I’m not a big one for making big lists of New Year’s Resolutions, although I do look at the start of a new year as a perfect time to get back on track, or stay on track (my continuing goals are to exercise more, track my food diary better, get healthier, spend more time with family … all the usual resolutions, I think). One thing I do at the start of just about every New Year though, is think about my knitting goals and aspirations for the coming year. Hey, that’s important!
Looking back on 2016, I did finish quite a few of the projects on my list, but there are a few that are still languishing in stash. Because either new designs came along that I fell so in love with that I had to knit them before anything already on my list, or I discovered an older pattern that was just what I had been looking for. And they bumped the original projects right on down the list.
But, I did well in 2016! Here’s a recap of most of what I knit (there are a few more small projects ~ hats and such ~ that I didn’t photograph or talk about much):
Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Lucille, Two Roads Hat (pattern designed and published in 2016; mitts and cowl patterns are still pending), Grandpa Cardigan, Vivian, The Rain Outside, Seamless Kimono, Sundottir, North Shore, Four Seasons Shawl (not started in 2016, but FINALLY finished in 2016), Vindur, Traveller Tunic Dress, Gola (a Finished Object post is pending for this one; I’m waiting for Laura to publish the pattern), and a pair of Riihivilla Mittens in the Red Tulip pattern for my Mom. I definitely see lots of colorwork and cables, which is no surprise as these are definitely my favorite kinds of knitting.
6 sweaters and a sweater dress, and miscellaneous smaller projects. I think that’s pretty good! Let’s just not go into the projects on my list at the start of 2016 (or, ahem, before that) which haven’t seen the light of day yet, okay?
This year is no different; I have lots of things on my Want-to-Knit list. Some are carrying over from 2016, and a lot are new.
Carrying over are:
This one missed being finished in 2016 by just a smidge. It’s a DK weight cashmere sweater for my daughter which I started on December 9. I dyed the colors to her specifications (just about, anyway). She wanted a dark green body with tan (which broke to green, as it is won’t to do, but I really like the variegation), gray, and white stitchwork. I love the dark green of the body and, luckily, I wrote this recipe down so I can recreate it.
For this sweater, I used Tin Can Knits’ “North Shore” design and “hacked it.” Caragh (my daughter) wanted an icelandic yoke sweater but with more geometric patterns in the yoke. We couldn’t find anything she really liked, so I used “North Shore” as the basis for the body (with some twerking, see my Ravelry project page for details) and then Alice Stanmore’s “Charts for Color Knitting” for the yoke patterns. This first pattern I took directly out of the book; the second I modified to fit the number of stitches and the spacing of the first. I hope to have this sweater finished by early next week.
Next up on the Carry Over List is another DK cashmere sweater for my son, Jackson (who nearly stole my North Shore, until I told him I’d knit him a cashmere sweater in whatever colors he wanted. He liked that idea. A Lot. So my North Shore is safe.).
These are Jackson’s colors: light gray, white, and a dark charcoal with strong blue hints. The recipe for which I did not write down, unfortunately. Might have to try to re-create it. It’s a good color.
After these two are done, and also on the Carry Over List, I have this yarn to knit another colorwork sweater:
I have no idea what I’m going to knit yet. I may make something up so I can use all the colors. I love the wooly goodness of this base so much. It still smells, faintly, of clean sheep and has such great substance and character. Quite lovely.
Lastly for the Carry Over List, there’s this new yarn:
Worsted organic non-shrink wool (which I’ve named Luna and is debuting in 2017). Again, not sure what I’m knitting but it’s very high up on the list for early 2017.
Here’s *part* of my 2017 list. I’m stopping here, because I’m sure I’ll see things along the way that sidetrack me and get put in front of all the projects on this list:
Top to Bottom, Left to Right (all photos borrowed from Ravelry, see links for more):Fair Isle Cuffs (I’ll probably use this pattern as a jumping off point, but I think these would be great to wear in my studio when it’s chilly), Fireside Pullover (in Vesta, with some of the gorgeous vintage buttons I bought at TNNA), Nesting Wrap (because, Bristol. And Brioche. I may knit this with STF Astraea, for a little glitz and glam), Sasha Wrap (this is first up after the sweaters for my kids are done, with Clara’s Cormo 3.0 in Turmeric), Second Grace, Wolf River (this might be third up, also in Vesta, because OH MY GOSH how awesome is the combo of bulky yarn in a lacey pattern, so it’s not too heavy?!), Mini Stockings & Toadstools (because I’ve wanted to knit a holiday garland of mini stockings, mini hats, mini sweaters and toadstools forever, and Julie’s Advent Calendar inspired me all over again. Maybe I’ll get to it in 2017!), Crete, Erica Cardigan, and Teeter Totter Shawl.
I’m sure you’ve seen some of these patterns before, and recently. Wolf River is from a recent Fancy Tiger Crafts post (they’re having a KAL, which I’ll not be joining because of the Teen Sweaters I’m being ever so slightly nagged about 😉 ), but the combo of bulky and lace patterning grabbed me in a big way. Kay and Ann recently blogged about Crete and Nesting Wrap on Mason Dixon Knitting and I love the texture in both of these patterns so much. Jane Richmond posted a photo on IG of her Fireside Pullover from the front, with buttons, and I was a goner.
All these things to knit, and for the past four days, I’m totally
obsessing about envisioning this:
Wolf River, in STF Vesta in Glacier. Ooh lala. And I really need something in this cool, light gray-blue. My wardrobe is seriously lacking this color, which would look so great with jeans, or black pants or a skirt.
What about you? Do you create a Want to Knit list at the beginning of the year, or just go with the flow? Are there any projects you definitely want to knit this year?