Sunday, July 2, 2017

Year of Projects 7: Week 1


This is it! The beginning of Year 7! That means it's time for a new list....

This year is a very different year for me. We've moved from the city to a small rural community. I resigned from my full-time job and am negotiating to work part-time remotely (from home). As a result, I'm not really sure what my days will be like and how much knitting I'll be doing. One thing's for sure - there won't be much travel knitting because I won't have a commute any more. Working remotely there may be times while I'm waiting for files to upload or download, so there's potential knitting time there. I guess we'll see.

I'm left really unsure about how to construct my list for the upcoming year of projects. I definitely want to finish the socks that are currently on the needles. And there are a handful of patterns for which I specifically purchased yarn so I want to do those. I work better to a specific list rather than loosely defined goals, so a list it is. As well, given that we've downsized our living arrangements, I definitely want to knit down the stash this year. So maybe it's time to start working through all the patterns I've faved on Ravelry!

Will I knit 20 pairs in the coming year? I guess we'll see. I tried to mix up the pattern choices to include some quite vanilla choices for mindless TV knitting, some fancy chart-y patterns because they're fun, and some choices that would suit colour scraps and/or variegation to use up what's in the stash.

In the meantime, job one is to tidy up the two pairs of socks that are in progress. Ideally I'd like to finish the Petty Harbour socks by end of day Tuesday, in time to hand them over to my brother when I see him Wednesday morning. Because being frugal with shipping costs is another goal for this year!

10 comments:

Marsha said...

I really like your Petty Harbour socks. I have had them in my library for some time and keep thinking about doing them. Seeing them on your blog has re-inspired me to make them for my hubby. I don't see any reason you won't get 20 socks done this year. You are lightening fast compared to me and I have great faith in your ability to complete that list, hands down. Congrats on being able to work from home part time. Sounds like a grand move you made. I would love to be in a small rural community............as long as a big city was within a day trip away!

Ella said...

Wow, so many amazing sock patterns! I've added some to my library, thank you so much for the inspriation.

Ruth said...

Congrats Lynn on the semi retirement and I hope working from home works out for you. From the last few years in the YOP year I know how well you do with a set out plan and I do love this years selection of socks, I love how varied it is from plain to pattern-y and colour work thrown in as well. Lots there to keep you busy and hopefully the stash down will help you also.

Stefanie Ng said...

Reading your sock posts is like going on an adventure of learning about new designs and seeing eye candy. I applaud your move. I hope you are a lot happier. I hope the work situation works out.

Lucy Bowen said...

I'm always so excited by your list and your love of pushing the boundaries with your sock knitting. I am looking forward to seeing these and probably adding lots to my list!

Sam I Am...... said...

Wow! Semi-retired....that's a slippery slope! LOL! You will love it and with knitting.....perfect combination. Plus, you've got a stash of good yarn...I have a stash of old acrylic...want to trade?
I love your list and of course, the socks you make. I like that Petty Harbour pattern. Does your brother really not throw them in the dryer? BTW, Happy belated Canada Day and 150 years at that! Canada is looking better and better....they haven't closed the border yet have they? I look forward to another year of YOP with you and hearing all about your new life and lifestyle....and your painting. If it wasn't for you I would not be a sock knitter today and I thank you for that as they are my favorite thing to knit! Hugs~Sam

Caffeine Girl said...

I admire those of you who can plan a year of knitting. I am far too impetuous! I see a new pattern and sometimes I have to knit it right away.
I do envy your semi-retirement! If I lived in Canada, where there is health care (!!!), I would retire right now. But, at least I have a job where I get summers off -- and I need them, too. Teaching isn't getting any easier.
Your family must have the best-stocked sock drawers!

Breathing Life said...

Socks, socks, and more socks. You are a knitter after my heart. I am sure I will be adding many of your creations to my queue.

Becki said...

Wow - what a lot of socks. I know they're all going to be lovely. Best wishes as you work out a new work schedule, and enjoy getting used to semi-retirement. Your living (and work) situation sounds just wonderful.

kathy b said...

Your socks are always amazing.
I Love your posts.
I joined YOP this year with a little 5 goal list!