Back in early January (oh so long ago), I accepted a Mission to accomplish 12 knitting related things. Since then, I've given you monthly reports on my progress. As we enter the fifth month, I'm proud to report that I'm over half-way through my list.
We will not mention that I got this way by frogging the clearly unfinishable projects.
As I have been doing all along, I've put the original goal in bold italics, with the commentary that remains in simple italics. Where I've actually accomplished it, I've stricken out the title and killed the bold (so it looks like
where I've made any progress, I've put that information in normal type. However, this time around, I've reorganized things so that the completed stuff is all together.. If you're a
glutton for punishment, you can check out the pictures in the Photo
Album there on the sidebar - I won't make this a picture heavy post,
since all of the pictures are there. So, without further ado --- here's
the round up :
Finish the Pre-Columbian Shawl Mission Accomplished by February 4
Figure out what I did in Willow 2" back so I can resume
knitting it. (note: the promise is to resume knitting... not to finish.
Therefore, I only have to donate this if I don't get to forward
Mission Accomplished in January
I've also progressed... After a few
arguments, that called for a bit of tinking, and a bit of recharting, we've been moving forward at a slow and steady pace. I'm not going to tempt the knitting gods by suggesting that finishing this within the year is foreseeable... but...
Finish Mermaid Mission Accomplished in March.
Deal with DH's abstract sweater.
Mission Accomplished in April (reality testing revealed that he'd never
wear this out-dated when begun sweater -- I frogged it).
Finish the tee dress I started in that ribbon yarn (Olga?) Frogged in March - Mission Accomplished in March
9. Finish all socks in progress as of the Start of the Mission:
The Spiraling Up Socks in Fleece Artist's Sea Wool Mission Accomplished in March
9b. Blue Stocking bail out in Fleece Artist merino
Though I'd hoped for a toe-up sock, when Anne Hanson asked me to test knit Sock de Mer, I realized that this was the perfect yarn. I completed the first sock, and cast on right away for the second one.
9c. The experimental (heel out) sock
9d (when you add new socks before the original three are done, are they part of the Mission?--
Bonus Mission Accomplished in April DONE (and DH loves them)
2. Fix Thistle's sleeves and get her buttons on. They're too tight. I have no more yarn. The dye lot will matter. I must either find a way to block in a few extra inches (hahaha) or undo the seam, and insert a gusset in black.
I've found all the yarn.
5. Finish swatching the Bohus fer chrissakes, and start knitting the thing! Oh,... finishing it would be good too... but I do NOT promise to donate this if it's unfinished by year's end. The promise here is to get it well and truly in progress.
6. Finish fixing the microfibre ribbon Tee that I'd originally made too large.
Only progress is that I think I've figured out what I need to do.....
8. Finish or frog the Nalgar
I've at least thought about this. I think I'll be frogging. There are no baby boys in sight to wear one should I finish it, and I'm getting better ideas for the yarn.
10. Finish the sweater I'm knitting sans pattern out of Grignasco Spongy.
I was making killer progress before I lost track of where I was in the whole short rowing thing... And boy is it hard to count rows in this stuff...
12. Fix the damned Silk Garden Jacket! (need to pick out the sleeves and re-knit them ... I put them in in the wrong place).
and # 13 (to match the number of full moons in the year, I guess): Reduce the stash -- whether by knitting it or trading it or selling it. I hope to also make plans for much of what I keep, so that even if it's not on the needles, I've a clue why it's here.
So, four months gone, and five and a half missions accomplished. Not bad, as long as you ignore the part where several of those missions were accomplished by frogging. I've got some work cut out for me to finish these other tasks by years' end. I'd best get focused.
April's goals progress:
I said that I'd focus on on fixing the Microfiber Ribbon Tee, finishing one of the sock goals, and working on Spongy; and that I'd go through the stash again to put stuff for sale or swap.
I did work on Spongy, but...
I also said I'd Maintain a yoga schedule -- minimum three times a week. Work into practicing at home as well as in class. .. I had actually gotten to practicing in the morning at home before I had that unfortunate week of pain, during which I all but bailed on yoga. I'm trying again....
I also said I'd try to Put My Foot (and Pocketbook) Down in April. The basic premise is that you buy NOTHING but essentials for the whole month. I went for several days without buying a thing.
Then I bought jeans for C and shorts for J. The jeans were needed. She'd outgrown all the ones she had. The shorts were... inevitable if early. I pretended that this did not knock me out of the running.
But then, I went out for latte and a scone with a friend on tax day. There is simply no way to call that a necessary expense. I lasted two weeks.
New and/continuing fibery goals for May:
1. Continue working on the above listed Mission Goals (focusing on 9, and otherwise focusing on numbers 6 and perhaps 10)(I don't seem to have stuck to these focuses well, but we'll see).
2. Go through the stash again, and put more stuff up for sale or swap.
Get a good plan laid down for the the Eastward Trek (preferably to include adding one or more stops to the trip.