2009: Planning

I recently upgraded WordPress on this blog and decided a makeover was in order. It took several tries (I hoped to find a magazine style layout that worked to my liking, but no luck), and I really like the new look. Fresh and simple at the same time. I hope you all like it too. (And, please let me know if anything appears wonky to you.)

Here are my knitting goals for 2009.

  1. Finish/frog these UFOs: lace scarf, my parents’ afghan, and second hessian pillow
  2. Knit a Lopi sweater for myself. (I’ve got the yarn, just need to choose the design.)
  3. Enter ALL my stash onto Ravelry. (Most of the stuff is photographed already.)
  4. Complete TKGA Master Knitter Level I.
  5. Complete 14 pairs of adult socks.
  6. Be mindful of yarn purchases.

The last item is a sort-of yarn diet that will take place February through December. My primary focus will continue to be about knitting from stash, but I also would like to be more project-conscious when I do shop. I didn’t do a good job of keeping a list of project/yarn ideas last year. Once I have all my yarn entered to Ravelery, I’ll be able to tag or link patterns with stashed/possible yarn, and print out my queue so I’ll have a handy reference for yarn shopping.

I won’t be counting projects; instead I’ll try a “yarn bank” sort of system. Say I finish a pair of handwarmers with 50g of DK yarn and a shawl with 100g of laceweight. I can then put aside some money for my next purchase; the amount depends on a combination of yardage used and the size of the project (for the above example, the shawl allowance would be greater than that of the handwarmers). If I buy yarn, I will deduct from my allowance (yes, even into negative numbers!). So, that means to be successful with this goal, I will have to end the end with a $0 or better balance.

Ready! Set! Knit! :)

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8 Responses to “2009: Planning”

  1. Chris Says:
    January 5th, 2009 at 8:25 am

    I do like your new layout!

  2. opal Says:
    January 5th, 2009 at 11:07 am

    i love the idea of a yarn bank! so smart!

    i cannot believe you photographed your entire stash. now that is dedication!

    opal recently posted Itís a first! And some weirdness.

  3. Dave Says:
    January 5th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    I like the new goals … and the new look. :-)

    One little thing: at least on this computer, using IE, for the word “limedragon” in your header, the letters are chopped off at the bottom.

    Dave recently posted Winter is here :-(

  4. lisa Says:
    January 5th, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    looks good!

    lisa recently posted abc to xyz-along

  5. lisa Says:
    January 5th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    I’m on IE too, and your header letters look fine…

    lisa recently posted abc to xyz-along

  6. Carrie K Says:
    January 6th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    I like the new layout! Very smart.

    The cataloging of the yarn! Yikes. I started that Saturday – scary stuff! I hadn’t planned on going on a yarn diet but I sure am now.

    Carrie K recently posted 2008. Stick a fork in it. It’s Done.

  7. Tracey Says:
    January 6th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    The layout is just great. I love your bank idea. Is it possible to bounce yarn?

    Tracey recently posted Finnís first wave!

  8. Guinifer Says:
    January 7th, 2009 at 7:57 am

    I got VERY confused with my yarn bank last year….

    Good luck to you!

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Sock Count (Pairs)

  • 2009 ~ 2
  • 2008 ~ 7
  • 2007 ~ 18 (1 baby)
  • 2006 ~ 20 (14 adult)
  • 2005 ~ 2
  • 2004 ~ 5
  • 2003 ~ 1
  • Total (sans 2009): 53

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