KnitWeek2016 Pt7: Reflections and plans…

Hello again,

Here is my final KNITWEEK2016 post. I wanted to wrap up by reflecting a little and sharing my thoughts. Its incredible to think that I finished all 5 projects in October this year. The question that keeps floating in my head is why did I not manage to finish a single project until I set myself an action plan?

The answer of course was a simple lack of conditioning on my part. What does that mean exactly – let me try to explain using sewing as an example. With sewing I used to be quite bad at finishing projects because I would get excited about a new project. But I had to change my way of thinking about what constitutes a completed project. I used to think it was okay to move on to the next project when all that was left were the buttonholes and buttons for example. But it isn’t actually done is it? I set out a new criteria for finished which at first was as follows: a project is finished when it has been photographed for the blog. What this did for me was to simply remove any shades of grey – I couldn’t photograph a garment without a zip or without the hem done. So in time it became an easy metric in my head to use before starting a new project. After a while the conditioning set in and now I am very good at finishing before starting another project (I can’t imagine doing it any other way now).

Now for some reason I had not applied this to knitting. Perhaps its because I don’t take knitting as seriously as sewing. In any case something has shifted in the last few months and I am keen to do more knitting. So from hence forth this shall be my metric applied to knitting as well (from 2017 onwards of course ).

 Lessons learnt:

In the meantime I have learnt a lot in completing and writing up these posts:

  1. Swatch the cable pattern.That way I can see if the yarn works well with cables.
  2. Read other people’s reviews before embarking on a project to get an idea of any issues (common sense really but I wasnt doing this).

There are aspects of knitting I need to gain a better understanding of:

  1. Fit and how to adjust for a great fit
  2. The different cast on and bind off methods available.

Current plans

For now I am doing a little bit of stash busting by knitting some accessories. I finished the Craftsy Knitalong cowl and have started on the hat.

I bought the Andrea Wong Craftsy Class on Portuguese knitting about 3 weeks ago. I started Portuguese knitting 2 days ago and already I can see that it’s how I will be knitting – it’s so much faster and the purl stitch is so easy. I am still learning how to control the tension but I will do a separate post on this.

2017 Knitting plans

I have a tentative queue of knits I definitely want to make :

The Portland Pullover

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I love that yoke

Coda by Olga Buraya-Kefelian

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I am taken by those raglan sleeves

Stonecutter by Michele Wang

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This is a power up project if I get round to it

These new projects require yarn – so once I get through a bit more of my yarn stash I will treat myself to some yarn , one project at a time.

What are your knitting goals for the coming year? Have you knit any of these 3 patterns before?

Thank you for stopping by and until next time – Happy Knittng 🙂

Find here links to my knit week 2016 posts

KNITWEEK2016 POSTS

Part 1: Organising my knitting stash

Part 2: Chuck Sweater

Part 3 : Antler Cardigan

Part 4 : Miette Cardigan

Part 5 : Marion Crdigan

Part 6 : OWLS 

Peace and love,

Hila

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18 thoughts on “KnitWeek2016 Pt7: Reflections and plans…

  1. That Stonecutter jumper is the one and only thing I have in my Ravelry queue – it’s gorgeous isn’t it? It could be a project for the future if I can a) find the yarn cheaper than it is here in France and b) not be put off by the fact that the cables are done by chart only :0
    Well done for getting all your projects finished in one month and you are right, once you start thinking as you do for sewing and finishing one project before starting another, you won’t get such a backlog again. I think the change in the weather triggers something in our hormones or something when we knit and as the heating goes on so the knitting needles come out.

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    1. I didnt realise that the cables were in chart format only until after I had bought the pattern! I have no idea how I am going to get round it but it is so gorgeous that it didnt put me off. I am going to buy a cheaper local alternative yarn. One day I will knit with Brooklyn Tweed but that day is long off in the future.

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  2. Pat on the back for getting your Woolly life in order. You’re gonna be super cosy this winter. I’m liking your plans for next year but am wondering if you were drawn to theses because of the colour – they’re nearly all the same, or is it that this is the ‘in’ colour and I’m a bit oblivious.

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  3. I have yarn enough for two sweaters and think I might be about ready to set aside the sewing and knit sometime in the spring. But I fear disappointment — when the finished sweater just doesn’t look like the picture on the pattern. That’s the only experience I have so far 😦 Your sweaters look great. Very colourful!

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