another yarn diet! I've made a couple of purchases lately when a shop in town was closing (50% off) so that I can make the Tangled Yoke Cardigan and Indigo Ripple skirt. These (along with all the sock yarn I have) will keep me busy for a long time! I do not need any yarn. As an incentive I will "pay" myself $20 a month for every month I stick to the diet. In December of 2008, if I've been a good girl, I should have $240 to spend on yarn. (This does include sock yarn! If I ever start knitting myself socks my drawer could be very full before I have to buy any new yarn.)

2. From above, I'm really going to knit a few things for myself. I love knitting for babies because it will eventually fit and they just look so darn cute in anything! However, it would be nice to benefit from my own needles. After the haze has lifted from my Christmas knitting I'll get more specific.

3. Learn new techniques. I made my first moebius this year and there are several other techniques I'm interested in trying... steeking is the first to come to mind.

4. I'd really like to knit for charity. My goal is to start a project after the first of the year and keep one charity knit on the needles at all times. I'm not sure if I'll go for one charity or several. I need to decide this.
5. Post on my blog in a much more regular manner! I've been a slacker and I need to get myself in gear. I'm shooting for at least 4 times a week. Hopefully, I'll have enough content to entertain anyone who happens to read this!

And, so I don't completely bore you with my list, here are some fo's!
Lainey's finished socks to go in her stocking. They're from Cascade 220. It's an easy pattern called Cabled Toddler Socks by Rosemary Waits.
There's also a pair for Hayden. I had to add two cables, but now it fits him great (with a little room to spare.) He also requested a red scarf. I used FrogTree Alpaca worsted and it's so soft!! A red vest was also on his list and I started one (designing my own) on Monday night. It's from Cascade 220 heathers in red, but not bright red like the socks and scarf. I'm about 6 inches or so into it and will take a picture if we ever have any decent light here. So far I like it AND think it might actually fit him! I need to have it washed and ready to wear by next Thursday for his Holiday program at preschool.
I've finished two pairs of Fiber Trends Felted Clogs... The grey pair is for my BIL and the "bright" pair is for my FIL (who requested an "absurd" color scheme. We'll see if this works for him.) I'm gifting them unfelted since I'll be there to help them felt.
Now, in addition to Hayden's vest I need to finish the second in a pair of socks, another pair of clogs and a pair of socks for my SIL. I see little sleep in my near future!
It is good knitting weather here though!


Kristin said...

Welcome back to blogging!

Your list sounds much like mine - with the one exception of charity knitting. I'm going to sit down and work on my list later on, and then we'll compare notes!

Oh, and some 'selfish' post-holiday knitting sounds fabulous. I may want to start my tangled yoke then too.

WandaWoman said...

Nice to see you blogging again. I agree that you should do some selfish knitting for yourself too.

Very nice projects you've completed too.