This last year has been more about practicing existing techniques to become more confident. This happened mainly because I was learning to sew and most of my learning energies were being plowed into that. Now I feel more comfortable with sewing I will probably start pushing myself a bit more on the knitting front again.
In particular I was to push myself on the design front. I still have not created a fully designed garment from scratch that fits right. I am determined to get this right this year. Speaking of which, this garment which I designed myself,
|Hateful Huge Tunic|
(good grief I'd forgotten how awful it was) is going to be frogged and made into something else. It is hopefully going to be made into this:
|Image from Interweave Knits|
This is Betty's Tee from Interweave Knits - Spring 2010. This tee, is made using entrelac, a technique I have been fascinated with since I started to knit, and still have not tried. Having the yarn for this pattern, and the magazine, I plan on knitting this particular garment to learn entrelac and also to get a nice tee!
Anyway back to the designing, which is the area I want to improve on. As well as designing a garment from start to finish (that doesn't look the monstrosity above) I want to design my very first lace shawl. I have knit many shawls over the past year and I think I now have my head around how they work, so I really want to design one for myself. I have some great lace weight and sock weight yarns to play with so I am sure that will push me into following through with this particular aspiration.
Other than those two aspirations for the coming year, I think my main one has to be to knit some of my lovely stash. I spent a couple of hours last night looking at my Spring/Summer weight yarns and matching them up with patterns I really wanted to knit. I've got around 5 that are now in my queue. I really want to try and knit at least 2 of them over the next few months. I have lovely yarn and I'm going to use it!
Other than these simple plans (which I may, or not, stick to) I just want to carry on knitting with pretty yarns and making nice things that are useful and beautiful.