Over the New Year's weekend, my niece Amanda and her husband Patrick came up from Baltimore for a visit. We had a nice time, and as we were walking Dug the Dog on New Year's Eve, we were discussing New Year's Resolutions. I said that after a long time, I've realized that resolutions need to be realistic, and it had really changed the way I decided what I wanted to try and do for any given year. This year, I decided I "wanted to do better at everything." Meaning that I want to be mindful of what I am doing, and how I can be better at it, while not making myself thinking that I need to be the BEST at everything. There are some things I do very well, thank you very much, but there is always room for improvement, no matter how small.
Since then, I've been reading what others have to say about resolutions/goals/ideas - whatever you want to call them, and though some of it is the same old crapola, I did come across some things that resonated with me. And those things seem to be sticking with me, so in the coming posts, I'll be sharing the things I want to try this year that I'm feeling excited about.
I shall try not to get preachy, or sound superior, or bore you to death with my philosophical musings and decisions. But I thought you at least deserved a warning that they would be coming along, so you can plan your blog reading - or not - accordingly!
In knitting news, I have a 2011 round-up to get ready, but I can show you four birthday gifts I knitted for four of my nieces' birthdays in November and December. Now that they have been gifted, apparently appreciated, and worn, I feel it's safe to let you see them in all of their glory:
Yep, they are varying yarns and colors, but they are all the Fetching pattern. Kinda sorta last-minute, I decided that I wanted to make fingerless gloves for each of these nieces. At first, I decided that I'd use four different patterns. Then I thought about it, and realized that it might be better to give them all the same pattern, just different colors/yarns. That way, it would not seem that so-and-so got a nicer pair. The other thing was, I had to have enough yarn already in my stash - no new yarn would be bought. I checked, and realized that I had some really nice stash yarns that would be enough for four pairs, and I was off!
I sorta became a Fetching knitting machine - as a matter of fact, by the time I reached Pair #4, I had the pattern memorized! But because they are quick, and interesting, and each one used a different color and/or brand of yarn, I wanted to see how they turned out, which definitely kept me knitting.
If you are interested in details, the information is all on Ravelry.
From left to right:
There are two more gifts I'm still finishing - a cowl for my friend/temporary boss, Clare, which is really more of a Thank You Gift than a Christmas gift, and the second Dashing for The Tim, originally meant to be for Christmas, but not thought of and/or started in a reasonable amount of time (at least not for the way I knit!). I guess those will have to be the first FOs of 2012. Sigh. So close and yet so far. But it's not a contest, and I want to do things better, remember? So it will be all in time, and it will be fine.
What are YOU up to for 2012??