Knitting Goals for 2018

This year felt like an uphill battle, and my knitting ebbed and flowed as I dealt with all of the obstacles and disappointments of 2017. Despite the lulls, I completed 32 projects, and I’m pretty sure that I’ll finish Arboreal before the year is up. So really, not a bad year for knitting, even if everything else sucked.

I didn’t get to check off many of my 2017 goals. I steeked three swatches, but I decided against knitting a whole cardigan. I didn’t attempt a pieced sweater. Neither did I knit seventeen shawls this year. Maybe I’ll do these things in 2018. Maybe I won’t.

But I did continue assembling a me-made wardrobe. I finished knitting eight sweaters for myself this year — not counting Arboreal. Something about that is kind of incredible. And I have several sweater-quantities of yarn in my stash, so it looks like 2018 will continue this trend. But it would be nice to make something other than sweaters. (I’m toying with the idea of learning to sew.)

Next year, I’d also like to take another stab at brioche. I started something on Christmas Eve 2016, but never got very far with it. I have some yarn set aside for brioche projects, and maybe I’ll revisit this in the forthcoming year.

In 2018, I’d also like to buy less yarn. I have so much yarn! And so little space. My bedroom is a labyrinth of bicycles and fiber-filled bins. So I’d like to knit out of my stash for at least the first six months of the year.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2018. If you feel like sharing, what are your knitting goals for 2018?

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Rehab Knitting

Unfortunately, I’m not here to share a lovely knitted object that I’ve recently started or finished. In truth, I’ve knitted very little this month.

On 2 December, while I was biking home from work like I do every day, I was struck by another cyclist and ended up in the ER with a tibial plateau fracture, which required open knee surgery.

I brought my knitting with me to the hospital, but recovering from surgery and the process of rehabilitating my knee has been exhausting. It’s difficult. It hurts. And I’m always so damn tired. So I didn’t knit in the hospital.

Last week I was discharged to a sub acute rehab facility, which isn’t as good as home, but it’s better than the hospital, and I can get the assistance and daily PT that I need right now. A couple nights ago, I finally had enough energy to pick up my knitting, and I was able to finish the body on my Arboreal sweater. Hopefully it’s the right length. It’s hard to judge these things when you can’t stand up in front of a mirror. Yesterday I started the sleeves. I’m sort of knitting them two-at-a-time. I’m using two needles, but my plan is to knit to the decrease round on one and then do the same on the other sleeve, repeat to cuff. This is how I ended up knitting the sleeves on my Coloring cardigan, and I liked it. For socks and mittens and other paired things, I think I still prefer the classic two-at-a-time method, but it seems easier to gauge my progress on sleeves when I keep them on separate needles.

I also have my Schwarm shawl — my apologies for the lack of links, but I’m doing this on my iPhone. I started that back in September, and the pattern is easy to remember, and the texture is quite lovely, but I keep putting it aside for other projects. (I also probably should have gone up a needle size, but there’s no turning back now, as I’m already on my second ball of yarn.) I have several sweater quantities of yarn at home, and I’m kind of itching to start those projects, but I’d like to see Schwarm completed before spring.

So that’s where I’m at. I can’t really take pictures. Not nice ones, at any rate. And I won’t be able to block anything until I’m off crutches, which might be another three months. I’m frustrated that I can’t ride my bicycle this winter, as this is my favorite time of the year for riding. I’m sad and angry that after such an emotionally challenging summer, this is how 2017 is wrapping up. But I’m not in a body bag. And at least I can still knit.

Strokkur #2

So Long, Strokkur

Like, I imagine, many knitters, I have a lot of handknit sweaters. I also have very limited space. This year alone, I’ve added seven sweaters to my wardrobe, plus a sweater vest. And I’m in the middle of Arboreal. And I have yarn set aside for several other sweaters. I’m pretty sure that I’ve crossed the line into Too Many Sweaters.

In theory, it’d be nice to give away a sweater for each new sweater I make, but I know that’s not going to happen. Even if, for example, my Fireside Pullover doesn’t get worn very often, I like it a lot. I’m not ready to give it away. But there are a couple that I don’t feel especially attached to, like my black and gold Strokkur, which I finished last November.

Strokkur

I actually got a lot of wear out of this last winter, but I want to keep my Swans Island Strokkur. Plus I have two other Léttlopi sweaters, and at least one more on the way. This was kind of an obvious choice. I have a coworker, who is approximately the same size as me, so with any luck, it’ll be #newsweaterday for Jamie tomorrow.

Knitting Goals for 2017

One of the things that I love about knitting is that I never seem to reach a plateau. I’m always learning something new or improving on what I already know. It never gets old.

I was thinking about this while I was learning two-color brioche (shown above) at the end of last month. And while I’m generally not a goal-oriented person, I thought it might be fun to set some knitting goals for the new year.

  • Steeking!
    Steeking seems hard, but I think it’s the natural next step in the world of stranded knitting. Around Thanksgiving, I was saying I’d like to learn to steek in 2017, and I think it’s time to make this official.

  • Continue assembling a me-made wardrobe!
    It’s so incredibly satisfying that I haven’t worn a not-me-made sweater in a long time — probably close to a year. I never really set out to do that, but it’s naturally happened over time. Most of my sweaters are winter-weight, so I’d like to knit some sweaters and tops that I can wear in the spring and fall, possibly something for the summer months too.

  • Pieced Sweater!
    I gravitate towards seamless construction, but I’d like make at least one pieced sweater. The experience seems valuable — even necessary. I’d love to have first-hand knowledge of the difference between seamless and seamed construction.

  • Seventeen shawls in 2017…?!
    I haven’t decided whether to fully commit to this one. In theory, it’s a fun idea. In practice, I might want to shift my knitting priorities in other directions.

  • Finish what I’ve already started!
    I have a bunch of projects lingering from last year. I think it’s time to either finish them or frog them, if I’m no longer drawn to the project.