In 2009 I Resolve to …..

dsc01988Eat more vegetables and completely avoid Lima Beans and Creamed Corn. (I already have the last part down. Just need to work on the first part.)

Frog the UFO’s that I don’t like and stop feeling guilty about it. Life is too short to spend time knitting something you don’t completely love. (Photo: Top scarf: Finished, Second Scarf: about to be frogged, Third Scarf: already frogged, Fourth Scarf: Finished, Fifth Scarf: still like, need to finish, Sixth Scarf: Finished.)

Start enjoying exercise instead of looking at it as an evil necessity. I’m sure that’s possible. Somehow.

Spend more time keeping up with friends and spend less time working.

Buy several more knitting bags. (I already have this one down, too.  You need to be sure to throw in some resolutions which guarantee success from the get go.)

dsc02303Stop staring at the yarns that are on my desk “to be knit next” and just get to them. The colors are gorgeous, the yarn is soft, and I’m anxious to see how they knit up.

Clean out the back room in the basement. There. I said it.

Worry less and pray more.

Plan next year’s Christmas knitting list early. And then do something about it in a timely manner. FPS.

Do things to bug my two kids as often as possible. (Hee – just wanted to see if they were reading the blog today….)

Continue practicing Random Acts of Kindness all year long instead of just thinking about it in December.

Happy New Year to all of you! We have lots of fun things planned for The Loopy Ewe in 2009, and we look forward to sharing them with you as the year progresses. Thanks for making 2008 such a wonderful year.  You all are the best!

Sheri haveyouthoughtaboutyour2009resolutionsyet?

56 comments

  1. Yes I have and am already practicing some of them

    1. Eat more chocolate and drink more mochaccino.
    2. Read 15 minutes a day building to 1 hour a day by end of 2009.
    3. Do less housework
    4. Knit and spin more in the extra time I have from observing resolution 3.
    5. Make 10 “church” Christmas cards each month.
    6. Charity knit on Friday and Sunday evenings from 8 pm till bedtime
    7. Continue gift knitting on Sunday afternoons.
    8. Knit more from stash than I add to stash.
    Happy new year Sheri and Elves and all my Loopy friends!

  2. Hi Sheri and Loopy Staff,
    Happy New Year and thanks for sending out all our orders so promptly, organizing the
    sneak ups (which I look SO forward to), and updating your blog on a regular basis!!!
    As for resolutions……….I decided not to make a list. I might as well start the year out
    happy without any worries! Wait, maybe that is my resolution!

  3. I dislike lima beans INTENSELY, also. And, I have six or seven cakes of yarn on my desk begging to be put on needles! I have no resolutions because I will just break them! However, I do intend to be kinder to people on the road and exercise more. Happy New Year to you and your family (including the elves!)

  4. Happy New Year to everyone!

    I’m not making too many resolutions this year, but here are a few:

    1. Knit/crochet things for myself, rather than doing everything as gifts. I’m about to finish a new hat, then there’s a scarf, and I need fingerless mitts and a ruff/wrap thing for the office, which is COLD COLD COLD!
    2. Finish Kendra’s afghan, which was started when she moved into her house, and is now going on 4 years. It’s a simple pattern…. (I think that’s part of the problem, it’s too big to be that simple therefore it’s not interesting.)
    3. Lose another 10 pounds. A little help from the dog walking regime should take care of that. 🙂
    4. Get more sleep. 5 hours per night just isn’t cutting it.
    5. Pay down my credit cards. They boggle the mind. Really.

  5. Happy New Year Sheri and All!
    My New Years resolution is to challenge myself. This I thought could apply to all areas, such as exercise , reading a book I wouldn’t normally choose , learning some new knitting techniques.
    I am thrilled to have met you all this year and look forward to new loopy things to come in 2009-(I hoping for the sock club!)
    HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!

  6. Vegetables? I´m not a slug! Trust your stomach what is good for your body
    UFO´s? 100% agree and play Mikado with empty needles (or buy a new needle purse :-))
    Which exercises? Perhaps English lessons for me? What´s the difference between everybody and everyone, this question drives me crazy……………………………………………..
    ……………………………………………

    and don´t list things you want to avoid, list things you want to do 🙂 ! Better, ask the bottom of your heart what you really want to do. Amen, I whisper it in my own ears and hope to follow this sentence of wisdom 😉

    Happy New Year Sheri and everybody/everyone

  7. Happy New Year to all and many many blessings for 2009! Thanks to Sheri and looppers for all that they do to make things more enjoyable for us. Ah, I make a resolution not to make resolutions that I usually break anyway. Hey, who knits for themselves? I have not knitted for me in so long…and more baby afghans I need to make before I can knit again for me. I have 3 more of the critters to make. Oh well. Take care and god bless. Love, Jo

  8. I resolve to organize my stash starting tonight (and not require rescessitation when I see how much yarn I have) and venture into color work. I also resolve to eat more chocolate (and enable others to do the same!).

    Happy new year to all!

  9. I’m not very good at keeping New Year’s resolutions, but I am going to try and knit from my stash. I’m also going to try and eat better and exercise more. One thing I know I can do is spend time with friends and read knitting blogs. 🙂 Happy New Year!

  10. Happy New Year!
    I have a list:
    1. Start working out at least 2 days a week if not 3 or 4
    2. Try a new recipe once a week.
    3. Finish all the UFOs I have and frog the ones I have no intention of completing
    4. Dye more for my etsy shop
    5. Plan the garden early and start the plants from seed.
    6. Get the Ohio Objectivist Society Started.
    7. Be more frugal.

  11. I don’t like resolutions. I don’t keep them, so there’s no point in making any. But I will try to exercise more. I think that we’ve found a way to make it fun. The kids got a Wii for Christmas and that can definitely count as a work out. Lots of running, jumping, and even arm work too.

    I need to put into practice to frog the projects that are on the needles, but I’m not happy with. I also need to start spending less time shopping for knitting things and more time actually knitting. 😛

    I hope you and the Loopy staff have a Happy New Year!!!

  12. I don’t make resolutions because I can’t keep them. I’m trying to have a better
    attitude over things I can’ t control. Very Anal, can’t let go. Have to learn
    how to let go of things and be more flexible. Go with the flow. That’s what
    my mother did. She went with the flow and overcame many obstacles. She passed
    in ’07, but she would have been 100 this year. I have already started on my
    gifts for 2009. Hope springs eternal. Look forward to reading your blog. It
    helps make my day. Thank you for all your hardwork and the loopy elves too.
    I hope you all have a great wonderful New Year with good health, peace, and
    prosperity. Would like to make a resolution not to frog so much, but that
    doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. Also quit downloading every free pattern
    on line.

  13. I love doing things to bug my daughter – i.e. the ringer on my cell phone embarrasses her to no end (it’s a sheep baa) and she wishes I would change it. When I know I will see her, I make sure everyone knows to call me, especially in public (Mom was right, this is fun, lol)

    As for resolutions:
    1. spin everyday, not just once or twice per week
    2.get more organized (HA, this one doesn’t seem to work well)
    3. exercise more

    that’s it for now – I hope that you have a wonderful New Year full of joy and happiness 🙂

  14. I don’t normally do resolutions. But this year a goal I would like to do is to memorize and apply at least 2 scriptures of the Bible each month. (More is better!) and to help my children memorize and apply 1 Bible verse each month. Everything else can fall into place as needed. :0

    Happy New Year to each of you at the Loopy Ewe.

  15. Happy New Year! I love your philosophy of New Year’s resolutions — to include ones that guarantee success. Was thinking about some as I was blogging this morning but that post will wait until tomorrow. Am trying to be realistic…guess that is resolution number one.

  16. Happy New Year to you, all your family and all the Loopy Elves!!

    My resolutions:

    1. (hanging my head in shame) No new sock yarn for 2009. I bought my last skein today, but, I now have a $25.00 credit which I can use anyway I want.
    2. Knit a few sweaters…expand my horizons.
    3. Be good to my body. Start exercising, keep up the good eating habits (more veggies) and cut down on the bad habits (too many chips and dips).
    4. Be nice to my spirit. Remind myself that I am not superhuman, and it’s OK to have bad days as well as good days.

  17. Happy New Year to you! I wish you all much happiness, good health and prosperity. Love your shop and look forward to more purchases next year! My resolution, to get lucky when there is a Wollmeise sneak up!!!

  18. See my answers to yours in caps…mine at the bottom

    Eat more vegetables and completely avoid Lima Beans and Creamed Corn. (I already have the last part down. Just need to work on the first part.) CREAMED CORN IS GOOD IN SHEPHERD’S PIE — TRY IT!!

    Frog the UFO’s that I don’t like and stop feeling guilty about it. Life is too short to spend time knitting something you don’t completely love. (Photo: Top scarf: Finished, Second Scarf: about to be frogged, Third Scarf: already frogged, Fourth Scarf: Finished, Fifth Scarf: still like, need to finish, Sixth Scarf: Finished.) I DID THAT LAST YEAR AND HAVEN’T LOOKED BACK SINCE! I DO HAVE ONE MORE BAG TO RIP OUT. MAYBE I WILL DO THAT TONIGHT. YOU’VE INSPIRED ME!!

    Start enjoying exercise instead of looking at it as an evil necessity. I’m sure that’s possible. Somehow. BUY A WII AND WII FIT! WE GOT ONE FOR CHRISTMAS AND THE WHOLE FAMILY IS ACTIVE NOW! IT’S QUITE A WORK OUT

    Buy several more knitting bags. (I already have this one down, too. You need to be sure to throw in some resolutions which guarantee success from the get go.) GOOD IDEA. I RESOLVE TO BUY FIBER, SPIN AND KNIT IN 2009.

    Stop staring at the yarns that are on my desk “to be knit next” and just get to them. The colors are gorgeous, the yarn is soft, and I’m anxious to see how they knit up. GET YOUR REAR IN GEAR! ;0)

    Clean out the back room in the basement. There. I said it. DO IT THIS WEEKEND. WISE PEOPLE ALWAYS SAY TO DO THE WORK YOU HATE FIRST TO GET IT OUT OF THE WAY. THEN IT CAN’T HANG OVER YOUR HEAD ALL YEAR.

    Continue practicing Random Acts of Kindness all year long instead of just thinking about it in December. AND REMEMBER TO SMILE AT STRANGERS. YOU COULD SAVE SOMEONE’S LIFE.

    Happy New Year to all of you! We have lots of fun things planned for The Loopy Ewe in 2009, and we look forward to sharing them with you as the year progresses. Thanks for making 2008 such a wonderful year. You all are the best! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU TOO! I WENT ON A YARN AND RAVELRY DIET AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR SO I HAVE MISSED YOU!

    Since you have inspired me to write this list, I am going to pot it on my blog too.

    1- Start going back to WW meetings and eating on plan
    2- Continuing going to gym every day at lunch
    3- use the Wii Fit at least 3 times per week for Yoga to stretch muscles
    4- continue to take multi-vitamin and glucosamine to stay healthy and pain free
    5- continue to pick up and finish one hibernating project before casting on for something new
    6- finally knit my clapotis and chevron scarf

  19. Eat less, see the dentist more, and finish one project before lining up 17 more. FPS. 🙂

    Happy New Year to all of you and yours!

  20. I am determined to look at the glass as 1/2 full instead of 1/2 empty. I am determined to spend more time enjoying the moment and finding the silver lining in every cloud. I am determined to spend as much time knitting/papercrafting/needlepointing as humanly possible.
    AND I hope you don’t mind but I am adopting your idea Worry Less/Pray More!

  21. sheri i have a sock question…. on a basic sock pattern with Lorna’s lace ` Roadside Gerry (which I just rec’d from you today by the way and LOVE!) I am trying to come up with a “standard” that comes close to giving me socks that fit…. I have a size 9~9 1/2 shoe size foot…. using size 1 dnps would you recommend casting on 64 0R 67 or some other number of stiches?

  22. 1. Use my rower for at least 15 minutes three times a week minimum. That shouldn’t be so hard, should it?
    2. Spin more. I got bogged down in a project of spinning a kilo (!) very fine, to be navajo plied, and it’s been over a year and a half. Still not half done, FPS. (Do I get credit for being faithful to one project?) Must get through this and on to the backlog of gorgeous fibers I’ve accumulated in that year and a half.
    3. Become re-centered and focus on the positive. Ignore the drama of others.
    4. Find new healthy recipes and maybe try baking whole grain bread from scratch.

    Forward progress on any resolution should be rewarded by purchasing a goodie for oneself from The Loopy Ewe. Got to have a motiviation, after all. 🙂

  23. Happy New Year, Sheri!

    I like your resolution to buy more knitting bags! Now, that is a resolution I know I could keep!

    As for my resolutions, I’m going to be more mindful of how much I spend on knitting so I can try to stick to a budget, keeping my husband happy. I need to show love to the yarn I’ve got and not to the next pretty thing that presents itself. I too want to get a grip on the UFOs and WIPs I’ve got OTN right now. I’ve got a couple of projects that should be finished or frogged – I’m tired of carrying them over year to year. And the biggest resolution is to photo and log my stash into Ravelry! I WILL DO IT!!!!!

  24. I stopped making resolutions, most of the time I felt like I was just setting myself up to fail. But I do intend to try and practice RAK all year long. I need a little good karma for 2009.

  25. I’ve already started doing these, so I just hope I can continue. I want to lose 20 more pounds and continue golfing or exercising 3 days a week. (And I resolve that I WILL get my knee fixed.) Rehabbing will be a good time to get more knitting done!

    Thanks for doing what you do so well and being who you are.

  26. I resolve to stick to my fitness plan (that is, after I devise one for winter conditions!)

    I will finish most of my WIP’s before starting any more socks. (or shawls, ahem.)

    I will continue to hoe out the years of clothes/toys/books stored in our attic/play/art room. I’ve started it and have already (finally) donated 6 bags of baby/toddler clothes and shoes.

    Personally, I love lima beans. And creamed style corn in Shepard’s Pie.:-) Have you tried edamames?

  27. I am really glad to read many comments that resolve to continue RAKS throughout 2009. Me too! Me too!
    Exercising regularly is also on my list.
    And also:
    Donate some time + a skill to a charity.
    Catch up on filing (aka do something about those piles of paper, fps!)
    Foster joy! (I’m going to have to figure out what that means as I go, but joy seems like a pretty good thing to cultivatethese days.)

  28. Happy New Year!!
    Resolution1
    Use my Loopy Gift Certificate for a Namaste Bag
    2 Knit & finish a sweater
    3 Have a wonderful shopping day at Stitches West 09
    4 Have a great year!!!
    Eat lots of chocolate Loopies!!

  29. Thanks for being such a great, reliable website/store…it’s always fun and easy to order from TLE. Happy New Year to all of you!

  30. H i Sheri, Hope that you and family have a wonderful New Year. Many hugs to you for all you do for others. Happy New Year. Hugs

  31. I agee with the lima beans, ugh. Not my favorite either. More prayer and less worry id a good one, too. I usually make only one resolution, try harder. This year I will make the same and add the pray more and worry less. I will also ry to work more from stash and start fewer projects and finish more of the “hangers on” Well, maybe…
    And another wish I wish every year, peace to everyone, and no more hungry children or senior citizens. Breaks my heart.
    Peace and a prosperous new year to you all, N

  32. Happy 2009 to you, Sheri! I agree with your resolutions, especially the worry less-pray more one…that’s on my list too!

    Looking forward to more Loopy Adventures in 2009!

    Cindy K

  33. Happy New Year Sheri & Elves! Thanks for a wonderful 2008 and I’m looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us in 2009.

    1) Try to eat more fruit & veggies
    2) Try to use up more of my TLE yarn stash
    3) Get to the 3 unfinished Loopy Sock Club kits before more arrive in 2009 (this seems unlikely, but I can give it the old college try…)
    4) Don’t let the little things bother me.
    5) Buy the ultimate knitting bag – I know it’s out there somewhere…
    6) Blog regularly
    7) Walk the dog on a regular basis (that should cover the excercise part)
    8) Tell Hubby & Son that I Love them – every day.
    9) Work hard at my job, and be thankful that I have one.

    and finally, #10

    KNIT A LITTLE BIT EVERY DAY.

  34. I always resolve the same thing: laugh more and whine less. I figure if I get a little better at that each year, then at some point I’ll be spending the rest of my life laughing!

  35. 1. better health and happiness even if it kills me – LOL.
    2. more spinning time even if it means threatening people in my house – (there goes the Mom of 2009 award already!)
    3. to take more time to spend with friends and those I love – reminding them that I do.

  36. Happy New Year Dear Girl!! I’m still chuckling at some of your resolutions….I just made a huge pot of succotash…with bacon and carmelized onions…no creamed corn tho..limas and plain corn…want some? And I never thought of making a resolution like your knitting bag one. Hmmm….I like that one =).

  37. Great resolutions, Sheri! I just have one major goal this year: finish my PhD dissertation. I’ve had enough of it and want to get it over with! All the other little resolutions can go by the wayside as long as I accomplish this one.

    Hope you’re enjoying the holiday today.

  38. Your resolutions sound great, Sheri! I like the idea of including some that are guaranteed to work.
    Mine are:
    1. Get more exercise by biking to work instead of taking the bus when the temperature is above 50 degrees Fahrenheit and by going to the climbing gym at least two evenings a week.
    2. Be more environmentally friendly by learning to take 5 minute showers.
    3. Be better at communication-call home more often, write letters more frequently, and respond to non-work e-mails promptly.

    Happy New Year to everyone at the Loopy Ewe!

  39. I’m with you on the lima beans and creamed corn. Bleech!!

    My main knitting resolution for this year is to knit myself sweaters now instead of putting it off until I lose some more weight. I deserve pretty things now! I’m about to cast off sweater #2 and I bought the yarn for sweater #3 (from The Loopy Ewe!) today.

  40. Happy New Year!!!

    My knitting resolution this year is to develop Knitting ADD!!! Seriously! I tend to stick a project to the end, even if I get bored with it and I think boredom takes some of the pleasure out. So more projects!!

    I am also going to knit socks, fair isle and cables and I’m going to do a little more crochet this year. Bring on the amigarumi! Love those cute little japanese crochet animals (and my wee one would love them too)!

  41. Happy New Year! I just plan on making this a year to do things I should already be doing. Eating better, exercise, etc. and to quit making excuses and saying “I’ll start tomorrow”

  42. Happy New Year. I’m adding some things inspired by your list to my list. On New Year’s Day we make a list of everyone in the family’s resolutions and then read them on the 31st. I have some wimpy family members this year who said things like “Stay as I am”, “live one day at a time”. Nice statements but how do you measure them? Now me, my resolutions are lofty:
    1. Lose 30 pounds – joined WW e-tools today,
    2. Read 20 books or 200 pages per week.
    3. Complete two old knit projects for one new knit project – this will be challenging as I can not bring myself to frog something I have started.
    4. Clean and organize the third floor of my house – Get rid of stuff (I am breaking into a cold sweat just thinking about it)
    5. Paint son’s room, hallway, living room and dining room.
    6. Remember to be grateful for a job I love.

    Blessings to all.

  43. Start enjoying exercise instead of looking at it as an evil necessity. I’m sure that’s possible. Somehow.

    Wii Fit. Seriously. I’ve lost 5 pounds since September using it (I know that doesn’t sound like much, but it took me 5 years to gain that weight…) I love it because it’s more interactive than an exercise tape, but you can still do it in the privacy of your own living room.

    I haven’t thought that much about New Year’s resolutions yet, but I think I’d like to cook/bake more (Now you see why it’s taken me several months to lose 5 pounds ;). I got a stand mixer and a food processor for my birthday/christmas, and I’d hate to see them go unused.

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