Tuesday, May 9, 2017

52 Lists: things you want to make

For me, the best place for a fresh start or to begin a new project is on my birthday - the beginning of my year. So the year I was 21, I did a photo a day project (that ended up including an internship in Cleveland, meeting/dating my now-husband Adam, and going to New York to work for Vogue Knitting - so I'm retrospectively glad that I committed to documenting that particular year!), and the year I was 24, I knitted the sky (one row on a scarf each day in the color of the sky). So for 27, I'm doing lists. I'm going to roughly follow along with the book The 52 Lists Project.

A list of the things I want to make

...the world a more beautiful place. More concretely, let's talk about knitting...

A few weeks ago, while trapped inside on a cold wet Saturday and inspired by a friend who was sending me periodic updates of her Marie Kondo-esque purge, I dragged All The Things out of our bedroom closet and our hall closet, and only put about half of them back. A lot of it was "this should have gone in the dumpster at the apartment" and a lot of it was yarn. I found a good home for some, and rearranged what was left, with the intention of knitting my way through as much of it as possible while Adam is gone and I still have my evenings free.

So I made a semi-ridiculous list of Things to Make, and put all the necessary yarn in the knit-next basket by my side of the bed, where it will haunt my dreams until something is done with it.

1. Fauna {complete!}
2. Something for Brooklyn {a cowl - started}
3. I have 300 yards of yak/merino blend that I'm thinking should become elbow-length gloves, because if all of that deliciousness isn't actually touching me, then that's just wrong
4. Another Modern Nymph
5. A grey alpaca pullover
6. A green cotton skirt
7. Something for Tobin (last time we went in our LYS, he pulled some lovely orange worsted off the shelf and said "Mommy, knit me something?")
8. A cardigan
9. Some sort of felted bag (I have lots of Brown Sheep Bulky scraps)
10. Also, finish the Dotted Rays I started

I'm hoping the small things will balance out the larger things, but that's still a little over two projects a month, not including other things that may come up. However, I'm off to a good start - and it will be nice to turn some long-stashed yarn into actual wearable things.

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