Ok, so I don’t really have the resolve for resolutions, but I do have lots of honest intentions.
- Once the January Sales are done, no more yarn buying for the rest of the year.
- Reduce the stash by at least 50%.
Yes, that is right, I am going on complete stash lockdown at the end of this month and the plan is to see if I can truly stashbust. I have a plan to knit lots of socks, both for me and for presents, and I have recently discovered the joy of knitting hats with Aran wool (so fast, and I can get two hats out of a single skein which is a bonus). Exhibit A – the hat I knitted in a few hours one evening, using Dye Candy yarn and a pattern from the Toft Quarterly Magazine.
I also need to help to raise funds for my daughter’s school, so lots of making is required there. That will give me the chance to clear out all my acrylic yarn too, so that will be satisfying to see that go down.
3. Blog more frequently and more regularly.
This year work has got in the way. I have been too tired to think in the evening, let alone type. This is going to change. My working pattern has to change in pretty fundamental ways because how I am working right now is not sustainable. And I feel that I keep losing momentum every time work pulls me away from this part of what I do. To achieve this I have to start taking better care of myself. That one is easier said than done, but tonight I am going with an early bath, blog and then some knitting to motivate myself a bit. If I can get two or three blogs out during the week, with a longer one at the weekend I think that might be good. Perhaps introduce some features. One of my friends has voted for ‘Squish of the Week’ – a random delve into my stash to show off different yarn types and dyers.
4. Write more patterns.
Ok, so Shawl Club is going into Season 2 in March, but I feel the need to do a wider range of patterns than just shawls. A mixture of quick makes and more extended projects. I might even venture into one or two knitting patterns if I am feeling very brave, but that might be a step too far for me.
5. Do a yarn show.
Ok, so this one terrifies me. Sue talked me into this one. At the moment I don’t know which show, and it will probably only be one day, and I need to do my sums properly re how to make it work for me. I love the idea of it, I am just worried that it might be a bit too soon for me, and there would be a huge amount of work required to get my stall elements ready in time. So I am not sure if I can pull this one off, but I am certainly going to look seriously at it. I just need to sit here and feel a bit sick at the thought of it for a while.
6. Do a book.
Now, I write for a living, so the idea of writing a book doesn’t daunt me, but I haven’t self- produced the whole thing before, so that would be the challenge. I have two book concepts in my head – one requires more work than the other – but I think I could get the book thing to work with a bit of peer support and some planned leave from work.
So there you go – six of the best. Let’s see how many I can tick off. Can I do it? Should I do it? Hmm. Let’s see…