Welcome! I thought in these early days we ought to take a moment to coordinate our plans. It helps stave off disappointment if we work together. I had HUGE plans last January, but your sister 2012 thought it “funny” to derail most of them. I’m sure you and I can avoid that, right?
Once again, I’ve got lots and lots of plans and projects. Heck, I have to-do lists for my to-do lists, not to mention the ever-growing macro DIY project chart. Try not to look at those directly — it’s a little frightening, even to me.
I thought I’d pare it down for you, 2013 — you know, to be manageable. Here’s my short list of resolutions that I’m sure we can accomplish together:
1. Read more. I thought I was a page-burner — and then I realized that I haven’t really finished any leisure reading in a while. The New York Times and nonfiction have been my friends lately, but I need to get back to feeding my soul with novels and short stories.
2. Eat better. In other words, find more recipes for cooking at home. In 2012, I got stuck in the same ol’ supper rotation of pizza — chicken something — soup — black bean and corn dip with chips — repeat. So I’m counting on the kindness of fellow bloggers (and there are so many I follow who share their wonderful recipes) to help me find a new dinner groove.
3. Get organized. Don’t laugh, 2013. I know I mention this every single January, but I have a really good feeling about it this time. And I’m starting with that wreck of a room we call an office. Roll up your sleeves — we’re going to start mucking it out right after we officially “de-Christmas” the house.
4. Knit faster. Or at least knit more consistently. Last year, I only finished a short list of items — socks for my mom and E, a few hats, random scarves and gloves and cowls and headbands. I did deconstruct a sweater, but I have yet to rework it.
In theory, I’d like to have hand knits ready to wrap for everyone on my list next Christmas. (Why yes, 2013, I am talking about December in January. Don’t judge.) I’ve seen other knitters who think ahead, knit their Christmas gifts at a normal pace throughout the year, and set them aside for their recipients. Every year, I marvel at how logically they’ve approached the holiday madness. So, 2013 my friend, you and I are going to give it a whirl. Besides, I think it goes hand-in-hand with #3 above.
I do have a jump on this item, although it’s more about a current need than for a gift next Christmas. I started a quick dog sweater for Louie. I’m cobbling together a pattern-on-the-go, inspired by Knit and Bake’s Linus sweater. Personally, I’d love to figure out the now out-of-print Dogosaurus Rex sweater (Ravelry link here) because it’s just too cute for words. We’ll see how it goes. All I know is Lou is C-O-L-D on his daily walk (and he hates the little dog coat that I bought him — the velcro straps get tangled in his fur), so this knit needs to skip to the head of the line.
5. Sleep more. Yeah, I laughed at that one too. It’s good to dream big, though, isn’t it?
I know we can accomplish these few goals, 2013, if we just work together. I pledge to stay on task if you promise to not throw too many curveballs my way. Deal?
What are your goals/resolutions for this new year?