But I'm excited to see the new decade! Can't help but feel that things have been so yucky that we can only get better...
I promised an update on my fall: I'm okay, we think, tho' the doc and I decided not to do Xrays right now. I have full range of motion in the hip and lower back, and am walking, but, wow, am I sore and bruised. I feel very lucky that I didn't break that hip, as it was surely the first thought I had after I realized I'd hit ice - it happened so fast, I barely knew my feet were in the air before the hard landing on the ice. The weird thing? I was meeting someone, a good friend, who came along after I'd moved my car and gotten into the restaurant. I had already gotten the manager to look at the ice (he almost fell on it, too!) and then my friend phoned. She was in the parking lot and had fallen on the ice - yes, I'm not kidding, the VERY same spot!! We thought it totally bizarre. She said, "I wondered why you hadn't parked in that really good
spot!" She's okay, too, thankfully. The restaurant corporate office has contacted us both, so I think everything is going to be fine...once we get over the soreness. And if need be, I'll get Xrays, but we just decided to hold off on the radiation for now...the doc's idea, not mine. But then, when I thought about it, I concurred - I've had a bunch of that stuff lately, you know?
Okay, with all that said, I have a few plans I promised to divulge here:
I think it's probably pretty obvious that my mindset of "use it up" will carry into this decade, and in more ways than just knitting. But I had so much fun knitting from stash for the Personal Sock Club last year, I decided to do it again.
Everything's set - but this year I'm only planning on 6 pairs of socks, instead of the 12 from last year. That should free up a little time for the other plans I have...
I signed up for the Personal Blanket Club, too, you see. My plan is to finish the Log Cabin Blanket that's been languishing forever, and to begin a leftover sock yarn blanket. I haven't decided on a pattern for that one yet, but I will.
In my desire to follow that "make-do" philosophy of mine, I also planned to make the Fiesta Shawl
made this year. Unlike Birdsong, I'm not going to ask anyone to send me scraps of their sock yarn, because, frankly? I'm pretty sure I have plenty! *wink*
The sock yarn blanket will be made from my wool blend sock yarns. The Fiesta Shawl? For that special pattern, I'm going to use just my leftover handdyed wools.
Ok. There's more, can you believe it?
Last year, I participated in the Basket of Shame brainstorm that Rainy
came up with. It got a little overwhelming for her, but it was such a success for those of us who participated (and there's a Ravelry group, too) that we all decided to continue it because it was great motivation! So I've listed 4 things to pull off the UGH! or hibernation lists to try to finish up (in one way or another) this year:
1. The Log Cabin Quilt (I love it when I can satisfy two goals with one project!)
2. Helsinki (I'm almost at the half-way point, and I want to wear this!)
3. Diamond Fantasy Shawl (I know, I know, I just can't seem to get it out of the Basket of Shame, it was there in 2009!)
4. Beach Glass Shawl - I think, but am not sure, that I messed this up. Which means it's going to take time to look at it and decide if I can fix it. All fails? I'll frog it...(boy that will be an easy solution to getting an item out of the BOS, eh?)
I'm also toying with using my leftover and accumulated single skeins of Peace Fleece to make a larger and multicolored Textured Shawl, but we'll see about that...
In general, the ideas are: Knit as much as possible from stash and keep my funds for critical *wishes* ...
Oh. You mean you'd like to know what my wishes might be? Well, I'm going to start saving up for a Nook
as I'm delighted with it's ability to change font size right there on that one screen!
Then, I'll definitely be buying Wendy's Toe Up Socks For Everybody
when it comes out in the spring. And, of course, once Signature
has size 1.5 16-inch circulars available, there'll be two of those winging their way to me. Otherwise, just on general principle, I'm hoping to create a stash of cash to purchase those special knitting related somethings as soon as they show up - you know, the things we don't know about yet? Because it's important to me to control the use of those credit cards, now that they're mostly dug out from Sock Summit!
And then I'm also planning on that first sweater - you know Cheryl Oberle's Three Sisters? In the wonderful Knitpicks City Tweed I was swatching not so long ago...
Oh, yeah. And one more thing?
I know you noticed that book that came in the mail this week (in an earlier photo?) Well...I'm going to try that spinning thing again. We'll see, no promises.
There are some plans over on Nana Sadie's Place
that aren't knitting related, too. Whew. I'm going to be busy.
But not too busy for one final, very important plan:
To spend some quality time with this little gal every day.
Happy 2010! We made it, and I can just feel it - it's going to be great!