New Year, New Plans

No matter what’s going on in life, January always feels like a breath of fresh air. A time to come down from the holiday rush, reflect on what I’ve done/been through the year before, and jot down some Grand Plans that may or may not come to fruition but that at least make me feel motivated to get the year going.

It turns out that 2016 was not a great year for my knitting or my blogging, but hey, I grew a human so I’m ok with that. In years past I liked to tally up my projects and make pretty graphs and generally nerd out over the data. But since I nerd out over data all day long for my job and the opportunity to sit and write is rare, I’m not going to get lost in spreadsheet land right now. This year, we’re just doing a list, because there were only 10 completed projects anyway (about 20-25% of past output (<– data intrusion)):

  • 6 hats (3 for baby, 2 for friends, 1 for me)
  • 2 baby sweaters
  • 1 pair of baby socks
  • 1 shawl (that I still need to blog about, oh my).

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If you’re on Ravelry, you can view all my finished items in one place here. It is clear that I am an instant gratification knitter, yes? And I love me some hats. And apparently the color green, as 80% of the items contained green! (Damn, I can’t resist data analysis.)

Now onto the new plans. My new favorite place on Ravelry, the LSG Parents board, is doing a completely casual “17 anything crafty in 2017” style KAL so I’m going to roll with that. Since my crafty time is limited, I’m going to make the most of it by knitting 17 completely luxurious, indulgent projects. I’m going to be using my best stuff, the stuff I can’t wait to knit, make, or wear. Here are about 20 stash items I’m planning to choose from over the course of the year:

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Laceweight – Fingering – Sport

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Sport – DK – Worsted

I am highly amused by the ubiquitous presence of green/teal/blue hues here. WHATEVER, I LOVE THEM. There will be lots of yak, silk, cashmere, fine merino, and handspun in my knitting future and I’m excited about it. The O-Wool Fingering is already in progress for Hatchling’s Sky Blanket and the aqua Yaksi DK is involved in my hibernating Yaksi Cancan. The Westminster was started but I’m frogging that shawl, so it and the rest will be used in new projects. This theme of ‘indulgence’ will carry over into my spinning, too. Whenever I carve out time for it, I will be spinning my favorite stuff first. (Let’s not talk about how I finished zero skeins of yarn last year… *sob*.)

What’s on your list of crafty goals for the year?

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6 thoughts on “New Year, New Plans

  1. I seem to be on a yarn restoration project. I’m taking previously spun yarn and unplying it and respinning it to a thinner and more consistent size. This all got started because some luscious alpaca (my first fleece) was too heavyweight for a shawl.

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  2. I am trying to get back into reading and commenting, so let’s start fresh.
    Yes, you grew a human this year, that counts as at least 20 or more FOs so no shame. I can’t wait to see what you make this year, for both yourself and the little guy. I’m sure it will have lots of blue!

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  3. I have no plans, because whenever I make them, I am sure to avoid them!! LOL. I just want to knit what I want, when I want to. But I am sure baby items will be large and loud this year as I already have 3 babies to knit for!!

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  4. I also have a love affair with the color green. I have 6 hats that I’ve made for myself and 5 of them are green. So, I’m branching out this year and pushing myself to knit with different colors. First hat is going to be purple.

    Have fun with your year of luxurious knitting!

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  5. I think you are on to something with the idea of using the yarn and fiber you are most excited about. I think we save our favorites for far too long. Why not use them and then make some new favorites?

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