Archives for the month of: January, 2017

I had a whole post thought out about how there’s so much information and media I want to consume — TV shows, podcasts, blogs, magazines, books, etc. — but I don’t really have any coherent thoughts about the whole situation, other than this: I have a lot of things in my queue to read/watch/listen to, and it can get overwhelming. In fact, it can stress me out. And even just thinking about writing about it was stressing me out. So I’m not going to do that.

Here’s what I’m going to do this year. I give myself permission to not add that new podcast to my queue, even if it sounds great, because I already have great podcasts in my queue. It’s okay that I have dozens of audiobooks I haven’t listened to yet. I’ll get around to them when I feel like it. Or maybe I won’t and that’s okay too. Same with all the books, tv shows, movies, New Yorker articles. I’m going to read/watch/listen to whatever looks interesting and not feel like I’m losing some race.

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Is ‘professional yarn cake-winder’ a thing? Because that is a job I could really sink my teeth into.

It’s Swans Island Pure Blends Fingering in Seasmoke, btw. 

Been watching a lot of Justified. This the best version of this song I’ve heard yet.

Don’t get me wrong: I love knitting. I knit every day, except when I don’t. But I think about knitting every day, many times a day. It’s become such an important part of who I am. I’ve met great people through knitting. I learned to knit at the start of 2009, and by the end of the year I found a great knitting group, the members of which are the core of my friend group here in New York. People I’ve met at knitting retreats and workshops have become dear friends as well. I owe my hobby a big debt of gratitude for all the great things it’s brought to me.

But, my hobby also brings with it the fostering of my tendency to collect and consume things. Not necessarily Martha-Stewart-visiting-tag-sales kind of collecting, but definitely a retail-therapy-slash-eat-my-feelings kind of consumption.

There’s this thing called de-stashing, where you have yarn you want to get rid of and so you find people who want to buy it from you. Of course, you bought the yarn from someone else in the first place, or at someone else did before giving it to you, and it’s highly unlikely you’re going to re-sell it for more than – or even for the same price as – what you paid originally. So when you de-stash, you’ve basically rented the yarn for a while before finding someone else to hold onto it. I’m tired of renting my yarn.

In 2017 I’m going to stop growing my yarn stash. In fact, I want it to get smaller. This doesn’t mean I’m not going to buy yarn this year, because I’m guaranteed to buy yarn this year. There will be something I want to make that I don’t have the right yarn for yet. There will be some gorgeous yarn I see at Vogue Knitting Live or some sheep and wool festival or a yarn store in a city I’m visiting (souvenir yarn is totally a thing) or in a friend’s stash and I’m going to buy it and it will be beautiful. I may or may not have an idea of what I want to make with it. Hopefully I will, but it’s okay if I don’t. But, for every yard of yarn that finds its way into my stash this year, I’m going to remove two. Elizabeth did this last year, and her success has inspired me. How I remove it is up for grabs: I can make something with it, gift it to someone, de-stash it, donate it, or just plain throw it away.

Deb pointed me toward a knitter on Ravelry, Zarah, who takes a great approach to thinking about the calendar year and what she wants to achieve, yarn-wise and in other parts of her life. A lot of what she has to say about 2017 rings true to me. She’s going to knit from stash, but recognizes she will acquire yarn, so she has a one-in-three-out policy. Zarah’s plans for taking more photographs, cooking and taking care of herself, and just living with fewer, more meaningful things, is also very much where I want to be this year.

In addition to my yarn stash, I want to work on projects I’ve already started. I’m not committing to finishing any number of WIPs this year; I hope to finish those I feel motivated to finish, but I also know I will be inspired by new patterns, or new-to-me patterns, or old-to-me-and-I’ve-been-wanting-to-knit-them patterns, which will take time away. My goal is to work on a WIP at least once a week, for an hour. Some weeks I’ll spend lots more time on WIPs that others – just since Monday, for example, I’ve been knitting almost exclusively on my Loden, and I’m loving every minute of it. I wonder why I put it down almost 18 months ago? The yarn (Swans Island Pure Blends Fingering) is sublime and the pattern is soothing, but with a few fairly complicated rows to keep me thinking. I can’t promise I won’t put it back down before I finish it, but I’m into it for now.

I also have some plans about spinning and weaving more, and about other crafty pursuits but I think I’ll talk about those another time. Here’s a hint to one of the other pursuits:

IMPROMPTU, Emma Thompson, 1991

 

I have some changes planned for 2017, and want to use this space to keep a record of the year, to plan out what’s going on, and for other stuff I haven’t even thought of yet! I’m hoping to post a couple days a week at a minimum. I’m going to take the next couple days to think more about what I want to accomplish here, and how I want to use this space.

In the meantime, here’s the last picture uploaded from my phone. I take way too many screenshots of the NY Times Crossword.

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