Fair warning: this is a bunch of introspective navel-gazing -- even more so than my usual blog post -- so feel free to skip it and wait for something more interesting to come along (hopefully) in the next post.
In the time honored tradition of new year's resolutions bloggers everywhere, I guess I'd better start out by reviewing my progress on last year's resolutions:
1. Thanks to my crazy knit a sweater per month plan (which fell apart round about May), I actually managed to fulfill this resolution. To be exact, I knit not one, not two, not three, but FOUR sweaters for myself! And I love them all, and especially love wearing them. Wearing something you made for yourself is almost as good as having a loved one wear something you made for them. (Hint: the elf hat and texting gloves have gotten a good amount of wear so far; alas, the fish hat is still in the gift box.)
2. Hmmm, my effort to post more regularly. I'll let my readers be the judge on this one. At least I was doing pretty well through the summer months.
3. I did catch quite a few cats in the spring for phase three of Operation Spay-a-Cat. Most of the ones I caught were boys, so yay! Less expensive surgical costs. Most of the girls I caught had already been spayed. The vet had to anesthetize them to check, unfortunately, so I had her notch their ears to help along my memory. No kittens born this year, so that's a plus. I'll have to restart my efforts in February when they are good and hungry, and the canned food smell gets to be irresistible, because they are getting quite wise to the hav-a-heart trap.
4. As noted, I took care of replacement glasses last January, and they have not suffered any significant damage. Plus, for some odd reason, the frames my LSH chose strike people as being new, even after they have seen the same pair multiple times before, so I guess that means I can put off getting new frames even longer next time.
5. More attention to the farm business... I got as far as designing a spiffy header for the Etsy shop and that was pretty much that. The farm did do more business at fiber festivals, so that's encouraging. Guess I had better roll this one over to this year.
6. Same goes for keeping more organized sheep records.
7. The germ of the idea actually ended up working out, although not exactly the way I had in mind. I hope to do a Big Reveal on this one in the next few days.
So as far as this year's resolutions go:
1. More of the same as far as sweaters. I just finished an inventory of my yarn stash, and it turns out that I can knit several sweaters without having to buy another yard of yarn. Ahem. I do not care to elaborate just how many sweaters that is. Which brings me to resolution...
2. I have entered a stashdown phase this year. (Yes, in case you were wondering, it is all about the gimmicks for me.) I am going to do my best to knit more than I buy this year. In fact, much, much more, because I am trying not buy any yarn this year, with a couple of exceptions. Hey, I'm a lawyer by training. It's not as if I can avoid throwing in those quid pro quos and stipulations. I'll elaborate on those in future posts.
3. See taking better care of my business, above.
4. See keeping more organized sheep records, above.
5. See germ of an idea and big reveal, above; I would like to do more of the same if possible!
And last but not least, a really traditional one:
6. I need to exercise more regularly. Note that I am not saying that I want to lose 20 pounds, or run in a marathon, or anything crazy like that. I just want to be more committed to getting out and walking on a habitual basis. You would think that with such a cute and enthusiastic exercise partner as this:
it would be easier for me to do.
So how did you do on yours -- and what are you resolving for this year?