Thursday, January 14, 2010


It's a new year, and I think pretty much everyone has set out their list of resolutions, firm and clear - like me, people have signed up for support in knitting, eating right, and exercising. I have always been a person to make resolutions - I am a list maker by nature, so a resolution list is the ultimate kind. Plan out your whole year and measure success against it. But I don't think I've ever actually kept the resolution list anywhere near me, past January. This year, I'm planning to do it differently.

I delayed posting my resolutions to the blog because I've been tentatively reviewing and re-writing and re-listing. One of my resolutions, in fact, is to post to the blog more, and I wanted to find a way to share what I'm doing so that, not only do you all have a fun post to read, but I can tick off and checklist what I've done - a kind of virtual progress map.

So here, without further ado, is the actual 'resolution list':

Replace all hair, body, and beauty products with more eco-friendly ones.

Basically, this is pretty self explanatory, but I want you to know that while for some people eco-friendly means expensive, hard to find, or smells bad, I simply cannot abide by any of those categories. I live in Iowa. Everything is hard to find. I don't like things that smell gross, and I don't want my hair to look like straw. So, as I try different products, I plan on posting them here on the blog, so that you can look at them and try and figure out if what has worked best for me might also work well for you.

Love all the clothes in your closet.

The impossible task. Right now, I have a meager closet of clothing that I feel generally pretty blah about. I have a few pieces I love, a few that I utterly hate but can't replace easily, and more than a few that are totally worn out. I won't even mention the shoes. They're a disaster zone. Last year, I did a huge closet purge that involved donating or tossing a lot of things that weren't flattering. This year, my goal is to make sure that any money I spend on clothing is spent on clothing I love, ages well, and expresses the personal style that I am trying to desperately to find. This means knitting some, buying some, and researching my style icons. I hope to share all of it here, or, at least, as much as humanly possible.

Learn new things.

I am no longer in college, having dropped out indefinitely, and this means that while I would normally be assigned a load of reading, writing, and interesting subjects, I have to do all the searching out and learning and teaching for myself. This goal sort of entails having a reading list, learning new techniques and skills (the list could go on forever of what I'd like to learn), and going to events that maybe wouldn't normally be in my line of direct vision. Examples? I would like to learn how to quilt. I would really like to learn how to play an instrument. I want to know more about the world - animals, culture, and landscape.

Of course, the knitting won't be stopping, and neither will the usual blog posts - in fact, I hope to make the blog posts much more usual. I hope that this journey will be fascinating for you. I plan on having more DIY, more fashion, more reading reviews and blog interviews and maybe even links to strange places, here and there. Expect more cooking and baking (cake decorating is on my learning list), and, as always, pretty pictures.

Because I promise, this is the only blog post you'll read on here without a gorgeous picture, from now forward.


  1. I love your list. These are all points that I'm striving for as well, although this year I'm not making a list set in stone. I'm just trying to be more awesome. I really look forward to reading your blog posts as you progress!

  2. Hannah,

    Can you recommend a good embroidery book? I'm also interested in learning, but, like knitting, there seems to be a ton of books and it's had to choose! Your embroidery floss looks really pretty together. :)

    -Mary Catherine


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