Monday, January 2, 2017


The "New Year, New Me" post. I keep seeing posts on facebook about how time is a human construct, we can make a change at any time, blah blah blah. Ok, yeah, that's true. However, we humans need the time construct to function and I think that there is something real to having a day that signifies starting over and fresh possibilities. I happen to love the new year feeling.

To recap last year.. We flew down to Florida for a weekend to visit family, the month after that went on an awesome trip to Disney with my father-in-law's side, I got back into show rabbits, we fenced nearly the entire property, flew up to Michigan for a few days to spend time with more family, celebrated one year in our house, Arthur turned 4 and started public pre-K, Vidalia turned 2, we had to say goodbye to 2 dogs and 2 cats (a rough year), welcomed a new kitten, went to DragonCon, and enjoyed even more family time last week. Charlie and I grew together as a couple and are happier than ever. The kids are doing great; Arthur is in his second year of professional speech therapy and is making so much progress, and Vida is growing into a smart, funny, and sassy little princess. Momma and I had a very successful craft show season and I was kept very busy this holiday season with custom orders. It was a good year.

This year, I really want to focus on health, relationships, continuing to build our homestead, more financial stability, and, of course, knitting.

Non-Yarn Goals:

1. Get healthier. I know, I know. Everyone says this. Hey, if I don't say it, then I have zero chance of doing it, right? I no longer want to be the tiny girl I've always wanted to be (and have been before via very very unhealthy practices), and I've come to accept my natural body type. That said, I could definitely be fitter and healthier. I'm going to focus on watching my portions, walking the track more, and cutting back on Coke. For the kids, that are full of energy and thin like their daddy, I want to instill healthy habits in them.

2. Pay off a credit card. We were fortunate to have had very little debt in the way of student loans, so have that all paid off, and we paid my car off last year. We have 2 small-sh credit cards that need to go, though. I want to get one fully paid down and kept in the safe for emergencies only. Part two of this goal is that the extra money be sent straight to the other credit card so that it can be paid down in 2018.

3. Put back more money each month. Living paycheck to paycheck is not good.

4. Continue to build the homestead and start selling eggs at the farmers' market. Also focus on building a bigger customer base of people who raw feed their pets.

5. Accomplish a major home improvement. Either get the sliding glass door replaced with a real solid door, get the propane fireplace installed, or get the carport over the driveway.

6. Stop being such a hermit when it comes to friends. I'm horrible at real-life friendships. I get nervous about it, am awkward around people, and just tend to avoid social situations even though I long for close friends. This year I will build relationships and friendships!

Yarn Goals:

1. Keep the WIPs in check. I cannot stay monogamous to a project, but having 5 WIPs at once is ridiculous. This means includes finishing up a few things, like the feather and fan stole that's been hibernating for most of 2016:

2. Focus on knitting for craft shows. This year and last, I did not have nearly enough inventory going into the show season. I was frantically knitting between shows just to restock the basics.

3. Not do as many custom orders around Christmas. I always take on too much and am so stressed at a time that I really should be just enjoying things. I may do a few small things, but no more Dr. Who scarves, large sweaters/dresses, etc.

4. Start and finish a Hue Shift blanket! My SIL is getting married to her wonderful girlfriend in October, and I think they'll love this blanket. It's quite an undertaking (especially since I want to focus on craft show knitting), but they're worth it.

5. Keep up the good work with the stash! I sold about 150 skeins this year, which made space and also paid for my yarn storage. I knit almost entirely from stash and really didn't bring that much in. I did shop KP's Big Sale, but that's a given and I spent significantly less this year than in previous ones.

Speaking of the stash, wanna see the latest photo shoot? I didn't include fiber stash, handspun, and some that I just forgot about, so it's not the entire thing, but close. If I included everything, it would probably be another full picture's worth.


Sport and DK:

Worsted and bulky:

I'm pretty danged proud of myself! I moved out all of my laceweight, KP Felici, and my cotton blends that I just will never use.

Now, about that storage...

 We have a walk-in closet that had a cheap rack-type shelf across the back. I took that down and put up real shelves. The bins came from Home Depot and each will fit 36 100-gram balls of fingering weight. Of course, that isn't enough to hold everything, so I have plastic drawers lining both walls under our clothes. Fiber is stored under the bottom shelf, which holds sewing machines and fiber tools. I love this space. The top shelf has my small stash of fabric, embroidery supplies, button stash, and ribbon. Everything is organized, labelled, and easily accessed. To ward off bugs, I vacuum the closet at least twice a week, spray it for pests at twice a year, and keep lavender and cedar sachets everywhere. I haven't had any issues, knock on wood.

Any big plans for 2017, fiber or otherwise?

1 comment:

  1. What great goals! And I'm totally with you on #6 of the non-yarn goals. The introvert is really strong in me and it makes it so difficult to get close to people. I'm constantly worried that I'm going to weird them out or come on too strong or something. I think I'm going to have to add this to my own goal list! Good luck with everything, and I hope you had a happy new year (I'm a little late on catching up with reading - hahaha)!