Marilyn recently said:
I resolve to do stuff year-round. And then I either do it or I don’t. If I don’t, there is no self-flagellation. If I do, that’s good.
I’m pretty much right there with her. What does a calendar day have to do with anything? If you want to do something, do it! Don’t wait for another day, don’t put things off until there’s a new year!
Also wrt resolutions, Claudia said:
I am not the biggest fan of New Year’s Resolutions. About that, I refer you to Yoda, who said “Do or not do. There is no try.”
Absolutely right! I also think – and this is just my opinion – that if you don’t end up doing whatever you set out to do, it’s maybe because you didn’t really want to (barring health problems and other serious interferences, of course). Otherwise, you would have made the time, saved the money, gone to the gym, put in more effort, etc. Right? Right?
But January 1 always reminds me to reflect on my life, what did I do right last year, what can I improve, and so on. (Never mind that I have this reflective session just about every other week. That’s because I’m an egoist.) I prefer to continually challenge myself – can I be smarter, faster, nicer? A better editor? A kinder friend? An athlete? An artist? Can I really manage to vacuum the house and do laundry every week? (Answer to that last question – no, not yet.) Matt says that by constantly raising the expectations bar, I am always left somewhat dissatisfied and unhappy about where I am. But I hate the thought of getting stagnant, comfortable, developing fear of the unknown, and letting those fears and comforts influence my decisions.
It was increasingly evident to me in 2005 that I was getting bored with knitting. I bought few books and little yarn. I spent more time thinking about spinning techniques and dissecting yarn characteristics than I did knitting or designing. Good? Bad? Do I care? I know a lot about knitting, and I feel kind of BTDT about too many techniques. Is there anything new under the sun? I looked hard to find ‘blogs of advanced knitters who spent a lot of energy designing. Among others, Janine, Nona, and Wendy talk intelligently and humorously about knit design, I eat it up! If you are looking for crochet inspiration (and I was not because I don’t crochet, but I’m still drawn, hookless, to her site), Cathy does a lot of good work. Sara mostly does weaving and knotted pile rugs, neither of which I am the slightest bit interested in learning, but her creative process is uplifting.
Y’know, if you’d like to leave the link of your favorite design-heavy knitblogger in the comments, you will have my undying gratitude!
So it’s time to turn over a new leaf. I think I’d like to focus on design this year. Not design clothing, per se – I’ll leave that to others with more style sense and more time to knit garments. I think 2006 will be the year I challenge myself to develop novel stitch patterns (didja know the DNA cable is the *only* stitch pattern I’ve ever invented?), design lace patterns, spin a novelty yarn like we’ve never seen before (I’ve got a prototype in the works, natch), explore color theory, and systematically create the perfect sock yarn; maybe, if we’re really lucky, this will also be the year I learn to sew properly.
There. I’ve said it out loud and in public and therefore am feeling mighty accountable. Wish me luck!
And lastly – thanks to all who stop by, a happy new year of blessings to you! I appreciate that you check up on me, participate in my little games, offer ideas and inspiration, and encourage me to keep trying. May every single one of you attain greater heights this year.