Saturday, January 01, 2011

New Year

What a miserable first day of the year! It's +6C, and it's raining. It was like that for the last two days, and the snow is almost gone. There were fewer fire works last night too, due to the fog, and rain I guess. But it was enough to make Denny bark his head off every time. None of the pups where afraid though, and that's good!
If I could, I would have held on to 2010 a little longer, if only because the years seem to go by more quickly now, which means getting older more quickly too. Days just fly by in a blur. If I've counted right, I've finished 36 knitted/crochet projects, which is about half of what I did the two years before, but I did a lot more spinning.
I've knit 11 shawls, which was one more than the 10 shawls in 2010 challenge called for. It was an easy challenge. I've won two prizes, and if I'm lucky, I might win something again in the two last drawings for this challenge. Now I can't say, I'm never winning anything, again. I finished the 1oth shawl some time during summer. I've thought about it, and joined the 11 shawls in 2011 this year, simply because I will be knitting shawls anyway.
I've set myself some goals for this year. I hope I'll stick to it too.

sock books
1. have my own personal sock club: I'll try to knit one pair of socks each month, with yarn from my stash, and the pattern from one of my sock books or magazines

individual bought patterns
2. I'll try to knit projects from individual bought patterns, which I have not knit yet, also from stash

These individual bought patterns are several shawl patterns, among others. I've also joined Romi Hill's Pin's & Lace club this year. I LOVE her designs.
Last years "Year of Lace 2010" was a little bit of a bust for me, since I'm still waiting for the last installment, and I did not knit any of the patterns, since they did not "wow" me. The yarn was always nice, except the first installment, which I quickly overdyed.
I'm also going to participate in Wandering Cat Yarns Knitalong, since I have their yarn in my stash, and we can knit whatever we like, as long as it's with WCY to qualify. Easy! ;o) More info on this can be found in their Ravelry group.

And whatever time is left for crafting will be used for spinning, and I hope it's a lot! I'm telling myself to NOT buy any more fiber, only what I'll get in through fiber clubs, and that's enough!

So, this part of my life through 2011 is sorted out. Let's see how it goes! :o)

I hope the Year 2011 will be good to us all!



Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great plan to me and in my book very ambitious as I struggle to complete even 2 shawls in the year. I just get to board and distracted. All the best in the new year

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year! Good luck with your goals. They all sound just daring enough to be goals but definitely doable too... which all resolutions should be, no? :)

hakucho said...

Very good goals...they should keep you quite busy :)

Toby said...

Happy New Year! I like your plan, especially the sock club.

Rhonda said...

Sounds like a great plan. I too, have set some personal goals and we'll see if I can stick to them.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

No challenges for me this year! (except the knitalong, but that's not really a challenge since I'll be knitting with our yarn anyway) Good luck with all your goals!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Monika!
Thanks for your blog.

Beverly said...

Happy New Year! I'm also planning to knit from stash this year. Haven't gone so far as to limit patterns but I do need to take that into consideration.

Wishing you success in your plans.

Stadtwaldvogel said...

Deine Strickziele hören sich gut an, Monika! Das wird sicher ein super kreatives Jahr und ich freue mich sehr, weiterhin auf deinem Blog zu lesen! Viele liebe Grüße, deine Julia

2paw said...

Wow, that's a lot of sock books!! I am sure you'll find a pattern you like for each of your projects!!
Well doe with your shawls and I'm looking forward to seeing your spinning this year too. Not being a spinner, I find it all a bit magic and I am in awe!!!
Happy New Year and pats to the pups. No fireworks here, and I am glad no-one was afraid!!

Sharon said...

The days do pass by so quickly, don't they?

You forgot to mention the inspiration and motivation you provide for many of us in your list!

I wish you a happy new year, the will to accomplish your goals and the happiness of accomplising them.

Tina said...

Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!
I am with you on your first point - want to knit more socks from my stash - plain or with patterns I already have (instead of adding and adding and adding to my queue on ravelry)- one pair per month would be great but not necessary.
What a lovely sock book collection you have!!!
have a great time with knitting,spinning and the pups of course!
Tina in Germany