New Years bring up so many hopes and dreams in people, and for knitters and spinners it tends to be the month of stashdown. We all do it, we all have stashes that might very well exceed life expectancy if left unpruned. 2013’s primary focus for me was THE BIG PROJECT, 6 lace shawls and a pair of size 13 socks to be completed by my wedding at the end of August. I am proud to say I achieved that goal and really didn’t buy any yarn or fiber that wasn’t directly connected with that task. After the wedding however there was a trip to Knitpicks here, some Rhinebeck there, and who could go on their honeymoon and not buy yarn? Needless to say there are a lot of pretty things in my stash that want to see the light of day and without the focus on one giant project I can cast on to my heart’s content. I love being enabled to work on more projects. Whether it is Operation Sock Drawer from the Knitmore Girls, Stashdown 2014 with the Knotty Girls, Halos of Hope Podcaster Throwdown, being involved in the next Nerd Wars tournament, or the Ravelry Games surrounding the Olympics there are plenty of opportunities. Keeping this in mind what is on my needles?
Halos of Hope is special to me after we lost my FIL years ago to cancer. This was before I knit, and the one thing he really wanted was a nice warm hat after chemo. His favorite was a hunter orange hat that he wore everywhere. In honor of him and others in my life that have been touched by cancer I’m working towards knitting 10 hats for the charity. So far I’ve completed three and am working on two more.
The first is a basic ribbed hat for a man or woman
The second is a stockinette hat with color changing yarn
The third is a variation on ribbing with alternating knits and purls called the “Bus Hat”
One of my favorite things to wear are hand-knit socks. With the temperatures plummeting in the northeast last week I loved having my socks around for extra warmth. To date I have made three pairs of socks for myself and two for my husband. A great single skein project for me is well, more socks! I’m following operation sock drawer and will be knitting more socks throughout the year to significantly supplement my sock supply. I love looking at people’s drawers on Instagram and you can see all the lovely socks by searching #operationsockdrawer. Here are my socks so far along with the stockings I made for Christmas.
Currently I have one pair on the needles:
Vanilla Holiday socks
More to come later as I whittle away at my stash and works in progress.
Meditations for next week:
What do you want to tackle as a fiber related goal this year? What kind of support system will help you get there?