It is December so I should probably start on some resolutions. I started one today actually! I started to workout again. So I won’t include that one for the upcoming year:)
So last year my number one resolution was to not be in any more swaps. I failed at this one. It was epic. So last year I was in a year long swap. I swore never again. Then I got my package and my swap partner got theirs. I loved mine, and the one I sent was well received. I was enthused by the moment and signed up for the next year which was supposed to be easier with just little ornaments. I thought how hard can this be, well if you read one of my posts a little while back you can see that I didn’t enjoy it at all.
In 2016, I will not do these swaps. I think part of the problem is that I never got to know my partner. I was guilty of not writing too much either in all honesty. The year before my partner was silent as well, but I was more active. I am a product knitter and giving away fussy little things, or anything really, to someone that I don’t feel that I have a connection with is very difficult for me. So my friend Melissa and I might so a swap between the two of us, but nothing more. We have swapped before and it was a lot of fun because I know her! Go figure.
So here I repeat my resolution from last year:
1) No swaps where I make things for other people. If I want to join a monster swap, then I remember this and I don’t join. I can easily make that monster for myself and not stress. I like these swaps, but I always stress the timelines.
My second resolution from last year was to knit socks. I wanted to have a sock drawer. I wanted a pair a month, but one every two months would make me happy. So far, I have knit 17 pairs of socks and I have another on the needles which will be finished before 2016. Overall I would say this is a success. I am going to continue this resolution into the next year:
2) Knit socks. I would like to say one pair a month, but I would be happy with one pair every two months for Operation Sock Drawer.
My next resolution was not to get caught up into obligation knitting. I think I did well in this except for teacher’s gifts. I am not sure if I will stop the teacher’s gifts, but to be honest, I am not sure that the teachers like the gifts I make. This one is a work in progress:
3) No obligation knitting. If someone has a baby tell them congrats and buy them some burp clothes. Stop making these gifts for people who might not even appreciate them.
Last year I also made a pledge to stop clubs. With the exception of the monster club from Dancing Dog Dyeworks. I think that I was good at this one too since I cannot think of any clubs. However, I did join the I Want Her Stash Club which was a fabric club. I haven’t made a single quilt. I am still waiting to get my November and December shipment. I plan to not do this one again next year, not because I didn’t enjoy it, but I have too much fabric and something has to give. I even didn’t rejoin the yearly Fat Quarter Shop BOM. Honestly, I didn’t like the pattern, I am not sure if I will cave in for 2016. This club doesn’t start until June or July so if I get some BOMs done then I might do this one. So number 4:
4) No clubs. They always sound cool, but I never knit anything from them. Exception, monster clubs from DDD.
My next one was too craft more and not just knit. I would start something and then get caught up by knitting again. I need to work on this one again. Maybe I need to set aside an hour a day and do 15 minutes of cross stitch, 15 minutes of spinning, and 15 minutes of quilting/sewing so I can get back into the hang of all of this. I know it isn’t a lot every day, but it can add up.
5) I need to craft other crafts, not just knitting.
My next one is tricky. Last year I decided that I needed to use what I had instead of buying new things. I think I did okay with yarn on this one, though I did buy a lot of sock yarn and a sweater quantity or two. I know that this year I purchased much less than other years. I have already talked about the fabric club, I also did a mass drop for some Star Wars fabric to make jammies for the boys, but I still haven’t made those. I know I bought a lot of new cross stitch supplies. I think since they are smaller I can justify it more easily, but they aren’t cheap either. But I purchased a ton of fountain pens, ink, and planner supplies. They don’t take up a lot of space either, but I need to stop here. So yes, this resolution gets carried to 2016 as well:
6) Use what supplies I have on hand before buying new ones.
My seventh resolution went well this year. I decided to do less hanging out. After a friendship ended badly I really wanted to have friends. So sad I know but I feel isolated in Germany where I cannot speak the language, my fault since I didn’t learn it, but still. Anyway, I made friends with a lovely lady from the PTA and joined that and it is a bit of socializing, but on my terms. And we get along so well that I don’t stress about it. I also found a local knitting meet up which I show up to or I don’t, no commitments. The Little Miss and I hang out a lot now:) So while I do go out more than I did before, it gives me a feeling of accomplishment (PTA work) and I know that it is on terms. I don’t think I need to add number seven this year.
<del>7) Embrace being an introvert. I don’t need knitting dates. They just stress me out normally. I need to just hang out with my Little Miss and supplies.</del>
My eighth resolution was to blog once a week. I don’t think I need to elaborate on this one. It goes back on the list:
8) Post on blog at least once a week.
Number nine was to knit more sweaters. I don’t think this will happen in 2016. Ideally, I don’t want to knit sweaters until I am where I want to be weight wise. It is going to take me a while to get there, so this one is getting scratched too:
<del>9) Like socks, I need to knit more sweaters!</del>
For number ten I am not sure if I did this one or not. Since I focused on socks I did tend to work on one project, however, I have more wips sitting around this year than I did last year.
10) Try to stick to one project at a time. Or one large project with one smaller one.
Which leads right into number 11. Yes, this one stands as well. Maybe in between socks?
11) Knit WIPs up. Or frog them.
This ones holds as well. I collected a lot more Pumpkin patterns this year too. I want to try the 15 minute thing and see if I can crank them out. Ultimate goal is to stay on top of the sampler this year and then make the 2015 sampler…
12) Try to get one Frosted Pumpkin sampler out each quarter.
I made one and cut fabric for two more. I enjoyed it too. But this has to be done when my Little Miss isn’t around. Again, perhaps the 15 minutes a day might help get some out.
13) Do the BOMs as you get them. Stop collecting.
I just started laughing when I read number 14. After not doing any test knits for a year, I just requested one from another lady. I forgot this one completely… I will see if this one gets undeleted later.
<del>14) No more test knits. They are fun, but they cause stress with deadlines.</del>
Another fail in 15… maybe in my 15 minutes a day? I did spin up a braid. That is it. And some small batts that I had.
15) Spin two to three braids a month.
Another fail. I made one for a teacher’s gift. Two fails then? I did quit the club though since I was tired of collecting them. If I ever catch up I might rejoin.
16) Make two Fresh Stitches projects a month.
Seventeen is an interesting one. I thing I did well in this one. I quit all my clubs. I purchased a few here and there but I think I stopped in March or so. However, I got into the Hello Yarn club. I must spin a braid a month to keep this club. I must…
17) No more fiber in and only yarn on list allowed to be purchased.
Just as I said last year, this list is probably too ambitious. So why not add a few more things to the mix:
18) I lied, I will talk about working out: continue to workout and make it a habit like it used to be a few years ago. Learn to love running again. Run a half marathon.
19) A new recipe every two weeks. Everyone is bored of your food.
20) Work on lettering.
21) Use your dyeing supplies. Dye a skein or two?
22) Take more pictures. Get my other camera fixed.
I think that is it… So do you have any resolutions?