Bring Back the Old
On New Year’s Eve, I spent some time with some old projects. I got them all together in one spot and took a hard look at them.
There were a lot of them. To be honest, I did not count them. I just took them out one by one and thought about whether or not I wanted to keep working on them.
I was pretty ruthless. That fingering weight sweater that I started a couple of years ago and only got about two inches done got ripped out quite unceremoniously. Two thirds of a scarf/shawl thing that was knit mostly during times of great stress this past year was also ripped out.
It turns out that I really didn’t like it and it held some negative memories of knitting while anxious, sad, and exhausted. I don’t really believe in karma and auras, but if any knitting project were to have a bad aura, this one would be it. It’s gone now and the yarn is free to become something happier, a woven scarf maybe?
On the other hand, I also found some things that I absolutely would love to finish. How about these mittens that I started almost two years ago!
I have one mostly finished and then put the project away after I had to rip out the cuff of the second one because I started at the wrong place on the chart. So, on New Year’s Eve, I started it again, which took some doing because I had lost the chart and had to find my electronic copy. Then, I had to take some time to read the pattern all the way through again. It always pays to read the pattern, haha.
After two games of Clue with the boys, I have finished the cuff and am now working on the thumb gusset part. If I weren’t doing some other deadline knitting right now, they would be done. But, slow progress is being made on them. They sit next to my desk area, which is really just a corner of the dining room table, and wait for the odd few minutes in the day when I can knit a row or two.
It felt good to go through the projects and update all my Revelry project pages. In all, I think there are 14 or 15 active projects, 5 of which are sweaters. There are also three pairs of socks, two pairs of mittens, two (soon to be three) shawls, and a couple of other things that I am on the fence about. I don’t really have a plan to get them all done, but at least I know that the things I have going are things I want to be working on.
A few things are close to completion already, like these socks.
There’s also a sweater that just needs one more sleeve and it is done. That one I will share with you next week when the pattern is released. After that, I will be diving into this pile of yarn for another test knit.
And there is a mystery shawl knit along that will be starting soon and I intend to follow along. So, I am hoping that 2016 will be a great year for finishing some old projects and some new as well! And who knows? Maybe I will actually get around to publishing a pattern this year.
What are you planning to work on this year?