The new year is quickly approaching, and I need to buckle down, force myself out of my funk and go full force into 2011 with a positive attitude. With that in mind, I am thinking about what my goals should be for the new year. (I don't like to call them resolutions, I feel like that sets me up for incredible doom!)
A Facebook friend invited me to join a group of jewelry makers, which would post pictures of some daily progress toward our line of jewelry. I joined with an enthusiasm that I hope will last. That got me thinking that my first "goal" will be to try a lot of the new techniques that I have been meaning to try. I have started jotting down ideas, mostly in the jewelry realm because I wanted to be prepared for daily jewelry progress.
I also searched Ravelry looking at knitting patterns, and set up a queue of projects many of which involve techniques I want to either learn or really improve in. As a start, I am working on these colorwork mittens:
They are great practice for the colorwork, which thanks to someone commenting on Ravelry, I finally learned a technique for how to hold both yarns that will work for the odd way I knit. It also has the first braid and picot edge I have ever knit.
Then Santa got me some sock yarn, needles and a book about knitting socks from the toe up, so I started on these babies:
They are really loud, but if you are going to knit socks, you don't want them to be boring!
Anyway, so goal one is Try New Things. We'll see how far I get.