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Resolutions for 2013

Happy New Year!

Do you have any resolutions for 2013?  I know I said I wasn't going to, but I just love lists too much. I was thinking through my plans for Year 30, and decided the list was lacking just a bit.

My goals for Year 30 are:
-make mittens
-knit a sweater for myself
-make a quilt
-make something to enter in the Arkansas State Fair
-learn to read charts
-knit a shawl from a pattern
-make socks

Those are fun goals and I'm looking forward to them.  Working from a chart makes me nervous, but I've tried it a few times and being bad at it is getting old.  But there's always room for improvement, and isn't that what resolutions are meant to be?  My birthday goals are goals--mostly skills I want to learn and means to ends I want (I want a sweater!  Badly!).  But my resolutions are attempts at self-improvement.  My list for that is short.  Not because I think I'm clearly awesome (I do, though, because I am), but because I can only stand so much change.

Big 2013 Resolution #1
Knit through at least half of my stash.

This was what it looked like in October.  It's grown since then.

 I had some impulse buys in 2012, and I had some projects that just didn't work out.  Some of it is small amounts that need to go into granny squares, and some of it could really be something fantastic.  I have some great yarn!  I'd really like to do something with it before I go out buying anything else.  Sometimes, though, it's just easier to go out and buy a new skein or two for a pattern than to hope I have enough stash yarn left, or to even find the stash yarn.  Speaking of which....

Big 2013 Resolution #2:
Get organized.

Specifically, get organized with crafting supplies.  Because this is what my craft corner looks like now.

Realest blog post ever.  This is what things looked like this morning.

When my daughter was learning to crawl, we took a playpen and unfolded it across one wall of our living room.  It was a pretty genius move, but it also led to me just dropping things behind The Wall and losing them forever.  There's also a basket of fabric and a little hutch with scrapbooking supplies that I just can't bring myself to show you.  Anyway, if I can bring order to even a portion of that chaos, I'd be a much happier camper.  My little girl is older now, and understands that she can't touch certain things of mine (or she seems to, anyway.  Fingers crossed!) and so it's probably safer now to have things out in the open.  And if I use up half of my yarn, it will certainly be easier to contain it!

So those are my big resolutions for 2013.  They can be summed up with "Don't get drowned in yarn."  I should be fine, and even if I'm not, there are worse problems to have than too much yarn. 

Still, I'd like to have a much less embarrassing picture to show you of my corner.

What are your resolutions?  Any big projects you want to tackle?  New techniques you want to learn?  Horrible trashy craft corners you need to whip into shape?  Let me know in the comments!

And have a happy 2013!

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