How was your Christmas? Mine was lovely, spent with family. I ate & drank plenty and was also really spoilt. We always write lists to guide people when it comes to presents & I usually put more on the list than I really want so that there’s plenty of choice. This usually means that there are a few surprises!
Not only did I get enough wool to knit the two jumpers that I want, but I also received the beautiful bag that featured in my first Tuesday Treat post! My Mum bought me the lovely navy blue bag from French & English Confectioners. What a fab surprise! I had no idea it was on the way & I’m really pleased with it.
I hope that you had a lovely Christmas and got a few surprises too! I can’t wait to start knitting my jumpers either, just got a few birthday presents to make before I can get started.
Lots of people look towards the new year & make resolutions. I will do this too, but I’m already thinking about my knitting resolutions and have found some patterns & yarn that I want to make next year. Like most knitters, I have a wool stash, and none of the patterns I want to make will use up any of that wool. What?! It’ll come in handy for other projects! So here’s a quick round up of the projects & yarn I’m going to attempt next year.
Now I know what you’re thinking, that’s not much. No, it’s not. This is just for starters. Plus, I’m going to try & not overload myself with patterns too early in the year! And I want to try and expand the range I sell in my Folksy shop. I have to admit it’s been a little neglected of late so my aim next year is to add to it regularly and promote it much more. So I think three patterns is enough for now! I’ve asked Father Christmas for the yarn for the two jumpers but only found the Snow Mittens since then. You know I’ll keep you posted on my progress – wish me luck!
It’s funny how your priorities change as you get older isn’t it? If someone had said to me when I was 18 that I would thoroughly enjoy knitting, I would not have believed them. But I do. I love knitting. It’s my favourite craft & I am really keen on improving it more and more. I want to be able to look at difficult patterns and stitches & be able to knit them. This was cemented when I looked through my current copy of Knitter magazine. There are lots of beautiful knits in there, that I want to make. I want to have the confidence & the ability to tackle any pattern.
They also had lots of images of sheep & alpacas. Now I have a massive fondness for farmyard animals. I’d love to have chickens & a few sheep. This isn’t going to happen in our terraced garden! So it makes me want a nice home out in the countryside somewhere. Then my day dreaming goes into overdrive! A nice traditional house, with an Aga, and a bit of land for the animals. Then I could spin the wool that we get from the sheep & dye my own yarn, to use & sell. If my knitting skills improved even more, I could maybe do knitting classes & workshops. Then, maybe, take inspiration from George Clarke’s & have a bus or an old camper that we could convert & let out, like the amazing Majestic Bus:
We could grow our own veg, use eggs from the chickens, try & live off grid. Generally have a very lovely life that’s as ecofriendly & stress-free as possible. I want to live in a way that’s as gentle to the planet as possible. And I also don’t want to pay tons of hard earned cash to stay warm!
So that’s the dream. A house, in the country, that is ecofriendly. A small holding to give me eggs & wool that I can use myself. A veg patch that can provide enough yummy food for us to eat. All that’s left now is to achieve it! Have you got a dream? A dream house? A dream holiday? Something you want to achieve?
One of my crafty resolutions for this year was to knit a pair of socks. And lo & behold, I’ve done it.
These were really quite easy to do. They weren’t knitted in the round so had to be sewn up so will mainly wear indoors when it’s chilly. I used the sock pattern from ‘Love…Knitting‘ By Val Pierce. I used Patons Colour Works Aran wool as I had received some from my OH’s mum for Christmas. I love the way the wool gives a graduated colour. Each sock used almost all a 50g ball.
I now want to knit a pair of socks in the round so have found a pattern, bought new DPN’s and am ready to start, once I’ve completed two mini-projects!
Have you knitted socks? What are your favourite patterns? x