Monday, January 01, 2007

New year's knitting resolutions

Happy new year everyone!

I've not been one to make new year's resolutions--does anyone keep them more than a few days?--but setting some knitting goals seems like a good idea. Aiming to complete all those scarves in time for Christmas helped push me to become a better knitter, so why not give myself knitting objectives for 2007?

This is a modest list, or at least I think it is. I have no idea what is feasible, but I'm okay with that. My knitting experiences have been constantly surprising. There's no need to set limits now. Some of these are goals I've had as I've picked up a little knowledge, and some are coming to me as I write this. In other words, I didn't sketch out some master plan.

Here are my knitting resolutions for 2007:

-Learn five other stitches.

There are at least five more, right? I know how to do the knit stitch and purl stitch. I've heard of other stitches. Five seems like a good number.

-Learn how to use circular needles.

When composing a list, it's always good to have something relatively simple to cross off.

-Learn how to use double pointed needles.

I don't know what I'd used them for, but it's something else to learn.

-Make Kristin's Jazzy Coffee Cup Cozy.

From the directions, this would also knock off one or both of the previous two goals.

-Make a hat for myself.

I need something to go with my scarves, although the way the weather is staying warm, it may not be essential this winter.

-Make a baby blanket and baby sweater.

I have a pregnant friend, so there's all the incentive I need.

-Make two adult sweaters.

One seems like a cop out, and who knows what kind of a disaster my first attempt might be.

-Felt something.

I don't know what, but I feel the need to felt.

-Knit with something lighter than worsted weight yarn.

I've only used worsted weight, bulky, and super bulky yarn so far.

-Become better at knitting and watching TV at the same time.

Less looking at what I'm working on and more watching the television. Maybe I need to knit at the movies so I can't really see what I'm doing.

-Knit in public on my own.

This might be the most difficult of all of these goals. I'd certainly feel more exposed than knitting with someone else.

-Continue to blog regularly about knitting.

Writing on an almost daily basis has kept me sharper, I think. I've enjoyed writing about my knitting escapades and personal life almost as much as the knitting itself and reading your reactions and suggestions. And yes, even if more people in the offline world know that I knit, for the purposes of this site I will remain the secret knitter for the foreseeable future. Those of you with any interest probably know who I am by now anyway.

-Continue to knit for others.

I think this is a given if you knit, but I put it here to remind me how much fun it is to make things for other people.

-Take better care of myself.

Although not knitting-related per se, knitting has helped me relax, even if my last month's worth of posts make it sound like I'm stressed out. (That's because I am stressed out.) Knitting calms me down, whether it provides temporary relief or longer term stress reduction, so it is an integral part of my effort to be better to myself. Don't get me wrong. I don't have a background of hard or harmful living, but I've not always been good at taking it easy when I need to rest. I know that I'm hard on myself when it come to expectations, which can be good and bad for self-motivation and self-confidence.

That seems like plenty for now. I'll revisit these resolutions from time to time to track my progress, and I'm sure I'll have new goals to add to it as others are completed. For those of you familiar with my knitting experience, what goals aren't on here that would make good additions to the list?

Next...participating in Donna's inaugural The Archies.


At 9:22 PM, Blogger donnadb said...

Hooray for The Archies! You know, you could make annual participation a life-long resolution. Think about it!

A student who is leaving the country for a semester gave me a suitcase full of yarn from her own abortive attempts to learn some time ago. So I have plenty of practice material. I want to get some bamboo needles rather than the metal ones she included. But I'm going to be starting a practice swatch before school starts on the 11th. Woo-hoo!

At 11:53 PM, Blogger the secret knitter said...

Donna, I'm thrilled to hear you're a step closer to learning. Passing on knitting excitement must be like spreading a virus. :)

I knitted my practice piece on bamboo needles, but I've knitted everything else on plastic needles. They've worked well for me.

As for making a life-long Archies resolution, only if you'll do the rest of my writing for Tuesday's show. (I'm at wit's end right now.) It is a really good idea and fits in with my desire to make sure I appreciate what I have, whether big or small.

At 9:42 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

the five new stitches will be fun to learn, although they are really more like "stitch patterns" because in knitting, there are really just knit and purl's the combinations of the two that give you all of the neat "stitches" that you see. a great way to learn these is by knitting dishcloths, but making small swatches is also can save them and then eventually sew together to make a really cool quilt.

i'd love to make kristin's jccc, too...looks so cute and definitely functional!

two adult sweaters sounds like an awesome goal...good luck and i'm sure you'll be able to accomplish it seeing as you knitting 12 scarves in such a short period of time.

and lastly, you could knit and felt a messenger or laptop bag...there are some good patterns out there and that would be something functional for you.

good luck w/ your goals and most importantly, keep finding the joy in knitting!

At 10:49 PM, Blogger the secret knitter said...

Good ideas Jennifer, and thanks for correcting me on the stitches/stitch patterns. I half know what I'm talking about.

At 1:04 PM, Blogger Karen said...

You have great goals! I think you'll enjoy using circular needles - projects go really fast. A new stitch pattern - cables - will be easy to learn if you do the Irish Hiking Scarf.


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