New Year, New Resolutions

I find myself saying this over and over, and you'd think I'd be used to it by now, but I can't believe how fast time goes! I'm still getting used to 2009 and suddenly I'm struggling to remember to put a "10" instead of "09" on my checks.

Although it crept up on me, the new year still brings a really exciting sense of possibility. Each year I think back about what I did last year, and get excited about what I'm going to do this year. And of course, the new year always brings with it thoughts of things we'd like to change or improve. I've had a pretty bad streak when it comes to following through on my New Year's resolutions, and I've been trying to figure out why. After several years of vague things like "I'm going to get in shape" or "this year I'll become a better knitter," I think I've realized that my problem is specificity. Broad topics are intimidating and don't offer a concrete place to start. So this year I revised my approach and started small. This year, my resolutions are to:

Come up with a useful organizational system in my craft room. I bought a house in September and it's big enough that for the first time ever I have my own crafting room/office. I started organizing, but once I got the basics unpacked I totally lost steam. The closet holds plastic storage units with all my fiber and my books have been loosely put on shelves, but other than that things are pretty much a mess. One of my boxes full of fabric has been taken over and turned into a cat bed, there's nothing welcoming or inspiring on the walls, and tools are scattered all over and hard to find. If you have organizational tips from your own studio, I would really love to hear them! (You can share your ideas by clicking the "write comments" link at the bottom of this message.)

Spin and knit enough yarn to knit a sweater, and then actually knit one. This resolution falls under the "improving my skills" category. I consider myself to be an intermediate spinner and knitter, and I have a serious case of project commitment issues. I tend to make small projects like scarves and hats because a) I'm worried about my ability to produce large amounts of consistent yarn, b) I tend not to finish projects if they can't be completed in a week or two, and c) the thought of making anything that requires multiple pieces gives me the heebie-jeebies. So I'm aiming to overcome those hurdles and improve my technical skills this year. If you've been thinking about improving a skill or learning a new one this year, we are having a pretty huge sale on lots of educational goodies at the Interweave store. And if you have a recommendation of a good first-time sweater pattern, I'd love to hear that too.

 What are your resolutions for the new year? Are most of them fiber-related? What do you do to help yourself succeed? I'll keep you updated on my progress, and I'd love to hear about yours!

To a productive new year!

—Stefanie

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