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Let’s Discuss Our 2015 Knitting Plans!

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.

1. Beading

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.

© Jane Heller
© Jane Heller

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.

© Knitscene/Harper Point
© Knitscene/Harper Point

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.

Much.

What are your knitting goals for the new year? Or do you disagree with the concept of resolutions?

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17 thoughts on “Let’s Discuss Our 2015 Knitting Plans!

  1. Eh, I deviate quite a lot from sock patterns (although it’s mostly of the nature of I’m knitting this toe up, whatever the pattern says!). And I wear my boring stocking stitch socks most, so I don’t know what that says about me! Have fun with everything, anyway 🙂

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    1. I can’t stand knitting toe-up, but yeah, I deviate when I follow patterns too. I got a bunch of really nice sock patterns designed by my friend so maybe that will kick me into gear.

      Honestly, I’m with you. 90% of the time I like the boring stockinette socks 🙂

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  2. I think of the ‘resolutions’ as promises to myself. Breaking a promise to anyone, including myself is a huge deal for me. So I think carefully before making said promise to make sure I can fulfill it. So far, my promise to myself (re knitting), is to knit one beautiful pullover and matching cardi using the best yarn I can afford.😊

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    1. That’s a really good way to look at it. I try not to make promises in that way to myself because it stresses me out if I don’t follow through, which is one of the reasons I don’t do resolutions. 🙂 Do you know what cardi you want to make?

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      1. I’m still deciding because I’m ‘spoiled for choice” due to the huge amount of books of patterns I’ve collected over many years. I think to narrow it down it would be wise to first decide if I want warm or cool weather type of cardi set. Hmm, I have decided while typing to go for a Spring into Summer set so I can imagine being outside in the warm sun and not freezing my buns off as I did today! GTA is bloody cold today!⛄️Happy Crafting everyone!😊

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  3. Celestarium and me are old friends, have cast it on three times and had to rip it back each time. I think I may attempt it again this year.

    The jumper-hoodie (sorry I try but I just can’t call anything a sweater, it’s either a jumper or a hoodie or like the above a jumper-hoodie) is gorgeous. I have a jumper for myself that I’m going to be making in Cascade 220 in purple too so I totally agree on the colour. And nobody laughs when you have a mountain of stocking stitch to complete.

    Good luck with all your goals!

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    1. I don’t know if I’m brave enough for Celestarium. You are a brave soul.

      Sweater has become habit for me because all the Canadians around me mock me for saying jumper. I think it means jumpsuit for them. Crazy people. What jumper are you going to make with the Cascade 220?

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  4. Love the hoodie! Go for it as far the beading. You can do it! And it will be worth it! I used the crochet hook method and I was leery of it at first but it worked out swell.

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      1. I didn’t, but I was using (US) size 2 needles and lace weight yarn with little bitty beads so everything was pretty tight to begin with, and I was working the beads into a lace pattern that had holes in it already.

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  5. That hoodie looks amazing! The design on the back looks so lovely.

    It’ll be interesting to see how the beading goes. I reckon go wild and start with the Celestarium – at least the torture will result in something utterly wonderful for sure!

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    1. I long to wear the hoody. I don’t know if I’ll be able to make the Celestarium if I make the hoody – that much expensive yarn is not exactly in my saving-for-a-mortgage budget! But we’ll see. 🙂

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