In 2009 I knit this much:
4 pairs of gloves
3 pairs of felted clogs
Which is down from 2007, when I knit this much:
3 pairs mittens
2 pairs felted clogs
2 dish rags
2 small bags
18 pairs of socks
Playing video games and walking the dog accounts for the bulk of the change. But I also think I'm a more adventurous knitter than I was before. Which means there is more ripping going on, and more projects half-started and then abandoned. I'm satisfied with the trade off.
Last year, I'd made a resolution that 2009 was going to be the year Jim and I cleared out the debt in our power line-of-credit. But early in the year, work dried up for Jim and it looked like we weren't going to meet that goal. However, when my car was wrecked we made the decision to pay of the debt with the insurance pay out and now I'm taking the bus. I didn't expect to meet my goal with such a drastic measure.
So, no resolutions this year. Seems a safer bet. Instead, I've got intentions. I intend to take the bus the rest of this year so that we can increase our savings and fix our house up. In addition, I'm predicting that automotive technology will be seeing a major revolution over the next few years. It feels like saving up to buy a car would be a smarter idea than going into debt to buy one that may shortly be obsolete. I'm not an early adopter. I want the kinks worked out before I spend my cash.
Other intentions for this year include not buying yarn on sale. Yes, I'll buy yarn. But I think I want to buy for specific projects as I'm ready to knit them, instead of buying for the stash. The stash has enough yarn. No, I don't believe that the stash is alive and will punish me for not feeding it. It's a charming image and helps alleviate guilt, but as I told my bicycle when I was first learning to ride it at the age of seven, "I'm the boss of this ride!"
Finally, my personal growth goal is to try to be more compassionate to people that annoy me. I believe I'm already a very compassionate person, but I've realized that I'm choosy with my compassion. I give it where it's easy to give. It's a lot harder to be compassionate to someone who has annoyed you, or is mean, or is very close to you. I'm not compassionate enough with my own family, including myself. Trying to have more compassion is part of learning that it is not all about me, a lesson I believe we all have to learn over and over again starting from birth.
The yoked sweater proceeds well, and I'm currently knitting the ribbing. It's nasty. Well over 400 stitches on 2.5mm needles and I want to get about 5 inches done. It seems impossible, especially since the knitting is so snug on the needles it hurts my hands. I'm glad this is at the end of the sweater, because were it at the beginning I'm sure I would abandon this project as not working out.
Worse is yet to come. When I finish the tortuous ribbing, I intend to use a sewn tubular bind off to finish it. That's how I did the neck and cuffs, so I want the bottom to match. I just know it's going to take for ever, require many splices and drive me loony. But I'm going to do it anyway. How's that for a great start to my intentions? Not very compassionate of me to force myself to finish the sweater like this... But it's the right thing to do, I'm sure of it.