When the year began, I made one knitting resolution: to put myself first. Looking at an empty sock drawer and wearing a scarf that I knit years earlier, I realized that I had been giving all my knitting away. I resolved to make 2010 the year I knit only for myself. And you know what? With the exception of the one baby blanket I knit for a special baby, a project that you all made me realize really was just as much for me as the adored baby, I kept with it. I feel really good about knitting for myself if 2010. And my feet feel good too!
So what do I have to show for it? Many pairs of socks. The projects I knit in 2010 vary in number, depending on whether you count the ones that were actually started in 2009 and finished in 2010, but here's a list of many of the projects I finished in 2010:
Alchemy's Vintage Jade socks (and I started another pair but only finished one sock so far)
Pagewood Farm Alyeska socks in the special edition SSYC Club color Garden Party,
CTH Fingerpaints socks (which I love so much and can't believe I haven't done another pair)
Sundance Socks (with a free pattern) with the store's 5th Anniversary colorway
Halloween Mitts (with a free pattern)
So do I have any knitting resolutions for 2011? Nope. None. I'm not going to put together a list of things I may or may not accomplish. I'm not going to impose any restrictions this year on my craft. I'm going to knit or stash the yarn that I like and let this part of my life be the selfish part. I'll buy what I want, knit when I want, and finish the projects that I want to finish and not have any bad feelings if I don't finish a project in a timely manner.
And do I have any non-knitting related resolutions? Nope. None of those either. 2010 was such a fabulous year. The store was super busy and my yarn line was featured in several sock patterns in Knitty Magazine (and in even bigger publications coming in 2011), Joe and I got away for our first vacation (without child) since James was born, James started preschool (which was a growing experience for both of us), and I've finally found some balance in my work and personal life in hiring a new employee, who is the mother of that special baby that received the blanket. In the store, I sponsored awesome events and contests, designed patterns, introduced limited edtion kits, and with your help donated money to those in need... you can expect all this to continue and expand in the coming year.
So what do I want in 2011? Joe and I made a committment to improved heath, and we will continue. I'd like to find time for a family vacation. I'd hope to visit my sister and brother more often. I want to make weekly date nights a priority with Joe- too often we make excuses for why we are too busy. And if none of these come to fruition, I'll be fine with that. I'm just putting it out in the universe that I have hopes and expections, and I hope it comes back to me.
What about you? How did your 2010 resolutions fare? And what are you looking forward to in 2011?