Do you make resolutions each year? I only make knitting resolutions, because those are the only ones I can seem to keep.
This year, I took a long, hard look at my knitting in 2017, and I think I've come up with a list of resolutions that'll work for me. I hope some of them will inspire you, too.
1. Give myself deadlines. I work best when I have a deadline, and there are a few projects out there that are lingering. My Starting Point Shawl is one of them. I ran out of one of the yarns, so I need to redo the pattern a little, and that has been stopping me.
So, by the end of the month, I'll have the pattern reworked and the project finished. This was a mystery knit-along, and it's the final clue that I'm stuck on. So close! I'll finish this up, and then set my next deadline.
2. Knit for myself. Gift knitting season is over, and it's time to knit something I love, just for me. I have a project in mind—Churchmouse's Half & Half Cowl, knit with Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. I love this yarn so much; it's super soft and it wears really well. I made a sweater from it years ago, and I still wear it. I got a beautiful rust color for my cowl project.
3. Organize my stuff! I have so many notions, I can't believe it when I can't find what I need. I've decided to separate my notions into categories and keep each group together. Here are my categories:
4. Finish my blanket squares. And then join them into a blanket! I'm S L O W L Y working on Norah Gaughan's Vintage Afghan (free pattern on Ravelry). I've decided to make it my Olympic knitting project. I have almost 8 of the 12 squares done, so that's achievable, right? Because of the deadline mentioned in Resolution 1, I'll have my Starting Point Shawl done, so I can tackle more of these beautiful squares. These are knit from Berroco Vintage Worsted, and I picked neutral colors. Here's a sampling of the squares so far.
5. Step out of my color comfort zone. I tend to knit with neutrals. My friends joke that my favorite colors are dull, drab, and dreary, and it's kind of true. I pushed myself on the rust color for my Half & Half Cowl, and I've been exploring knitting with Pantone's Color of the Year, Ultra Violet. Each year, the color company Pantone comes out with a Color of the Year, and I was hesitant about this one. Purple is not my favorite, but after looking at different yarn colors, there's a lot of beautiful options for this. Here are some that are on my list:
My interpretation of Ultra Violet brings in lots of blue and a little pink, and I think these options are gorgeous. What do you think? I would be stepping far out of my comfort zone, but I'll bet I enjoy it!
So go forth, yarnies, and conquer 2018 with your needles and hooks!
Many of us knit garments and accessories, but not home decor pieces. Kelley is working on her Cable Channel Knit-Along project, which is a pillow cover, and it got me thinking about all of the cool projects you can knit to bring your love of fiber into your home. Get your knit decor on with six of my favorite patterns from Alpaca Direct!
Kelley shows you how to knit the Left Twist. This is a nice complementary stitch to regular cabling, plus you can add these twists without the extra work of using a cable needle. This stitch looks good as a border on the edge of regular cables.
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