A Nice Round Number

There’s something about the number ‘2015’ that I really like. It’s not technically a round number, not even an even number, but it feels like a nice, round number to me. I’ve been inspired by all the list-making and year-reviewing happening in blogland and I’d like to jump in with my own. In the past, I’ve made some pretty geeky year-end project charts. This year, my knitting production was way way less. I suspect there are a few reasons for this:

  1. a wrist injury that prevented knitting for most of 2 months
  2. the planning and execution of my wedding
  3. the opening of Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe
  4. more time spent spinning (52 oz of finished yarn!)
  5. and very few gifts knit this year (only 2)

All of these events means that my knitting production was so dismal, I’m not even making a graph of it. Compared to last year’s 50 project finished in 2013, during 2014 I completed a grand total of 18 projects–many of them hats. Shockingly, I have 44 WIPs from the last few years floating around my house somewhere… a situation which sorely needs to be remedied.

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Although I couldn’t resist making a table…

Somewhat more disappointing is the complete lack of disregard I showed for the goals I made last January. They were to knit myself a sweater, knit entirely from stash, and finish or frog all of my socks in progress. In fairness, I did knit about 70% of a vest (that I intend to finish by January 24th!), except for one hat I did knit entirely from older stash (but I still stashed over 60 skeins of yarn), and the sock status remains a disaster. I finished a grand total of two pairs of socks in 2014, with 17 pairs (actually, I just cast on a new one, so make that 18 pairs) still in some kind of progress.

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But isn’t the new sock delightful?!

Thus, I’ve concluded that I really needed some more concrete goals, with an associated plan of attack. Constructing such a plan of attack will be my WIP this week, I’m sure…

I believe I first encountered the idea of embracing a particular word for the new year instead of making concrete resolutions on Sarah’s blog (although you can also read about the idea here). I love the concept and think that approaching a year with intention is more doable than aiming for a particular outcome (clearly, based on my lack of goal-stick-to-it-iveness). Circumstances are so unpredictable and the only thing you can really control is the way that you approach it all, so framing your approach with mindfulness makes a lot of sense to me.

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Sunbeam of mindfulness.

I have two words this year. The first is Bravery. There’s a great line in a Jason Mraz song that goes “But my thoughts are all I got, so I try to make ’em brave” which has become a bit of a mantra for me. Even before I heard the song, I promised in one of my wedding vows to approach our life together with a sense of adventure and joy. I think part of what I meant was that I will try to be brave — to worry less, to enjoy more, to retain a sense of perspective, and to keep our life together fun, because it is a good life and we are lucky to have it. It takes a lot of courage for me to face uncertain futures and make decisions with a light heart, and I intend to do my best to cultivate such an attitude of bravery in 2015.

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Irrelevant to this post, just wanted to show off the awesome shirt I gave the Fiasco (my muppet-y man) for xmas.

My second word, partially inspired by this post, is Enough. While this word has negative connotations, I think it can be incredibly freeing, as well. Everything really is ok, in moderation, and learning when I’ve had/done enough and accepting that I am/do enough is key. I tend to throw myself into projects/ideas/plans with 150% of my being, whole-hog, guns-blazing, and all that jazz. And while that can be a productive approach, it can also lead to burn out, a lack of direction, unproductive backslides, and guilt. (Nobody needs that guilt.) So this year I intend to get ok with gradual amounts of progress, with spending moderate amounts of time in a variety of pursuits, and with realistically outlining my goals and priorities so that they aren’t quite so ‘all or nothing’. I am coming to the understanding that everything in my life cannot be top priority at all times, that some things must slide back while others come forward, and as long as the backburner doesn’t turn into a place where dreams go to die, it will all be just fine.

How do you greet the new year? Do you reflect on the past, look forward to the future? Do you make any goals? If so, what are you focusing on for 2015? And since I likely won’t make it back to this space before Friday, have a very Happy New Year!

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19 thoughts on “A Nice Round Number

  1. I think you’ve had a very productive year. I think it’s amazing that any of us have time to finish the things we do in addition to the activities of daily life. I don’t think it matters how much you complete throughout the year as long as you’re completely enjoying yourself along the way. 😀 Happy New Year! P.S. I am LIVING for my lotion bars. The weather here is dry. dry. dry. And, they are a lifesaver.

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  2. OMG! That new sock is gorgeous! What’s the yarn? Anyway, I know you read my Sunday’s YOP list…I haven’t made my list for 2015 yet, but it’ll probably be similar….and honestly I didn’t make much from my list…so I guess one of my goals is to work on the projects I have the yarn and pattern for already…with a few exceptions (some KALs) because I am planning for a big trip this summer…so I need to save some money…..and I actually have to lose some weight for health reasons…so those are really my only two goals for the coming year…

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  3. I like your thinking. Life is unpredictable. Planning a wedding is in itself a major reason why knitting would not have taken place in large amounts! All the best for accomplishing your goals in 2015! Happy New Year to you too!

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  4. I have barely thought about the new year. Or what my goals will be. or what my goals were last year! Yikes I better get started!
    Loving the words as goals idea 🙂

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  5. Love your choice of words! My word for 2015 is going to be “Attitude” – it has been rolling around in my head for a while, and I have already brought to mind several times to focus and readjust my outlook. Beautiful sock-in-progress!

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  6. Oh how funny, i have dispensed with a set planned list to achieve for this year and have picked a word. The set goals made me rather rigid and driven and I am looking to soften my attitude somewhat. You have had an enormous year, of course you havent got that load of socks done. Plenty of time for those. Happy New Year to you.

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  7. I love the word concept!! And “enough” is just perfect for how I am feeling this year. I did have a better year in items finished, but used up less stash. Good thing is I also added less stash. But I still need to do better on not buying. The bad thing is, my birthday is 8 days away and I get a birthday discount at my two favorite shops!! But the good thing is I have $75 in gift cards from Christmas to one of the shops. And I also had $75 in credit at another shop. So the bad thing is, right off the bat I will be adding a large amount of yardage to my stash!!! Wait, can that really be a bad thing?

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  12. Love your idea of choosing a word for the year, and “enough” is a good one. Turning 30 can be liberating – you’re kinda like, screw it! I’m fine, and I’m going to do what I think is right from now on. Wishing you a happy 2015.

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