My knitting plans for 2018

Hi there, like I said last time I have so much to share I need to schedule my time well and share as much as I can without invading your life too much. I hope you enjoy spending time with me on the blog but I should not abuse your time and kindness:)

So I’m not going to post everyday but maybe rather try to post twice a week until I’m back on track.

Anyhow today I’m here to share my objectives for 2018 where knitting is concerned. I’m not one for New Years Resolutions. I rarely set myself objectives at the end of the year for my personal everyday life. Even if I have a million plans and things I would like to get done. I think I may be afraid that if I set them as objectives I may not actually get them done… Silly but that’s how it is.

Knitting however is different. At least it is this year. I have become increasingly passionate about knitting over the last few years and I constantly want to learn new things and improve my skills. I also have a list of “to knit” that will probably last me 10 lifetimes. Not to mention my…mountain of shame aka pile of lingering wips!

I’m not ashamed of my knitting and I don’t regret what I have knit. Don’t get me wrong. What I mean is that I have way too many half done projects. I think the oldest might actually be 3 years old!

I’m not sharing any pictures today because my pile of wips is not nicely organized nor stored in an elegant fashion. No, my pile of wips is just that. A big pile of project bags in a corner close to my bed.

I see it every day! And still it does not get smaller!

My husband has had enough and he regularly moans about my pile of stuff that makes our bedroom look overflowing and messy.

So it is time to do something about this.

I have gone through each and every project bag in my pile. I have ripped back a few projects and stored the needles and project bags for future use. So now what is left is all (or 99%) projects I actually want to finish. Some are half done, like socks where sock one is all done and sock two is maybe past the heel already. Some sock one is done but sock two has yet to be cast on. There is a sweater that I have cast on and knit maybe 10 rows. Another one that I had ripped back to the underarms and plan on re knitting. Shawls that I need some quiet time to get back too because they are too complicated to be worked on the go or when my mind is busy.

I have counted the number of projects in the pile and please note that those do NOT include my “on the go/current” knits.

I have: 

8 wraps/scarf/shawl/cowl – so this is a mixed bunch. The single scarf is I think the oldest of all the wips and I think I might end up ripping it back. It is an aran weight colorwork scarf knit in the round and I’m not far in but I haven’t touched it for years so I think maybe I never will. There are two shawls that are complicated and I think starting again will be a challenge to find where I am in the pattern and remembering how to work them. But both are shawls I want to finish.

1 fingerless glove  – If this is younger than the colorwork scarf it is very close in age. I started this a very long time ago and I do not have much to go to finish. This is a pair of colorwork fingerless mittens and they are knit on size 2mm needles. Beautiful but time consuming.

5 sweaters/cardigans – so these are in various stages of completion. Most are barely started though so lots of work here.

18 socks – hm hm. I clearly suffer from second sock syndrome at times. A lot of those socks are test knit socks where the designer only requires one sock to be knit up. I’m constantly signing up for test knitting and so sometimes find myself at a lack of time to complete the previous pair. Also I have in there an amazing pair of socks that I started knitting during a speed sock knitting competition. This was the pair that got me eliminated. It was so complex I could not knit any faster. The pattern is amazing so I really want to finish the second sock which I think is just at the cuff. I did have an issue with the yarn though. I see I was worried about not having enough yarn and so I knit the toe in a contrasting color and I’m not very satisfied with how that looks. If I have any yarn left when I’m done with sock two I think I will undo the toe and re knit in the main yarn.

1 cat sweater – yes because my mom just got a Spynx cat and I’m head over heels in love with him. If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen a Christmas picture of him.

3 blankets – I have the pinwheel blanket, one design project that is a colorwork pattern and one that I’m making up as I go using my hand spun yarn. That blanket is very old and hasn’t seen any love for ages. It does look nice though and it is super warm. I do wonder though if I should just stop here and make this a lapghan and start a totally new pattern  with all the handspun I have set aside for this project.

WOW! Talk about a pile of wips! How on earth am I going to get through knitting all of this when I suffer from a severe case of startitis and am constantly buying new patterns and wanting to cast on new things?

Well, here’s my plan. And if you too have a similar issue, you might like to join me and we could support each other.

I’m thinking that I should knit concurrently one new project and one from the pile of wips. I haven’t started yet. I’m thinking I will finish the projects I’m working on right now and when those are done and I’m ready to cast on for something new, I will choose a project from my pile to knit concurrently with the new project. So my plan will most likely go into action end of January. What do you think?

Have you or do you currently have a similar issue with wips? If you have overcome this or if you are currently working on your lingering wips, I’d love to hear your approach to this.  If there is interest, I could open a thread in the Knitting in France group on Ravelry where we could share pictures and discuss progress. Let me know what you think.

I will of course also share with you here on the blog and show you pictures of my future FOs. How exciting!

14 thoughts on “My knitting plans for 2018

  1. Well done tackling the WIP pile! I am also going through my own – shamefully admitting what’s there, ripping back those that will never be finished, dithering over some that ‘might be’, wondering if I will ever use all the yarn I have and dreaming about new yarns I see and potential new projects! I would love to join you in your ripping/wip finishing/new project journey. Take a peek at my own blog posts already in 2018 – my eagerness has been good so far!

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    • I’m so happy to hear I’m not alone! I’ll go over and check your blog! I should open a thread in my group for us to give each other some moral knitterly support on this journey through our wips:) I’m just finishing the projects I must finish before starting for real. So the actual launch of my challenge will be February 1st I think:)

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      • Moral knitterly support sounds good. My latest WIP has grown since I went back to it last week – but it involves a lot of picking up stitches to make ribbing, neck and arms, so I know it won’t be as quick to finish as some other WIPs! grrr. I keep browsing knitting sites and seeing new projects too – have resisted so far (willpower!) x

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  2. Oh dear, I’m exactly the same. This year is the year I finish my 3 yo WIP crochet blanket! I only have 4 blocks left to do so fingers crossed I get that done. I have started 5 other projects in the mean time though so we will see how I go 😂 good luck with your wips!

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  3. Here’s my two cents. Please share photos. Too often, I feel like my knitting isn’t share worthy because I don’t have fancy bags, or a wall of baskets that look lovely any time of day. I need to see more people like you when I read blogs. Real people. Cluttered people. Overly committed people. Maybe we can share ideas or ways to remedy the things about your WIPS that cause stress or frustration. You could even host a knitting challeng on your Ravelry page that isn’t knitting, but organizing, with before and after photos. I think that would be a hoot!
    Regardless, don’t be hard on yourself. 😊

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    • Thank you:) And what a great suggestion! Maybe I could organize something for April where the objective would be to organize our stash, our multiple craft supplies and the dreaded mountain of wipes. And each of us would share before and after pictures. I think the reward of having an organized space will be so amazing! I really love your idea and I will definitely give it some serious thought and I hope you and many more will join in. What could we call our challenge? Spring …something? Anyone that has a fun idea to name our challenge please chime in:)

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      • Maybe something like “Spring Yarn Fling” or something. It could even include some destashing/frogging/swapping if people really want to go nutz! I had the day off today, and if it weren’t for housework barking at me, I was going to take this job on. Now I will wait. You could even solicit affordable knitting/yarn storage solutions that could help us fix our space within our budget. oooh! The possibilities are endless.

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      • Oh you have got me thinking a million miles per hour! I will definitely have to start working on this idea. I’m away from home most of March so that’s why I cannot launch the challenge before April but I think it’s better this way as I see there are so many ideas that need working on. This will be my research project for the next few weeks:)

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      • Just had a flash idea!!!! When organizing people can make 3 piles: keep/donate or throw out AND swap!!!! And we could do a big swap at the end of the challenge! If I want one of your yarn and you one of mine we can swap! What do you think?

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