2012 knit year in review

2012_in-reviewA highlight from January to December, I managed to knit something in every month this year! A successful knit year in my book!

I’m looking  forward to another great year in knits!

How about you? What are you most looking forward to this new year?


hello monday

The weekend was a whirlwind… including hosting friends to a BBQ, helping out a friend with a trunk show, cleaning, cleaning and cleaning, plus countless hours with technical support trying to solve my wireless network issues in a bid to finish setting up the studio and playroom. To my disappointment, the latter is still unsuccessful.

Recently we took  the girls to an indoor amusement fair. It was during the weekday which meant it was fairly unpopulated and the girls pretty much had most of the rides to themselves. It was heaven for my two very impatient girls.

This week, my hope is to start my Fall shop and show update planning. I’ve got some exciting things lined up for this Fall and Holiday season — maybe I’ll even be able to give you a few glimpses into what I’m working on over the next couple of weeks.

How about you? What projects are you working on this week? Are you knitting, reading or doing something crafty? I’d love to hear about it!

Happy Monday!

{goals 2012} an update

Halfway into 2012 and I figured I’m overdue for an update. Well, the reason it’s taken so long to update is because I’m failing. Yup, 6 months in and I can actually say I’m no where near finishing my list.

I didn’t get very far on my TFA KAL so my cardi is still a work in progress and my yoga time has declined to zero.

But with one week off this week, I am determined to set up the playroom and my studio/office at the same time. Hopefully, I will knock both of these off the list by the end of the week.

I got started this morning my sketching a plan and heading out to IKEA to see what my options could be; and pinning my inspirations. Follow me!

P.S. since I opted to go to IKEA rather than my photo walk today — I’ve got to seize the opportunity tackle my list– so I’m delaying my photo journal.

goals update

Progress on my 2012 goals has been good. I’ve made strides (read: started some) and I am working my way up to some, like yoga once per week rather than twice so far.

My playroom and studio dreams have been halted while we deal with some unexpected (read: costly) house repairs over the past couple of weeks. Hopefully next month I can go back to making plans for change in those rooms, and sharing my progress with you here.

These days have been quite busy. Between recent party planning and shuttling the kiddos to various activities, I’ve been working on orders and trying out some new designs for a spring showing. I’m very excited about booking my first spring show. I’m considering this one.

Lots happening… I’m excited!

in my basket: tfa kal

One of my goals was to finish a sweater for myself. I’m hoping the Tanis Fiber Arts January KAL will help me keep on track and have sweater to wear on my birthday (at the end of the month).

Have you seen the Winter issue of Petite Purls? Aren’t these honeycomb legwarmers the cutest ever! Based on my legwarmer craze these days, these are bound for on my needles as soon as I can finish the sweater!

Tomorrow is K’s big day. I hear she’s been telling all her teachers and classmates that she turns 5 tomorrow. She’s bursting! It’s going to be a good day.

goals :: 2012

I’ve noticed that many bloggers (at least the ones I follow regularly) are list makers. This is especially clear at the start of a new year when resolutions and goals setting is very topical.

Myself, I’m actually not a list person. Surprised? Yeah, me too! My unfinished 35 before 35 is truth to this fact. But I have some things that I want to must accomplish this year and writing them down will help me focus on on them. Then I read this post from Jennifer and knew immediately that what I needed to do. Post them at eye level, right in front of me so I saw them everyday as I sat at this computer, writing, surfing, working away.

At the moment, I have 8 goals and I may add a couple more. I’m still thinking some through. Also guiding me through these goals is One Little Word. I’m a big fan of Elise and she inspired me to think about one word that will be my focus for 2012. I picked CHANGE.

I want to change the focus of my life. I want to change how I earn a living. I want to change the way I sometimes behave with my family. I want to change some of the rooms in my house. I want to change the way I eat.

In 2012, I’m looking for a little bit of change.

35 things

work in progress

On my 35th birthday I made a list. It was a list of my goals that I would try to accomplish before my next birthday. I didn’t publish this list (it’s tacked on a board in our office), but I thought I would do so now and document each one as I check it off.

1. Take a workshop.
2. Sew something for myself.
3. Finish this knit cardi I started over a year ago.
4. Knit something in fair isle (the photo above is my first fair isle project).
5. Exhibit at a local craft show.
6. Learn to crochet.
7. Renovate our kitchen.
8. Have professional family photos taken.
9. Make a book out of my blog.
10. Replace using paper napkins with cloth.
11. Make my own bread.
12. Fly a kite.
13. Volunteer.
14. Redecorate the living/dining room.
15. Design personalized family stationary.
16. Plant something.
17. Start an art journal.
18. Find a church.
19. Get back into a regular spinning class.
20. Organize our digital photos into an album/book.
21. Visit an art gallery.
22. Take a sewing class.
23. Knit new sweaters for my girls.
24. Get a library card!
25. Try a new grill recipe.
26. Go on a trip.
27. Take a swim class with K.
28. Spin my own yarn.
29. Organize my knitting patterns in a binder.
30. Plan a party for the neighbours.
31. Go to a movie (sans babies).
32. Make a birthday cake.
33. Host Christmas dinner.
34. See a live show.
35. Make a dent in my yarn stash.

Wow! That’s a lot of goals. I hope I have the energy to pull them all off!

Idea inspired by Elise Blaha.