Hello 2012!

I’ve decided that 2012 will be the year that I stop just beating myself up about the old hang-ups – perfectionism, lack of achievement – do something about it instead. I’ve got my big old diary ready for the year and I’m using bits of the Flylady system (which ironically results in lots of email spam) but here’s what I’d like to see in 2012:

  1. Remembering everyone’s birthdays – whether that’s a card, call or online message of some sort
  2. Getting back into the ‘make’ side of things – I need to clear out the craft room anyway so making lots of quilts with all the fabric in there will be a start, and I’ve felt like I’ve lost my crafting mojo (even if I did make my wedding dress and 100 metres of bunting last year)
  3. Handmade gifts – I’m realistic enough to say that these won’t be for everyone but I’m going to try to make some at least. Better start stocking up for next Christmas now.
  4. Doing more ‘rake’ around here – working out what the plants we inherited actually are, and how to take care of them. And growing tomatoes.

In that vein, getting prepped for new year and effectively decluttering, I got a lot of projects off the needles over Christmas. I’m really not a great knitter, technically, but it’s a lovely social habit. But I’ve been faffing about with knitting as a way of ignoring other things. 

The Opal socks were cast off (yarn that all four girls purchased on our knitting trip to Germany in 2009) and they’re floppy but comfy. Uncharacteristically I sped through a test knit for the lovely Helen but can’t show you any pics yet. I even blocked something!

This is Ysolda Teague’s Ariel pattern. Rather than an aran weight, I decided to use the Malabrigo Laceweight that I bought in ImagiKnit in San Francisco four years ago. I’d almost like to say it was stash busting but given that it’s been on the needles since May 2009 that’s wishful thinking at best.

I’ll cast on something else fun soon, this year might even be when I knit a garment.

What are your big plans – knitting and otherwise – for 2012?

Photo credit: Daniel Moyles on Flickr

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