Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Knitting Resolutions

So it's my second year knitting, for all intents and purposes. I was still hammering along at my garter stitch scarf at this time last year, but I knew I wanted to try and knit socks and find a group of people to hang out with. Then I stumbled upon the Indy Mad Knitters in the middle of my second scarf. Between the people and the knitting, it's been a great year. I've learned a lot, and I want to learn more.

So, my knitting resolutions, in no particular order, are as follows:

1) Finish the cabled sock pair and pattern.

2) Knit up some of the laceweight I've been stashing but am really not yet comfortable using (i.e., play lace!).

3) Be more deliberate and purposeful in my general yarn-buying habits.

4) Meanwhile, hold off on the sock yarn some for a few months.*

5) Make another sweater. Or three.

6) Make my socks longer in the leg. It's not just the 10 degree (F, -12 C) weather saying this. But it's definitely part of it.

7) Knit for my in-laws next Christmas. They gave me yarn and knitting books for Christmas this year, they totally deserve the handknits more than the parental unit whose mailbox apparently doesn't work.**

8) Keep the WIP count reasonable. I'm thinking fiveish.

That sounds like enough for now. I'm working my way through the pink Tuscany shawl pretty fast now that I'm wanting its stitch markers for something else lacy. I'm not sure I'll get eleven repeats, but I'm planning on getting a lifeline in at ten-and-a-half, so if I run out I can still end at a pretty place without too much fuss. I've not taken a picture of it in a while, but it still looks about the same, it's a pink triangle with a leaf lace going on. It's just gradually getting bigger. Pictures once it's done, I promise.

*I have enough sock yarn for eighteen pairs. I've only knit twelve pairs so far, with two pair in progress. If I keep buying sock yarn this much faster than I'm knitting it, it's going to be problematic eventually, because I have no intention of stopping knitting socks, but I think having more sock yarn available than I ever have knit into socks could get cumbersome.

**Seriously, the great grey socks have gone missing. I mailed them two weeks ago, no one's seen them since. The other package of knitting mailed the same day made it to the same city just fine. Apparently somebody in Dad's apartment building steals packages. I'm trying to decide if Dad gets socks for his birthday or not, but if he does, they don't get sent to that address!

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