Monthly Archives: January 2013

Happened so far

I finish three baby gifts, knit single socks like a mad woman and learn to crochet.

I’m also working as a translator, which means I’m using a computer for hours every day.

And then my hands begin to hurt.

At the moment this means no knitting, very limited use of the computer, lots of time to read, kool aid dying and coming up with ways to do things without using your hands.

(Ways like Dragon dictation)

Some Unofficial, Totally Casual Resolutions

I sort of didn’t want to make any new year’s resolutions but unofficially, in my head, I still made some. Could just as well write them down.

Knit more for other people. Last year I consciously only knit 12 things for others (in addition to which there were 5 things that I started for myself, but ended up gifting for various reasons). I really have all the scarves I need, not to mention hats, so it makes no sense to keep everything I make. Also, I often get these great ideas about what I could knit for someone, but only when it’s too late to get it finished in time. 

I am at heart a process knitter, and I know that if I feel like knitting a hat, then I will knit a hat. I don’t think I can change that, but maybe I can make the hat in a size that fits someone else.

Show your supporta.) I listen to a lot of knitting podcasts and read some blogs like they were novels. That equals a lot of free entertainment, and the authors should know how much I appreciate them. That means more comments, emails or Ravelry messages, and in the case of podcasts that don’t have advertisements, hitting that donate-button every now and then. 

(If you’re curious about my favourite podcasts or blogs, there’s a short list in the sidebar on the left. For a more comprehensive list of blogs, see my friends on Ravelry and the “friends’ blogs” tab. There’s a very lovely giveaway on one of them.)

b.) The Helsinki metropolitan area might be one of the best places in the world for local yarn stores. There are 12 that I visit at least once a year (and the few favourites about once a month) and I don’t even drive. If I did, there are a few more I might visit, too. Many of these places host knit nights and KIP events, offer classes, support and a place to meet other crafters. I really want to keep it this way. In 2013 I want to buy more of my knitting supplies from brick-and-mortar stores and limit my online shopping.

These resolutions do not, however, mean that I should forget the following:

Knit what you enjoy. This is a hobby; there’s no rule that says I should learn new things with every project, or that knitting garments is more worthwhile than knitting accessories. If I want to spend the year knitting stockinette beanies for everyone I know, I will do just that.