Sunday, December 27, 2009

I've been yarn bombed!

I was up at 5am this morning for no particular reason. I was looking at my Ravlery friends page and saw this project called "Balcony Gates". For the non-Ravelers, here are the pictures that were posted.

Balcony Gates pics from Ravelry's Knitarchy

"How clever! How charming! How just my kind of thing!," I thought to myself. Then I thought "Hey wait! Is that my balcony?" and indeed, it was. Sneaky sneaky vandals these are. I went to bed at midnight and woke up at 5 and it is hard to sneak up to my balcony without being heard. I love it, yarn bombers, whoever you are!

Be it resolved?

I resolved to accomplish the following in 2009.

* to blog a tutorial about knitting backwards that will not result in my readership temporarily forgetting how to knit. Nope. This didn't get done.

* 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. This didn't get done, either.

* 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. Or this, even though they remain absolutely lovely people.

* Explore Missouri. I have lived here my entire life and have explored very little of it. Nope, but I've been to O'Fallon, IL 5 times.

* Crochet at least two projects. Nope.

* 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. I mostly did this and it only took 2 dumpsters, abandoning all my furniture and moving to get it done. I'm still not what you would call organized, but everything has general area now.

* 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. Hahahaha, hahaha! Ha! Ha! HA!

* 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.] I finished 24 projects this year. Only 7 of those projects came from stash, yet I am down to 2 17-gallon containers of stash and I could maybe fill a third with my WIPS and a smattering of working yarn. I reduced my stash but I did it through brutal weeding and redistribution of yarn wealth.

* Develop and maintain a better work schedule. Remember to include work knitting, sample knitting, design, research and website time. Sort of. I quit working at Knitorious altogether in late spring. I still don't focus and schedule as well as I should but since this is now my only job I get a lot more done with the business.

* 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. I haven't seen my 101 in 1001 list since before I moved. One of my 101 in 1001 goals was to move and reduce my stash, so at least I accomplished those two things.

What about 2010 resolutions? There is no point in my making resolutions in the new year. I always forget about them until after Christmas each and every year. That hasn't stopped me from starting a list of business resolutions. So far the list of business and knitting resolutions are quite sane and doable. The list so far contains items like "buy more silk" and "dye more yarn".