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Resist the Temptation

I am trying to resist the temptation to plan when it comes to my knitting.  I’ve read many different lists on different knitblogs this week, and I really want to make one of my own.  I like lists.  On the way  home from our Christmas trip, I actually bought a very overpriced notepad just so I could make lists.  By the time our plane landed, I had made around 8 different lists. 

I don’t want to make a knitting list.  Why is this?  Because knitting is my hobby and should not be something that is added to my "to do" list.  It should be my escape from the "to do’s" in my life.  I want to get home at the end of the day, look in my yarn closet, and knit whatever I feel like, not what I feel like I should.  That is my knitting new year’s resolution.  To avoid making knitting resolutions or goals*.

What does this mean?  It means that I may not get as much finished this year.  It means that I may not be a task-oriented knitter.  It means that for a little while, I may work on small projects to balance out the big projects I have planned in other areas of my life.  But it means that knitting will exist just to make me happy, not to give me more stuff "to do". 

Everyone has a different perspective on this, and I will likely have a different perspective each year, or maybe my perspective will change month to month, but for now, this is it.  I love the knitbloggin’ community because there are so many different perspectives and different voices in the same craft.

Now, could someone kindly explain to Houston that it is winter!  It’s going to be 76 degrees today!  I know many of you would love 76 degrees, and it is nice weather, but it’s January for cryin’ out loud!

*The afghan is exempt from this resolution because it was started before the resolution was made, I still hope to finish it by the end of the month.

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6 thoughts on “Resist the Temptation

  1. I agree with you on the knitting to – do list! Good perspective. So you are a cyclist too! How cool. I do triathlon and love my bike! We have a ride up here in the northwest called Seattle to Portland. Have you heard of it?

  2. I like your way of thinking. And I hope that totally works for you.
    Lists for me aren’t stressful like that thought. They are just a tool to help me harnass and organize my thoughts.

  3. I was one of the list bloggers. I had the entire year planned, month by month. I took down the months today, it was making me nervous! I haven’t even finished 2004 knitting and was getting behind in my planned January knitting. Too much pressure, so I resolved to not plan it at all.
    Happy New Year!

  4. Houston knows darn well that it’s winter. This is nature’s way of apologising for that white stuff it littered across the scenery at Christmas. I, for one, am thrilled to be back in shorts again! Mmm, shorts and wool socks… this is living.
    I was browsing through your archives and saw that you’re a college recruiter; may I ask for which one?
    (Yes, I’m a curious little rodent.)

  5. Fantastic approach to your knitting! I must agree one hundred percent. The other day my sweetheart asked me why I was working on “X” project (easy) instead of “Y” project(very complex). I explained that I needed to do some comfort knitting that day. Knitting calms the nerves and takes me away from it all!

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