Here I am again, back after a long, accidental hiatus. Rather than go back and try to catch up by showing all my finished knitting, I’m looking ahead and making plans and setting goals.
Out there in the Rav world, people have declared 2010 the year of 10 Things. So I set up my own 10 Things: I planned to knit 10 large projects from the stash between January and December. So far, I am up to seven completed projects! The current project on the needles is languishing sadly, probably because it is in laceweight with beads, and seems to go really, really slowly. Nothing like looking at your knitting after two hours and not seeing progress to keep your motivation high!
Currently hibernating: Aquila in Knitpicks Shadow (started a long while ago).
Another large project that is in time-out is a hemp skirt. Knitting hemp is not fun!
Having knit several shawls as part of my personal 2010 Stash Knitdown project, I also decided to join 10 shawls in 2010. Aquila above will eventually be number 7, and another Aquila in sock yarn will be number 8 for the year. At some point, I will also knit Aeolian in an awesome flame-red yarn I overdyed (the original orange just wasn’t my colour).
Then along came the summertime, and with it came Summer of Socks. Because my knitting life just isn’t complicated enough yet, starting tomorrow, June 21st, I will start working with another (overlapping) set of guidelines: I will knit mainly sockweight yarn until September 21st. I’ve decided that these projects don’t all have to be socks, but let’s be honest and say that most of them probably will be.
The first projects to be knit for Summer of Socks will be two UFOs: the Socks of Pink Awesomeness (it’s a free pattern: Brainless) and the I’m a Joiner socks (Solid Socks May-June 2010 Mystery Sock, also free). After that, I’m thinking…maybe something from Sock Innovation or New Pathways for Sock Knitting. I may even invest in Cat Bordhi’s new book, Personal Footprints etc. I don’t really have that planned out so far.
I recently finished spinning dog-fur yarn to make a hat for my beloved. The skein is currently “resting” (does that sound better than hibernating?), waiting to be knit into a toque. Here’s the yarn:
and here’s my personal “sheep”!
I’ve also dyed up some of the fur, which came out in awesome rich tones…can’t wait to spin that up! Now that I’ve proven to myself that I do like spinning, I am also on the lookout for a wheel. No rush, though. Summer is not a fun time to be covered in Malamute fluff.
In non-knitting news, this morning I went for a yoga class for the first time in about two months. I didn’t think it was possible to forget how to breathe, but there I was…chest breathing like a noobie, not like someone who is trained. This just proves to me the value of taking classes. Along with all the knitting I am trying to fit in, I’m also going to go to regular yoga classes, starting this week. Needless to say, if you are coming to visit me, call first because my floors aren’t the cleanest. What can I say? I am too busy knitting!
Knitting goals for the week:
finish Pink Socks of Awesomeness
finish Clue 2 of May Mystery Socks
knit one evening on May 2-4 skirt
Other goals this week:
tidy yarn room
go to one yoga class