I did think about New Year's resolutions -- something I don't usually do because I think I set myself up for failure and disappointment if I don't accomplish said resolutions. This year I realized that if I don't give myself goals, I definitely don't reach them, so why the heck not? Why not, indeed. So here are a few off my list:
Physical activity is no longer optional.
Figure out (then TAKE) the next step, career-wise.
Challenge myself, knit-wise.
Seriouly, knit more.
Take control of the stash.
I took a mental inventory the other day and am horrified at (or idiotically proud of) myself.
- I have my sock yarn stashed on top of bookshelves in the part of our living room where lives my cozy knitting chair,
- I have yarn stashed between the knitting chair and the wall,
- I have yarn stashed under the end table next to my knitting spot on the couch,
- I have yarn stashed under the bed in a plastic box that threatens to burst open,
- I have yarn stashed in a 4-drawer dresser unit in the computer room,
- I have yarn stashed ON TOP OF the 4-drawer dresser unit in baskets,
- I have yarn stashed in giant plastic bags SURROUNDING the 4-drawer dresser unit,
- I have yarn stashed under my desk at work -- AT WORK, PEOPLE!
- And I have yarn stashed on the third floor of the library (again, MY PLACE OF WORK) which I call my "teaching stash" for when I next teach crochet or knitting classes. I have no plans as yet to teach crochet or knitting classes.
After realizing this for myself, I decided to join in on this little thing that you may have heard of.
(Evidence of long hours learning to use The Gimp, culminating in this, my first sucess at making a button! Feel free to snag it, but please save it to your own server. Because that's what nice bloggers do.)
I've stolen from Wendy, raided Rabbitch, and come up with my own rules for this game:
1. This game starts on January 1st (which means my yarn purchases from Femiknitter's visit snuck in just under the radar) and runs through September.
2. I get a bye for Stitches Midwest in August (what? Like I'm going to give that up), but will impose a monetary limit on my purchases.
3. I can buy sock yarn, but only after actually completing 2 pairs of socks.
4. Gifts of yarn are not my fault and are entirely acceptable.
5. The "I've run out of yarn for this specific project and must finish it" excuse is entirely acceptable.
6. I can succumb to the temptation of sexy sexy yarn ONCE AND ONLY ONCE outside of the other exceptions, so it better be well worth it.
I don't think this will be hard. At the rate I'm knitting, I won't even make a dent in the stash (which currently holds enough yarn to make (roughly) 5 shawls, 4 sleeveless tops, 3 me-sized sweaters, 2 baby-sized sweaters, 16 pairs of socks, 4 large crocheted afghans, 1 pair of mittens, 1 Christmas tree skirt, and assorted scarves, hats, and random randomness). I think I'll be okay.
2007 in going to rock!