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New Year’s Resolution

So here’s my knitting resolution for 2012:

Knit a sweater.

Yeah. Pretty simple, but I’m determined to do it. I’m going to work up to it in a couple of stages since I usually tend to jump into things and rip them back twenty times before I get anything acceptable and I don’t want to do that this time.

First up, I’m going to knit a little baby cardigan for my nephew who is two years old. This way I use a whole lot less yarn and yet get to understand the structure of the thing. I’ve had my eye on this jumper for a while for Jayden and I’m sure he’s going to look adorable in it.

Isn't it cute?

Once this is done and once I understand the construction and logic behind knitting something this shape, I’m going to take a giant leap and knit something for myself. It’s going to have to be something simple and not too fitted – or at least something with a lot of ease, since I have a very defined body type (read: I have big bra size and a small waist). I may be able to find something easy to adjust but I’ll probably just find something quite stretchy in construction.

One creation I’ve been thinking about for a while is this charming and very simple pattern from Knitty:

Isn't it lovely?

Of course, I have a tendency to make things for other people even when I intend it to be for myself so the chances are it’ll end up being for my girlfriend. Besides, she’s smaller than me so I can make it with a little less yarn! See me and my devious ways… I’ve groped handled Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran yarn before in a store and it is lovely so ideally I’d like to knit it with that. However, the pattern requires at least a thousand yards of yarn which is over half a mile of the stuff so it might have to wait until I have, y’know, a job.

Which hopefully shall be soon. Oshawa, here I come!

The final stage is going to be to knit something that DEFINITELY shall be for me. I’ve lusted after this for a long time and it’s one of the most popular patterns on Ravelry.

It’s the Owls sweater and it is SO CUTE.

Oh, the shiny goodness...

It uses less yarn (a minimum of 560, though for me it would be more – probably about 700, though I’ve lost a lot of weight so who knows what size I am these days) and it’s in bulky-weight yarn so it could be argued that I should do this before the previous. This is not just two knitted tubes like the other sweater though and the owls will be a challenge for someone like me who finds it difficult to keep track of rows and cables etc, which I shall be working on this year.

Owls it is then. By the end of the year, I want to have knitted this sweater. I want to be wearing it.

Can I just take a moment to be amused that ‘sweater’ comes more naturally to me than ‘jumper’ already and I’ve only been living in Canada for less than a month? Ditto on ‘eggplant’ instead of ‘aubergine’. I still struggle with the word ‘chips’ to mean ‘crisps’…

Back on topic. What are your projects you’re desperate to do this year? I’d love to hear what other people have planned!


5 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolution

  1. I agree the Knitty pattern is charming and I have the owls pattern too. I’m very busty though and worry that the owls sweater will not look good on me. I look forward to seeing your version knitted up.

    Congratulations on your move to Canada and I hope you enjoy good health and successful knitting in 2012 along with a wonderful job.


    1. I’m quite (read: very) busty too but I’m going to try out the pattern anyway. I wear a lot of sweaters anyway so I think it’ll suit me okay.

      Thank you! Happy new year to you. 🙂 Hope it’s an excellent and creative year for you.


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