What did I do this year?
- I started keeping a knitting journal. I'm always struck by inspiration at the craziest times and I try to make a mental note to myself to remember or document something, but I have the short-term memory of a goldfish. This has not worked well for me thus far, so I've started keeping a tiny note book of grid paper on me at all times so I can document when something strikes me- a color, the line of a building, an idea for a crazy material, etc. I keep track of the podcasts I'm watching, yarns suggested by other knitters, or patterns to check out when I can next log into Ravelry. Much better.
- I decided what kind of knitter I am. I've come to understand I'm not the fastest knitter and I never will be. I like to savor the process, like fine wine or delicious steak. I tried to classify myself as a process vs. product knitter, but that just didn't work. I'm both. I enjoy making a project, but every time I wear a garment I remember what I was watching or listening to when I was making it, the trials and triumphs along the way. It's all rewarding as far as I'm concerned. I also figured out what I like and don't like- how to tell what I want to knit because it's a challenge but won't be flattering, and what would be flattering but really boring to make. All of this makes me a better knitter.
- Learn all that I can! This should be a forever goal, right? The capstone project for the WEBS Expert Knitting Program needs to be completed by June for presentation. This is the last project/class in the program, working with an adviser to design, plan, and knit an original sweater from measurements. All other classes must be finished before this project can be started. I hear the average time to complete the program is three years. I want to complete the program by June 2017- that means completing all of the classes in 2016. That's a lot, but I'm pretty dedicated.
- Design a Project for Release on Ravelry. This is also a big one. I think if I can complete the first goal, I'll more than have the skills to do such a thing, I probably could now if I really put my mind to it, but this is more a matter of confidence for me. Can I create something that I feel is good enough to share with the world?
|All patterns by Sockmatician Nathan Taylor, from L to R: Drakar, Castor, and Guilt Socks.|
|Ryan's Mystic Spiral Socks|