After spending years pursuing the perfect New Year's Eve, turned out that Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz got it best - there's no place like home.
We shop at Formaggio Kitchen a few days before. *points* her imperious finger. That one, that one, how about that one, and yes, that one. That takes care of the cheese. Mr. E picks out the charcuterie while I head for the cookies and the chocolate. A little bit of this, a little bit of that.
A fire in the fireplace. Knitting. Some spinning. He brings the laptop down, does what he does with that. Champagne is opened at 6pm, sipped slowly through the evening. Last night, we got as far as 10:30. No ball, no dropping, just.....zzzzzzzzz. Lovely.
Today, I woke to the New Year, remembering all I had postponed to now. Ugh. UGH.
Let us avoid that dysphoria. Let's talk of fiber goals.
Last year, I wrote this, below, and you laughed. I could not understand why you laughed. Now I know.
Each month is assigned to a handdyer that is well-represented in the stash. Each month has one four-ounce braid designated. The order is currently arbitrary. We are also allowed three wild cards. I suspect that means we can substitute other braids in, but neither of us has played the card, so it's a mystery.
1. Enchanted Knoll Farm: DONE
2. Spirit Trail: DONE
3. Spunky Eclectic
4. Spinners Hill
5. Chasing Rainbows
6. Foxhill or Foxfire (spinner's choice)
7. Abby batts
8. Friends Folly Farm
9. Spinning Bunny
12. Abstract Fibers
In addition, 1.5 pounds of spinning WIPS must be finished.
I got completely stuck on#2. Turns out I hate Targhee, but had to finish it. As a result, I started other projects on another wheel. I did not get 3 pounds done, but it was close. Once I threw out the list of 12 indie dyers, I picked up whatever appealed. My Tour de Fleece, completely unblogged, completed over 3 pounds of spining WIPS finished. I plyed all of the Coopworth fleece that I had spun (Baritone), and spun 5 ounces more. I plyed a stunning array of bobbins that decorated my house for years.
I tried to schedule this with room in between #1-10. I know I am fickle, but I also know that I need to Get Stuff Done.
1. Finish Grant Park pullover for Mr. E.
2. Finish Baltic mittens (just have the thumbs left)
3. Bind off Volt. (More on this later.)
4. Frog Leaf Lace shawl. DONE
5. Frog toe up sock attempt. DONE
6. Finish handspun hat for Mr. E. DONE
7. Finish Eleanor cowl. DONE
8. One new shawl DONE
9. Apsara shawl
10. Inuit mittens
Well. Much of this stuff is seeing the new year. 2014, not 2013. I did a couple of shawls. Finished some socks. Managed to knit about three projects almost in their entirety, that I then had to frog completely because of stoopid mistakes.
I am too inexperienced to know if all this is realistic.
1. Tencel scarves (2) from Just Our Yarn 2011 purchase.
2. Warp and finish Vavstuga towel kit (4 towels, prewound warp)
3. Undulating twill project by the end of the year
4. Design and weave a project from yarn purchased at Vavstuga 12/2012
5. Finish off current cottolin warp from hell DONE
6. One rigid heddle project
Clearly more needs to be done here. Am I a weaver? Or am I not a weaver? The answer is not clear yet.
So that brings us to now. The earth did not move because I failed to achieve my stated goals. So I made more. I saw things on Rav (Lazy Stupid Godless board) that appealed in concept. Going cold sheep seems like a good idea. Knitting from stash. (Someone suggested knitting up all of one color from your stash this year. I could knit all the blue yarn. HAHAHAHAHAHA)
This is what I wrote up prior to December 31st: