Personally, I'm voting for both.
Anyway, amongst getting married (lovely wedding, really absolutely perfect, so grateful I never have to do it again) and honeymoon-ing (also fabulous), and finding an affordable apartment in the (south) Bay Area (it can be done, and I haven't had to pull out those skills since the last time I signed a lease in New York City... can't say I've missed that kind of competition), and now packing and moving and starting a new job, I decided that now was perhaps not the time to make myself a big list of projects and goals.
I was catching up with my blog reading (and deciding that there are certain blogs that I will never catch up on, so I just started reading them again in the present tense) and saw that Keri had an idea that just seemed so... sane. She's decided to approach her Year of Projects list on a month-by-month basis, taking bite-size chunks out of her stash as she goes. This appeals to me on a couple levels. One, we're downsizing our living space, so I have just gone from having an unruly stash problem to having Stash Shame. Since I love my stash, the only thing for it is to knit and spin from it until I stop feeling like I'm about to be on an episode of Hoarders. And two, right now I need simple. So simple. Anything not simple makes me feel itchy and jumpy, and then we're back to discussing tranquilizer options.
Oh, right. In addition to not participating in Tour de Fleece, I also was not starting my next Year of Projects/Come Blog-a-long list. I probably should have mentioned that earlier.
So, here's my current approach to my Year of Projects: I'd like to reclaim the needles that are currently in use. While I know I'll add to this list later, right now projects that have the yarn already wound and the patterns already highlighted are about the speed that I'm at.
- SKA socks, February
- SKA socks, May
- Devin's blue sweater (CO 10 July, pattern: Bel Air, yarn: Imperial Yarn Tracie)
- Hap blanket (CO 5 June, pattern: modified Tweed Baby Blanket, yarn: various alpaca/wool blends from stash)
- Celestarium (CO 14 May, pattern: Celestarium, yarn: Knitted Wit Bantamweight Corriedale)
- Magnanimity (CO 13 January, pattern: Magnanimity, yarn: Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool)
I just realized that two of the projects I've been thinking of as on the needles (the socks from Sock Knitters Anonymous in February and May of this year) are actually only needle-adjacent. But, I'll be needing smaller projects now that the blanket has outgrown my purse, so I'm leaving them on the list.
I'm happy to report that all of these are projects from this calendar year, and that other than needing to buy more yarn to finish Magnanimity (I'm pretty sure that's going to happen) they're all projects from stash yarn, too.
Other Projects: Spinning & Puffs
- Spinning Goal: 6 lbs in 50 weeks
- Puffs Goal: 50 puffs in 50 weeks
Once again, my "year" for Year of Projects is only 50 weeks long, but in those fifty weeks, I'd like to try to spin six pounds from my fiber stash (that's not as much as it seems) and to make a puff a week... I've slacked off on making my puffs in the last few weeks, but I'd like to pick them up again.
At the moment, I have to get the 3-ply Shetland that's been on my wheel for a month done and off, and I have 53 puffs made and in a shoe box.
If you can't tell (or if you were deprived as a child of the pleasures of Maurice Sendak), he's a Wild Thing... complete with bunny slippers.
I love him.
He was going to be my mascot for Tour de Fleece, but I'm reassigning him to this Year of Projects.
Let the games begin!