Monday, December 28, 2009

A Tad Early

I've been thinking about ways to improve myself during 2010.  I know there are still a few days left in 2009 but I'd rather focus on fixing a few things about me that aren't working too well.

I've added a new blog to my sidebar on the left.  It's called 'Not Made of Money' and if you click on the 'money tree' you'll go straight to their blog.  There are loads of tips on how to do all sorts of things in life for less money.  Considering that my job is in jeopardy next year, I'm sure I can learn a lot from them.

Secondly I added a list of projects on my needles so I can keep my feet to the fire and track my progress.

Third on my list is to write down the adaptations I make to patterns I use so that when I make the project again or recommend it to others I can recall the modifications I made.   I'm considering using  large sticky notes that I can place on the pattern, rather that writing on the actual pattern.  Many times I'll make a photocopy of a pattern from a book and jot down changes on that paper but usually toss it when I'm done so I completely lose the changes made.  So many times I can't remember the needle size I used or dimension changes (nearly everything I make for myself is shortened -- I know, shocking!) and I spend wasted time trying to retrieve this information from my overly full brain.

And lastly, at least for now, is finishing projects COMPLETELY when they're done.  That means sewing on buttons, blocking the item, adding pockets and handles, every stinking thing!  Done means done!!

Of course, there's always:  eat better, exercise more, walk the dog more, clean the house more.  More, more, more!

What's on your resolution list for 2010???


SusanQuilter said...

What does "working on gauge" mean under 'projects on my needles'? Does that mean it's not started yet? Just a twinkle in your eye, so to speak....?? I don't make resolutions for the new year, so I can't really contribute there!

Suzanne said...

'Working on gauge' means the pattern and yarn are selected and I've started a gauge swatch.