Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Happy New Year!

Nope, I haven't finally lost all my marbles or lost track of time. We're in the middle of Chinese New Year, folks -- welcome to the Year of the Dog!

And in the spirit of new beginnings, and since the calendar year started off so crappy, I'm taking advantage of the new New Year to make some resolutions. (It's not because I procrastinated about making resolutions back in January - no siree, no way -- that's not it at all!)

And not just any resolutions. These are knitting resolutions. In my first New Year as a knitter, I resolve to try and do the following knitterly things before the end of the year:

  1. Learn to knit socks
  2. Knit a clapotis
  3. Knit & felt a purse/bag/tote
  4. Knit a hat
  5. Learn at least one other "challenging" technique - (cables, intarsia, etc.)
  6. Go to at least one fiber event (no problem there - Maryland here I come)
  7. Take at least one knitting class (again, no problem - taking a class in March)
  8. Better organize yarn stash and knitting paraphernalia

I'll be interested to see what I actually get accomplished by the end of the year. I hope when late December rolls around I'll remember to look at this list I made way back on February 7th!

(And now I gotta run and find some party hats and noisemakers...!)


Courtney said...

You can do it! I don't know about cables and intarsia, but socks, felted bags, and the clapotis are totally doable. I'd reccomend starting with a hat. Once you've got the hang of knitting in the round, knitting bags will be a breeze. Sarah at Got Yarn gave me an excellent $10 lesson on my first hat and from there I moved on to a Button Hole bag with no problems.

Suzanne said...

I agree with Courtney--you can totally do it! Most of my stuff I figured out from books, and i learned to cable without a cable needle from Annie Modesitt on Knitty Gritty! Its totally doable.

Sarah at Got Yarn is truly a knitting goddess. She helped me--help my hand, more like--on every project I made for the first year. It was invaluable!

emmy said...

I am a bit late to the party but I have been enjoying your blog.

I have not knit Clapotis yet either. I have yarn that I take out and think would be perfect. I re-read the pattern yesterday. I think I am getting closer:)

Did you know that there is going to be a Spring Fiber Festival in Virginia. Outside of Bedford at the Sedalia Center. I believe the Bess I have seen comment here is teaching a class...maybe two.