But as each new year arrives, I think we all think about starting something new. That was my first thought as we all know that I love starting new things. But I decided that after my severely lackluster performance in the January Challenge last year (starting 15 projects) - of which I completed a big fat goose egg - I decided to go a different route, and make 2012 the year of the WIPS. Why not - there are all those projects started from last year. Makes sense, right? So I joined Measi's WIPocalypse. Get those WIPS all off my plate (well, maybe not all - that would take about 10 years!!!).
So I picked up AAWFAA. When we last left this sampler at the beginning of last year, this was where I was - did I happen to mention that I HATED this cloud?
Then, as usual, within a few days I was dreaming about starting something new. Figures, right? Well, a solution presented itself. I happened to be reading blogs one day and saw Becky's challenge for the year - start something new, post updates during the year, and win a prize! Okay, I'm all in for that!! What's ONE new project? Just one little project? Well, it has to be 10 x 12, so not that little, but absolutely doable!! So I've got my project picked out, but can't decide on the fabric - I've had two false starts as I didn't like my fabric choices, so I'll reveal it in my next post. But I'm giddy about starting something new.
On other needles, I've been doing knitting. After I finished the Guernsey shawl, I proceed to start a scarf for my daughter. Could I get the pattern? Could I make the yarn overs right? NO!!!! I sat there pulling out my hair wondering why I couldn't do it. It's not like I haven't knit before. But the correct way of yarn overs eluded me. Even with YouTube videos. I kept telling myself I've done this before, but it just wasn't working. To prove my point that I can knit, I pulled a couple out of my son's drawer that I made for him when he was a little boy:
Crazy Zauberball yarn
Boneyard Shawl and So Easy I Can't Even Stand it Triangular Scarf
The Gathered Shawl is my "take with" project when I take my daughter to dance because there isn't too much you can mess up on something that is just stockinette stitch. Well, I shouldn't say that. I was a lot further along on that scarf and did mess it up and had to take a good portion of it out, but I think that I'm back on track now!
Oh, and I have to mention that a couple nights ago I was laying in bed and it came to me how to do those yarn overs the right way!! Figures. So once one of these projects is finished, I can get on with something a little more elaborate.
So that's my first week of January. Not tons, but a good start. Now I need to get some quilting in!!!
How are you doing on your goals so far? Do you have any? Did you join a Challenge or WIPocalypse?