So what's new? New year, new house, new internet connection (finally!), new yarn, new resolutions? (ok, maybe not new resolutions - but I'll get to that later!) and new knitting moleskine diary (that's the old one on the right, below)!
(love a new diary - the wonderous possibilities it holds!)
First up, the last stash honesty for 2008.
Man, I thought I was bad in November. December I was really really bad (like the little girl with the curl in the middle of her forehead!). While I did receive some gift yarn and some of the yarn I bought was for gifts I have to make, that doesn't explain most of it. But there's no putting it off, so here it is:
In: 52 x 50g balls
Out: 11.5 x 50g balls
YTD: 207 x 50g balls. Even though I've knitted up (or given away) 116 x 50g balls (or thereabouts) in 2008, I've still got over 200 more balls of yarn than this time last year. I only had one month last year when more yarn went out than went in. Now, I'm not going to say I'm going on a stash diet. I don't believe in diets (stash or otherwise). But I am going to try and stash healthily. I'll maintain my monthly tally system, with a few changes, and think twice, or even three times, about each yarn purchase.
So that's my first aim for 2008 (yes, aim - not resolution!). I looked back on my entry from last year, and stashbusting was my first one! Well, you already know how I went on that front. Although I have to say that I did knit a lot from stash - most of the purchases were not immediately knit up. Which says to me that I didn't really need the yarn, I just wanted it.
Next on my list from last year was to be more like my blog persona in real life. I feel like I did ok on that one. It's a work in progress! And finally, to set monthly goals. Which I did (and will continue to do). So yay me! I did ok!
More and more I've become a believer in karma. And like others, who've decided to have a one-word aim or goal (whatever you want to call it), that's going to be my second (and main) aim for 2009. In it's most simple form, for me it means good things out mean good things in. Good things are good for me, and good for everyone else too (well, at least, I hope so!)
Now, onto the new house!
I've been keen to show off the new house, but the whole shortage of internet has been preventing me. Not to mention not having actually finished unpacking everything. It's nearly done, promise, so I'll give you the full tour (well, I'll spare you the second toilet and similar!) later. For now, I'll leave you with one of my favourite rooms.
I'm sure you can see why we had to buy this house!! Of course, the room wasn't red when we bought it, but that was my plan all along!
We just have to get curtains, hang the pictures and have the fireplace (yes, it's a real one) checked to see if it is in working order, and this room is done!