Monday, September 20, 2010

Autumn Resolutions

I made a decision a long time ago to stop make New Years resolutions. I always seem to fail miserably at keeping them after the first few months. Just recently I thought that maybe I would try the resolution thing again but instead of a year, I would break it down into seasons. This way I can try it out and change it up again in 3 months.

Being September 20th and the Autumn Solstice (one of my favorites!) I think this is the perfect time to start a few resolutions. Just a few though!

Resolution number 1 = Finish the laundry room reno. I swear I started this last year! I need to finish stripping the paint on the baseboards and stain them walnut and then to paint the walls a rather cheerful yellow. I need to buy a new light fixture, some new light switches and some shelving for the linens.

If I work at it a little bit each week I can have the work part (stripping and painting) done by the Super Star's birthday in mid October.

Resolution number 2 = Knit from stash only. Now if I tried to stick to this for a whole year I'd loose my mind. I know I could knit from stash for the rest of my life and still have a terrible pile of yarn left. I will never be able to stop buying lovely yarn and I honestly don't think I should have to, but I can manage 3 months. 

As a part of this resolution I've decided to knit at least one skein of acrylic a month. There is a great charity thread over on the Itty Bitty Knits forum on Ravelry. The general gist is a person chooses to "host" a month and picks a charity to donate to (often times a local neonatal unit). People (like you and me) knit baby hats, booties, blankets, anything the host charity needs really, and sends it to the host to be donated. It really is a fabulous thing and so easy to do. The Itty Bitty Knits group is on year 3 of this and I love it. It's such a great way to use up leftover scraps of yarn that seem to pile up in a stash and help keep some little noggin warm in difficult times. Truly knitters are fantastic people!

I don't get around to donating every month but I should. A baby hat is a super fast project to whip up. Here are some of this months' contributions (I actually sent off 5 hats).



Happy Autumn Solstice to you!

And hey there Knittingknirvana! Congrats on another wonderful video podcast!

2 comments:

  1. Ha! Thanks for the shout out!! :)

    I like your resolutions. So true about the laundry room project---just a little bit each week will get it finished up. Great way to think about projects we're putting off.

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  2. I love your resolutions and impressed by your stash -- enough for no trips to the yarn shop for 3 months. I don't think I could do it, especially as autumn is my fave yarn season :)

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