Once again, I ended the old year as I meant to begin the new one: knitting. December 31 found the Knit One Purl Too crew at a New Year’s party heavily populated with knitters (not just one but two projects from Knitty were in full swing – the Marley scarf is very cool in person). If January 1 is any indication of how the rest of the new year will go, it will be a tidier-than-average year (who shampoos their carpet on January 1? We do!) full of exercise and knitting. and, though I’ve said this before and been utterly wrong, I’m almost completely positive there will be a finished sweater – my first.
I owe most of my progress on Banff to date to my steady consumption of TV shows on DVD: nothing gets rid of the sickly sweet heartwarming aftertaste of Seinfeld like two seasons of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Yes, I’m being sarcastic, but it sneaks up on you – first you think the show is just weird, and by the end of the season, you might find yourself saying, as I did “This is a show even more emphatically about nothing than Seinfeld. That Larry David is a genius.”
Since the knitting friend who inspired me to start Banff is returning from six months in New Zealand tomorrow, I had hoped against hope to actually finish Banff and wear it to the airport when I picked her up. This photo shows where I was on the front yesterday afternoon; even though I’ve made some progress, I feel fairly certain that I can’t complete the front, seam the sweater and knit the turtleneck in the next 28 hours.
In the better late than never department, item one, we have a photo of the finished ToteAround; I love this bag a lot – it was definitely worth waiting until I cracked the code and could do it justice with my improved technique. It’s not my last FO of 2005, but it might be my favorite. Stats: Navy Cascade 220, Kureyon 102 (top) and Kureyon 40 (bottom), plus one and a half cycles in the wash and two days to dry.
Better late than never, item two: I ran across Kelly’s list of knitting resolutions for 2006; since I already had something like this in mind, I thought I’d write some things down so I can look back in 360-odd days and see what really happened.
Notable in 2005
1. New technique(s): Two-handed Fair Isle, dropping stitches more than a few rows to fix mistakes which include cables needing retwisting, the afterthought heel, purling 2 together through the back loop.
2. Favorite finished object: The ToteAlong; I liked making it, I like the finished result, and I will actually use it.
3. Favorite knit-along: I loved being a sock pal for SockaPal2za. I’d do it again in a heartbeat, so I’m happy to see Alison is considering it. I’d also like to publicly apologize to those in the StockingAlong and Who Wouldn’t Love a Handknitted Gift – I was too wrapped up in actually knitting the stocking to post about knitting the stocking.
4. Favorite shop: One with yarn in it. I don’t buy a lot of yarn, but I find it slightly unsettling that I’m losing interest in other kinds of stores.
5. Favorite tool: I have two sets of Denise needles, thanks to a happy gifting experience last year. I’ve also grown to appreciate and prefer bamboo DPNs to birch ones.
Resolutions for 2006
Finish a sweater (I know, My God, shut up already about the “no sweater yet” thing and knit).
2. Finish UFOs. Other than Banff. I currently have two pairs of socks and a sweater on the needles; I’d like to finish two of those three things before starting something new.
3. Fight startitis. As a rule, I’d like no more than three things on the needles at any one time: socks or something small, a medium project (tank top, hat, scarf), and a big project (sweater, afghan or shawl).
4. Ix-nay on the deadline-oriented gift knitting – who cares if it feels weird to be knitting something red and green in July? Starting early cuts down on the feeling of desperation later.
5. Knit something lacy.
6. Reclaim the yarn from a sweater. I already have two to choose from, so I feel like I’m halfway there.
Go through my odds-and-ends box – if the yarn in there were more organized, it might get used up.
8. Beat my FO total for 2005. Three pairs of socks, one hat, one felted bag, one Christmas stocking. I think I can beat that, and if I do, I can rationalize treating myself to something new. Note to Margene: The desire for increased productivity is really more about persistence than product – seeing the results of sticking it out is just a bonus.
Possible projects for 2006 (very, very hard to limit myself to 10 – but what’s the point of making a list unless it has an end to it? That said, I reserve the right to make substitutions for knitting projects to be named later.)
1. Lopi sweater #22 from book 18 (currently stashed)
2. The Flower Basket Shawl (currently stashed)
3. Katrina Rib Shell
4. Crusoe socks (currently stashed, choice of two colors)
5. Hatmione (possible stash substitution available)
6. Pop-up Paws fingerless gloves with mitten tops (currently stashed)
7. Ene’s scarf from Scarf Style
8. I-cord gloves (possible stash)
9. The cabled cardigan from VK Holiday 2004, or Shana’s own lovely cable and rib Anastasia sweater.
10. Tiny Christmas ornament sweaters (currently stashed).
10a. (or the bonus round): I have approximately a jillion sock patterns culled from the interweb – perhaps it’s time to give one of those a try? Like Liesje’s socks (picture here).
This leaves out The Must Have cardigan, any socks of any kind that rock or Jaywalk, and you’ll note I haven’t left much room for the unexpected. I guess that’s why they call them surprises – Happy New Year!