Well Begun Is Half Done

(I saw Saving Mr. Banks last week and really enjoyed it. It’s a very sweet movie and makes me want to rewatch Mary Poppins and read the book, which somehow I have never done!).

I intend to get quite a lot done in 2014. Among the usual of read more, continue sample knitting, try new things, etc here are the particulars:

1. Personal Sock Club – details in the next blog post! I’ve pulled from my sock stash yarns I would like to knit into socks, popped them into brown paper bags, and will pull one out at random!

2. Cross-stitch. I have become a collector of patterns from the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery – never got very far on the Woodland Sampler, Spring Sampler or Summer Sampler. I could not resist the Ireland pattern this year and have signed up for Once Upon A Time, the 2014 sampler (fairy tales!).

3. Last year I knit myself a sweater, and I really like it. Now that it’s all finished and I have worn it a few times I’m noticing a few things here and there that keep me from loving it. I want a sweater (or two) that I love.  I should be able to accomplish such a thing.

4. Marathon of Warmth. This is my biggie. I am not a runner (though I think every now and again I would like to be) and I’m not likely to get a marathon under my belt any time soon (I’ll be honest. I hate to sweat.). So, I’m going to try and knit (or crochet) a marathon’s worth of yarn for charity. I’m not doing this by myself. Betsy, aka theatreknitter, is the one who had the idea and I backed her up on it. I’ll share more details and links as I post about it. You could like us on Facebook to start? Our plan is to knit / crochet for assorted charities – first up is HatLoveKnits, we’re each planning to do hats for LGBT homeless teens. I have a few HeartCats lined up for a few special people, there’s always PatPatsHats, and we’ll be sharing other causes too.  Part of this also involves fundraising for the Closer To Free ride to benefit the Smilow Cancer Hospital.