...Well, you know, we all want to make the list.
Over on Ravelry, in the "Knit down the stash in 2008" group, we have all been listing resolutions for the new year, one month at a time. I have also seen the resolution thread on several blogs and heard the same theme on many a knitting podcast, so my thoughts wandered on this path and I came up with the following.
1. Starting tomorrow, January 1st, I am returning to the mitered jacket I abandoned back in the Spring when I found myself way off-gauge. I love the pattern (by Norah Gaughan), love the yarn, and I also love Ravelry which has led me to a couple of knitters who made the jacket, faced the same gauge issues and yet triumphed.
2. I will work not only from stash but from my ample supply of patterns as well. For starters, I am going to knit my way through this wonderful book which I have studied for years without daring yet to cast on.
I love making hats, especially for afghans For Afghans, but I tend to sacrifice originality and design in favor of speed of execution. If I start as soon as the new calendar is hung on my wall, I'll build up a nice variety of hats to give away. If you have never seen that book, do try and locate it, if only on Ravelry, to get an idea of the colorful, gorgeous patterns put together by Charlene Schurch.
My favorite go-to hat in the meantime is one I knitted up in an hour or two, improvising on the needles, something I also resolve (3) to do more often in the new year. It took one skein of Gemini yarn from Oakgrove Yarns (a silk and merino blend, hand-dyed). It keeps my head warm enough but never clammy and weighs next to nothing when I keep it in my pocket.
4. I said it here in January 2007 and will repeat it in January 2008 since saying it once was obviously not enough to make it happen: I will make a significant dent in my stash this year. What happens every year is that while I manage to use a lot of odd balls in small items or children's sweaters, I carefully avoid dealing with the largest amounts of a given yarn earmarked for specific projects. Those projects often require some figuring out, some pattern-writing, some challenge, some level of commitment that I end up avoiding. Why? It's as though I am afraid of disappointment once I put my knitting fantasy projects on the needles. As if all that lovely yarn wasn't intended to be turned into something nice and even useful. As if there was always another potential better project for it floating in the universe, that kept me from sticking to my original ideas.
Well, Ravelry to the rescue, and not a moment too soon. There are so many wonderful one-of-a-kind garments there, they are giving me the guts to try more of my own sweater ideas.
I'd also love to get more comments in 2008, so let's start now by hearing about your own resolutions, dear readers. Happy new year to all!