This is the start of my "A Year of Projects" for July 2015 - June 2016. What is this all about? It's a group on Ravelry of bloggers getting together to share progress on their knitting/crocheting/spinning and all around crafting goals throughout the year. I enjoyed reading others blog posts from last year so this year I decided to get off the bench and join in. Yay!
Without further adieu here is my proposed list of knitting for this year:
Cowls and Scarves:
Classic Cowl by Purl Soho knit in handspun
Field of Stars by Amy van de Laar knit in handspun alpaca
Dudester Scarf by Jana Pihota
Dryad by Jared Flood
For the Home:
Sock Yarn Braided Trivets by Martha Lazar 8 of them
Sock Yarn Braided Rug by Martha Lazar
Slip Stitch Heel Basic Sock by Wendy D. Johnson
Simply Elegant Cable Socks by Judy Alexander
Broken Seed Stitch Socks by handepandehttps
Taylor's Orange Toe Up Socks by Jasmyn Cunningham
Sweaters and Vests:
Glen Moir Vest by Luise O'Neill
White Russian by Thea Colman
Three in One Sweater by Elizabeth Zimmerman
Glenfiddich by Annamária Ötvös
Astonish Top by Katy Banks
Jordan by Wendy Bernard
Mittens and Gloves:
Connnectivity Gloves by Mari Chiba
Nordic Mittens by Beth Brown-Reinsel
Double Knit Mittens by Sue Hedgecock
A Family Tam by Beth Brown-Reinsel
Ok, now that I write it all out it looks like an awful lot to accomplish, but some are already WIPS which will help (or at least I'll tell myself that.) It was really fun to figure out what I wanted to knit over the course of a year and surprisingly easy when things like Christmas, birthdays and anniversaries dictate so much of what "needs" to get done as opposed to all my wishful thinking and wants.
What's on the needles currently is the Basic Cowl by Purl Soho using my own rainbow handspun yarn. The colored wool is plant dyed by this lovely lady and the white is an angora/wool blend I purchased from here. It's a very simple pattern, but my yarn makes it a bit tricky to keep track of where I am in the 4 row pattern. In a solid color this would be a snap I think. I have only a few rows of yellow and the white angora twisted ribbing left to go, which I hope means I'll finish by tonight. Cross your fingers for me.
Next up will be some bobbin clearing as I finish spinning some aplaca/angora three ply yarn. Then I plan on casting on the Field of Stars cowl. If I have way too much yardage for it I may have to pick another pattern though.
All these projects (listed in no particular order) will be knit with yarn I already have in my stash as I am trying to cut back on my fiber spending. Oh course when we go to the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival I will be making a few purchases, but then I am holding out until Minnesota's Shepard's Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival in the Spring of 2016. Well, hopefully I will be too busy finishing knitted objects to mind.
See ya next week!