4KCBWDAY7: Looking forward

Day Seven (Sunday April 28th): Looking Forward
One year from now, when the 5th Knitting & Crochet Blog Week rolls around, where do you hope your crafting will have taken you to? What new skills, projects and experiences do you hope you might have conquered or tried?

This could be anything from mastering a technique (broomstick lace, entrelac, etc), trying a new yarn or skill, or a long term wish to crochet only from your stash, or knit every stitch in one of the Harmony Guides. Maybe you have no desire or plans for your craft at all, no new element of knitting or crochet that you dream of mastering, in which case write about why that might be. In a year’s time participants will be asked to look back to see if they achieved any goals, no matter how general, and see which house conquered the art of looking forward.

A very boring post today because I feel that the coming year will largely reflect the one past, only with less available time for knitting and spinning. I have no aims to conquer new skills in the next twelve months but I do desperately want to conquer the UFO pile and to begin to gain some use of the half-knitted garments in there. I shall continue in finishing mode, when I can.

There are pieces that I have lined up for the annual show this summer –  not least is the Orenburg scarf promised to trundlebug, and that has to be priority #1. I cannot believe how taxing I find it!  Then there is a handspun lace scarf that would like to have on the show bench too.  Apart from that I do not intend to push myself this year in terms of making entries. I am much more keen to unearth my cardigan and my sweater from the UFO pile and to have them on my back next winter.

In terms of new projects – I have 1.4 kilos of North Ron roving, with which I plan to make a 3 ply aran weight yarn and then to turn it into a sweater for myself. I would very much like to be reporting back on that completed sweater this time next year but I sincerely doubt that I can make it happen.

Overall, I am planning less knitting in my life as my hands are now  becoming very sore after only short periods of work. Once the UFO pile is whacked, I see myself moving more into the world of weaving as I feel that the movements involved are less repetitive and are more sweeping, if you know what I mean. Easier on my hands, I hope. The great benefit of weaving is its yarn-stash-busting capability.

The finishing plan needs a fresh review in the light of recent changes in my life and the deterioration in my hands. It would be a good idea for me to tackle that exercise in the coming week. My forthcoming birthday, along with the changes, is looking like forming some kind of watershed in my life. Everything, absolutely everything, requires a good spring cleaning and that is where my focus lies for now – and I am not referring to any form of housework.


One Response to “4KCBWDAY7: Looking forward”

  1. Ann 28th April 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    Sorry about your hands. I have a similar problem and indeed gave up knitting for a decade. I then discovered Glucosamine. At first I took 750mg per day but when a friend told me I needed at least 1500 mg and I upped the dosage, I was back to knitting with avengeance. Still have some probs but the occasional dose of Ibuprofen stops the pain for when I just have to knit.
    I’ve started weaving too – second project just warped up.

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