Today I officially present my 2010 knitting resolutions. This year, I would like to accomplish the following:
Learn how to do the Kitchener stitch. Every time I try this technique, my head explodes. I'm a smart girl - I must be able to figure this out! This year, I will.
Knit more for me and less for everyone else. I have knitted something for almost every person I know - I even gave my chiropractor one of my many Lusekofte caps. It's ridiculous. This year, I'm going to knit for me.
One exception to the previous resolution: this year, I'm going to make at least four charity projects. In 2009, my good works included a helmet liner for Packages from Home and a Mother Bear Bear. This year, I want to do more. Afghans for Afghans has a call out for children's mittens, socks, sweaters, and vests. If you have some extra time, make something for this wonderful organization. I've knitted for Afghans for Afghans in the past; it is truly heartening to make something warm for a needy child.
Knit a fair isle sweater for myself. One that fits, of course, but also one that is attractive and doesn't make me look gigantic. My very first sweater was a fair isle of my own design - how ambitious is that?! I made the pullover using the Elizabeth Zimmermann system. It doesn't fit quite right and it's WAY too heavy for most DC winter days. The thing I hate the most however is that it makes me look even W-I-D-E-R than I already am. I'm resolved to knit a sweater with some sort of fair isle design that flatters me. I've got some ideas percolating in my head. Watch this space!
What are your 2010 knitting resolutions? I would love to hear. I would suggest one for you: I challenge you to make a sweater for yourself this year - one that fits, that's made specifically to your measurements and not your quote-unquote size. I'm betting you're like me. You've made a ton of hats, mittens, shawls, blankets, and potholders, but you've avoided making a fitted garment for yourself. I'm here to tell you: you can do it. You deserve it. And I'd be happy to help! It's your turn. Go for it!