I'm not a big one for resolutions in the new year, at not least resolutions per se. And I'm also not a huge fan of resolutions with regard to my knitting or spinning. I think part of this has to do with the fact that my work life is so planned out (for example, at this point I have a fairly detailed plan for my work and research stretching through to June 2013; if I make it that long and get everything done, when it's supposed to get done, I will have shuffled many of my overcommitments off of my plate, and should have some breathing space to figure out the next plan - we'll see) that it's really nice not to have my knitting/spinning life too planned out. (Note that I am not counting here the spinning classes that are coming up at my LYS, for which I am already - you guessed it - planning.)
Nevertheless, I have lately been sitting in the fiber room (aka the den), noticing wistfully and with sidelong glances the skeins and balls of yarn (we won't speak yet of the bumps and braids of fiber) which I bought with a specific project in mind (heck, I even bought the pattern) which somehow fell by the wayside as other, momentarily shinier, projects caught my eye. The thing is, though, I bought that yarn and those patterns because I really, really liked them - and I still do. Therefore, and after talking to Sallee about her plans for the next year (it would appear that I'm not the only one with this issue), it seems that the thing to do is to put all of that yarn together with the proper patterns and to bust a move on these projects. It's a KAL of sorts, although I don't know that we're sure what to call it - you are most welcome to play along.
Here are the ones that were the most obvious:
Indigo Ripples Skirt, which I have been wanting to knit ever since I saw it in IK in (sigh) 2007. I'm hoping this is enough yarn... (if anyone has some Rowan denim in the dark blue (80), dyelot 225 that they're dying to get rid of, you know where to find me)
Kimono socks (my very favorite) out of it - I know I'll wear those a ton, as this denimy color goes with just about everything I wear. The skein at 12:00 there (which is really a lovely fuscia, not at all the orangey it appears in this picture) is a skein of Baah! Luscious Lace (merino/silk) that has been destined since I saw it to become a Citron shawl (you can see the pattern right there), and so it shall. And the two skeins of Hazel Knits artisan sock below (colorways, Rick's Cognac and Splish Splash; the blue one is closer to robin's egg blue, but the other one is pretty close) were purchased at Sock Summit this past summer with the express goal of becoming Catkin. I'm thinking the amber as the main color and blue as the contrast - any opinions?
Briar Rose Seapearl (my very favorite yarn) that I used to knit my first Wine Dark Sea sweater. That sweater, for various reasons having to do with the great mismatch between my image of myself and my actual self, is too big. I have long been meaning to knit it again, and maybe to even write up the pattern as I do so. I am hoping that the approximately 900 yards that I have there will be enough (it should be). Below that is a cake of BMFA Socks that Rock lightweight in Schwarzwald, from this last year's sock club. It's destined to be socks for Rick (using the club pattern that came with). And the two skeins to the right of that are Alpaca with a Twist Fino (alpaca/silk) meant to become a pair of Oh Deer! for me. (Seriously, best mittens ever; they totally make me happy - so serious and elegant on top, so goofy on the bottom.)
Leaving (such a lovely pattern), but I'm still dithering over the pullover/cardigan question, and reserve the right to fall in love with another sweater prior to the cast on.
So there it is. I also have some projects OTN that I want to finish, and a few that I will probably make the decision to abandon and rip this year, but that's another story. I will also probably do the same kind of thing I've done here for my spinning fiber - I have purchased quite a bit of it with specific projects/plans/spinning experiments in mind, and it's time to organize that and queue it up. And I can think of two or three more projects' worth of yarn (that is, yarn I purchased with something very specific in mind) that I'll probably dig out of stash fairly soon to organize like this. How about it? Am I the only one out there with planned but unexecuted projects lurking about, rattling their chains in my stash? Projects which still appeal, only eclipsed by some shiny distraction, projects which deserve their day in the sun? How about you?