Two friends and I went to a wonderful craft market over the weekend, a Firefly Market at Chautauqua in Boulder. I went to this last year with some other gals and it was just as fun this year. Any day spent with friends surrounded with such brilliant creativity is a great day. Plus it was in the upper 70s and we were at the base of the Rockies. How can you beat that?? Actually, I could have gone for better coffee, but the strong cup at Foolish Craig’s later in the day made up for it!
Anyhow, upon returning home I was reminded of my post after last year’s market (see here). I am so pleased to re-read this now and see that I stuck to each and every one of my resolutions. How often does one get to say that??! Whee!
#1: More respect for my craft room.
This was a big one. I am not a naturally clean person. I’m a “dump the whole purse on the floor to find something at the bottom then only put back what you need” kind of organizer. This room has been a test of how well I can change that when I care too. It’s taken much more attention than I’m use to but it has been monumentally worth it. Look at it now!
I can’t believe that it looks like this most of the time. At the moment I have fabric scraps on the floor and and miscellaneous other things strewn about, but for the most part it’s tidy. Yay me! There is still clutter on the tops of the shelves (one that didn’t make it into the photo) but it least I’m no longer tripping over it.
Also I have not one but TWO places to sit. Fancy. I spend way more time in here than I need to just because I like the space so much. The big trees outside the window are also now fully covered in leaves so I have high hopes that it will stay cool here during the hot months. Next I have to take care of the strange wall color that came with the house and find that just perfect rug. Hopefully that will change before summer’s over.
#2: No more using yarn that I don’t like.
I don’t know why this no-brainer was such an epiphany to me. I destashed so, so much yarn in the last year. I think the knit night gals groan every time they see me walk in with a bag now, they’re so sick of it (That fun fur was supposed to go in the Goodwill bag, I swear!). I’ve added a lot more to my stash also but at least when I look for yarn for a new project it’s all stuff that I’d actually enjoy using. This makes my stash so much more enjoyable. Duh.
#3: Who needs to knit dishcloths?
I haven’t made a singe one since that post, thank you very much.
#4: Part with the infinite hibernating UFOs
And did I ever!! That purple sweater was frogged and it’s now waiting to become a sweater for one of the kids. Many things were frogged and the yarn was donated. Some things that were un-frogable but not worth finishing simply went into the trash (eek!). That trunk in the previous post is now out of my room and the remaining UFOs, the ones that will be completed, are organized in a very small drawer. Phew.
#5: Not every known newborn baby needs extensive handknits
Okay, this one was harder mainly due to the fact that these babies just keep on coming. Two were born just this week!! I only knit one baby sweater this year and a few toys, but most all the other babies got hats. What can I do? There are so many babies from our knit night and I can’t not knit for them. New motto: the number of hours taken to knit the baby item should not exceed the number of weeks that the baby can wear it. A 10 hour sweater that a baby will only wear for 4 weeks? No! A toy that takes 5 days but they will play with for years? Yes!
I did have one friend who is currently pregnant who I didn’t knit a thing for and I felt like I was being rebellious by doing so. Yeah! Heehee.
Now I’m trying to think up things for next year, ideas to live/stick by. Here is what I have so far:
#1: Design, design, design
Not like I’m not already doing this. But I want to try to get out of my comfort zone here and branch out. I adore making toys but I want to see what else is out there. A sweater, perhaps?? Who knows.
#2: Attend more art and craft events/outings
Now that my “baby” is two and it’s easier for me to leave her for extended periods, I need to go out and about more. There is even talk of an out of town trip without children! Ooo! So grown up!
#3: New yarns!
There are so many out there that I don’t know. Perhaps this year I’ll dabble with some silk?? Who knows!
I am so happy with this last year. It has been the best knitting year ever! I am so looking forward to seeing what the rest of 2012 has up its sleeve.