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2014 Knitting Plans: year-end wrap-up

Knitting

  1. Knit myself 1-2 sweaters.
    Well, I sorta finished two: my first CustomFit sweater and Hitofude. Unfortunately, neither fit. Sigh. For the CustomFit sweater, the hem is pretty floaty, which may be partly due to a change in my measurements and partly due to not paying close enough attention to the numbers CustomFit spit out before generating my pattern. Whomp. Hitofude is both too wide and too short, only the latter of which is my fault. So, it looks like I’ll be having to rip both of those back. Not ideal, but at least I bound them off?
  2. Knit socks, at least 6 pairs for me.
    Eight pairs total, five for me. I have another pair half-finished.
  3. Knit all 4 M Club patterns.
    I finished the first three, but ran out of steam before getting to the fourth.
  4. Knit at least 2 blankets (1 for me).
    Chrysanthemum is still at 70% done. Fail on this one.
  5. Try to not have too many WIPs.
    I have four right now, plus the two sweaters I need to fix.
  6. Knit some Xmas decorations.
    Knit my nephew a little snowman, but that’s all. Nothing for me.

Yarn

  1. Only buy yarn that is cast on right away.
    Aside from Stitches Midwest, I haven’t bought anything that I didn’t cast on. Pretty surprising!
  2. Stop buying yarn online.
    Haven’t bought any at all since the middle of the year.
  3. Get more self-striping sock yarn.
    Got two more skeins since my mid-year update.
  4. Destash some stuff.
    Nope.
  5. Work with scraps.
    Nope.
  6. Use my handspun.
    Nope.

Spinning

I’m not even going to post what my goals were because I haven’t spun at all.

Etc.

  1. Make at least 2 more quilts.
    Nope.
  2. Sew a small project or two.
    Nope.
  3. Publish a knitting pattern.
    Nope.

On the knitting front, things went sort of OK. Maybe if I keep knitting sweaters I’ll eventually have better luck? I’m also pretty happy with getting my yarn buying under control.  Spinning and other types of crafting didn’t really happen. I think my plans for next year will be a little less extensive.

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2014 Knitting (and Other) Plans

Inspired by a few knitting friends, I’m going to lay out my plans for 2014.

Since this summer will be my 10th knitting anniversary, I want to make sure I push myself a bit more this year instead of just doing relatively simple projects that don’t require much attention to sizing. Hopefully, my knitting goals sort of bear that out.

Knitting

  1. Knit myself some sweaters. I haven’t knit one since 2011 and that is just ridiculous. I think part of the problem may be knitting with worsted weight (or thicker) yarn, so I’m going to use thinner yarns. I would like to knit myself at least two sweaters this year, but more would be great, too.
  2. Knit socks. I’ve been doing a pretty good job having socks on the needles, so I’d like to keep up that momentum. I’m aiming for six pairs for myself this year, but will ideally knit more.
  3. Knit all four patterns from the M Club by Laura Nelkin. I joined this club in a fit of “if I’m knitting so much stuff so often, why can’t I join a yarn/pattern club,” but I need to actuallywork on the projects. I think they might end up being good gift knits, so we’ll see what happens with the FOs. The important thing for me is the use the yarn and knit up the patterns as they come up so that it doesn’t become a burden.
  4. Knit blankets. I’d like to knit at least two blankets this year, with at least one of those being for myself. I have one on the needles right now, so that’s underway.
  5. Keep down the number of WIPs. I’m typically pretty good at this, but did cast on for a couple of things last month that died out pretty much instantly. Tsk, tsk.
  6. Knit some Christmas decorations. I already cast on for a little Advent calendar garland, but didn’t finish it for this Christmas. I can definitely get that done in a few days, maybe next November, and have something cute and handmade to hang up for Christmas. I’d also like to buy (or make) a set of boxes or drawers that I can fill with little handknit items to hang on the tree. This yarn, I added some of the tiny toys I’ve made (including a hot dog, an alien, and a stegosaurus) and they looked super cute, so I’d need to knit up some more of those to fill up the calendar.

Yarn

  1. Only buy yarn that will be cast on immediately, or as close to immediately as possible. I’ve actually been doing pretty well at this, but a Knit Picks order kinda messed that up. Ha. If I’m not going to cast on in the next week, I can hold off on buying the yarn. In fact, I can’t even think of any exceptions to this.
  2. Stop buying yarn online. Related to my first yarn-related goal, I definitely need to abstain from buying yarn, especially yarn for multiple projects, online. First off, it’s hard for me to know if I’ll like a yarn if I haven’t knit with it before, so I sometimes end up with yarn that isn’t really what I’m looking for. The other problem is that I feel like I need to order more yarn online, either to get free shipping or justify the shipping I am paying. That does not result in me making good yarn-purchasing decisions.
  3. Obtain more self-striping yarn. If I feel like I Must Buy Yarn, I should definitely just grab a skein of self-striping sock yarn. I’ve knit two pairs of simple (plain stockinette and Jaywalkers) socks, and they’re really satisfying projects that I can work on when I’m distracted or on the bus. I have a enough to make five pairs of socks right now, so I’ll probably cap this at seven self-striping yarns in my stash total at any given time.
  4. Destash some stuff. I have a few larger quantities of yarn that I can’t see myself knitting into a sweater or blanket. I’d like to sell those and use the money to fund buying yarn I actually want to knit into larger projects, especially sweaters.
  5. Work with scraps. Over one-third of the entries in my stash are less than a skein, mostly of fingering- or worsted-weight, left over from various projects. I can definitely use them for small and large toy-like projects, but may need to find something larger (a blanket?) to toss them into.
  6. Do something with my handspun. I need to either knit it or give it away instead of just holding onto it because I made it. Just because I like spinning certain colors or fibers doesn’t mean I’ll like knitting with them.

Spinning

  1. Spin. I know that sounds silly, but I am a very inconsistent spinner; I can go months without touching my wheel. I don’t know if I need to set aside an evening week or have a goal of so many hours per month, but I definitely need to do something.
  2. Whittle down my fiber stash. I don’t have any fiber that I don’t want to spin, so the only way to do this is to work on spinning more often. I have 32 fiber stash entries in Ravelry, so I’d like to spin up at least seven of those. Part of the drive for this is that I may go to Yarn School in the Spring, which would mean coming home with at least five new fibers. That’s really not allowed, since I have three bins that my fiber stash is in and it simply is not allowed to go beyond that size.
  3. Don’t buy fiber. Because seriously.
  4. Use my spindles. I have a really lovely spindle that I probably haven’t touched in at least a year. I need to have it out in a more obvious place so that I can spin on it a bit from time to time. I know I definitely have fiber on it, not to mention the locks one of my other spindles.

Etc.

  1. Make two more quilts. At least. I bought some fabric that I like and think would be great for someone in particular, so that would be one quilt. I’d also like to buy some small-scale floral prints to make myself a simple, pretty quilt for my bed.
  2. Sew a small project or two. Maybe just pillowcases. We’ll see.
  3. Publish a knitting pattern. I have a couple of ideas rattling around that I’d like to work on this year. One, in particular, could be done for spring or summer.

Ah! So many things I want to do! Luckily, they’re mostly continuing good habits or trying to establish new ones. I have an entire year ahead of me, so I can get a ton accomplished.

I’m hoping to have up a recap of 2013 in the next few days!

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