I’m not normally one to make any kind of New Year’s resolutions, but I’ve been thinking about what I’d like to learn and accomplish in the upcoming year. Here’s a preliminary list.
Fair Isle – I picked up a gorgeous book at Half Price Books the other day, called Colorwork Creations. It’s subtitled Knit woodland inspired hats, mittens and gloves.
Here’s the cover
Charming, right? There are so many lovely patterns inside, for example chickadees, butterflies, ducks, cardinals, snowflakes. Hard to choose one to start with!
I did purchase a kit from Knitpicks a while back for the bright woodland mitts. That seems like a good starting point for my fair isle adventures. I have a knitting date with my friend Wendy, who is a Fair Isle Queen for Jan 3. Starting this project right out of the gate!
I’d also like to do more spinning and become more expert in using my Ashford Traveler spinning wheel.
Then there’s hand dyeing fiber. My business partner, the wonderful and brilliant Cheryl, gave me a very nice book for my birthday about dyeing. It’s The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes. This looks like a lot of fun. I plan to dye yarn and roving using acorns, coffee, blackberries, red cabbage and more.
Here’s the cover.
What a great gift!
Did you know you can use dandelion root to dye fiber red? I’ll be paying the kids to get me some roots in the spring (and making the lawn look a bit better). I can’t wait to get started!
I’d like to knit more fingerless gloves, we have a goal to have 50 pairs ready for next winter. They are big sellers for us and a fun and easy knit too.
I want to write a pattern for a lace shawl and some cabled and lace cowls. So many pattern ideas, I could probably work 24 hours a day and still have stuff rattling around in my brain!
And all those things should keep me busy for a good part of the year.
Wishing all my readers the best for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2013. Keep on knitting (and spinning, and dyeing, and crocheting)!