I don’t do New Years Resolutions. Or rather I make resolutions all the time and it’s not limited to the New Year, mostly because those are the ones that fail the fastest.
Still the beginning of a year is a good time to step back and take a look at your goals and whether they’re still going where you want them to and whether you need to make any other adjustments.
Knitting and crochet combined take up a large chunk of my time and passion so the smaller craft-related goals are what drive me forward to become better at what I do. The only non-living thing in my life more important to me than knitting/crochet is writing and I’m working at improving my skills in both those areas.
So here are the yarn-based skills I want to learn in 2015.
I have never beaded my knitting. Honestly, it sounds skin to torture. I’ve looked into both the threading version and the crochet hook version of applying the beads and both make me want to roast my own head but I love the look of it.
Given the choice I would love to make a Celestarium, a beautiful shawl with the constellations beaded into it because that appeals to both the knitter and the nerd in me. However that’s a bit much for a first time beader so I’m looking at something less intense.
2. A sweater for myself
Though I’ve knitting garments for myself before, I’m being quite specific with this goal. The only thing holding me back is the fact I cannot afford the yarn needed for a project I’ve had my eye on since I spotted it in a magazine.
The East Neuk Hoody is everything I love in a piece of clothing. It is simple and yet filled with interesting texture that does not overwhelm. It is cosy, it has a hood, and a kangaroo-pouch pocket. The moment I saw it I knew I wanted to make it.
I’m going to make it out of the suggested yarn in the suggested colourway too (purple Cascade 220), which is not how I usually roll.
Feel free to point and laugh at me when I realise how much I hate miles and miles of stockinette.
3. Socks. All the socks.
See, the problem is not that I am unskilled at knitting socks. I’m not. I knit them all the time and I love it. HOWEVER, I absolutely suck and knitting socks to a pattern. I deviate, I give up, I decide I know better.
Ninety percent of the time I end up with ordinary stockinette socks knitted to my usual top-of-my-head recipe with very little variation.
While this is fun, there are hundreds – nay, thousands! – of awesome complex sock patterns out there just waiting for me to have an attention span. Since I’m sincerely working on that problem (I am of the ooh-shiny brain consistency), promising to knit myself and others socks out of interesting patterns will help. And I won’t deviate.
What are your knitting goals for the new year? Or do you disagree with the concept of resolutions?