If I made resolutions, my knitting resolution would be to follow my heart and knit what looks good at the moment. This year there will be no plan (at least I can't foresee one), no goal, no deadline. Whatever strikes my fancy will be the knit of choice.
This philosophy was in action when I picked a new project from the stash. It wasn't long after finishing the first pair of Leafy Mitts, at the end of 2008, when a new colorway from Ruth enticed me to make another pair. Or, at least, purchase the yarn. The project had marinated for about a year, but had niggled at me often. I love the colors, and in this year of simple knits, I decided the time was right.
In the first attempt I made the mistake of starting the smallest pair. It was that discovery which put me over the edge and caused the melt down day. But, the next day, when leaving for work, I realized no portable project was on my needles. Not only do I like to knit for a few minutes at lunch, I believe in keeping a "just in case" project with me at all times. A small project in a pretty bag is tucked into my purse, ready at a moments notice. You just never know when you'll need to keep your sanity while in an unexpected waiting period.
With just a few minutes each day, and a couple of hours Sunday morning, the first mitt was finished. Loving the way the instant gratification felt I started the second mitt and had it finished before Sunday was over. There's something to be said for small project knitting.