Thursday, January 18, 2007
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Friday, January 05, 2007
- End the year with only 3 projects in an unfinished state. Those 3 projects must be active projects, i.e. worked on in the last week. No UFOs.
- Always have a small knitting project in my bag--usually simple socks.
- Complete at least 14 pairs of socks.
- Master the art of creating an EZ sweater that fits me well.
- Master creating steeked cardigans that fit me well and I enjoy wearing.
- Evolve the EZ sweater to be a v-necked sweater with the sleeve option that flatters most. (This means making different kinds and figuring out which one works best for me.)
- Master spinning usable and beautiful sock yarn from hand painted rovings.
- Reduce my stash. (This fits well with the other goals since most of my stash includes sock yarns and yarns for sweaters.)
- Actively participate in the Socks that Rock club--make all the sock patterns as written and post the results on their and my blog.
- Actively participate in Amy's fiber club--she sends out lovely fiber once a month. Spin it and make something from it and send pictures to Amy and post them on my blog. (Note how nicely this fits with the goal about sock yarns and hand painted rovings!)
- Make a sweater from primarily handspun yarn.
- Master basic socks and have a pattern written up that you could share for your basic socks.
- Complete TKGA Master Knitter Level 1.
- Submit TKGA Master Knitter Level 2. I don't have to pass it, just submit it.
- Create a photographic archive of all projects completed in 2007. Ideally, photographic before you start, at least once in the middle, and the absolutely the FO.
- Make knitting and spinning more about the social connections and less about the accomplishments. (Hmmm, this kind of contradicts the other goals!)
- Maintain a knitting/spinning/fiber blog with at least 2 posts per week throughout 2007.
- Learn how to use my knitter's loom well enough that I make an attractive and simple scarf.
- Of all the stuff I make, most I can actually wear in this lovely temperate weather.
- Keep spinning--reduce my fiber stash by making yarn, reduce my yarn stash by knitting up what I have and what I spin. This is all about practice, not about perfection.
Thursday, January 04, 2007
I have so much to learn about blogging.
Lesson 1: Don't write your post in the blogger editor. Stuff happens and complete posts mysteriously disapper.
Lesson 2: Don't wait to post until you have something "important" to say.
Lesson 2a: Take lots of pictures. Don't wait until things are done or everything is perfect. Take the pictures. Now.
Those last two are hard lessons for me.
So...here I go again.
When I read other people's blogs, I like:
* Lots of pictures. Good pictures.
* Information about finished projects with details. And good pictures.
* Links to inspirational stuff: cool patterns, great yarns, good vendors.
* Interesting insights into the person. Honesty, reality.
* Pictures of projects in the works. It is interesting to see how projects progress.
* Technical stuff--knitting and spinning techniques.
So...what am I going to blog about. When I'm sitting here, wondering what to write, I'm going to check back on this list and look for ideas:
* What's on my needles, right now, no matter what the state, good and bad.
* UFO Inventories, or "What I'm NOT knitting"
* What's on my spinning bobbins?
* Reports on classes I take, what I learned, what I don't completely understand.
* What my friend the UPS Man brought today.
* Book reports--grab a book off the shelf and write about the projects I want to do. Or don't want to do. Or discuss why I should get rid of the book!
* What's waiting in the wings to be started.
* Stash inventory--fiber to spin, yarn languishing.
* Dream projects--I have a bunch of study projects I'd like to do. Even if I'm not going to ever do them, it is fun to think about them--and maybe someone else WILL do them.
* Dream vacations. If I could get away for 4 to 7 days of knitting, what would that look like? Where would it be? What would the days include?
* Knitting goals (and regular progress reports--maybe quarterly)
* Spinning goals--and progress reports
* What interesting technical thing have I learned on my current project--even if it isn't rocket science, it may be something new to me.
* Finished projects, of course. Including info on gauge, yarn, pattern, modifications, etc. Source of pattern or notes on my own designs.
* Simplest of all: What knitty or fiberly thing did I do today?
That should keep me out of trouble.
So, to get started, here's some works in progress.
First, Endpaper Mitts. This is my first attempt at using double points. I messed up the cast on by using too large a needle, but I can block that out. Yarn = Koigu KPM (yummmm). The strange dark color splotches are the purl "seam". Much less obvious in person. (By the way, my dog's A-Frame makes a great background!)
Next is a project to be. Madness, pure madness. When I first got my spinning wheel, I ordered a sampler kit from the woolery. All kinds of different fibers, 1 to 2 ounces each. It seemed like a great idea at the time. Now it looks like lots of fiber, but not enough of any one thing to do something with. So I'm doing something. An EZ Adult Surprise Jacket where each row is a different fiber, alternating dark with light. (I'm much further along on this jacket than this picture suggests--but we're not waiting to post pictures!)
The corgis are at my feet. Dancer's about to start complaining. It is past our bed time and they won't go to bed until I do, so that's enough for tonight. Tomorrow I'll post pictures of my second EZ Circular Yoke sweater and a ruffle scarf.
Monday, January 01, 2007
Here's Matilda modelling the results of my Christmas craziness. Mom asked me to cut the top off a sweatshirt and knit a yoke. Yuck. I decided to give an EZ circular yoke sweater a try instead.
Zimmermann Circular Yoke Sweater from Knitting Around
Noro Cash Iroha Yarn (about 11 skeins of lavendar, 1 skein each of the black, cream and green)
Addis, US 7
Started December 17th, Finished on December 24th.
Includes short rows in the body and at the neck, phoney seams.