2016 Knitting Resolutions

Before you ask, yes, I did make otherwise noted resolutions to eat more broccoli and take the stairs etc. I am only human. But most important to my #newyearnewme is the knitting related goals I’ve set. 

Over the past year, I’ve definitely stagnated as a knitter. Sloppy blocking, basic projects, frogging everything in sight. I’m certainly proud of the patterns I put out and the knitting connections I made, but I really want to push myself to get to the level where next time I go to Rhinebeck, someone will ask to take a picture with me. Just kidding (sort of). 

Here’s what I have in mind:

Toe-Up Socks

Yes, I am the most daft person alive who has knit over 10 pairs of socks and never bothered to learn what everyone considers to be the savior of all sock knitting: the toe-up method. “Oh, but I don’t mind picking up the stitches around the heel flap!” I say as I fashion yet another foot-holder replete with holes and mixed-up sizing. For the good of humanity, I need to stop fighting the light and get on with the toe-up socks. 

A Sweater Of One’s Own

In the majority of my pattern-making, I’ve gotten away with the one-size-fits-most dealio, or just outright said “This pattern will only fit size X” (hence the multiple threads on Ravelry discussing how to re-size Bettie–curse me!). Designing a sweater, even if it’s simple, requires actually being a designer. Sure, I might not get around to this one until December 31, but dammit, it will happen!

Continental Style

Okay, this is The Big One for me. I’ve knit English style (throwing the yarn) ever since I first started knitting back in the day. It’s a perfectly good way to knit, but I’ve also come to realize it represents a much less efficient way for the hardcore knitter to get things did. On Instagram, people have been sharing #howiknit videos for the past few weeks, and I’ve been shocked at the beauty and proficiency of the Continental Style. Now, I’ve seen some of my favorite designers talk about how they, too, went from English to Continental for the sake of efficiency, but that doesn’t mean it’s not going to be any easier than learning Mandarin or writing with my opposite hand. I definitely plan on writing about/photographing this experience so you can all laugh at my struggling little claws. 

What are your knitting resolutions, friends? I’d love to hear what plans you have for a most rad 2016! 

 

Image via Flickr/Creative Commons

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