The year lays freshly before us. What will you do in 2014? I’m hoping to graduate with my doctorate in counselor education in May, I plan on writing some new knitting patterns, and get some kind of gainful employment that will help support my family and my yarn habit.

2014 is a blank canvas. Pretty soon I’m going to scribble all over it. In the meantime, I intend to spend less time in comparison mode this year. You might have seen cute little posters on Pinterest or splashed all over the internet with the phrase, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” That’s a Theodore Roosevelt quote that’s been bouncing around my brain quite a bit lately. I believe it. I’m going to spend less time comparing my life with others, especially when it involves envy of others. I suppose you could call this a resolution for the new year, but it’s been on my mind for awhile.

I only have one little knitting resolution. I think I’ll aim to knit 3 out of every 4 projects from stash. That feels possible, and I have a lot of great yarn to work with. This doesn’t count some Eco+ that’s not technically in my possession yet, but is backordered. That counts from purchases made today and after, m’kay?

blank canvas

Appropriately enough, I’ve been working on Blank Canvas by Ysolda Teague. It’s an elegantly simple bottom-up raglan. I’m using Elsebeth Lavold Silky Tweed in Bahama Blue. I started it in the 36″ size on December 19th, but about 4″ in, I decided it was too wide, so I ripped it and cast on for the 34″ size. I added about an inch and a half before the waist decreases. I’m a few waist decreases in, and it’s a nice knit to have around. I can watch Z play and knit a few stitches here and there without having to pay much attention.

Since I started over, I modified this one with an Italian Tubular Cast On. I love its neat edge.

Antrorse is finished. I’m still waiting on the buttons, so no picture yet. I think I need to add another inch to the sleeves as well. Perhaps, tomorrow.

I also want to say THANK YOU to Martine at iMake. I won her giveaway for December and got a copy of some fantastic photo editing software, Intensify Pro. I used it for the photo above, but I have much more playing around to do with the program. Check out her beautiful blog!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful 2014!

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