Sunday, March 8, 2009

New Year's Resolution Update

Well. It's March--two months since the New Year. Tomorrow is my birthday, which serves as a convenient reminder that we are two months into the New Year. This day seems as good as any, therefore to briefly revisit my New Year's resolutions.

On a personal front, I have lost the nasty five pounds that had crept up, which is good, but I still need to throw down with more exercise. I have gone running and walking recently, which is a good start. I won't dwell any more on it here.

As to my fiber habits, I need to re-resolve here and now to go back on the wagon, vis a vis: not buying any more yarn. I have been a bad bad girl. On the plus side, my needles have been busily a-clickin'.

My original resolutions, knitting-wise were:
1) Zarah
2) Jiada
3) Small first quarter projects (3--maybe 4)
4) Grant Avenue
5) Hisdal Peony
6) Da Vinci
7)New Shell? or some other project?

Here is where I currently am:
1) Zarah is reknit and ready to block and sew except for the collar. I really needed a break, but I will pick it up to work on soon.
2) Jiada is still fallow.
3) I have started a small first quarter project and it is proceeding apace as my lunchtime/weekly knitting circle project.
4) Grant Avenue is still in a box--can't deal with it right now.
5) Hisdal Peony is untouched.
6) Da Vinci is untouched as well
7) New Shell was shunted aside in favor of other lace weight mohair silk projects:
8) the Belinda wrap which is at the halfway point
9) Clapotis, which is 60-70% done and a STASH yarn project to boot. Yay me!
So, I have managed to work on two of my resolutions. I think of the above list the Peony sweater will be next. Once it is started it will be more autopilot. Now that I am in a weekly knitting group at North Coast Knittery (a lovely store when you are in the Humboldt Bay Area--check it out!!), I have motivation to have something ready to go at all times. I also have a project picked out for another bag of stash yarn--some Noro Cotton Kureyon, so I should be plenty busy for now.

On a sad note--R.I.P. to my IBM Thinkpad. The hard drive had sudden, complete cardiac arrest early last week. This post is being composed on my husband's ancient desktop (Windows '98, no less!). The Thinkpad was refurbished, and did me well for four years. It had been hiccuping, so out of a sense of impending doom, I actually backed up my 'My Documents' folder, so the loss was not total. I lost some game programs, and a few other pieces of software that will be irritating to replace, but nothing that CAN'T be replaced like pictures, notes, patterns and recipes. Let this be a lesson to all of you out there. Get yourself a big flash drive and back your systems up!! My husband warned me and fortunately, for once, I listened to him. I have a new refurbished Dell coming (yay, EBay.), which should do me for at least another four years, I hope.

It's a cold-ish day out (in the '40's) with the threat of showers--not bad, but not unreasonable to dig in with a fiber project. Have a great Sunday, everyone!

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