Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!!

It's been such a long time since I last posted... I stopped crafting during September and October but I jumped back into it in November. Since then, I've been making slow progress on my two afghans:
  1. The first afghan is made out of Hexagons. I'm using Cascade 220 in a variety of colours so I can use up odd ends and make it as colourful as possible. I know that this will felt in the future, but maybe it'll make a nice rug if it's thick enough. If not, I'll still use it as a blanket.
  2. I'm trying to use up all of my acrylic DK yarns. I'm using the Quad Color Squares pattern to make as many squares as possible and then I'll sew them together at the end. I'm trying to use up each ball/leftover piece of yarn before adding on a new colour.
I tried to make these afghans in time for Christmas, but there was too much left to do. I'm going to try to finish at least one of these before January is over.

Speaking of Christmas, I didn't have much Christmas knitting to do. I opted to either buy presents or to not give presents this year. This has little to do with my current income - I just wasn't in a Christmassy mood this year. Maybe next year will pick up.

Right now I'm debating whether I should make any new years resolutions. I think I'll have too many to keep and then give up on all of them thinking that since I can't keep all of the resolutions, i won't keep any. Hmmm... no, that's not a good idea. I can already feel my inner sloth creeping through my fingers to make me stop writing.

I'll press on with the resolutions. Whether I keep them or not is another story, but having them written down will be a good reminder.
  1. Top of the list: STUDY!! I have exams in two weeks but i haven't looked at my books yet. This is ridiculous. I've got to try harder with my studies and graduate with a good mark. How about after my exams I spend an hour per day going over my class notes (I'll do a little more on the weekend) so I don't get buried under messy scribblings when I'm trying to revise.
  2. Lose weight. I'm not going to put a timeline on this. I'd just like to be in better shape this time next year, whether that means I lose 2lb, 2kg or 2okg. It's my birthday in February - I'll be turning the big two one! - so I'd like to be thinner, if only to look better in the pictures. Plus, a smaller size means less yarn for that sweater! (I'm currently craving to knit Snow White by Ysolda Teague)
  3. Finish my UFOs (which currently include my previously mentioned afghans). I didn't think that I have that many UFOs but once in a while I find a project hiding under a pile of dust bunnies. Maybe I should go on a UFO hunt soon.
  4. Knit my first pair of socks. This seems doable since on the Stash and Burn Groupies board on Ravelry, there's a new thing called the Sock Stash Knitdown 2011. Basically, people are planning to knit (around) 12 pairs of socks in 2011 to use up their stashed sock yarn. I joined but only signed up to do 6 socks considering I have never knitted socks before. I said 6 'socks' rather than 'pairs' since I'm still debating which to commit to; I might cruise through these socks (and find my new forte) but on the other hand, I might get stuck after the 7th row. Plus, I need to take into account Second Sock Syndrome: I might end up with 2 pairs of socks and 4 single socks. Anyhow, knit a sock!
  5. Post more often on Ravelry. I think I spend more time than I should on Ravelry, but most of that time is spent lurking. More time spent socialising on Ravelry means less time knitting... so maybe this resolution is optional.
Can I keep these resolutions? You'll be the first to know.

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