First knitting project: My very first project was a simple hat, knit flat and then sewn into a circle. Definitely nothing special, but it taught me ribbing, how to join in new colors, how to decrease, and how to count rows (which I apparently didn’t do a good job of because one of the stripes is the wrong thickness, whoops!).
Last completed project: The last full project I’ve completed is my Peabody sweater (which hasn’t been nicely photographed yet, so forgive me). I think this is an excellent project to end my first year on because it highlights just how far I’ve come in this year as it includes lace (lace knitting was a big, hair-pull-inducing hurdle for me to jump over at the beginning and I have the discarded lace projects lying around to prove it), seaming, shaping, ribbing, knitting in the round – lots of techniques I’ve had to learn and master to make polished, finished garments.
Favorite project: Tie between my Totoro sweater and my Pluie cardigan. These are two pieces of color work that I’m really proud of. My Totoro sweater makes the list because this is basically the third project I ever knit and it involved stranded knitting and modifying a pattern. It was a bit ambitious, but I was just super motivated to complete the project. And it is still one of my favorite garments even if I catch myself noticing mistakes and wishing I’d attempted this with a bit more experience under my belt. Pluie makes the list because I just really am so proud of it. Intarsia is hard! Getting it to work so that it looks smooth and polished is hard! And Pluie represents me tackling this technique, along with seaming, for the very first time and succeeding. Plus, it just puts a smile on people’s faces.
This next year of knitting I am looking forward to continue expanding my experiences – learning new techniques and expanding on those I have picked up already. I want to get more lace knitting under my belt because I find knitted lace just spectacular, but my early experience may have scarred me so I have mostly stayed away for heavily lace projects. I also want to transform my sock drawer to one full of hand knit socks through the monthly sock challenge. There’s no end to my knitting inspiration for this upcoming year!
What are you inspired by in your knitting right now? Do you have any knitting goals you want to accomplish?