Although I’ve been knitting for several years now, I really feel that I came into my own as a knitter during 2013. I had several goals that I set for the year, and although I didn’t meet all of them, I more than met several of them and for the first time I worked on projects all year long, not just during the colder months.
Here are a few stats that I pulled off of my Ravelry projects page:
Total number of projects completed in 2013 = 31 (out of 85 total projects)
Types of projects included shawls (5), hats (5), sweaters (3), socks (7 pair), toys (3 types), coffee cozies (3), mitts (1), infinity scarves (2), facecloths (1 type), and one poncho.
And here were my goals for 2013, with the results of how I did on each of them…
1) Knit a minimum of one pair of socks each month. I think this is manageable – and I love knitting socks. I also want to learn new patterns and techniques, including trying toe-up socks and some other types of heel construction (such as an afterthought heel).
Nope, didn’t meet this one – I knit 7 pairs of socks, not 12. But I did learn afterthought heels and tried a few new sock patterns. I learned that plain vanilla socks go pretty quickly but patterned ones do not. I still want to learn new techniques for 2014 and keep knitting plenty of socks.
2) Knit a Fair Isle project. I had a lot of fun with the KnitFreedom video e-book course and the felted bag project, so now I want to go on and try a non-felted project to see how well I can manage the tension and different colors. I’m thinking maybe a hat or mittens would be a good first project.
I did put a few color work projects in my queue, but never got started on any of them. Definitely will keep this as a goal for 2014.
3) Knit a sweater. I successfully knit two shrugs a couple of years ago but have never tried an actual sweater. I’ve got yarn and a pattern for a simple kid-sized one that I’d like to work on this winter – although it realistically might not be finished in time to wear until next fall. We’ll see.
Success! I not only knit one sweater, but I knit three of them in a variety of styles. One cardigan and two pullovers – one short-sleeved, and one with long sleeves and pockets. They were all knit top-down in one piece – I don’t know if I’ll branch out and try a seamed sweater or not. I do want to make more sweaters in general this year though.
4) Knit a shawl. I see so many beautiful projects and patterns on Ravelry on in the podcasts that I watch – I’m a bit daunted by the idea of charts, but love the challenge of lace knitting. Going along with this one is…
Another successful goal – I knit five shawls in 2013, which is crazy! I do really like knitting shawls, but don’t have a ton of use for the finished ones, other than to wear them as scarves in the winter. There are so many beautiful patterns out there though – I’m sure I’ll be knitting more of them. I would love to try a circular shawl at some point and also to try adding beads.
5) Get comfortable knitting from charts.
I think I met this goal too – after knitting several shawls from charts this year, I don’t feel intimidated by charts the way I used to be.
6) Last but not least – my goal is to blog here a lot more regularly than I did in 2012 about my knitting journey, my projects and everything I learn along the way.
Not really sure if I met this one or not – but definitely a goal to keep for this next year.
So with all of that in mind, here are my knitting goals for 2014:
- Knit at least 10 pairs of socks, at least one of which will be toe-up. Learn different heel methods, including the fish lips kiss and crystal heels.
- Knit at least 5 sweaters (including at least 2 for me).
- Knit a circular shawl.
- Knit a Fair Isle project.
- Knit at least 5 hats to donate to pediatric cancer patients. After seeing everything my daughter went through this year, I’ve thought about ways that I can help other kids. I can’t really donate money or time right now, but my knitting skills are something I can donate. Hannah has not needed chemotherapy (thank goodness), but so many other kids do, and knitting cute or stylish hats for them to wear is something I really want to do this year.
- Keep knitting teacher gifts for end-of-year and the holidays, and find more good teacher gift patterns to use so as to not knit the same pattern more than once.
- Knit a baby blanket and/or sweater for our neighbor’s daughter-in-law.
- Get better at blocking finished knitwear. Block my finished Burning Branch shawl and Autumn Fern Mobius scarf.
These aren’t technique or project related (or even specifically knitting) but they are fiber-ish so am also including:
- Attend at least one knitting event or fiber festival in 2014, as budget allows.
- Purchase a drop spindle and learn to spin using it.
- Find and join a knitting group to get to know other local knitters.
- Make some knitting friends, both on and offline.
Happy 2014! What are your knitting goals?