Happy New Year! I can't believe that we're already 10 days into 2013 - it seems like Christmas was just yesterday, not several weeks ago!
Do you make New Year's resolutions? I generally don't, because I find it so disheartening when I'm only a few weeks in to the new year, and I realize that I'm already forgetting to 'start the new year right'. My one exception is with knitting. Somehow, knitting resolutions seem totally doable, and much easier to think about as ongoing, year-long goals, rather than 'do it now or never' tasks (because losing 10 pounds is so something you can do in a week, right?!).
After finishing Mike's Olympic Sweater in time for Christmas (after 3 years of it going in and out of the naughty corner), I've been inspired to finish all the UFOs (UnFinished Objects) and WIPs (which weren't really 'in progress'!) that have been filling up my stash box. I hereby resolve that in 2013, every UFO in my stash will either have to be finished, or frogged and made into something else (frogging it and leaving it as loose yarn doesn't count!).
First up, a blanket I started back in 2004. It's been in my stash for nine years - so long, in fact, that my gauge has changed from 22 stitches/4" at the cast-on edge to 20.5 stitches/4" in the rows I finished today! Good thing this is a blanket, or this would be one funny-looking sweater! :)
In addition to completing my UFOs, I will also be working to reduce my stash as a whole. There are always several Stash-reduction challenges going on in the Ravelry forums (just do a search for 'stashdown'), and I'm doing one again this year. The group I'm doing it with has decided that yarn diets just don't work, and is therefore going with a 'yards in minus yarns out' approach. If you finish the year with a negative number, consider yourself successful! Two years ago I did very well with my stashdown challenge. Last year, not so much. This year, I am determined to end with a negative number!
If you're doing (or want to do!) your own stashdown challenge this year, you can kick-start it with a trip to the Knit Social Yarn Swap that's being held on Saturday, January 19th, at the Mount Pleasant Library (more details here). Technically, the 'swap' aspect means that you're likely to come home with as much yarn as you left with, but maybe the fact that its new-to-you will make it more inspiring, and therefore more likely to be used! I understand that there will also be a 'leftovers' table for any yarn that you simply want to give away - this yarn will be donated to local knitting charities.
Oops! Its past 6 o'clock. Time to go home and use up more of that stash! ;)
PS: If you can't make the yarn swap but still have yarn that you want to donate to charity, please let us know. We have connections with several charity groups that would be happy to put your yarn to good use!