I hesitated about putting this in the ‘knitting’ category – it’s a wider issue than that, really – but it’s mostly in the context of knitting, so I might as well.
When I see the lists of accomplishments on some people’s blogs, I feel particularly as though 2007 hasn’t really been a productive year for me. I started the year finishing up ‘Lily‘ (who never got an FO photo shoot), but apart from that I knit one single, measly cardigan for myself, which I don’t think even got any blog time. That was Melody, from Debbie Bliss’s ‘simply soft’ collection. I knit nothing for J. In February, I finished two pairs of socks that had been a bit of a millstone, and made a pair of footies from the leftover yarn. In March I knit my Lotus Blossom Shawl, which finally got some wear around September time. MS3 and the Pomatomus socks took up most of the summer months, and then I got stuck in to my Dad’s Fair Isle, which was started in October and not finished until the end of December. Time has certainly flown. Also in there, somewhere, were a crocheted wire and glass necklace, and the ‘urchin’ beret (and invented a matching gauntlet) from Knitty.
I did do a fair bit of spinning in 2007, though not nearly as much as I’d like; that’s for a different post, though, I think.
I put myself on a strict, voluntary yarn diet in 2007, which was pretty much successful up until November, when I broke the rules for the first time. But then, I broke them good and hard. The final stash-roundup for the year is yet to be achieved.
2007 was also the year Ravelry was launched (I really don’t need to link them, do I?). I like Ravelry, but unlike some, I don’t *love* it. I’m not a massively social person, and I’d rather be reading blogs (or knitting!) than trying to follow groups and forums. I do love being able to see other people’s projects, though; finding out how they look outside a professional photoshoot, on folks who aren’t necessarily professional models, in different yarns than the designer recommended… And I love being able to queue my projects, and mark faves for later. I use faves, mostly, and will be going through them at some point to see what I feel like ‘next’.
This new year is already off to a flying start with a new FO – Tudora! I haven’t blogged this at all, but it’s been a pretty quick knit; I certainly didn’t cast on till after Christmas, and I’m wearing it as we speak. It took just over 1 ball of Cork (including the swatch) and only a few days. I’m pleased with it, though it is also testimony to how even a soft, squishy yarn like Cork can be a bit scratchy if knit up firmly and worn next to the neck.
I have some thoughts on knitting plans for 2008, though nothing cohesive yet. In 2006, I made myself a schedule, and I stuck to it. Pretty much. It was a productive knitting year. Last year, no such schedule, no such productivity. I think I might need some plans this year.
Although, I’d like to keep my flexibility, too. I need to think about gifts *before* they become urgent. When I have a gift idea for someone, I need to make a note of it – and start working on it as feasible, not on the ‘if I really pull out all the stops, I might get it done in time to wrap it in the car on the way to the party’ schedule. This kind of non-planning has been proven to result in stress and the giving of incomplete gifts. Or even gifts that are six months late. I might have to have a policy of alternating gift-knits with big-knits.
I think I might also attempt to alternate ‘large’ projects and ‘quick’ projects, though the definition of each is definitely up for discussion. Maybe I’ll plan the ‘large’ projects and leave the ‘quick’ ones unplanned as an Opportunity for Spontaneity.