Saturday, April 28, 2012

3KCBWDAY6 - 2012 Resolutions Revisited.

First off, a list of blogs for yesterday:

Sarah Apple -- IVY you will appreciate this one a lot!

And today:

Thanks everyone for the nice comments about yesterday's post, it was really fun to write!

Ok so this is probably going to be a pretty lame post, but honestly I am a bit worn out. School is coming to a speedy close , as is knitting and crochet blog week, and I'm losing some steam. 

Today's topic is to talk about our skill sets and expanding them, so I figured it was a good excuse to look at the fiber resolutions I made back in January and see how bad the damage on lack of list following there was. Turns out it wasn't as bad as I thought. :/

2012 Fiber Resolutions:

  • Try (and hopefully succeed) in at least color work type project, weather it be fair isle, intarsia, etc.  Funky Watermelon Hat :)
  • Finish my first full sweater successfully.  Effortless Blue Cardigan
  • Conquer something lace with minimal, barely noticeable mistakes. Like socks or a scarf or something smaller.
  • Felting. I don't like how it looks, but I want to try it just one, to say I did.
  • Thrumming. The new craze going around, where you knit roving into your work so the inside has pieces of roving to keep whatever is inside warm. (ie: thrummed items)
  • Toe-Up 2 at a time socks. I just learned toe up this past week and love it! I also know how to 2 at a time, but am not the biggest fan because of having to keep things from tangling, but I'd still love to try the two together.
  • Blocking and finishing. Every sweater makers best friend.
  • Try different cast on and bind off techniques, because those always come in handy.
  • Write more sock patterns!
  • CONQUER MY STASH! I have collected so much this year that I'd love to knit it down a bit before investing in much more. (Unless it's for a special occasion project).
  • Spin something besides wool. I have some bamboo in my stash that's calling my name. - Bamboo singles are done, I just have to decide what to do with them.
  • Make a more even yarn when spinning. I am still having a lot of spots with thick and thin I'd like to get rid of
  • Dye bare yarn. So far I've only dyed roving, but I'd love to try dying sock yarn or something white like that.
  • Attempt different types of plys. I am not sure if you can do much more with a spindle, but even more 3 and 4 ply yarns would be nice.
Wow, I've conquered 3 things on the list. I am working on a couple more at the moment, but looking at this list there were a few things I put on it that I honestly have no desire to try, such as the thrummed items thing, or felting...blah.

However I would like to unofficially (as in if I don't do it no harm done) add a few things to this list:
  • Attempt to design my own large garment pattern...thinking about a tank top for that summer yarn I purchased?
  • Set up a booth at either a craft show or farmer's market, or figure out how to navigate Etsy, because I want to sell more of my products.
Honestly, even though the year is almost half over and my list has minimal progress on it, I feel like I have still succeeded fairly well so far this year. I finished TWO cardigans, the 2nd being easy but a great way to learn the basics. I've figured out what I want to do with my art and how to put knitting into it. And I've met some amazing bloggers! 

Overall, these first 5 months have been a success, whether or not the list shows it or not.



  1. Thanks for pointing me towards that one blog, so cute! I honestly think that it is a positive thing that your list is changing, you are coming up with new ideas! I kind of wish that I could change mine, but I can't, I'm weird like that.

  2. Hi Lisa! hang in there sounds like so much going on but the end of the year is in sight and I hope you have some fun stuff planned for your summer break. Your list is amazing and you really have accomplished sooooo much!

  3. It sounds like you're doing great on your goals! I recently got a thrummed mitten kit and can't wait to give it a try.

  4. Thanks for sharing my blog!
    I think that looks like a successful few months to me! I did laugh at the lace with minimal errors, I am terrible at lace knitting, and if it is a scarf or similar, tend to just fudge it and carry on! :oops:

  5. I feel for the kitten. And thanks for the link :)

    I also think its awesome you've managed to do so much with it barely half way through the year. Some is always better than absolutely nothing at all!

  6. Thrumming is actually kind of neat. I did it for one mitten and then kind of lost interest. Super useful... haha.

  7. Thanks for including me in your blog roll call :D Im stash busting and the moment but its so hard when all the pretty yarns are calling me!

  8. Have you thought about making felted bowls? They are fast, simple and really really useful. My set is full of stuff all the time.

  9. I love how your list is changing as the year goes on, and I always love reading about your fiber progress! It's so great that you're already checking things off your list. :) I've been curious about thrumming, too, and would love to see what your experience is like when you get to it!


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