Right now, I’m a little overwhelmed with all of the projects that I have going at the moment, so it’s time to focus and put a plan in place for actually getting things finished. The good news is that I’m a list person – always have been, probably always will be. I’m one of those crazy people who will write something I’ve already done on my to-do list for the day just so I can cross it off. Now that I have this fancy new blog, I decided this was the perfect place to make a list and set some knitting goals for each month. Then I’ll have something to come back to at the end of the month to measure how much I actually got done.
So here are the goals for October:
1. Finish second fair isle fingerless mitt. I finished the first mitt during Fall Fling in one day, so this isn’t too much of a stretch to get done over the course of a month. Just requires some focused knitting time, definitely not the kind of knitting I can do while watching TV or reading a book.
2. Finish Hitchhiker. Again a fairly easy goal because I’m almost at the finish line and I’m making it with the magic yarn. Have I told you about the magic yarn? I’m knitting this out of Peppino by The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze. I discovered this yarn earlier this year when The Loopy Ewe added it to their shop and have fallen madly in love. The colors are gorgeously rich and saturated and the twist on the yarn is nice and tight. I made a Piewhacket with it earlier this year and finished the project in two weeks! That is crazytown fast, especially for me as I tend to get distracted by other projects. But for some reason projects made with this yarn move very fast, seem to knit themselves really, and hold my attention even in the face of a myriad of shiny objects. So since I have 36 “teeth” done already on the Hitchhiker and don’t have much yarn left, I’m expecting this will be done in short order. Hoping that I can make it to the full 42 teeth, but I’ll have to wait and see how long the yarn holds out.
3. Finish Yarnster hat for Loopy Academy. I’m making Yarnster for my hat assignment for Loopy Academy. Again another quick moving project and I’m already more than halfway done. Fable Fibers may be another magic yarn because the colors are so beautiful I don’t want to stop knitting it. This is a great pattern as well – easily memorized and with just enough variety to keep you interested.
4. Re-start socks. I had started this pair of socks with Biscotte & Cie Felix self-striping in preparation for Fall Fling to have something to work on that didn’t require any attention. I actually got quite a bit done during The Yarn Harlot’s talk on Thursday evening. But then I showed her my sock during class on Saturday and she suggested that I needed to “springload” my stitches on the left needle and keep my fingers closer to the tips of the needles which would help tighten up the spaces between stitches and give me a better gauge and fabric for long-wearing socks. She did of course caution me to finish this sock with my normal knitting method so that it wouldn’t change the gauge halfway through. But since it’s the first sock of this pair and I wasn’t even to the heel yet, I think it’s best to rip and repeat. Besides better fitting socks has been my goal for a while now, so if this will help then I want to put it into practice as soon as possible.
5. Cast on My Dolphin Cowl for Loopy Academy. I’m planning to make this with Colinette Jitterbug in the Madder colorway. Such a beautiful pattern, I’m excited to see what it looks like knit up with this yarn.
6. Begin organizing the stash. My husband and I began the process of cleaning out our “guest” bedroom last weekend. The majority of my stash was buried in there behind the other various boxes and bags of junk that hasn’t had a home since we moved into our house last year. But now that it is accessible again, I’m looking forward to organizing and de-stashing a little bit. More than that, I want to put together project kits matching yarn to projects and putting them in ziploc bags. This way I can just grab and go for my next project – once I clean up my backlog of WIPs that is. I think this will be a good way for me to knit in 2015 and help me focus on doing the projects I really love with yarn I love rather than following each whim that crosses my path.
So I think that’s enough for one month. Of course I’ll be working on my other ongoing projects here and there throughout the month, but these are my primary goals. I’ll report back in at the end of October with how I did.