2007 is here! When those new calendars go up, many of us resolve to improve ourselves in one way or another. I’ve decided to take a slightly different approach. Don’t get me wrong. I still have the idea in the back of my head that I want to exercise more, eat more veggies, save more money, etc... but what fun is all that?
I came up with a much better idea - knitting resolutions! Where do I want to take my knitting in 2007?
I came up with 2 resolutions:
1. To do more meditative knitting. Meditative knitting involves two things: knitting as a therapeutic meditation, when you focus your mind and energy on the project before you and let the stress of life fade away as each stitch is created. And, meditating on the recipient. It can be very exciting to think about the person who will receive a special pair of mittens or beautiful scarf as you select the pattern, color, fiber, and then knit.
2. To challenge myself. I have one of the best jobs in the world - I HAVE to knit! How cool is that? I need to make up samples for the store so customers can see how a new yarn or pattern knits up. But that can mean that I fall into a pattern of knitting up only the straightforward, fast patterns. While I will still be doing lots of that (because they are fun, and you gotta have something to knit when watching Grey’s Anatomy that doesn’t require too much concentration), I’m looking to challenge myself with new techniques or more intricate work.
I found the perfect pattern to satisfy both resolutions. When looking for something that will challenge you as you focus your mind AND create something beautiful, you have to see what patterns Eunny Jang has available.
I am completely, utterly in awe of this woman. She is simply amazing. Her designs are complex, yet lovely. I have been drooling over her Anemoi Mittens since she posted them. They are perfect for my knitting resolutions.
Meditation and challenge indeed! I spent 2 hours last night making friends with size 1 needles, the gauge swatch, and the first few rows. Someone very special is going to get these mittens, I’m just not sure who yet. I think the mittens will let me know.
Before I could start the mittens, however, I had to get a couple things out of the knitting bag.
I finished the Jo Sharp hoodie and LOVE IT! Isabella only gets to model it for the picture. I am wearing this one!
This is a Knitting Pure and Simple pattern, knit in Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed.
A reverse cable scarf out of Pemaquid:
You have to let your fingers be enveloped by the fibers to appreciate how luscious this yarn is. This one also will be going to someone special.
And, I know you have been wondering, how Peter’s sweater is coming. He is certainly asking every time the needles come out!
Well, I finished the front and cast on for the back.
Not too shabby, eh?
Connor’s sweater is also coming along nicely. The body is complete, and one sleeve is almost done. No pictures today, as I couldn’t fit it in the knitting bag along with everything else.
So, what is your knitting resolution?