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Well, there go the New Year’s resolutions. I made a little list for myself, and one of them–”Blog more”–has been woefully ignored. I’m happy to report that I’m keeping up my “10 minutes of straightening up every night” resolution, for the first time ever. So you win some, you lose some.

My biggest resolution for 2008 is to blog WIPs. We’ve all talked about and noticed the push to blog just FOs, and there is something so satisfying about the big reveal, but there will be no blog if I don’t blog WIPs. But first, let’s linger a bit longer on the FOs! 2007 had only 2 more FOs than 2006 (and one of those was freezer paper stenciling), and I’m not sure if I think that’s impressive or pathetic. It’s definitely one or the other. I’ll decide how I feel about it as 08 progresses, I think, as I either come to accept that I can only accomplish about this much in one year, or as I try to outstrip previous years’ results.

2007 (by mintyfreshflavor)

As always, I have a lot of little projects. Gosh, remember that time I had 4 FOs in 4 days? That was ridiculous. Many of my biggest accomplishments, knitting-wise, appear in this collection–my Shocking! Skirt, my Twist-Front Top. I’m super thrilled with the Roman Earflap Hat (pdf). And I’m more than a little bit proud to be bringing “sexy back” to knitting, as some of you have put it.

I participated in two swaps this year–my first time venturing into the swapping world. I enjoyed the Sound Swap a lot, but the Single Sock Swap was just genius. Those chalets still wow me. But I’ve learned that I’m a terrible, awful, no-good package mailer. I say that it’s practically pathological, my inability to mail a package in a timely manner. So I will be very selective about participating in swaps in the future. Perhaps this needs to be added to my resolutions . . .

The sleeper hit of the year was my Bainbridge Scarf (pdf), which so many of you made as Christmas presents! That was a true honor.

Biggest observation I can make about 2007? My hair grew really long. I’ll let you in on the secret to this: get only one haircut during the year.

Heading into 2008, I’ve got an incredible project just off the needles (but which needs some additional work to be presentable, so I’ll drag it out with a WIP post), and then this just happened tonight . . .

look what came out of hiding (by mintyfreshflavor)

I didn’t do more than dust it off, thread it up, and fill a bobbin. (A friend mended some clothes.) But it’s going to lead to something, it really is.

15 Responses to resolved

  1. Jodie says:

    Woohoo! Sewing! I’ve got several sewing projects I need to share.

    I love the freezer paper printing! That totally counts. Also don’t count out all of the beautiful photographs you’ve blogged. That’s a great accomplishment too.

  2. Heather says:

    I’ve really enjoyed seeing those Bainbridge scarves around a sleeper hit indeed. And I thoroughly applaud you for the 10-minutes-of straightening-up each night, it does make a huge difference!

  3. Annie says:

    Happy New Year! I keep looking for you in the neighborhood. And no, I haven’t moved yet. Craziness. I’m looking forward to seeing you WIP it. Ha!

  4. margaux says:

    happy new year! i totally loved you bainbridge scarf and tell everyone i know to make one…. :-) what a great knitty year! looking forward to what you do in 08!

  5. Janet says:

    In my opinion, 2007 was an excellent year for you!! It’s about quality, not quantity, afterall (and frankly – I would categorize your quantity as “impressive” – definitely not pathetic… afterall, you work full time and have a life outside of knitting), and all of your FOs are BEAUTIFUL.

    You inspire me to try to be a better knitter!

    Thanks especially for the Roman Earflap Hat. It’s my new favorite hat pattern, and has created a hilarious urge for me to put pompoms on everything.

  6. Kristy says:

    Happy New Year! I have the same resolution to blog more WIPs :) How exciting that you got a sewing machine! I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

  7. nova says:

    I love sewing. And with the one haircut a year, you do better than I do. If I manage to get my hair cut once every two years, I am doing pretty well.

  8. Lolly says:

    I’ve got the Bainbridge in my queue – just a matter of time :)
    You had a good year – making some great things, girl. Of course, you know I love that skirt, and you made some great socks too.

    Ahh, the sewing machine. I have one but never use it… I look forward to seeing anything you can put together :)

  9. Rachel says:

    I can’t believe that some of those FOs up there are from 2007. I feel as though they were from much longer ago than that. 2007 must have been a long-ass year. Weird. Usually I feel the opposite.

    I also have busted out my sewing machine recently! The fact that you have done the same disappoints me somewhat, because you are now certain to show me up terribly. And yes, everything is a competition.

    I wonder whose hair is longer….

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