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Friday, January 4, 2013

Looking back, and ahead

I hope it's not too late for a post looking back at my yarny accomplishments of 2012 and ahead at my goals for 2013. We're only 96 hours into the new year and still in the twelve days of Christmas, so I think I'm okay.

Going by my Ravelry projects page, I finished 26 projects this year. Being unemployed for six months certainly has done wonders for my hobbies! At the beginning of 2012, my yarn-related goals were very simple: 1) block one of the scarves I had made, and 2) knit something besides a scarf. A year ago, these seemed like reasonable, slightly challenging but worthwhile goals. Now, it's hard to remember that it was only a year ago that these were things I had never done before.

In fact, as I was looking back over what I made in 2012, I was actually surprised to remember that I've been knitting for less than two years. I have been really hard on myself, believing that all of my mistakes were nothing any reasonably intelligent person would ever do, and that the reason I messed up seemingly simple instructions is because I just don't have the talent for making sense of knitting. But... of course I mess up every toe-up sock or thumb gusset when the one I'm working on is the first one I've ever tried! It's strange that I somehow forgot this, but I think part of it has to do with having been more interested in the knitting community this year. I've been following people on Ravelry, listening to podcasts, and attending knit-togethers at my LYS, and my impulse is to compare myself to these people - forgetting that almost all of them have been knitting for many years more than me. I clearly have room for improvement, but twelve months ago, I had two scarves to my name. Now I've made cowls, cozies, shawls, socks, slippers, mitts, and a tiny frog. I think I'm doing okay.

As for my goals for 2013, besides not being so hard on my knitting self, I'd like to:
- Write and, in some form, publish a pattern for my crocheted Nessie
- Come up with some more original crochet designs
- Knit something using colorwork
- Knit a type of garment I haven't made yet - maybe a hat, or a sweater if I'm feeling really bold
- Continue to obliterate my beginner-stash

I think that sounds doable.

For fun, here's a list of my 2012 FOs, with links to my Ravelry project pages:

Crochet:
Phannie hat
Granny afghan
Sheep friend
Pookie
Nessie
Diamond Ridges
Grocery tote
Incubator
Mini donut
Divine Hat
Christmas cat toys
Star blanket

Knitting:
iPod cozy
Manhattan
Easy Does It
Old Town
Shadyside shawl
Avengers iPad cozy
Traveling cowl
Colin's mitts
Genin socks
Horai
Tiny frog
Baktus
Dad's mitts
Slippers

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