This resolution is quickly becoming the most time consuming because of the addition of the Yarn Bomb. Ultimately the goal is to “Learn How to Knit” and if you subscribe to the 10,000 hours philosophy argued by Malcolm Gladwell and others, the yarn bomb project is the perfect instrument for helping me succeed. However, I have a limited time to accomplish this goal and set a very high bar for myself in choosing such a large target. I am doing my best to knit as fast as possible, but one of the great things about knitting, in that it forces you to focus on the here and now to the exclusion of everything else, makes it a poor addition to trying to satisfy 24 resolutions in a year because I can’t multitask.
When I set the Yarn Bombing goal I figured I had about 2 months of knitting, and while it would be tight, I thought it was “doable”. Unfortunately, my body is great at manufacturing kidney stones and 3 weeks ago it made 5 simultaneously. I’m not complaining and I’m perfectly fine again now, but it did mean much time in the hospital and most of it in too much pain to focus on knitting. It was a setback, but I’m not giving up. I’m doubling my own efforts and doubling my requests for help.
Thank you so much to all of you who have sent me swatches. Every time I receive one in the mail, especially from people I’ve never met, it gives me a huge boost in energy, not just for this resolution, but for 12for2012 in general. I can’t thank you enough for your help. PLEASE keep them coming. I’ve been sent many photos of people working hard on very large pieces and it will be a huge relief when they arrive. For now, this photo shows what I have in hand so far. (The purple ruler in the center is 1 foot long for perspective.)
PS I have not posted my mailing address because I just don’t think it’s a good idea to have it out there like that on the internet, but if you comment below I will provide it to you privately in an email.