What a difference a bit over a year makes!
It’s been quiet on the blog front as I’ve been keeping busy podcasting in the Give Me A Crown YouTube channel, sewing up a storm in my Etsy shop, trying to keep my projects up to date on Ravelry, and I did a tree-change moving from Sydney to the beautiful countryside of central west NSW, Australia.
But a new year has begun and I want to get back in to writing about my knitting and yarn crafts so I’ll try and post at least twice a month (and if I manage to do it weekly then that would be even better!).
To begin, I look back at my 2016 yarn goals. I set these to give my crafts a bit of focus and I referred back to them through the year. I didn’t expect to reach all of my goals but they provided inspiration when I got stuck and didn’t know what to work on next.
My 2016 yarn goals were:
- Knit 6 pairs of socks including a pair of two-at-a-time socks - I completed 9 pairs, finished off one pair from 2015, and I knit two-at-a-time socks (and then promptly went back to knitting one-at-a-time)
- Brioche project - I knit the Pop Fizzle beanie pattern by Lesley Anne Robinson
- Intarsia project – I made up my own Block socks incorporating intarsia in the round which was fun and I want to knit a similar project soon.
- Lace project – I knit the Maluka shawl with an interesting construction knitting the lace border first and then the body.
- Knit a skirt – not attempted, though regularly researched.
- Knit the Taskutakki cardigan - My large cozy Taskutakki is in progress!
- Take part in a mystery KAL - not attempted.
- Learn to knit longer stretches without looking – I made some progress but not as much as I had hoped.
- Learn English knitting - not attempted.
- Publish a pattern on Ravelry - I wrote up a number of patterns but didn’t polish them up enough for publishing. I’m my worst critic :)
- Buy from 3 Aussie indie-dyers and 1 overseas indie-dyer – I bought yarn from Australian indie-dyers Miss Click Clack, Kathys Fibres, Skein Yarn, Cola Girl Collective, and the House of Wool, as well as overseas indie-dyers Fondant Fibre and Stray Cat Socks.
- Visit 3 new-to-me yarn shops – moving to the countryside made this a bit difficult but I visited the House of Wool, in Blackheath, NSW, I visited Adagio Mills in Orange, NSW, and found them at several markets, and I checked out Caboodle of Orange Gifts.
- Spin a fractal spin – I did it (but seem to have forgotten to add it to Ravelry!)
- Spin a thicker woollen spin - I’ve been practicing.
- Try a new yarn dyeing technique – I tried to dye fibre but I haven’t tested out how spinnable the fibre is after the experiment.
And now I’ve set my 2017 yarn goals, in no particular order, and put them on my Ravelry profile as a reminder:
- Track yarn going in and out of my stash
- Publish a pattern on Ravelry
- Try three new sock heel constructions
- Knit a skirt
- Knit a colourwork sweater
- (Buy and) knit from a sock blank
- Order brown and/or grey yarn from three indie-dyers
- Spin and knit a pair of socks
- Knit a project with beads
- Try free form crochet
- Intarsia project
- Lace project
- Steek something
- Spin a cardigan-quantity of yarn
- Take part in a mystery KAL
- Learn to knit without looking
- Learn English knitting
- Visit a craft fair
- Write two blog posts a month about my yarn adventures
All the best for 2017 and your own yarn and fibre adventures!