A year of knits

I’m a big fan of goals. I think having goals gives a person something to look forward to, motivation to improve, and a sense of accomplishment. Without goals, we founder and wallow. In that light, I took advantage of this New Year’s Day to put together a calendar of knit projects, entirely with stash yarn and free or already-acquired patterns (these are in addition to the To-Do stuff I’ve got set aside). I knit quite a bit; with roughly five hours a week of commuter time, knitting keeps my hands busy and is a great accompaniment to podcasts. I also enjoy more mind-consuming lace projects in the evening while watching movies or TV episodes, so my mix includes both easy and complex patterns.

(a slightly blurry pic of my planned projects)

I’m not going to be too explicit about what these projects are – some are for me, but several are for gifts next year. I will tell you there is a mix of socks, scarves, hats, shawls, mitts, and even a home decor item. Some of these projects will take just a couple of days while others will take weeks – I am not going to put them in a particular chronological order, but will instead choose from the Giant Green Bag, where each is conveniently and hermetically sealed into a kitten-resistent gallon-sized Ziplock baggie or drawstring pouch. The white bag in front contains my first project of the year.

Oh, and because I also think life should include more Extra Credit Points, I’ve got three bonus skeins of yarns in the bottom of the bag, to become scarves. 🙂 I just couldn’t pass these over, and scarves do make excellent travel projects.

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4 Responses to A year of knits

  1. Emiko says:

    Awesome, I’ll have a local partner in crime to do the self-imposed yarn club 🙂 I’m participating in a KAL the first two months of the year, but in the meantime, I’m hoping to package up my patterns and so something like your set up. I have stuff queued with my stash, but just haven’t matched the yarns and patterns up physically yet. I’m not saying yarn buying moratorium, but will see how long I can go without buying any.

    My other knitting goal this year is to start and finish a cardigan for myself.

  2. wonkydonkey says:

    Emiko – it felt really good to do all the legwork so that now I have a large tote of ready-to-go projects! I’m on the third one already and January isn’t even half over. Apparently I’m rather competitive, even if it is against myself. 🙂

    I really want to make room for more yarn so that I can make some sweaters – but that means I have to do something with all these single skeins. Plus, I love that I can start knocking gifts off my list for next Christmas.

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