Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Yarn Along 2012
I always say I don't "do" New Year resolutions. Nope - I have - aspirations; hopes; themes; words; plans... whatever. In other words, I resolve to do or change something about my life. So in the spirit of the new year, new me sort of feeling that abounds at this time of year, I will share a couple of my resolutions here.
This year, I will...
Knit or crochet presents for my family's birthdays and Christmas using my current yarn stash. ( So - if you are a relative of mine, then it will be hand made this year!) To illustrate this, in part, I am, right now knitting a pair of socks for my husbands birthday (next week), using this wonderful handspun yarn that I bought in 2010. I say in part, because it has become clear that the two skeins are not going to be enough to finish the job. Therefore, a frantic email has gone off the the owner of the shop on the other side of the water to see if she has any left. No replies yet, as this is Scotland, and we are still on our public holidays. Fingers crossed - it is beautiful yarn to work with, and feels like a soft warm cloud - but after that - no more new yarn until the stash basket(s) are empty!
Read only books that I currently possess, or order from the library van. I have just so many books on shelves everywhere in the house - and the loft/attic is filled too. I am very extravagant with book spending - if I see a book recommended on a blog - this weekly carnival is a case in point - then off to Amazon I go. In the last year, I have place 130 orders there - and some of them had multiple items! (My name is Jacqui and I am an amazon addict.)
So from now on, if I like the sound of the book you are reading, then it goes on my library request list.
That said - I did receive a very nice gift certificate for that company (who shall no longer be named), from my daughter and son in law, so I have ordered a couple of books from my wish list (from marketplace sellers), and I downloaded one on the kindle app. It is Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture by Shannon Hayes. I love it. It had been popping up on my recommendations list for a long while now, but I resisted, thinking that it wouldn't contain anything that I didn't already know. I really like how the author weaves her critique of the cultural changes that have made the home a unit of consumption, instead of one of production, along with real life stories and interviews. So much food for thought, and I am still digesting it all. I have read it once through, and now I am reading it aloud to John. We sometimes do this with books that have had an impact on us. I read a section over breakfast, and we reflect on and discuss the issues over the rest of the day, as we meet up.
So - there we are - a new year of yarning along. I am so grateful to Ginny at Small Things for hosting this wonderful global get together every week, so do pop over. And come back again to see if I am keeping on track with my resolutions.