When I posted my goals of 2015, I certainly didn’t realise I would spend six months of the year working full-time and feeling exhausted for most of it. I thought I was being conservative by setting a goal of 36 pairs of socks for 2015. In the end, I only knitted 29 pairs, and a heap of other things. All in all, 55 projects. A couple of them are nearly-completed WIPs, and others are still in progress, but it’s not too bad a number considering.
These are some of my highlights:
These are the knitted socks from other designers that give me a little thrill every time I put them on (the blue ones were gifted, but I definitely want to knit my own pair!) Interestingly, these socks were the ones I also found most challenging! Three of these pairs are Claire Ellen designs – Yavanna, The Falls of Rauros and In the Golden Hall. The blue one is Embossed Leaves.
These are the non-socks that I knitted in 2015 that I was most happy with and have worn extensively since they were completed:
Favourite sock designs that I completed or released in 2015:
The green sock design is still to be released, in case you are wondering why you don’t recognise that picture! Details of these designs and more are in my Ravelry store. It seems it was my designing that suffered the most in 2015. I only released nine patterns, and some of them feel like they were knitted a very long time ago. I have so many more ideas in my head, but it takes a huge amount of energy to release a pattern, and it is mental energy that I just did not have. Hopefully I’ll have the time to release two others in late January that have been knitted, but just not formatted.
A summary of the projects of 2015 are:
2 x soft toys
2 x pairs fingerless gloves
7 x garments (3 of them are still in progress)
10 x shawl/scarf things (3 are still WIPs)
5 x hats
29 x pairs of socks (one of two may still need finishing)
Total meterage knitted is about 19,000m/20,800yd to date for 2015. Now I know why I keep having to fill yarn holes in my stash.
I’m not sure if I managed to edge away much from my definite colour preferences, but I think we always reach for what we like/something to suit the mood, so I think that part is just not worth forcing!
The year ahead
2016 is going to be interesting.
I am part of a group of three organising a Wellington region yarn event to be held in the Wairarapa in October 2016. Full details are still to be worked out, but we have had a heap of good comments back, and a lot of enthusiasm for it, which is most encouraging! It is beginning to feel quite exciting!
I may have to make some very tough decisions about where I live and how I work. Things will sort themselves out in the next month (I hope!!!) The job/financial situation is becoming a bit dire.
On the knitting front, I don’t really know whether to set any particular goals. I still have that book’s worth of socks I want to design. I think one main objective will be to decrease the size of my stash. It is glorious, and I adore my stash, but I am starting to feel the need to de-clutter, and that means less yarn coming in than going out (notice I haven’t said “no buying yarn…” hehe). However, if I do what I want to and knit a few more garments in 2016, that should quite easily take care of a lot of it.
I think I will still aim for 36 pairs of socks in 2016. Socks are quite easily knit in a couple of days, and I love knitting them. I am starting to run out of victims to gift socks to though… it may mean I have to start a second sock drawer!! Or maybe I should start knitting larger socks and knit more for the male members of the family. That will mean buying more “man colour” yarn. Oh dear! 😉
This looks like a reasonable start though. Perhaps I have more gender-neutral yarn in my stash than I imagined!
The interesting thing is that at a certain point of time (most commonly, around the 1st of a year for some reason) we stand still and make predictions about what we want to do or how we think events will unfold. Quite a lot of the time, those predictions do not eventuate due to unforeseen circumstances (because no matter how much we try, we cannot predict the future). Or they may take place in a different form to how we imagined. So I am going to take life as it comes in 2016. Important life principles will always happen (like making time for family). There are certain things to work towards (eg. the yarn event) and certain things to accomplish (ie. find a decent job), but I am looking forward to being adaptable towards how those things happen.
I leave you with a photo of a balloon we saw in the early morning sky last week. Just like that balloon, I hope your dreams carry you to amazing heights, that you are thrilled and delighted by your accomplishments, and that plenty of time happens in which to enjoy the company of friends and family. Here’s to a Good 2016!