I am starting the year with more WIPs than I intended. Two
are the result of wanting mindless knitting at the end of the year (and one not
turning out to be quite so mindless). One is a jacket I was hoping to finish in
December but when I finished all the knitting of the main part I realized I
hadn’t blocked the sleeves. This delayed finishing for a day or two and then I
decided not to rush especially as I still have to purchase buttons. And then
there is the lace cardigan which is the only WIP I was expecting. I am a little
disappointed that instead of one WIP I have three (plus scrap blankets and hat
in the car) but as two of these projects meant I was actually working on something,
it is not the end of the world.
A couple of my plans are the same as last year – complete WIPs
and use stash yarn I was given for charity items. One thing that I was planning
on doing was using up my dishcloth cotton but as I used some of it at the end of
2021 for mindless knitting I am going to save the cotton for year end in case I
am in the same situation.
Although I greatly added to my stash last year I am not
stressed by it and it will get used at some point. I still have two sets of
yarn from the previous closing down sale that have not been used. I have chosen
the pattern and swatched for one set but have changed my mind about the other set
but am not going to get hung up about it.
I would like to make the Advent shawl from 2018 but as this
will require a lot of concentration, I will finish the lace cardigan first. I
also want to use the yarns I got in the yarn swap. Currently I have the pattern
planned but need to decide on the order in which I will work the yarns. As the
swap started on 11 December, I think I will start this on 11 January. And my
knitting friends and I have a KAL planned to start in February.
All these plans do not mean that I will not be starting
anything new on 1 January. Like last year I will be casting on all the things.
I like to make a hat each month for charity. And this year I am going to make
the monthly hats from Kelbourne Woolens. I was going to do this last year but
was put off by the comments on the first couple of months that the hats came
out small. Well, if I’m not making the hats for anyone in particular what does
it matter what size they come out? As I don’t have a crochet project currently
on the go (apart from the project in the car) I am going to make another Waroo
shawl using a set of minis I was given for my birthday. I intend to change yarn
as each one runs out rather than when the pattern dictates. But we will see.
These are just small items, plus a gift I am going to make, so I am going to
start a cardigan. This will be using my not-quite-oldest-yarn which was
purchased to make a particular cardigan, but I couldn’t get gauge, so now I am going
to knit a different pattern where I also can’t get gauge. But at least this one
will be mostly mindless knitting.
As you can see there are not massive plans for the whole
year, just the first month or so, which gives me plenty of leeway to start what
I want as the fancy takes me.