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This year, I’m joining in with the Year of Projects group over on Ravelry. This is a group of bloggers who each come up with their own list of projects (not just knitting!) they want to work on, and work on them through the course of the year, usually posting weekly updates on Sundays. I’m new to the group, but looking forward to joining in with what seems like a great group of people. As I’ve said before, I’m not very good at things that require daily, weekly, or monthly “things to do.” But I’m looking forward to having some structure for this blog, and posting on Sundays seems like something I can do. The “year” goes from July – June, so I’m just in time to get started.
When it comes to knitting, I’m not very good at making plans. I tend to knit whatever I seem interested in at any given moment. That’s the other reason I’m sort of hesitant about this whole YoP thing, but also excited to do it. I will start “easy” with the thought that I’ll work on other projects as they come up and inspire me. This will mean I’ll continue to test knit, do MKALs, and leave it open for amazing new designs released. YoP will be about what projects I want to prioritize getting done in the next 12 months. I’m going to divide my YoP list into 5 main goals:
- Finish longstanding WIPs/UFOs
- Work through sweater stashes
- Make 4 sock pairs from stash yarn
- Make progress on the scrap blanket
- Sew some small things
Let’s dive into those some more!
Finish longstanding WIPs – After my WIP purge in May, this list is much more manageable, but over the next 12 months I’d like to finish the following: I Need a Revelation socks, Danzing Shawl, Catkin Shawl, Great Western Way Shawl, Grandma Shawl, Druid Circle sweater, Larksfoot blanket. Phew! And yes, that’s a lot but actually much better than it would have been before May! I’m hoping doing monthly WIP round ups will help keep me accountable in getting these done.
Work through sweater stashes – I have a bunch of yarn that I bought specifically to make sweaters that is taking up space. I’ve started the Ranch Coat, and my goal is to finish by October for “Rhienbeck” with the yarn my friends and I all bought for “matching” sweaters. Then, I think I’d like to make at least two of these which I have yarn for: Moraine; Corstorphine; Sheffield; Gateau; Ursa
Make 4 pairs of socks from stash yarn – this one is pretty self explanatory. I have a very large amount of single skeins of indie-dyed sock yarn, plus some scraps of commercial yarn that I got from a friend, so I need to start putting a dent in that! 4 pairs is 1 a quarter which seems doable with all these other projects.
Make progress on the scrap blanket – I think I can commit to doing at least 5 squares a month, so that’s 60 squares this year. So, since I’m at 68 squares now, I’d like to be at 128 squares a year from now. Blanket knitting has now become my preferred conference call knitting. If I’m working from home past September, which I think I will be doing at least a few days a week, I might up this goal.
Sew some small things – when my parents moved to a condo last fall, my dad gave me his sewing machine. I have used a machine in the past (did some very basic costuming for the theater in my college) and it’s something I’d like to get back into. But I don’t know if I enjoy it so I’m going to just commit to sewing a project bag, at least one mask, and maybe this apron pattern I have from when I bought it from my friend for right now and if I like it I can start to add some sewing goals to this!
So, that’s my year of projects! I think it will go pretty well. I know if I tried to plan out every little thing it would not so I think this is a really good starting point!
That sounds like an awesome plan for you, especially for the WIPs! I had a look at your sweater plans, and man, I LOVE the first two and Ursa especially!! I had a look at Ursa together with my best friend, but she’s not that much into cropped sweaters, and so we settled on something else, but they are all beautiful.
I’m looking forward to your blogposts on that!! 🙂
Ah yeah that makes sense – I’ve actually made Ursa before but had some gauge issues so it didn’t work out and I donated it. But it’s a super fun and easy knit.
But at least now you know, so the next one will be all for you and you’ll rock it. 🙂
That sounds like a great plan! Best of luck sticking with it!
Best of luck- I think it’s a good diea to have some idea of what you want to do but keep it flexible enough for the unexpected!
You had me at Moraine. LOL. Great list, and I look forward to seeing your blankets. Happy yopping!
Isn’t that a great pattern? I’ve had the yarn for probably a year and a half at least so I really need to get going!
You’ve got some great plans!
Some fantastic plans there. I’m new to YOP too so we can be newbies together.
Yay! Looking forward to it!
Wow! Good luck, that’s a great plan.
I love the idea of these things and get all motivated for a few weeks and then forget about it, well, because of the other shiny new things I find 🙂 I take my hat off to anyone who can commit like this.
Haha yup! That’s why I tried to keep it light and not necessarily commit to these being the only things I’ll work on all year.
This sounds like a great plan, some lovely jumpers in your list and the coat by Joji looks amazing! I’m going to have a delve into your linked posts, so I wanted to leave a comment before I forget.
Nothing too exciting there, more just notes of when I talked about those things before, they are mostly just in one post but I wanted them linked for the future.
I hadn’t seen half of those projects! Love the Ysolda and why wouldn’t I have seen that one?
Isn’t it gorgeous? I think she was having a sale at one point last year so I bought a kit for it from her website
Your list sounds perfectly manageable. I am happy to see some new people joining in this year for YOP. I hope you enjoy the group and will be here for years to come.
Thank you! I’m definitely excited to be a part of it.
So glad to have you aboard the YOP train, Kath! I look forward to all your projects, but that Ranch Coat – oh my! That is gorgeous! Lots of lovely projects. 🙂
That looks like a really manageable list. I hope you get to the ranch coat, I knit rugged coat a while ago and love it. I love the look of all of your shawls, I’m looking forward to seeing all of your projects and progress.
Thanks! I have extra motivation to do the Ranch Coat since a few of my friends were all planning to make sweaters for Rhienbeck this year with the same yarn.