Knitting and Crochet Blog Week Day 7 – Looking forward

This is my final post for Knitting and Crochet Blog Week (4KCBWDAY7). I’ve enjoyed this year – thanks Eskimimi for organising it. Here’s the brief:

One year from now, when the 5th Knitting & Crochet Blog Week rolls around, where do you hope your crafting will have taken you to? What new skills, projects and experiences do you hope you might have conquered or tried?

This could be anything from mastering a technique (broomstick lace, entrelac, etc), trying a new yarn or skill, or a long term wish to crochet only from your stash, or knit every stitch in one of the Harmony Guides. Maybe you have no desire or plans for your craft at all, no new element of knitting or crochet that you dream of mastering, in which case write about why that might be. In a year’s time participants will be asked to look back to see if they achieved any goals, no matter how general, and see which house conquered the art of looking forward.

Last year during Blog Week I set myself the following challenges:

On the colour day, I said I should make and wear a pair of pink socks. Well, I haven’t worn them yet because I only cast off about 10 minutes ago and the lace needs blocking, but here they are:

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On the final day, Improving your Skill-set, I suggested

  • Another sweater or cardigan for me, possibly from the book Knit, Swirl.
  • Design a pair of socks and learn how to write patterns
  • Brioche stitch, just because I’ve still not figured out what it is
  • I’d love to have a go at knitting a pair of socks one inside the other and that would involve learning double knitting.

I’ve cast-on for the Knit, Swirl cardigan but it is going slowly because I keep breaking the cables by pulling on the stitches to move them round. I just need to get a couple of replacement cables and I’ll be able to carry on.

I did design a very simple pair of socks for my husband, but the subtleties of pattern-writing are beyond me for now. I just didn’t really get the hang of writing down all the decisions I made, like which particular cast-on or bind-off to use at any point.

Brioche stitch and double-knitting are still on the non-urgent to do list.

This year, I’d like to add a few new aims. By the end of KCBW5 I would like:

  • to have knitted something wearable from yarn I have spun myself.
  • to possess less yarn than I do now, either by weight or number of skeins (I’ll do a count next week to see how much I have at the moment)
  • to have progressed further with the mascot project, which I have now decided to make from the small ball of purple yarn and design my own heart-shaped shawl using Laylock’s shawl-design sheet, but make it more complicated by adding patterns to it.
  • to spend some work time looking at spirituality and knitting, organise my research so far and investigate the possibility of publishing an article of some sort.

Thanks for reading. The blog will now return to the usual schedule of posts when I get the time between work and kids.

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