- read at least two serious books a month - I call this accomplished. I read a lot of really good books this year and not just silly books.
- finish the sweater for me and make a sweater for my sister - I finished my sweater, but my sister and I have not yet reached closure on what I'm going to make for her. She wants a knitted blanket, and I'd rather make her a quilt if I'm going to go large and flat.
- finish my scrap clearing project and get at least three quilts out of it - I got one large quilt, one wallhanging, and a pillow... hmmm
- Make the two or three charity quilts that are sitting in the sewing room glaring balefully at me - done
- Be a gracious volunteer chair for the guild's show and then not volunteer for the next time - I so enjoyed being the volunteer chair for the show this year that I've already volunteered for next time.
- Finish the quilted wall hanging in time for the show - done
- Think really hard about making one or two quilts for the raffle at the hospital - The large scrap quilt will be for the next fundraiser at the hospital - done
- Get good at spinning with the spindle - err, nope, not even close, but I am getting better at it. Last week, I realized that I'm still spinning very thick yarn, but it is getting more even.
- Lose 15 pounds - ha! I haven't even gone near the scale since the summer.
- Stop being so goal oriented - Yeah, right!
After finishing the baby jacket, I swatched for and cast on the Every Way Wrap from Interweave Knits Fall of 2009. I started it last year around this time, but the yarn I was using was really wrong for the project - the stitches simply got lost in all of the color changes and the fuzziness of the yarn. So, I'm using a crisper yarn with simpler color changes (Malabrigo Rios in Teal, in case you are wondering), and I'm making it on Size 7 (4.5 mm) needles, which means my gauge is way off (21 stitches per 4 inches, instead of the 16 noted in the pattern). Because of the nature of the pattern, though, I feel comfortable just going up to the maximum number of cast-on stitches and winging it from there.
The next picture was taken just this morning when I was feeding the cats. The Princess Kitty gets a bit imperious when I'm not moving fast enough, but in this picture, she's just annoyed that I keep flashing the bright light in her face instead of putting her dish down.
And now, here are my goals for 2011:
- Continue reading serious books - there is so much to learn!
- Read up on and attend some meetings regarding the drain commission and its work.*
- Get good at spinning with the spindle, smoothing out the yarn and making it thinner.
- Be a gracious volunteer coordinator for the guild's weekend of workshops at the end of July.
- Do not volunteer to make soul-sucking quilts - if they hurt to make, maybe they shouldn't be made.
- Finish the Cone Nebula quilt.
- Play with screen printing and other techniques.
- Finish the Every Way Wrap and make other fun-to-knit projects
- Post here at least twice a week - Wednesdays and Saturdays
Do you have goals for the coming year? What are they? How do you know when you've accomplished them?
*We went to a funeral home last evening for the husband of a friend of ours. I had never met the man, but he was a landscape architect who was responsible for a lot of the public landscape in our area. After looking at his projects and talking to one of his colleagues for quite a while, I really want to learn more.