Happy new year, everyone! I hope you had a fantastic time doing whatever it is that makes you happy.
I took a little break from knitting over the holidays, though I did whip up a project that I'll be showing you in a couple of weeks. But even though I wasn't actually knitting, I was thinking about knitting. Frequently. It's a sickness.
As I was thinking about knitting, I decided to set a few goals for myself. Last year was the first year I'd really attempted knitting garments. This year, I want to knit more garments, and try different constructions, like top-down raglans (...how have I not done that yet?), saddle shoulders, etc. And I've said this every year for the last three years, but this year, this year will be the year I conquer my fear of steeking.
I understand the concept of steeking, and I've seen people do it, and I know it can be done. And I can do it! Nothing like positive self-talk, huh? Steeking can be avoided, but I feel like it's one of those useful skills that I "should" know, being so handy in colorwork projects and large garment shaping.
If you're not quite ready to take the steeking plunge, I don't blame you one bit. Luckily for you, our upcoming Knitscene Winter/Spring 2011 issue (on sale January 25!) features a whole section of fantastic colorwork garments that require absolutely no steeking, like Elinor Brown's Solveig Yoke and Amy Christoffer's Kenning Mitts. If you subscribe to the Knitting Daily emails, keep an eye out for more info on this issue in tomorrow's email!
What knitting goals have you set for yourself, either for 2011 or in the past? Any tips for staying on track and accomplishing those goals?