Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy New Year!

Hello 2012!  Also hello to my third year of blogging (technically I suppose that's tomorrow as my first post was 2nd January 2010) and hello to another year as a knitter.

I am terrible at sticking to resolutions so I don't make them but I'm OK with at least having knitting plans or hopes for the year.  Obviously 2012 is going to be a bit different for me to other years as some time in late April or possibly early May a little person is going to arrive on the scene and I suspect they will be taking up most if not all of my knitting time, at least at first.  That means my knitting plans for 2012 are actually only plans for the first 4 months of 2012, any knitting I achieve beyond that is a bonus.

1. Finish or frog - I ended 2011 with a pretty shameful number of WIPs, perhaps not compared to some people but it was still more than I'm comfortable with.  They need to go, either to be finished or frogged.  I must not end 2012 with any of these projects still lurking in my knitting basked, in fact I'd rather they were out of the basket or at least being worked on steadily before the end of February at the latest.

2. Colourwork - This came up last year and was ignored, I will not ignore it this year.  I intend to complete one piece of colourwork knitting before the baby arrives just to prove to myself that I can do it and it's not really that scary.

3. Stashdown - I was pretty good at not buying new yarn last year, I must continue that.  I still have a lot in my stash, more than enough.  I should knit from it.  This is not a complete ban on purchases but I must end 2012 with less yarn than I started with.  I would count what I have to be sure but that's just too scary.  Instead I'll just try to use as much of it as possible and not buy new if there is something suitable already stashed, there almost certainly will be something suitable already stashed!  This is particularly important as we're hoping to move house soon and we are having to bring in lots of baby things so sacrifices must be made, not buying yarn is a pretty easy one when I could practically open my own shop anyway.

I think that's enough for 2012, I don't want to doom myself to failure and of course my biggest goal for the upcoming year is to have a healthy and happy baby and honestly nothing else really seems to matter much anymore.

I hope 2012 brings exciting things to everyone and is happier than 2011 which may have been exciting for me but which I also know was pretty sad generally for a lot of people and for the state of the world.


  1. We have a lot in common. I spent a couple of hours frogging last night and this morning, unwilling to face the new year with WIPs I'm not really fond of! I don't know why, it just didn't feel right.

    I love colorwork ... I hope you find something you love. I've made mittens, hats, and a Bohus sweater that only had a little colorwork in it. Perhaps I'll resolve to make colorwork/Fair Isle socks this year!

    And I too want to stashdown. I might make a bunch of small items, hats and mittens and scarves, to hand out next year for Christmas. That would stash me down, and take care of Christmas gifts!

    Happy New Year!

  2. Great expectations for 2012! I'm hosting a stash down if you want to join, I'm in the same predicament and also don't want any of the same WIPs around at the end of this year! Congrats on your little one, how exciting!!

  3. I'm on a stash down this year too. We shall have to cheer each other on from the sidelines!