Saturday, January 19, 2008

How is 2008 so far?

We're more than half-way done with the first month of the new year. Christmas is done, down, packed up, and put away for another year. The turning over of the calendar has brought a yearning for positive change. Instead of trying to follow resolutions this year, I've begun to make small adjustments here and there. First and foremost, I am spending more time with God -- reading, listening, thanking Him, resting in Him. My Sunday night Bible study group has started Dee Brestin's study A Woman of Moderation to change our poor eating habits. Secondly, I am really listening to my family and friends -- trying to tune in to what they are saying, needing. Thirdly, I am decluttering my life using the "If you don't love it, toss it" philosophy -- paring down the schedule, ridding my house of unused items, unsubsribing to e-mail lists, throwing away junk mail and catalogs as soon as they arrive.

With all that said, I have taken a selfish turn in my knitting. I am determined to knit myself some things this year. So far I have knit a pair of fingerless mitts (my own design, I am proud to say) -

I am working on a lace scarf and am 2/3 done with my first French Market Bag.

My knitting pal, Liana, keeps me inspired to try new things - thanks girl! I have been considering the Fiber Trends Felted Clogs for a while, after hearing about them from Brenda at Cast-on and Jenny and Nicole at Stash and Burn. Liana is planning to embark on a pair, and I think I may as well.

I finished 2 pair of baby mitts for the new nephew. The first pair were my own design.

The second I made from a charity pattern I found on the web that I modified a little. The body of the mitt I did in stockinette instead of seed stitch. And I made a 2-stitch I-cord in place of the ribbon.


magnoliasntea said...

Decluttering is so needed in this materialistic world, thanks for the reminder!

Cute baby mitts! Would love to see a pic of your adult mitts. Good for you knitting for yourself! I don't think it's selfish; knitters need stuff, too. :)

Knit happy!!

magnoliasntea said...

Hi Leann,
Thanks for posting the fingerless mitts pictures! They're gorgeous! Love the design on the cuffs!

Knittingmummy said...

Hi just popped over to your blog to say thanks for commenting on mine, your work looks lovely, look forward to having a new blog to read.

Mollie said...

I also definitely agree on the knit for yourself. Like the French Market bag, too, I might have to try that one!