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New year, new knitting goals (and new Knitscene!)

Jan 4, 2011

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 ( 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?

Knit on,

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AmyPalmer wrote
on Jan 10, 2011 3:23 PM

Maureen, I've actually never tried working on two circulars! I know you can knit most sock patterns in any method--have you tried converting any of those DPN patterns to two circulars?

On the other hand, knowing how to do different techniques for knitting is always good, too! I should give the two circular method a try. :D

mostitch1968 wrote
on Jan 10, 2011 10:11 AM

I want to learn to use double-point needles.  I use two circulars for socks (Thank you Cat Bordhi), but so many patterns I like use double-points.  

AmyPalmer wrote
on Jan 6, 2011 2:19 PM

ALA, I love doing colorwork! None of the projects in this issue really use intarsia, but they are all fabulous. :D

ALA wrote
on Jan 5, 2011 12:41 PM

More colorwork. I've done both intarsia and stranded, and I'm actually a bit more comfortable with intarsia. I'm not promising myself that I'll steek anything this year, though. That's on the "bonus" list. So ... now I just have to decide which of the new Knitscene non-steeked colorwork patterns to choose first!

AmyPalmer wrote
on Jan 4, 2011 1:44 PM

Toni, I LOVE knitting two-handed stranded colorwork. It doesn't work for everyone, but it can make knitting with colors go much more quickly, in my opinion. :D

Toni Rexroat wrote
on Jan 4, 2011 1:15 PM

I want to try colorwork. I love the look but have never tried it. I also want to learn how to knit with yarn in both hands while doing colorwork. :)