New Year's resolutions? I tend not to do them. Maybe it's because I feel like mentally, I'm constantly resolving to do things all year through. But lately, I've found myself making mental notes about projects I want to tackle "someday." Instead of joining in with the "I'm going to knit from my stash" crowd, or even the "I'm going to finish x, y and z" crowd of January resolvers, I've decided to start a list of projects that I would like to tackle someday. With the hope that at least 1 or 2 of those "somedays" occur in 2007.
People I'd Like To Knit For This Year:
1. Tom. Yep, the old ball and chain. He's mentioned wanting a vest, and he's always amenable to socks, so I've got to figure out what he'd like to wear and I'd like to knit.
2. My friend Molly. One of my oldest and dearest friends, the kind of person who would totally appreciate something beautiful and handmade.
3. My friend John. Shouldn't you make a nice scarf or something for a friend you've had since first grade and love to pieces? Hell, yeah.
4. My mom. She asked for a vest for Christmas (not handmade) but I wasn't able to find what her mind's eye view was. So I ought to knit it. (She's a really sweet mom.)
5. The Judge's new grandson. Back when I was a lawyer, I clerked for a judge. She's wonderful and she just welcomed her first grandchild. This is one I need to put at the top of the list.
6. My friend Pat. One of the first friends I made when I moved to Philadelphia and certainly one of the most enduring friendships.
Projects I'd Like to Complete This Year:
1. Socks. In particular, socks that are knit according to a pattern, rather than ribbed or stockinette ones. I've got some great sock yarn and there are so many great patterns out there.
2. Simple shawl in handpainted yarn. Well, maybe I should be more specific and say "my handpainted yarn," although Koigu would also make me happy. There's a pattern in Getting Started Knitting which is calling to me; simple enough to not drive my overstressed brain crazy, but more interesting than stockinette. I'd even settle for another Landscape Shawl.
3. Something for me in Manos.
4. Wallaby. (Hey, maybe in Manos!)
5. Crocheted scarf in a beautiful yarn. Nothing fancy, just lovely yarn and simple crochet at a fine gauge. With help from Kathy....
6. Casual, wearable sweater for me. It's kind of embarassing that I don't knit more for myself. Let's set those body issues aside and knit something, for crying out loud. (Hey, maybe a Wallaby in Manos!)
7. Koigu sweater for me. See No. 6.
I'm trying not to drive myself crazy here: realistically speaking, the next six months of my knitting life are booked solid (get it? "booked"?) and to the extent I can catch a few rows here and there, they've got to be mindless stuff that I can pick up and put down effortlessly.
I'll check back periodically and see if I make any progress toward any of these projects. No stress, though. Like Jody just said, hobbies shouldn't stress you out.