Today I wanted to share a work in progress and some thought’s on future projects. I’ve been meaning to post about this way sooner and I can’t believe it’s midway through February and this is the first time I have posted this year! I’m determined not to be as lazy from now on. Last year when I started this blog I began by thinking of what I would like to achieve from my knitting adventures and it’s nice to look back and see that I fulfilled every single one of them! Here they are:
“- Knit a jumper! Preferable the one from the Autumn edition of PomPom.
- Knit more swatches of my own ideas and for when I follow patterns. Starting to realise just how important they are and I’ve been really lazy in the past and skipped that step!
- Try dying wool. I’d love to give natural dying a go and have been doing lots of research so hopefully I’ll feel confident enough to try it some time soon.
- Learn more about the different fibres used in wool making and be more adventurous with what I use. I have a tendency to play it safe a bit and always go for merino or alpaca. Since using the blue faced leicester by Kettle Yarn I’ve been curious to try wool from other breeds of sheep.
- Submit one of my own patterns to a magazine. I’d love to have some of my own work published one day and I’d like to have the confidence to send something off for consideration.
- Use more of the wool in my stash! Said every knitter ever!”
Ok, so even though I used lots of wool in my stash I also added to it twice over. I’ll be honest I never had huge confidence in myself on that one! But the rest I really committed to and I feel like I’ve learned more in this last year than all my other knitting years put together!
So this brings me to my thoughts on the coming year. The more I’ve made and the more handmade pieces I’ve added to my wardrobe, the more I’ve taken a real interest in the concept of slow fashion. So I’ve decided to set myself a little task! I am going to try to make an item per month to add to my handmade wardrobe throughout 2016! It may be knitted or sewn, and will also include works in progress that have been started and discarded when I’ve been distracted by something else I had to cast on right then and there (second socks fall firmly into this catagory!).
You’re probably wondering about January’s make, I promise it is done. I had plans to get some nice pictures of my super long scarf I made but the weather was so gloomy today I couldn’t but I will post soon. In the mean time the above pic is a preview of something I’m working on to hopefully have done either February or March. It’s Abram’s Bridge by Mer Stevens from Pom Pom Quarterly Issue 14. Gorgeous knit so far and now I’ve finally mastered cabling without a needle it’s really growing!