Green Year’s Resolutions January; How Goes the Knitting?

It’s the end of January. All New Year’s resolutions are either being realized or have been broken by now. This year I decided to spread out my resolutions and focus on one resolution each month. Since habits are formed in 21-30 days, this should help me stick to the things I want to change in my life. The goal for this month was to learn how to knit properly. I wanted to be able to actually knit clothing. Half way through the month I realized this was a bit over the top, and I decided to alter it slightly. (Yes, I can do that, it’s my resolution, you know.) I decided, I wanted tot have finished the baby blanket I was working on and start on a more difficult project by the end of the month. Are you curious about whether I made it?

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Well, I won’t keep you in suspense any longer. It’s the 30th of January, and I, Cyndi, have finally finished the baby blanket!! If you follow the blog on Facebook, you already knew today’s post was going to be late. I was determined to have something positive to share with you today and I refused to make a post saying I was “almost” done.
I’m not going to lie to you. I spend pretty much all off my day working on the blanket. Making the edges was harder than I thought it would be, and since I had never done anything like that before, it took me much longer then I had hoped. My fingers are actually sore, and typing (being a very different movement) is a welcome alternative to knitting right now.

Nevertheless, I did do it!
If you’ve been paying attention, you may have noticed I haven’t said anything about actually starting a new project yet. Since my hands really do hurt right now, I won’t be starting one today. However, the last day of the month isn’t until tomorrow, and after some well deserved rest I’m sure my hands will be up for it by then. I’ve already found a pattern I would like to try, and bought the yarn needed for it, so I pretty much did get started. It’s going to be a doll of sorts. I picked this design because it involves some things I haven’t practiced yet. (Adding and reducing stitches for example). I want to keep challenging myself to learn new things, since that was the whole point of this resolution. And I really do mean to continue knitting, and eventually get to that point where I can make actual clothes.

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I found this resolution really challenged me, but it was also great fun. I love learning new skills and so this was something I really wanted to do. I really belief that in order to grow as people we need to keep challenging ourselves and keep learning new things.
Besides some very valuable knitting skills, I also learned to step away and take a break when you’re having a hard time figuring something out. When you’re stuck trying to do something, take a deep breath, drop your project, do something else for 5 minutes, then come back and it’ll be easy as pie.

Over all it was wonderful creating something, as this has always been a passion of mine. I’m a real maker and from time to time I have to have a project like this, or I’ll grow miserable. I’m positive I’ll be sticking to knitting for a long, long time, which means this resolution is: A complete success!
Next month, I’ll be focusing on a very different, but perhaps more obvious part of the green life. I’ll tell you all about it in the next post, so be sure to check back in, and don’t forget to leave your comments below.

Gree(n)tings,
Cyndi

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