I have to admit that the scope of some people’s resolutions just blows me away. 111 projects? In a year? Even if many are hats, as she’s showing in her picture, I still find that a freakishly enormous number. At my most productive, I finish a dozen projects, including knitting and stitching, and generously counting each Christmas ornament as one. Last year, I think I made it to six FOs across all of my hobbies. Having kids takes it out of you, though I also admit that at my most hellishly busy, I’m also at my most productive. My thesis director tells me they say, “If you want something to get done, ask a busy person.” Perhaps not this busy person, at least not for a few more months, thanks.
My goals for 2011 were so much more modest than 111 projects as to be practically nonexistent: finish the Kingdom gloves I was working on when I wrote the list, and also two pairs of socks. I did finish the gloves, and the Sheldon, and I cast on one pair of socks this week. First time with toe-up, and second attempt at two circulars; both going well. I don’t know why the project doesn’t ladder worse between the circs. It seems like it should, but it doesn’t. These are the Maeva socks from the recent Knitty, going on the theory that if I work more difficult socks, I’ll be challenged enough not to get bored by the second one. Yes, I know I could work both at once on two circs. But it’s a fine line between just challenging enough and so frustrating that I quit, and I figured, best to ramp it up slowly when doing a new technique.
I also want to finish cataloguing my yarn stash, but that requires more time than I have at the moment. Ravelry is a help. I’m about halfway there. I have more yarn than I thought I did, eep.
I wonder if I’ll feel like going back to stitching soon. I mentioned before that knitting is my “other” hobby, and that my main passion is embroidery, especially historic techniques. But I’m reading so much about that for my thesis that I can’t even look at my needlework half the time. I went on a knitting jag after a paper I wrote for school last year on politics in Tudor-era domestic embroidery, too. Right now, knitting feels right. I need and like the things I’m making. I’m finding it soothing, and embroidery can be stressful. I have a couple of long-term embroidery projects going–I’m enrolled in the Goldwork Master Class with Thistle Threads–but nothing I’m seeing in mainstream needlework excites me. So I’m willing to keep with the knitting for as long as it takes, until it isn’t fun anymore.