Creative goals for 2023
At the beginning of each year, I like to make a rough outline of some creative plans. I know that these tentative plans will invariably change, but I like to have a starting point when I look ahead to projects, especially in terms of using yarn or materials already in my stash.
I want to be mindful of what I make, and be a good steward of the beautiful yarn and fabric I already own, which in my definition of that, means I should actually use it. That said, I find it helpful to list out particular patterns that (1) I would like to make, and (2) already have the materials for.
And also, I wanted to mention a few recently finished projects, my current works in progress at the start of this year, and a few patterns I'm interested in that I may not currently own the necessary materials for.
I do have one smaller finished project since my 2022: A knitting year-in-review post, but as it's a gift and I haven't yet gifted it, I'll wait to share that.
Current works in progress
At the moment, I have two projects on the needles. Both are fingering weight and fairly slow-going, but both are well over halfway done.
- Habitation throw – I cast this on in August, so it's a longer-term project, but it's also a mini blanket, so the longer time frame is understandable. I'm very pleased with it, and I find that I tend to work diligently on it for awhile after I finish a project, before setting it aside as I cast on another project. It's my "background project," and that seems to be working. I'm perhaps 75% finished, and seeing as I'm decreasing every other row, it continues to feel faster and faster.
- Hibernation house socks – a very similar name to my other work-in-progress, but a very different project. This is my first time using suri alpaca (I can't find the ball band) held with a sock yarn, and it's mostly enjoyable. I love the fabric, but since it's my on-the-go project, I find the strands get easily tangled, and 6" of twisted rib for the cuff is slow, but again, worth it. The first sock is done, and I'm about 1/3 done with the cuff on the second.
Upcoming or potential knitting projects
I would really like to knit a few more sweaters this year. Considering some sweaters quantities I have in stash (three, which is the most I've ever had), as well as the types of sweaters I will actually reach for as garments, here are a few patterns I'm eyeing:
- Plover – a textured cardigan, I would knit in Purl Soho Good Wool, since I have enough in stash (a birthday gift).
- Field day cardigan – alternatively, I could knit a dropped shoulder, stockinette stitch cardigan. I love the details. I think Good Wool would work for this, as well.
- The second sweater quantity of Good Wool might be perfect for a Kerti sweater. The colorwork is beautiful, and since it's only three colors, I could knit it with the three colors I have in stash. I love the idea of a sport-weight colorwork sweater (something lighter-weight)
- Ollie's classic crew – I want to knit this sweater for Finn with some blue Purl Soho good wool (also a birthday gift)
- A vest for Cooper, out of some very special DK-weight yarn from a farm in Indiana.
- DK-weight classic sweater, like Semper Sweater or the Oslo Sweater.
- I also absolutely love the Kerr Sweater for more colorwork beauty.
- And I don't have yarn for it, but the Lento Sweater looks so classic
I certainly don't anticipate that I would knit all of these this year – but at this moment, I want to keep these patterns in mind. And as the year progresses, there is room and allowance for spontaneous projects or knitting new pattern releases, of course!
Accessories I would like to knit:
- Mittens knit in lettlopi (pattern TBD)
- neutral socks + fun socks, basically lots of socks. I've earmarked several skeins of yarn for socks I would like to knit
- Another "family cowl," as we've come to call them – like my improv cowl, but this time knit with some beautiful gold Shibui yarn from my friend, Molly.
- A Sophie Shawl, knit with some worsted yarn I have in stash
Potential sewing patterns
- Orchards dress – I already have adequate yardage of some Robert Kaufman linen/cotton blend in a blue that I will use for this
- Finish modifying my Klein dress into a skirt (separate bodice from skirt and add a cased elastic waistband) to make it something I reach for more often
- Maybe another petal pouch?
- Perhaps a portable project bag following a tutorial like this ; would be useful whenever I want to knit on a small project while standing
- Very much dream sewing would include another Blackwoods cardigan, this time in a less-wrinkly, neutral-colored knit fabric. I have some light grey cotton jersey in my stash that would be suitable.
At the very least, I am enjoying looking through some beautiful materials I already own and scheming about some things I'd love to make. And as usual, I feel very excited about my making this time of year.
What projects are you interested in making throughout the upcoming year?
Creativity check and finished projects, late May 2023
I've been fairly prolific (by my own standards) lately in terms of sewing and knitting and I figured it was time to share some of them! With spring and summery weather, I always feel a shift in terms of my creativity. I still want to knit with wool, but I see myself drawn a bit more towards color or lighter tones and printed fabric. I'll share below what I've been up to!
Kerti sweater, finished
Just in time for summery temperatures this week, I've finished a sweater in a dreamy, lightweight wool. I've set a new personal record for sweater knitting, start-to-finish with this one.
Creativity check and finished projects, spring 2023
Spring is here! And with it, I find myself wanting to start all kinds of new projects, but I've been holding onto some self control and trying to wrap up my current projects, somewhat successfully. Since my last check-in, I've finished a few knitting and sewing projects, made progress on some current projects, and made plans for upcoming projects.