Saturday, January 1, 2011


The year has started out fairly productively.  Since P is on call this weekend I have to provide my own entertainment today.  So far I have cleaned the kitchen thoroughly, made lentil soup, done a few loads of laundry, converted my hanging files from 2010 to 2011 and weeded through my cookbooks.

Odd years seem to be kinder to me than even ones, and I am hoping that '11 will be MY year.  You hear that World? IT IS MY TURN.  MINE. And I don't care if I sound like a three year old.  The world likes balance, and I am due.  And while you are at it World?  Don't forget my friend, F. She is more than due.

That is 400 yards of warp.

This year is going to be about Less.

* less me
* less mess
* less stash
* less stuff
* less waste
* less procrastination
* less advice**

I am taking on several Less challenges this year:

* Sock Stash Knitdown - I will be using 12 skeins of sock yarn this year, either knit as socks, or other projects.  I also bought an Xmas gift for myself - a 25" Schacht Rigid Heddle Loom.  Great way to use up sock stash!

* Cold Sheeping - Gah, the last few months have been difficult, but I am back on the wagon.  I am not buying yarn until April 2011, and then I will re-evaluate my stash and probably re-up.

* Project 333 - Living in a reduced wardrobe of 33 items.  I participated this past fall, and while I had to make some adjustments as the seasons changed (hello! cropped leather jacket does not cut it when the windchill is 5 F outside.), I enjoyed the simplicity of it.  I have a major piece to replace in the next week - a simple grey cardigan. My last one got a hole in it within 2 weeks of the beginning of Project 333 round 1.  I continued to wear it.  Then my nephew spit up all over the shoulder. And the baby spit won't come out. I am calling this lightweight grey cardigan officially DEAD, and so I am on the hunt.

** I am always happy to read about "self-improvement" but after a while all this advice just WEARS on me.  So I am going to follow my own common sense and stop relying on the ideas of others.


  1. I think your common sense is going to be the best "advice" you can get! I'm going on a yarn fast, too...just have to decide the time frame for it.

  2. I just broke my resolve to finish all before buyin new yarn. While Norm bought his guitar, look out Waylon, I went to Sticks and Strings. I will share on Tuesday. The loom looks lovely. I'm even thinkin of the possibility of socks. Maybe the rest of the ball I used for Norms for his younger brother for Christmas next year. Everyone loved their hats except Lucas, the 3 yr old who is not into any clothing. He wore it long enough to see it fit.