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.

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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.