After reading blogs for almost a year it is apparent that most knitters are goal oriented. Not just with knitting but in their everyday lives as well. The demands of daily posts (if you choose to do that), joining KALs, and having too much knitting on the needles helps to keep the motivation high in obtain these self imposed goals. KALs have time frames and some even have deadlines and then there are the gifts at this time of year (or anytime) and desire for something warm and beautiful to wear. A grrl can get overwhelmed with goals.
As we approach the end of the year I look back at the accomplishments and see how much my having a blog has been a motivation. It has also made me a better knitter and my production has been higher than at any time in my past. (Of course other parts of my life are not so fruitful because of this blog.) Looking at the KAL and FO photo albums makes me stagger at the time spent on knitting but 'oh so pleased' with the results. A grrl can give herself a pat on the back.
It's too soon to set goals for 2005 knitting (which will mostly entail knitting the stash) because I must finish up things for 2004. The evenings have been a little too busy so far this month to get in much knitting time and my mornings are now compromised with a trip to the gym. But the next two weeks there is little on the calendar and knitting time will be a big priority.
Look at the WIPs album...it's just full of partially knit items that need to be finished. My Domino and Seaweed are languishing and I don't want them to become UFOs. I'm putting the indeterminate goal of 'soon' on them. Blaze will be first as she is very close to the finish line. The slow burn should heat up to a roaring fire this weekend. My goal for Lotus is less ambitious as I'm shooting for the end of January. The Beaded Sock is a portable project and will be finished before the January 31st deadline and the Desert Sock has been declared DOA for the time being. The Oriel Lace Shawl needs to be ready by the end of March as a birthday gift for my second sister, so the pressure is off on that one for the moment (is it ever really 'off'?). That really DOES mean I can blaze along on Blaze. That's if I don't get side tracked by a 'little splash'.