Where did January go?
I truly intended to have written more posts by now and knitted more items. January was a whirlwind with a lot going on in my life and it's left little time to focus on knitting. My mind just could not focus and that is visible in the number of WIPs now on the needles! And yet, what I really should have been doing to steady myself is knit, but sometimes it's hard to settle - do you know what I mean?
I intended to tell you about some of the things I'm hoping to knit and achieve in 2016. I want to knit a few more things for me. I have several cardigans on the needles and it would be great to finish at least one of them! I would like to expand my knowledge and learn some new things. I've already begun with expanding my knitting in the round knowledge and I am half way through knitting the Barley hat from Tin Can Knits in Eden Cottage Yarn Langdale Superwash Aran. The tutorials on the Tin Can Knits site & the patterns are really thorough and I'm enjoying it a lot. I'm approaching the decreasing so not long now!
I cast this on between Christmas and New Year and I feel like I should have finished it already, but I have had a lack of focus and a bad case of start-itis! It does fall into a KAL that is running for the whole of this year which is the Epic KAL from Revelations of a Delusional Knitter. For this KAL there are several categories - Epic Techniques where you learn something new, Epic Patterns where you make one of the top Ravelry patterns (as listed by Angela in the Ravelry forum), Epic Age which is finishing a WIP started last year, and Epic Yardage where the total yardage is over 800 yards. A project can fall into several categories and the Barley hat is both Epic Age and Epic Technique for me. Then you post your finished objects and keep a total of your points, with extra points available if your project is Star Wars related. Finishing a Cardigan would fit in here too and I have a shawl on the needles from last year, that would also qualify (if I ever get around to finishing anything!)
I have also cast on a cardigan for me, in Sirdar Click Chunky. I've had the yarn for ages, but just haven't gotten around to casting on, Well now I have cast on and done about 4 inches of the back. I've been distracted again!
I promised my hubby I would make a baby cardigan for his bosses baby that was born around September last year. He's just reminded me, but now, as I've procrastinated and left it, I have to make a large size, which is taking longer. I'm making this one in pale pink 4ply from Tricots brancal. I've been trying to focus myself a bit more on this one and have managed the back and one front and now I've started on the second front. So not too bad. I just need to stop procrastinating and keep knitting!
Also on my radar is the new pattern for Delusional Knitter Designs called Mirabel. I've bought the pattern and Angela from the Revelations of a Delusional Knitter podcast has a KAL for the pattern starting on February 15th. It's got lots of techniques I've not done before and is in sections, which appeals to me. I'm still deciding if I will do the KAL or knit it in my own time. I really want to - perhaps it would focus my mind a little bit! If I do then I really need to sort out the yarn! Morning Bright Yarns are doing some lovely kits for the shawl, but being based in the US, I have to factor in postage and duty. I think I will get some yarn from the UK if I do it, or sort out something from my stash.
I got some yarn in the January sales too from Eden Cottage Yarn which I have earmarked for the Brioche for Beginners cowl from Emma Galati, and some beautiful Sapphire travelknitter yarn (not sure what it will be yet) and my mother-in-law sent me some more Tricots brancal yarn which I have earmarked to make Baltic Summer by Martina Behm. See, I have lots of ideas! I'd like to perhaps design/improvise on some projects too. We'll have to see how the year goes.
I do have a surprise for you for my next post though. I have an interview with a lovely friend, podcaster and fellow blogger...I'll leave you to guess who until next time!