Saturday, January 3, 2009

I resolve

I resolve in 2009
  • to keep attempting to dye the color "White Queen" until it looks how it looks in my head. You wouldn't think a color that was predominantly WHITE would be so hard for me to dye. It's always the easy stuff that trips me up.
  • to attend at least one meeting for the Artisan Guild of Southern Illinois (formerly the St. Clair Fiber Guild), nevermind that I don't live in Southern Illinois and I hate driving across the river. This group made a great impression on Scott and I during the Strange Folk Festival and we would love to spend more time with these people. The group is small compared to the knitting and weaving guilds in St. Louis, but what they lack in size they make up for in enthusiasm. Poke around their webpage. I would be willing to carpool if anyone is interested.
  • Explore Missouri. I have lived here my entire life and have explored very little of it.
  • Crochet at least two projects.
  • Revisit kindergarten. Today I read the following quote about organizing space that embodied exactly what I am trying to accomplish in my own living/work/creative space.
In a kindergarten classroom, everything is organized in such a way that no matter how messy the room gets, 20 five-year-olds can put it back in order in fiver minutes and find what they need again the next day. The kindergarten model works well for creative spaces, too.
  • Develop focus. I waste a lot of time going off on tangents both mentally and physically. I could get so much more accomplished if I could just stay focused.
  • Knit like crazy. I have 4 17-gallon containers of stash. I want to eliminate at least one of those. [Confession time. I also have 6 smaller containers between 2.5 and 11 gallons each of what I call 'working yarn'. I don't count it as stash.]
  • Develop and maintain a better work schedule. Remember to include work knitting, sample knitting, design, research and website time.
  • Work on my 101 things in 1001 day list. There are some things I won't be able to accomplish in the time remaining. There are other things that don't seem important anymore. What remains are things that are absolutely achievable, such as devoting more time to reading, listening to new music and knitting for others.