I haven't shown you the Celtic Dreams sweater for about 7 inches now, so here it is. It seems to me like I have been creeping along on this, not having even made a stitch on it in three weeks (nor anything else for that matter) but as far as the blog is concerned, it was but a few posts ago and it looks like I've been blistering along. Cool, huh?
Now, on the matter of resolutions. I'm going to make and break the same ones this year:
1. 20 pounds: check.
2. Write more: check.
3. Healthier food for all concerned: check
4. Knit from the stash and focus on fewer projects at once.
All fine, except that number four there? It's a small promise I made in August, perhaps not quite shared with you, sweet reader, but made nonetheless. I watched in astonishment as the Moth shawl emerged from my needles, what kind of progress I can make on a project that I would have normally consigned to several dissolute months of promiscuous knitting while several other things also didn't get to the finish line. Instead, with focus (and a little competition), the 900 yards of that project were completed in 11 days.
Same story with the Scoop du Jour: 10 days. Wow. It was a lesson in attention span. And both were knit from stash yarn, another one of my sources of guilt. I cherish stash: I admire stash in other people; I love my own stash, but it's too big and much of it was acquired under intoxication and is ultimately useless. The stash resolution actually involves several sub-resolutions.
1. I must consult the stash before buying yarn for projects. I have too many bags of yarn that were bought with nothing in particular in mind. I have defensible collections of Finulgarn and sock yarns and Cascade 220 for felting. But the number of skeins of laceweight and mohair upstairs far exceeds my life shawl expectancy. And I seldom actually use any of this random kind of stash.
2. I must not buy yarn over the Internet while on the phone with other bloggers: "What? Webs has that yarn for the corset sweater from Interweave four years ago and it's discontinued? I need three bags of that!")
3. I must consider new yarn in context and ask the hard questions (do I really need another aran weight summer cotton when I already have three sweaters worth of it and I knit that kind of sweater at the rate of one a year? I know it's my favorite shade of jade, but I have two other yarns in that colour. Really.). I also ::gasp:: inventoried the stash in September (what, you wanted to know about that?) and might actually make a spreadsheet out of it one of these days.
Man, I have a lot of Rowan.
So as far as that number four is concerned, I've already been doing well with that one. I even went to the Classic Elite Warehouse shop in Lowell yesterday with Juno and only bought some unspun Icelandic singles for a Hyrna, and a Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton book I've been coveting (in the company of Juno I might add). I can be strong after all.
Now, about those 20 pounds . . .