Some of you have been concerned about my sanity, and my health, as I consider knitting twelve sweaters in 2009. The way to go about any KAL, about any large knitting project, is focus, maintaining focus. The main thing, the biggest deal will be to maintain the FUN! If it isn't fun, if it become a problem, it won't happen, and that's the promise I'm making to myself. No fun? No sweater(s).
There is that "faith in oneself" thing, too. This year I knit seven sweaters and last year I knit several, too. Only one sweater in that bunch took more than one month and that was due to my being too sick to lift my head during that time period. It really does seem doable and there may even be time to throw in a couple of small items along the way. BUT, as I said...No fun? No sweaters.
CherylS has designed the button and come up with a "name" for our bit of insanity fun. NaKniSweMoDo! January 1, 2009-December 31, 2009
I love the Do part at the end. It's stands for Dodecathon, or dozen, or just plain DO, as in we can DO it, yes we can!
We'll keep the "Rulz" simple...twelve adult size sweaters (knitting for yourself is the point) that can include vests or shells. See that's not so hard, is it? We won't make you knit a sweater in 30 days...you have a whole year without deadlines until the very last deadline...December 31, 2009.
Now MY rulz, the rulz I will live by will include the main rule (sweaters for myself), but I'm going a bit further:
1. I will enjoy the process.
2. If it turns out something happens and I can't continue (for whatever reason), there will be no guilt.
3. There will be no guilt no matter what.
4. I will not give up until December 31, 2009. There is always hope.
5. Laugh at myself.
6. NO competition with myself or others.
7. Things will happen as they will happen...one sweater at a time.
9. Just be, no stress and enjoy.
10. Get enough sleep each night.
11. Eat well and exercise.
12. HAVE FUN!
There have been a few yarn developments. I forgot about the 15 skeins of Noro Silk Garden that have been marinading in my stash for 3 years or so. Often I think about knitting a sweater with this yarn and never quite bring myself to do it. I love the color combination, but not sure I love the yarn enough to wear it. The jury is out for now.
After seeing Kim's Twisted Vine Cardigan I just had to order a kit and it arrived very quickly. The yarn is heavenly and the sweater looks like one I'll wear for years.
And, one more addition...at a recent yarn swap I picked up 6 skeins of discontinued Rowanspun DK in a beautiful tweedy gray. While I have nothing in mind it should make a beautiful vest. I'll be searching for just the right pattern.
ETA: We have a Ravelry group! NaKniSweMoDo
There's still quite a bit of contemplation going on and a whole month to fret, worry, think and ponder. This weekend I'm going to spend time with family and friends, time relaxing while knitting and spinning. I'll also be counting my many blessings and the only shopping will be to gather a few supplies for drop off at the local food bank. The food bank is in dire need of all food stuffs at a time when many more people are in need. We must do what we can to help.
Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate.