My last post was on December 30 – I don’t think I’ve ever taken such a long break! So I’ll start off with a little belated Happy New Year! We had a busy New Year’s Eve, a very quiet New Year’s Day. This holiday season went so fast this year – seemed like it just flew by – and yet, I was ready to get back to normal by last Monday. I love the holidays, and enjoyed this year’s – but I am pretty happy living in my scheduled, routine world and miss it when I’m out of it!
So although this is a little late, and you are probably tired of reading resolution posts, I want to share my knitting goals for 2010. I always do, and its something that I refer back to at the end of the year. I had one undone goal from 2009 – to knit a fair isle sweater. I am going to carry this one over for 2010. I have the vest started and need to just get back to it and do it.
I was going to have a stash goal for 2010 – not crazy enough to say that I won’t buy yarn, but I was thinking of doing the “for every skein I buy, I have to use two out of the stash” thing. I do want to use my stash – I have a lot of great yarn, and I tend to use the last yarn I bought rather than looking through stash. But really – who am I kidding? I wouldn’t do this – I’m not even sure I’d make it out of January without blowing this one. And then I read Denise’s blog post on resolutions – and I agree – I like buying yarn, it makes me happy – so no resolution to stop doing that!
My mother visited us over the holidays. She’s going to be 90 next week, and has been knitting since she was a very little girl. She was taught by her grandmother, who always had knitting in her hand. My mother taught me to knit a few years ago – she was so excited that she was sharing something she loved with me. She is a passionate knitter – I knew she loved knitting but I didn’t realize how much until this visit. We were sitting and knitting and she told me about a technique she had seen at her LYS. It was double knitting – and she was so excited about it that she bought the book and swatched a little square to see how it was done. Listening to her, and hearing how excited she was to find a new technique I realized that my 90 year old mother is more adventurous than I am when it comes to knitting. She has macular degeneration, and her eye sight is starting to get in the way of her knitting. She can’t knit with fine yarn anymore, and it really makes her sad – she doesn’t knit as much as she used to and she really misses it. But still – she was watching me do socks and wants to learn to do them toe up. So my only other goal for knitting this year is to be a little more fearless and step out of my knitting comfort zone more. In knitting, just as in my life, I really get stuck on routines, and doing things the way I always do them. I use one cast on, two cast off, one heel. And yet – sometimes when I’m forced out of my narrow little knitting world, it really is wonderful! I was stuck on doing socks cuff down for years – and yet when I started doing toe up this year, I found that I love doing them this way – and now don’t like to do them any other way (new rut!). So I need to push myself to pick projects and patterns that are different, use techniques that I don’t know, and that challenge me. In short, be a little bit more like my mother!
Speaking of my mother, and turning 90 – I started the Springtime Bandit shawl for her birthday – I’m using Malabrigo Sock (Velvet Grapes colorway). I love this pattern! I really think its nice – very hard to photograph in this colorway. I know you are sitting there thinking “I need to stop reading this blog – her projects are really ugly! I swear it is so much nicer in person. (Look at this version done in the same colorway if you’d like to see why I chose it!)
I wasn’t able to knit on it while she was visiting us, so I am not going to make the birthday deadline – I finished the body on Friday, and just need to do the edging. But I am not taking the train next week and have to drive in to work, so I won’t have my normal knitting time. I finally accepted that I won’t have it done for her birthday – so she’ll get flowers and a promise and I’ll get it to her within a week or two. Anyway, great pattern and I think I’ll make one for me this year.
I needed a project to knit while she was here since she wouldn’t believe I didn’t have anything on the needles. I wanted something that didn’t require a lot of attention. So of course – socks.
This is Lacey Rib from Socks from the Toe Up, and the yarn is Lorna’s Laces. I think I should have done a smaller cast on to make it stripe and not pool – but was too lazy to rib them back. And they are for my sister and she didn’t seem to mind the pooling, so I just kept going. Love this yarn, though.
I took a complete break over the holidays while my mother was visiting and wasn’t online. It was really sort of nice – no email, Facebook, Ravelry or blogs. I spent the time knitting, spending time with my family, eating, watching movies, playing games. It was a nice break and a nice way to start the year. But that means I’m completely behind on blogs – I’m catching up now, and its so much fun to read everyone’s holiday posts and see what you are all up to!
I have a really busy week ahead of me, but then I have a long weekend – Monday is a holiday here in the US, and I took Friday off. I know – what does that say that I’m taking days off already so early in the year? But I have a good reason – and that reason, in part, may be a trip to Webs! See why I didn’t want to set any limits on stash buying? Have you been there? Any advice? I’m very excited about it – I have wanted to go for a long time and it just came together for next weekend.
OK, well, I suppose that I should wrap this up and get going. Have a great week!