Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Crafty 2012-2013 Season

Ahhh, finally reemerging from my self-imposed hibernation while I finished my sock pattern.  It has been sent off and submitted, and now the waiting begins!  Time to plan what's next, to avoid the inevitable letdown after finishing a big project.

I kind of consider September 1 to be the start of the "crafting year."  Like Chinese New Year, but for knitting.  And I was thinking, "what do I want to accomplish this season?"

Three notes:
First, I don't imagine I will actually accomplish all of these things.  This is a very ambitious list.

Second, I realize that the list is mostly selfish, and I'm OK with that.  I knit and crochet as my hobby because it makes me happy, and I knit or crochet what makes me happy.  Also, the things on my list for other people are large projects that take a long time.

Third, this list is not in any particular order.

Ok, here we go:

1. Publish the double knit hat pattern I've been working on. (Charts are already done.  I still need to finish up my sample, write up the pattern, and get test knitters.)
Arge Moth

2.  Turn my custom-dyed Skinny Bugga from the Sanguine Gryphon open house into an amazing sweater.

I have three skeins each of a gorgeous purple, Earth-Boring Dung Beetle, and a knock-you-dead teal, Arge Moth.  I'm thinking stripes rather than colorwork, since I don't have enough of either color to make a whole sweater.

Earth-Boring Dung Beetle

3. Knit 12 pairs of socks from stash yarn only.  Stash does include the yarn-of-the-month club shipments I'm currently receiving from Into the Whirled.  Of the 12 pairs:

  • 1 will be the pair I'm finishing up for my FIL (about 55% done currently).
  • 1 should be a new design by me, which I will self-publish on Ravelry.
  • 1 should be a gift pair for a determined recipient whom I will not name so as not to spoil the surprise.
  • 3 should be KALs from Sock Knitters Anonymous, completed according to their requirements.  These KALs should all push me out of my comfort zone in some way.
  • And the rest will be free choice.
4. Finish my Clapotis scarf, knit in Lorna's Laces Honor (alpaca/silk, yum!) in the Zombie BBQ colorway.

5. Finish my Westlake shawl, knit in Into The Whirled Manchester Sock in Vegetable Medley.  Absolutely obnoxious color that I can't wait to wear proudly with my boring gray coat this winter. Finished 9/6/2012!

6. Knit myself a pair of convertible mittens.  I got by with fingerless gloves during last year's warm winter, but I don't think I can do it again.

7.  Finish my nephew X's green blanket.  This is going to take 10 million years, because it's 19 balls of yarn crocheted in a freaking slip stitch pattern, but my goal is to finish it by his birthday in April.

8. Crochet or knit a blanket for my soon-to-be niece, A.  This should really be the only thing on the list I need to buy yarn for.

9. At least come up with a plan for what to do for my husband's sweater.  I already knit a complete one for him, had a problem I thought was unsolvable, and frogged the whole thing.  I later found out I could have easily fixed it, but too late now.

OK, that's what is on my list!  What's on yours?