I had hoped to post this earlier in the week, but sometimes life just gets in the way!
Robin's post got me thinking. Knitting Daily's "Knit Fearlessly" email too. I'd already started a list of goals for the New Year, but they were looking so rigid. Knitting is supposed to be fun, something to take the pressure off from work and other stressors. In trying to meet my goals and finish projects, I'm feeling like the goals are stifling my creativity. I need more balance, more room for serendipity. You might say that my right brain has a headache.
Rather than list specific projects to knit in 2008, I'm going to call it The Year of the Sweater. Sweaters are one of my favorite things to make, yet I found myself working on everything else in 2007. So...
1. Knit Sweaters -- whatever strikes me at the time. Possibilities include Fantine, Dream in Color shrug, Coral Crossing, Haze, and others in the "Dreaming About" column. I'm hoping one of these will be multi-colored (intarsia) too, and I'm definitely going to try top-down sweaters.
2. Try audiobooks for knitting. I've been asking lots of questions to people I know who listen while they knit. I'm still not sure of the best way to go: audible.com, iTunes, librivox. But I'd like to listen to some of the classics I didn't read in college, and this seems like a great way to do that.
3. Learn how to use my Macbook. Since we got it last Feb, I've been using it for the same things I do on a PC, surfing the internet, emails, etc. But the reason I wanted it is to be able to work with photos and graphics in a way I'm told can't be done well on the PC. Recommendations on where to start?
4. Try to ride the century that I missed last September.
5. Get Your Guts in Gear ride, June 2008.
Without meaning to, I seem to have taken on a new hobby this year (maybe the serendipity is already happening?). Inspired by another family member, I've gotten an account on Ancestry.com and am starting to input my family history. This is all so new to me that I don't have any plans yet except to work with my mother to input all we know, and see what happens next. If anyone has tried this, I'd love to hear about your experiences.
And, last but not least, next Wednesday night I start volunteering at Rainy's former shelter. Two hours each week in the infirmary, cleaning cages and working with a vet tech to give medication. I went once before Christmas for training and it's not too hard -- we've done pills and liquids and shots at home, but eye cream is new to me and will definitely take a little practice. At most shelters, volunteers are needed just to pet and play with and walk the animals, to help them get used to humans and make them more adoptable. But since Charlie trained us for meds, I thought it might be nice to honor him by putting that skill to use. We'll see how it goes!
It's going to be a very busy year. What will you be up to?