Tuesday, January 1, 2008

New Year's Knitting Resolutions

Here are my knitting resolutions for the new year:
  1. Make 6 pair of socks.
  2. Make matching spring ponchos for my girls (pattern suggestions welcome!)
  3. Learn to cable in the first half of 2008.
  4. Learn to do either intarsia or fair isle, sometime in the second half of 2008.
  5. Knit at least one item for charity.
  6. Learn to use dpns, at least do one project with them.
  7. Knit 5 times a week (would love to knit every day but I think that's impossible).
Things I do NOT want to do in 2008:
  1. Make anything without a pattern (I LOVE following patterns!)
  2. Design my own pattern (I am not that talented.)
  3. Do a lace project (will probably be a 2009 goal).
  4. Spin or dye my own yarn (Although so many knitters seem to love this, I have NO interest in these things! Maybe someday I'll look back at this post and laugh, but for now it's not for me.)
I may think of more, but that's it for now. I also want to crochet some, maybe some thread coasters to give away here on my blog for fun. :-) I want to get back into sewing more too. There are NOT enough hours in the day!

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I finished the heel flap on my second sock! I have not been bit by Second Sock Syndrome. I guess I want to finish this so I can make a pair of socks with regular sock yarn. I want to use something much more colorful next time. I really like this Knit Picks yarn and I like the color too, but I am itching to knit with something brighter.

For the purse I am making I am using Cascade 220 Plum Heather which is also a muted darker color similar to my sock yarn. I picked up the stitches along the sides and bottom this afternoon, not sure if I did it right, but I'm going to move on to knitting the sides and see what happens. I know felting hides some mistakes so I'm hoping that is the case for my first felted project. :-)

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For Christmas I got 2 knitting related items - Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's book Yarn Harlot, the Secret Life of a Knitter, and a knitting pattern a day calendar. The calendar offers a free online second calender so I chose the Stitch and B---- calendar. Two for one, yea! I also got some money from my dad which I plan to use at my LYS to buy sock yarn. When am I going to do that you ask? Well...........my husband is giving me a day out by myself for my Christmas present. Hopefully next week one day will be the day. I plan to visit my 2 LYS's, go to the library, Barnes & Noble, Starbucks, and who knows what else. I can't wait!

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Happy New Year!!!

2 comments:

monkeefan66 said...

Hey, Eileen!
Just droppin by to offer some encouragement!! Awesome goals this year - you CAN do them all! Cables really aren't as bad as they seem!
Peace,
Holly

Dianne said...

Wow, I'm impressed. Not only a blog devoted to knitting but a whole slew of resolutions just for knitting! I love it. I guess I should set some goals in this area if i want to get anywhere.