Saturday, December 30, 2006

taking stock

In the late December newsletter from Countrywool, Claudia explains why she upholds a tradition of taking stock in projects that need to be abandoned. She has been doing it for over 15 years, and she has inspired me to start.

Since this was a sort of unusual year for me, I don't have that many projects in the works. So I have finished most of them...a few earflap hats needed tassels and ties...a few scarves needed the ends woven in ..nothing big...then I found this falling leaves scarf.

I had so many roadblocks while working on this. It was mostly due to poor planning, and the fact that I am not completely adept at reading from a chart yet. I then made a huge error while I was talking to someone (shouldn't have been knitting in public)...and only discovered the error when I was well past it....(note to self, always use a lifeline while doing lace knitting). So, for a time, I debated about ideas and theory's on how to correct the error. I have decided not to correct it.

....leaving only a pair of socks to be ripped, actually, only one half knit sock. I wound the rest of my end pieces into nice little balls, and will begin using them up on practice colorwork pieces in the new year. With all of my needles clean and tidy where they belong, I see the purpose in this exercise, and will strive next year to apply it to the spinning wheels as well...

Happy New Year!

phenological events December 4th first snowfall 12 eagles return

7 comments:

Dawn said...

Happy New Year Cyndy! Lovely cat .... reminds me of my old Gretchen ..... the 2nd of the Dump Cats that once lived here. Taking stock ..... hmmmm ..... sounds good to me ... though I could become 'lost' in the process of taking stock .... my tendency to wander you see.

Anonymous said...

Oh, who is that pretty kitty? What beautiful colours she has....

Anne said...

A nice end-of-the-year cleanup kinda post. And sometimes the best choice is to just leave things as they are and chalk it up to a learning experience. Look at all the good things you found out about yourself with just that 1 lace project!

judy said...

I thought about it after reading your post. Can NOT do it. To many things under way, too much into them to rip. But, it is a fine exercise and one to think about for next year. I never thought about having a time frame as a goal for my knitting. Probably would do me well. Happy New Year.

Spinner Gal said...

I was just going over my "stuff" yesterday as well. Not to much around here that needs finishing. One pair of socks half knit. One pair needed to be spun and knit. One scarf to finish.

I did get the "stuff" organized, so maybe that will get me off my butt and get it done!

Happy New Year to you!

elise said...

I had a friend who always had a new years party and after a few drinks we would take out her "book of predictions". Every year we would predict what was going to happen in the next year (who was getting married, who would be pregnant, etc). So after laughing about what we wrote the year before we would all make our new predictions. I plan on starting up that old tradition with my kids this year. I hope it is just as fun when its not fueled by alcohol! Hee hee! Happy New Year!

Claire said...

Hi Cyndy, I did a little bit of spinning and knitting clensing too :-)

I plyed everything off my bobbins and started the new year feeling very 'spinning fresh'.

I also ditched an awful knit I had been dithering about for way too long. I'm a much happier and focused knitter and spinner as a result.

I have enjoyed your blog this year even though I have been a negligent commenter - I just thought I better let you know!

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