Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Yarn Along and Knitting Goals

{Knitting along with Ginny this week}

Yes, that's a new shawl and *not* the mittens I'm supposed to be finishing...

One of the lesser known side effects after a long stint of non-knitting is cast-on-itis, which made it's way to my house for several days last week and got in the way of finishing my mother's Christmas mittens (which are now 2+ weeks overdue, ahem).

So now there are mittens still on the needles (though not that long from complete- 4 hours maybe?), a shawl begun, and because of our BABY GIRL news I also cast on a little sweater, and I'm up to two hats that need their bands sewn on. And I also knit up Schmatta over a few hours (though it still needs buttons).

The only problem is that I have no "easy knit" to take along on the car- the kind I can pick up and put down as the boys need help with math or legos or that I can knit a row or two on while waiting on that student that's running 3 minutes late. So I *really* need to start something else, right???

I hit New Years Eve and realized I was fishing for yarn to cast on *another* project without thinking about all the projects currently in the works and I did stop myself. I work better with a plan and if I had continued casting on I would have put myself into a knitter's coma. I really don't do well with more than 4 or 5 projects all waiting to be finished, but neither do I do well with committing fully to just one knit.

I started out intending to make a project list to put in my Rav queue, but then I was grumpy trying to narrow myself down to certain projects, so it really became more of a goal list:

1. Complete 12 knitting projects by the end of the year. I'm admittedly aiming small, but we will be moving again in the first half of the year AND having a baby. There's canning season (and I just don't knit much then) plus I'd like to make friends with my sewing machine again at some point...

2. Knit from stash for most projects this year. As I said the other day, my stash has hit an uncomfortable level for me and I really want the finished projects that are intended to come out of that pile of yarn. This isn't restrictive- I can still buy for other projects if I want, but most of this year's knitting will be from stash. Kelly is running a fun linky for this sort of thing- join up if you want to play along too!

3. Complete 1 pair of socks. I love the idea of knitting socks and last year set out to knit at least 6 pair before getting derailed. Apparently I just don't have sock-knitting mojo. I planned for just 1 little sock per month last year, and I got about 2 socks in (and not even two socks of the same pair!) and called it quits. There are fit problems that I need to solve before I seriously move forward on sock knitting, but I'm determined to get 1 good pair for myself this year.

4. Learn to knit lace with bobbles. I see lots of lace shawls I really love that include bobbles, so I want to learn. I've made 1 half-hearted attempt at learning but really didn't have the time to sit down with it and gave up quickly. I will have the time this year at a couple of points- I just have to sit down and do it!

5. Learn to knit colorwork using both hands. I have done a small amount of colorwork, but I know I need to learn to do it holding one color in each hand. It will go faster and I'll ultimately be happier because of it. I just can't seem to get even tension with it yet, but I want to practice "the right way" this year so that I will do more color work.

6. Learn the uses of other cast-ons and use them in the right situations. I rely heavily on the long-tail cast-on for pretty much everything because it's the cast-on I'm comfortable with. I've used other cast-ons when called for, but I want to really know why and when to use other cast-ons.

7. Improve my finishing techniques. I'm decent at kitchener stitch and mattress stitch, but I'd like to learn the three needle bind-off and sewn bind-offs.

Is this the year that I finally knit a fair isle sweater?

Learn to spin?

Take a chance on a steek?

Not sure. But I'll be sure to share if I do.

What are your knitting plans for this year?


  1. Congratulations!
    I think your goals are great. Good luck with them - you can totally do it :)

  2. Love the list and you can do it! Hint on bobbles on lace (make them loosely!). Congrats on a girl!!!

  3. Congrats on the baby girl! :) Bobbles in lace aren't that hard so long as you have the right needles (pointy ones!!) and knit them verrry loosely. I'd like to learn colorwork with both hands, too ... right now I just use one and it is slow and sometimes sloppy going.

  4. I am so totally with you on the stash busting and finishing and trying to curb the "startitis"!!! Support group time!!!
    Baby GIRL!!! How exciting! Hope you have lots of girlie colors in the stash!!!

  5. Congratulations on the baby girl. Such a wonderful shade of baby blue. I like your knitting list. I actually haven't sat down to be that specific. I just know I'd like to learn some new stitches and techniques this year. And finish two sweaters that have been neglected these past two months?

  6. A Girl! How wonderful!
    Now on to that list of yours....move, have a baby and also do that learning list? Wow Erin you are one ambious woman! I think you should learn to spin and then you can come here and teach me! :)

  7. congrats! we'll find out at the end of january what we'll be having. when is your due date?
    i should improve my knitting, just make less mistakes, work on my buttonholes (yarn overs) and a lot more. but i guess i'll just keep on knitting and hope that it will get better.
    oh yes! i'd like to dye some yarn this year!

  8. It's fun to see knitting goals written down. I started to make a wish list of projects to make...I should finish that. Congratulations on your baby girl news, I have 10 weeks to go until I get to hold and see what this baby is!

  9. I started my list of knitting, crocheting, and sewing projects for this year. I need to stay focused because we find out January 26th what baby #6 is and I know that I'll want to start sweaters, hats, baby bags, etc!

    The shawl is such a pretty blue!


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