Monday, January 31, 2011

January Sock Fail . . .

In the interest of New Year, Fresh Start, blah blah blah, I vowed that I would get back to knitting one pair of socks each month.  I even paired stash yarn with patterns, printed the patterns, dug out the yarn, and bagged them all up for a Personal Sock Club like many other knitters are doing.  I had a pair on the needles that I planned to finish up in January, and then I could start picking a random bag each month and knit a pair of sock.


So, with just over 10 hours left in January, how do you think my plan is going?  Any guesses?




Yup, big fail!! 


New plan?  Finish the January socks during the first few days of February.  Then knit really really fast on the February pair.  I could work, right?

Friday, January 28, 2011

Eye Candy Friday . . .

The long over-due one with the Christmas Loot!!!!

Clockwise from top left:  Bare Stroll Fingering to dye, acid dye starter setSock Yarn One-Skein Wonders, a lovely skein of Colorado Merino Wool my brother brought from Colorado - home spun (not by him) and naturally dyed, two yarn ball ornaments, Wool of the Andes Bulky in Wallaby to knit Sigil , and Folk Socks.  In the middle: Interweave Knits Winter 2010 and a crock-pot for acid dying.

Although as far as K.C. was concerned . . . .

she is the only present that needed to be under my tree!!

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Goals, not resolutions . . .

NewYearI’m great at making resolutions.  I’m a champion list maker for anything and everything.  I’m also really great at picking area of my life that I feel I’ve done an utterly crappy job.  So resolution lists get made every New Year’s, and often at multiple times during the year as well.

As great as I am at making resolutions, I’m not so good at keeping resolutions.  Yes, I do make sure my resolutions are measurable and attainable and all those other tips we read about resolution making.  The problem, I think, is that I try to change too much at once.  I have my long list of what I’m doing wrong and what I need to fix.  And after a few days, I get totally overwhelmed and discouraged and just give up - one resolution at a time.

This year, I’ve decided to do something different.  Instead of making a list of resolutions, I’m going to work throughout the year on improving myself and my life, one small step at a time.  Each week, I will take a baby step toward doing something in my life better.  The next week, I’ll pick something new to focus on - hopefully while keeping up on the “resolution” from the week before.  If I start to slip on one of the goals, there will be no reason to abandon the whole process, because I can just restart that goal again when another week starts.  The idea is to be constantly moving forward throughout the year, one tiny goal at a time.

The first goals that pop into my mind are mainly health related.  My goal for this week is an easy one, yet one that is pretty important.  Throughout the month of December, I’ve been really (really really) lax about taking my cholesterol and blood pressure medication, as well as my iron, Vitamin D and Vitamin C pills - which are all very important for a girl with Type 1 Diabetes like me.  There really is no reason not to take five seconds to swallow down these capsules, other than pure laziness with a bit of forgetfulness mixed in.  So, since January 1st, I take my morning pills while waiting for my coffee to brew.  And I take my evening pills before hopping into bed.  Easy as pie.  (Mmmm, pie.)  A goal that I know I can continue through the year.  Which leaves me feeling good and ready to choose a new goal to work on next week.  Maybe that goal should involve knitting every day???