Sunday, April 28, 2013

Looking Forward | 4KCBWDAY7

One year from now, 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?

In the left-hand column of this blog, underneath links to stuff and -ahem- the photo of my current life-ruiner, there is The Knit List: a relatively comprehensive catalog of the skills I've acquired in my 12.5 years of knitting.  Since last year's KCBW, I've successfully deployed intarsia colorwork, reverse-engineered a pattern from a finished piece of knitting, and learned how to add beads as I knit (via prestringing and with an implement as-you-go).  Every time I get all cocky and think I've earned my knitting black belt, I scan The List and it reminds me:

Oh yeah!  I've been intending to knit fancy mittens for myself!
Oh yeah!  I still haven't yarnbombed anything!
Oh yeah!  Original pattern design is completely foreign to me!

So there's lots of stuff to do.  My goals for the next year are as follows:

* track down all of the knitting needles I supposedly have in my house and come up with an adequate organizational system.  #projectneedles
This is much easier said than done, even for a librarian.

* overcome my fear and steek something.  #steekthroughtheheart    

* finish 12 Shawls in 2013, and be on track for a similar feat in 2014.

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I want to thank the incomparable Eskimimi for organizing this fantastic intarwebz event yet again!!  I have loved reading the blogs of so many talented crafters, many I would never have found otherwise.  I've even come out of my usual lurking-shyly mode and posted some comments along the way.  Good times were had by all! 
Next, thank you to all the awesome bloggers who stopped by, especially those who have left comments for me this week -- soooo exciting to get feedback, it means the world to me. 
Lastly, but never leastly: hiya to my parents; thank you for reading everything and for other things as well.  :)

To read other posts from those taking part in Knitting and Crochet Blog Week, simply perform a Google search for the tag 4KCBWDAY7, or click here.


Kirstin Gallagher said...

Cutting steeks is so fun! Just do it! Try on a swatch or something to get over the fear. (I tried on an otherwise complete XL men's pullover with allover colorwork, so no need to start on a swatch, but I bet that's how sane people start.)

Anonymous said...

That list is pretty scary, I must say !
You remind me I do have to find all those lost needles too and find a way to have them all at the same place.
How's life as a librarian ?

autumngeisha said...

I was wondering what that knit list was about. Very impressive! Very comprehensive! I hope that you post about the whole steeking thing. Do you have a project in mind for it?

donnarossa said...

I've never tried steeking. I'm with you and looking forward to see your progress :-)

bekswhoknits said...

You are a massively accomplished knitter. I'm really keen to see some post KCBW posts. (Try saying that 5 times fast!)

Anonymous said...

I look forward to watching you accomplish your goals this year:)