Archives for the month of: January, 2011

…he returned to this project.

after the hoopla of the New Year and a flurry of fresh-baked activities, I’ve finally settled on what I would like to accomplish over the course of 2011. not having posted anything just yet makes me a smidge concerned about this month’s success, but it could also be viewed as aligning my ducks in an orderly fashion, one behind another. as I made lists of candidates, combining and teasing out ideas, four categories emerged: make | cook | do | share. here are two of them:

make

at the heart of this whole endeavor is the desire to be more productive, to create the creative life I’ve always wanted to lead. it’s easy to complain that there isn’t enough time to act on a head-full of ideas, or that other people are more successful/driven/dedicated. at the end of this year, there will be a big irrefutable pile of things that didn’t exist before.

  • knitting– this is an easy one, especially since it’s now my job. whether original designs or stagnant w.i.p.’s (works in progress), a minimum of 12 items will flow from skein to hank to ball to needles to done. not sure if I’ll commit to this, but the idea of a variety of intended destinations for the items could be interesting: head, neck, vest, cardigan, pull-over, outerwear, hands, home, feet, shoulders, baby + doggie.
  • (non-knit) things– man does not live by wool alone. there’s an entire world out there of other objects (of my desire) that I would like to create. these could be worn, admired, useful, or mechanical, but mostly they should be smile-inducing.
  • pictures – c’mon. as the holder of an art degree, I should put out something aesthetic. I often complain that I haven’t kept a sketchbook since 1995. however, this doesn’t need to be limited to drawings or human mark-making. digital tools will be welcome.

cook

next to sleeping, eating is the only other activity for which I can claim unwavering passion and curiosity. in order to eat, one should cook. it puts me in control of my destiny and may have positive effects on my overall well-being. or not.

  • bread– give me each month, my monthly bread. there are lots of loaves to make and I haven’t ventured too far beyond the basics. in 2010, my bread cookbook library started with a whopping four books. pre-heat the oven, there’s no loafing here. there’s no need to no-knead it forever.
  • caramels– this was a new pursuit that appeared at the end of 2010. inspired by Paris and my conditional sweet tooth (sweet needs to be balanced or “cut” with fat or salt, ideally both), salted butter caramels are a candy I can (ugg, pardon the cliche) really sink my teeth into. over the course of the year I’d like to amass a portfolio of diverse flavors.
  • meals – not officially the most important meal of the day, dinners tend to get the most attention in creation. I want to cook around the clock and expand my repertoire. the kitchen is a place that can simultaneously hold my creative attention and engage my love for learning.

two more categories to go (do + share), but they will have to wait for another post. bed beckons. does any of this resonate with you? might you be inspired to pursue your own simple 12s, if only just one? you could be a guest contributors, with 12 Q+A’s and one set of 12s to share.

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here we are, at the beginning. I’m not sure whether I’m looking down the hill of a giant roller coaster or up at the summit of a towering mountain. heck, I like both—the stomach-dropping weightlessness of a freefall and the sweat-encrusted struggle rendering a climb into a molehill.

as I’ve been mulling over the idea for this project, I’m torn between thinking it’s entirely possible and will result in the best year of my life, and an inevitable failure, like many a New Year’s resolution or annual goal. (I’ve got a dusty unicycle in our storage unit to prove the latter.) many lists have been made, including contenders for my own twelve, who else might want to do this with me and ideas to make this a more interesting read for those who aren’t twelve-ing it.

nothing is set in stone, just yet. nothing may ever be set in stone. all I know is it has begun. it was the deciding to do it. to do it publicly. to make it worthy of its own site. a domain purchase and less than $20 later, here we are.

I’ve got some more tinkering to do to make this site pretty, so I’ll be off for now.