So now, having spent a couple of days thinking about it, I'm ready to state what they are - or to be more accurate, what IT is...
(Drum roll please)
My Knitting Goal for 2010 is to...
knit things that I love so they properly fit me or the recipient for whom the knit is intended
Pretty simple, pretty attainable, not much of a goal really unless you consider the flip side - the things I must avoid so as to successfully reach it.
To achieve my 2010 Knitting Goal I must consistently avoid...
- Stupid Errors
- Rushing (because it leads to stupid errors)
- Knitting late into the night when I just don't want to stop or because I want to finish something because it leads to stupid errors.
- Casting on without attending to all measurements of all elements of every knit. (Failing to do this was, at one time, a necessary evil in my learning curve. Now I know better. Hence failing to avoid this in future is nothing but a stupid error (see above).
- Failing to very carefully read (and here's the trick) understand all instructions, directions, notes and descriptions of every pattern before as well as during the knitting process (This includes searching for and noting all applicable errata.) No publication will add more text than is absolutely necessary. If they take the time and expense to include it and/or publish corrections I should take the time and make the effort to integrate them into my thinking about and execution of a pattern. If I'm too lazy to read, I'd better be energetic enough to remedy stupid errors, which are to be avoided (see point #1).
To be honest, another obstacle to enjoyable knitting time for me is the state of my dried out char woman hands. By the time I sit down to knit most evenings my hands are raw and sometimes even sore, Its like knitting wearing velcro gloves. Waiting to knit while hand cream absorbs drives me nuts. This week I discovered something wonderful to remedy this. Sally Hansen Manicure in a Minute. The idea is you rub it around on dry hands for one minute then rinse it off with warm water. Almost instantly my hands are clean, dry, soft and comfortable!
Finally, just a little note of thanks to Carol and Drea, the co-moderators of the Toronto North Knitters and the kind ladies at Passionknit for organizing and hosting the SnB I attended last night. I arrived late and had to leave early but its always nice to sit, surrounded by yarn, amid the sound of softly clicking needles. Besides the new Valentine's window display complete with giant knitted heart on equally giant 3' long needles and the box of knitted "chocolates" amongst the gorgeous completed knits was great fun to ogle for a few minutes before I left!
Thanks for dropping by!