At the beginning of the year I had made some ridiculous knitting plans. Basically I had listed all the things I had meant to do but never did and really wanted to do. I assigned some to months and was resolved to knit them.
I kept a tally on my profile page on Ravelry and throughout the year I referred back to it to see where I was and where I was going. I worked very well for me, knowing the most important projects had a time slot.
btw, nowadays I have this picture as my ravatar: winter cuddles and happy colours:
Today I’m looking at the tally to see what I’ve done.
Boy, I am ASTOUNDED at how much of that list I’ve actually done!
Here are quotes from my profile page, with some pictures of projects I started and sometime even finished in 2013:
“these are the plans for 2013:
Dec 2012: finish [Kelmscott Cardigan] **done**
Dec 2012: finish [Snow Sweater] **done**
dec 2012: finish preparation swatch aka scarf Pippi L KAL **done**
Jan: host and knit [Pippi Longstocking Lace Shawl KAL] **done**
Jan: design and knit mitts for a friend **done**
Jan: do [the spinners challenge] **done**
Jan: crochet [one cat] for the freeform Kitty Blanket **done**
Jan: socks with this [januari yarn] **done**
Jan: felt winterlights **halfway**
knit blocks weekly for KarmaKnusdeken **done**
Feb: dye [Kelscott cardigan] **wrecked**
Feb: dye Frankengarn socksilk, 3mm **done**
Feb: knit something with [this gorgeous turkoise silk] **done**
Feb: knit with Santenay yarn **done**
Feb: make sweater Stientje **done**
March: one week of KarmaKnusDeken Blanket Blocks **done**
March: make Peabody sweater **started**
March: knit mitts for aunt Aafke **done**
March: design and knit [Metalic Lace with beads] **started**
March: design a block for the Karmaknusdeken blanket **done**
March: start weaving **done**
April: knit the Karmablocks **done**
April: knit with Tulp and beads **done**
April: knit for Karma swap Luxury **done**
May: knit Summertop in blue Lang Yarn Seta Silk **done**
June: spin something **done**
June: sew a dress **done**
June: Broderie in green Frankengarn **no, ugly**
June: crochet a cat for the Kitty blanket **done**
July: Tour de Fleece **done**
july: knit mitts Ljalja **done**
July: : knit all the Karmaknus blocks **done**
Summer: do something with [Rozerood truitje] or other cardigan **started wrenna**
August: crochet a cat for the [kitty blanket] **started**
august: felt circular holder for Meta **done**
Sept: chemocap for LSG **done**
sept: knit cardigan. **done**
Sept: stephen west kal **done**
Autumn: make a intrinsic cabled sweater with [Frankengarn yarn] **abandoned attempt due to bad pattern**
Autumn: knit Oak Leaf Cardi in Lang Yarn Tweed **started**
Oktober: finish dress pattern and sew Gnome Dress
Oktober: felt green fairy dress
Oktober: crochet a cat for [the freeform Kitty Blanket]
Oktober: Old Town cardi in sockyarn **started**
Nov/dec: work on [the freeform Kitty Blanket]
Nov: make Karma Blanket Blocks **done**
Dec: FRAU HOLLE TIME. The time between time.
knit Snow Drop Cardigan. Spin longdraw. Bake cookies.”
That picture on the top left is a 2014 project, it’s our Dutch Karma Group logo for when we knit (or crochet) along during the Olympic Games. Our event is called Raveoly.
But that’s a plan for February 2014, right now I’m still quoting my tally for 2013:
“still to do: felt Spring Fairy Dress (2.5m naar 1.8m); spin [Longdraw Camel Down]; use Bowmont yarn **done** and sew dresses, knit [owl mitts] for me
Somewhere in between: finish [gothische xmas socks]; finish [slipped stitch Puckered socks] **done**; use [Koigu yarn] **done**; use [Bowmont yarn] **done**; do some felting; use lots and lots of the stash **done**; spin **done**; dye the FOs I don’t wear; participate in a few swaps **done**; host and visit knitter parties **done**
knit a Spring Cardigan in Blue Frankengarn **frogged**
April: corespin a batt like TudB’s cushion cover
erm…. how many days will the 2013 have?
also: frog and reknit [Donegal cardigan] in the right size. **done** Redesign [January Dream Shawl] reuse yarn from [January Dream Shawl.]**done, in Vlinder**. Use [Loudmouth yarn]**done**, [Bourette silk yarn] and [Posh Eva yarn]. And re-use [that Lang yarn alpaca dyed in the ball]. With beads.
there are also 2 [lovely] [Skew] wips to finish. I really like to wear those socks! Spin [that yak], [that camel] and [that other camel.]
oh, and I want to felt a complete fleece into a rug. **started** And a long skirt, with Wensleydale locks. And a bag. And winter wonderland lights **halfway**. And a wallet. And cushion covers.
Brioche! also want to do brioche. Need a headcover, silk preferably **done**. And a cowl, in Santenay yarn **done**
Eta: and a pooling scarf. With [that EasyKnits yarn Poppyfield]. Mustmust!
Draakjesvest **found yarn**, AutiPink **done**, new readingmitts with handspun Tibbe roving **done**, sideways cloche in brioche, pauline headcover with autumn leaves, something with that rusty orange mohair, something combined with all the blue lace yarn, sew a dress **done**
And bulky or aran voor sideways cloche **done**, frankengarn groen en wit voor ‘kwalletjes’ **done**, iets zelfstrepend voor die ene hood, met ajour.
knit [Elven Hooded Scarf](/patterns/library/elven-hooded-scarf) find yarn for it first **found yarn**
OVERALL OCCUPATIONS THIS YEAR:
dna mutation research **done**; haute couture sewing technique dresses **done** and research technical legal papers concerning a chemical plant **started**
WAY TO WORK:
this is a list. Start at beginning. The reward for finishing something is that I get to cast-on the next project (to which I am looking forward very much).
Only do what you LOVE with yarn you LOVE. Your time is precious.”
I’ve done so well in 2013!!
(here are some of the links used in my profile page. They’re a mess, I’m not explaining)