2006. The most tumultuous year of my adult life. I started it in a stable relationship of nearly 10 years, at a good job of nearly 7 years, in a comfy apartment where I’d lived for nearly 3 years, in my adopted city of nearly 7 years. I’m ending 2006 in no relationship, in a new job of 2 months, in a comfy apartment where I’ve lived for 2 months, in a completely new city. I couldn’t have predicted the sheer amount of change I’d go through.
As an aside, I’ve learned of this astrological thing called Saturn Return. Did you guys know about this? Now, I’m quite a skeptic, but sometimes this astrology stuff gets me very intrigued. This phenomemon apparently occurs over the course of time from when you are 28 to 30 years old. It describes a time of “challenge, fear, doubt, confusion, difficulty, seriousness, heaviness, and hard lessons, among other more positive things such as structure, significance, accomplishment, reflection, power, prestige, maturity, and order” (from Wikipedia) and another site quotes an astrologer who describes it as “one of the most important times in your life. . . a time of endings and new beginnings.” Is this uncanny or what? Because, uh, I turned 29 on Thanksgiving this year.
My dad has declared “2007: The year of Erin,” and I’m going to live by this mantra. Only positive changes from here on out, right?
But this is really a knitting blog, though there’s no strict rules or anything, and as for the knitting retrospective, let’s take a look back.
I finished 17 of the things that I started in 2006. Six pairs of socks, four toys, and a lot of gifts. The only things for myself were the first pair of Pomatomus (orange), the headband, and the Kiri shawl. The second pair of Pomatomus (blue) has been regifted to me, actually, so I did score one other thing for myself. I hadn’t really looked at the sum of the year’s knitting in one place before, and I hadn’t realized just how little I knit for myself. That is all going to change in the coming year, let me tell you. I’m also a little frustrated by the number of FOs total. (Oh, wait! I also designed a baby sweater, but I still have the idea that I will write up the pattern and submit it somewhere for publication, which is why I don’t show it here.) It seems high–17 things over the course of 12 months–but so many of these things were impossibly small (a headband, two small toys, a hat). All over the blogosphere, people are finishing things left and right; it makes me insanely jealous. It’s so silly to be jealous, but the emotion is there. How to resolve this burning emotion? Uh, knit more, stay more focused, and complete the things you start.
Because I started quite a few things that haven’t been finished. Several pairs of socks crowd my knitting basket and are occupying perfectly good sock needles, and someday I’ll get back to them, I swear. For most of them I hit a stumbling block–not enough yarn, or the need to decrease before doing the heel and an inability to decide how to do it–and it sidelined the project entirely. Must sit down and resolve these remaining issues, and get some things off the needles.
Coming up for 2007, I plan several knitting-related things.
- Use up the stash. No yarn buying until the stash is reduced by 1/3.
- Finish the Cambridge Jacket for me.
- Knit Sahara from Stitch Diva for me, using some kind of fabulous yarn. (Still need to buy the pattern, the yarn, etc.)
- Explore the different yarn stores in New York City, getting familiar with them in advance of being allowed to buy yarn.
- Finish more projects!!
I’m also going to make a few nonknitting-related resolutions.
- Get back on track for doctor’s visits, including the dentist, allergist, etc. Perhaps try for allergy shots or acupuncture to control the allergies.
- Get to bed at a decent hour every night. No more procrastinating sleep.
- Eat lunch and dinner every day, at least. It’s pathetic to spell this out as a resolution, but I am prone to not eating big meals. I know everyone says breakfast is the most important, but I will allow that as my expendable meal.
- Generally start saving more money, which means eating in more often and packing my lunch.
- Explore New York City! Make it my own. Do so in the company of my absolutely fabulous friends.