With all the busy-ness of the holiday season, I feel like I have a backlog of random things I’d like to share, so here’s where I’m going to do that!
1) I’ve started using instagram and I’m surprised by how much I enjoy it. I realized that the only tweets on twitter that I looked forward to were people’s instagram posts, so why not go right to the source? If you’re on it please let me know so I can find/follow you!
2) As perhaps deduced from my facing-the-music-post, my stash/office/craft room recently underwent a massive re-organization. I now have one bin for worsted/bulky yarns, one for fingering/sport, one for dyed braids of fiber, one for undyed fleece, one small bin for DK weight yarn, another small one for non-STR Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarns, a 3-drawer system containing needles, laceweight/luxury fingering yarns, and luxury worsted weight yarns (luxury meaning it contains silk or cashmere), and the two new 3-drawer units shown above: one containing WIPs separated out by year and the other for fiber I want to access easily– current spinning projects, luxury fibers for blending, and BMFA Rockin’ Whorl Club braids. Phew!
3) Some very exciting news: my coworker, who is also a kickass graphic designer, is helping me develop a new logo and pattern layout! It’s been a crazy amount of fun to watch her take my vague descriptions of what I sorta-kinda-think I want and turn them into a multitude of awesome designs to choose from. We’re finalizing a few details and then I’ll have to update my existing patterns but I’m very excited about the new look and can’t wait to share it with you.
4) A helpful reader, salpal1, pointed me to a dead-simple KAL being encouraged on the KnittingSarah blog. The basic premise and only rule is this: knit some socks every day, starting January 15th, for a year. You don’t need to set goals for how many socks you want to knit nor try to knit them as quickly as possible, if you knit half a round on a sock one day then you’ve met the goal. This is my kind of KAL! You can share your progress in the Socks With Sarah thread on Ravelry. There’s also the quarterly sock KAL occurring in the Socks That Rawk! group on Ravelry. We usually choose a different free and paid pattern each quarter but this KAL is a “clean slate” where you can finish a pair from a previous KAL or knit any pattern chosen for a previous KAL or finish any pair of socks that’s knit with BMFA Socks That Rock yarn. And if two sock-related KALs weren’t enough, there’s the January Challenge thread in the 12 Socks in 2014 group on Ravelry, which pretty much counts any sock you’d like to knit, WIPs included. Basically, a zillion SIPs + an excess of KAL motivation = zero excuses for not finishing some socks this year.
Now the hard question: which pair to work on first?
Are you planning to participate in any KALs this year? What motivates you to get things done?
Thanks for passing along the word of Socks with Sarah! Looks like you are going to have a busy 2014… any time to come organize my knitting & spinning things? 😉
Haha, I should offer that as a service, I do get a weird kick out of it!
I rarely do KALs because I already have enough stress in my life. But I love the one from Socks with Sarah. I think I’m going to jump into that one!
It’s about as stress-free as a KAL can be!
I’m doing a KAL with Mysistersknitter on Ravelry and enjoying it so far. It’s about resolutions so it’s perfect ! I love your organization – such a great way to sort things out 🙂 And that sock KAL sounds so fun !
To be honest, I haven’t done a KAL that wasn’t a mystery KAL (or some sort of variation on that. I did the SW ChoreoKAL which wasn’t a traditional mystery but was still something you bought into without seeing patterns and then you got a new one a week). I suspect its because I find the MKALs intriguing and for everything else, my decision process for what to knit next is ‘hmmm, what’s calling to me’ and rarely is there a KAL popping up at the same time.
OH, and on our next virtual knit-night, remind me to take you all into the office for my new yarn storage hutch. wheeee organization.