2010 Knitting Resolutions (and vote for the new KAL!)

Well, here we are in 2010. I can't believe it. I think I've said before that I thought we'd be flying around in little spaceships by now, or at the very least using Star Trek medicine—I love how they put a puff of air in your neck and you're cured of cancer. If only!

Anyway, let's talk knitting! We all have resolutions that we make each year—some out loud or on paper, some in our minds (Iose weight and save money!). I've got some knitting resolutions that I'm going to say out loud and put on paper. Hold me to 'em, folks!

1. Learn the Norwegian cast-on. It's similar to the long-tail cast-on, but more elastic. Great for socks and hats—at least that's what my friends all say.

2. Don't start any  new projects until my important UFOs are finished! This one will be hard to keep, but I need to try. I have so many UFOs that I'm out of a couple of sizes of needles! I can't buy more needles (this goes under the "save money" resolution heading), so I need to finish those projects. This doesn't include the accessory projects I have going all the time, though, or our knit-a-longs!

3. After some UFOs are finished (hopefully by the end of February) start on some of the Interweave sweater projects I lined up in this post about my knitting calendar. First up, the Cabaret Raglan.

4. Do an entrelac project. I've never tried this method, and there's a beautiful shawl pattern that uses self-striping yarn and the entrelac technique. One of my Seattle knitting friends made it and I've coveted it ever since I saw it on her.

5. Practice my intarsia skills. I don't particularly like doing this technique, but I do like the way it looks, especially for kids. I've had an intarsia dog sweater on the needles for two years. Bad me.

I think that's enough for one year; I have to save room for all of the knitting opportunities that will just present themselves!

A New Knit-a-Long!

Here are four patterns I'd like to knit. Which one do you want to knit with me? Take the survey and let me know. We'll start our new KAL on January 11.

Heather Hoodie Vest               
The Heather Hoodie Vest by Debbie O'Neill
  William Street Socks by Lisa Shroyer
  The Slanting Gretel Tee by Petra Manis
  Floating Spiral Hat by Owen Biesel

The Heather Hoodie Vest is actually already on my needles. It's fast and easy and so cute! William Street Socks are cozy socks knit on #3 needles; they're perfect for clogs. I saw the Slanting Gretel Tee in person and it's so flattering! The Floating Spiral Hat is a quick knit, and it's a unisex design, too.

So vote here for your favorite and let's get knitting.






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Kathleen Cubley

About Kathleen Cubley

Hello daily knitters! I'm the editor of Knitting Daily. I've been obsessed with knitting for about ten years now and my favorite projects are sweaters. I like the occasional smaller project, but there's nothing like yards of stockinette with a well-placed cable or a subtle stitch pattern here and there. I crochet a bit now and then—especially when I need to produce a baby blanket in time for the baby shower. I've been in publishing for 20 years and I'm finally exactly where I want to be: at the crossroads of knitting and communication. I live in Spokane, Washington and when I'm not knitting I enjoy gardening, snuggling with my dogs, swimming, reading, and playing in the snow in the winter. But, really, I'm pretty much always knitting!

40 thoughts on “2010 Knitting Resolutions (and vote for the new KAL!)

  1. Hi I’m new to this, have been member for several months but up to now have just looked around. Would be interested in a knit along but really like the sleeveless hoodie vest in winter wonderland e-mail I just got today. with Nashua yarns, just mentionning it as several people seem to have hesitations about the proposed hoodie, although I suppose one can alter and not do the sleeves, Denyse

  2. i voted for the slanted tee- and i agree that you should try entrelac! it is really fun once you start and it kept my project interesting- using such a stripey yarn and getting blocks of color was so cool! also, bravo to you for adding intarsia to the list- it can be a rewarding skill- and you can really play with pictures and words if you get it down. I, plan on organizing my stash. oh boy. and finishing my projects that have been tucked away for two years!!! disgraceful! 🙂

  3. Hiya. I voted for the Hoodie. I have a daughter in college in Utah who would look amazing in it.

    Kathleen I loved this post! I guess my knitting resolution this year is to take the plunge and make myself another sweater. (first one didn’t come out).

  4. Hi! I voted for the Slanting Tee–I live in the South and have been looking for a nicer short-sleeved sweater I can wear to work, either by itself or over another shirt, as in the picture. A KAL might be just the ticket to getting some knitting done in ’10! Thanks!

  5. I realize that time is money and that Interweave has limited amounts of both, but so do your readers. The links to the potential KAL bring the browser to a variety of areas:
    Heather Hoodie – description, errata, comments, magazine is in stock
    William Street Socks – link to download ebook
    Slanting Gretel Tee – description, comments, magazine is out of stock
    Floating Spiral Hat – list of projects, item with link to purchase magazine

    Would it take too long to create a page with a consistent interface and with information about what will be done to provide a pattern when a magazine is out of print?

  6. You mentioned an entrelac project that you would like to do….(a beautiful shawl pattern that uses self-striping yarn and the entrelac technique that one of your Seattle knitting friends made ). Can you share what pattern this is? I would like to do an entrelac pattern for the new year. Thanks,

  7. Hi!
    I love, love, love (!) the hoodie and of course already voted for it. However I do not life in the USA, which means that if I would like to order the pattern it would cost over 30 dollars of shipping costs!!! So please Kathleen, can this pattern become available online (for purchase, I guess, but at least in a way that is will be in my reach as well)? Especially if it will be come the new KAL, make sure that outside the USA we can take a long as well!!

  8. I love the Williams Street Socks and the Heather Hoodie, but the hoodie doesn’t look like it would resize well for someone short waisted (like, oh, me) – I wouldn’t want anything that goes over my hips, because that just emphasizes my shortness and … ahem… bodaciousness, but not in a flattering way. Of course, I haven’t read the pattern since the magazine came out – maybe it’s modifiable and I just have to work out the logistics.

    Most of my frustration with cabled sweaters is exactly that; you can make them longer, but it’s really HARD to make them shorter, and I need something almost cropped to ‘accentuate the positive’ on my frame.

    I love Entrelac – it seems like a complex technique, but once you learn it, it’s so easy and gives great ‘bang for the buck’ in terms of complexity v. look.

    @BethM – the pattern Kathleen is alluding to is probably Lady Eleanor from Scarf Style (that’s my guess, anyway) – it’s a gorgeous Entrelac wrap with beautiful fringes, and the original is knit in Noro Silk Garden – I’ve had several friends who’ve made them, and they’ve always come out absolutely luscious. It ain’t cheap, but it is stunning.

  9. Hello Kathleen, from the Land Down Under. I did the CPH with you and enjoyed it but didn’t attempt the Fair Isle mitts. I’ve voted for the socks in this KAL but will probably go along with whatever is voted for. My yarn resolution list is much the same as yours – LOL but I was interested in the entrelac resolution. I would also like to try this and come out of my comfort zone. Perhaps you could include the shawl you mentioned as an option to vote for in a future KAL?

  10. Hi Cathy,

    Thanks for the KALs!
    I voted for the hat as it seems to be the easiest pattern to obtain and I can still knit it and wear it now. I would like the slant gretel tee as the next KAL after this one.
    It is kind of hard to decide on a KAL when you can’t always get the info you need to make the decision. I think that the feed back from SusanR@5 made about having a page with the info for actually viewing the specifics of each pattern would be a big help. I am a plus size lady and need to know if the patterns fit 42-44″ bust before I can vote for tops or vests.

  11. I made the slanting Gretel Tee for our daughter for Christmas. Boy, did I learn a lot of new techniques and it looked great on her! She even wore it on the plane when she went home.

    Since she lives in LA and needed something more light weight, I used a wool/silk blend which drapes nicely and is very flattering.

  12. I’d like to do the socks or the slanting Gretel Tee, but my granddaughter wants a hat, so…
    Like you, I have many UFOs, so methinks a wee little KAL would be prudent.

    Maybe we should have a KAL of UFOs!!!!!!!!!

  13. A friend asked me today what “entrelac” was and I had never even heard the term until she asked. Then I read my “knitting daily” and saw the term. Please explain to me what it is.
    Angie A

  14. You’ll love entrelac, if you can increase and decrease it’s so easy and soooo much fun (yes, I love entrelac) ^_^ Have fun with that and let us know how it goes

  15. Kathy, I can relate to the so many UFO’s on needles that you have run out of a size. My grandmother used to slip the work in progress onto a spare circular needle, or, failing that, a piece of yarn, the work is easily resumed when the mood strikes, nor ‘fat’ row from long time on needles syndrome, and you don’t spend money on more needles! She also used to pick back the row on the needle when she had left it for a long time, as she didn’t want a noticeable difference in tension caused by stretching from sitting on the needles.
    Happy New Year, and happy knitting
    Jean Morgan, knitting on the ‘wet’ coast of Canada

  16. WARNING—-Entrelac is ADDICTING!! Best to follow your resolution #2 before beginning–unless you don’t care about breaking it!! BTW, I lived in Spokane for 13 years!

  17. Kathleen,
    I have the same question or comment about joining the KAL. I tried to do the last one but couldn’t find how to access it or where to get the pattern. Could you help? I would love to participate this time.

  18. Love the slanting sprial tee. I’d prefer it unstriped, though. What on earth is the Norwegian cast on? My mother is from Norway, and has knitted all her life. Even SHE doesn’t know! We’re both dying to know! Can anyone enlighten us???

  19. I would find it very convenient if Interweave Knit patterns included the size yarn needed for the pattern. The wpi probably helps spinners, who use this measurement. If wpi must be used, could an equivalency table be included in each issue? For example, 10 wpi equals whatever weight yarn that equals. As it is, I have to look up every yarn at Yarndex or the manufacturer’s site to figure out whether it’s worsted, sock weight or whatever. Every other knitting magazine I’ve read uses a variation of the 1-6 standard yarn weight chart. Interweave Crochet even uses it. Is it possible that Interweave Knits could use a more convenient system for conveying yarn weights? Thank you.

  20. Was looking forward to joining the KAL, but am not much inspired by the choices. ;-(
    Would have been nice to have something that would move us more into spring…and/or would be more flattering for those of us into middle age…but that griping aside, I really appreciate all you do. Hope it’s a great new year.

  21. Hi Kathleen, having looked at all the choices ,I think the Heather Hoodie or the Gretel Tee would be the best,but have to question how many copies of Knit Scene do you have available? since the pattern is in the Fall issue a lot of us would probably have to order the magazine, and so availability and price would call the question(I already ordered the copy required). The Socks would be ok but would be done in about three days, not much of a KAL and same for the Hat. I have already made the socks and while I haven’t made the hat, I suspect it wouldn’t take long either. SO maybe I should just vote for the Gretel Tee. If the majority decide on the hoodie? You might what to make sure that the pattern could be sold alone or that there are lots andlots of copies available and allow time for shipping.

  22. Hi Kathleen —

    Re the Old Norwegian cast-on …

    I decided, for who knows what reason, to learn this cast on. In bed, one night, with my husband sleeping peacefully beside me. (are all knitters insomniacs?).

    I had Ann Budd’s book, “Getting Started Knitting Socks”. A great book, by the way. Page 21 is the Old Norwegian.

    So I sat there, starting, swearing, ripping out, starting again, swearing again … and again … and again … you get the idea. Well, it took me about an hour – I’m not kidding – but I got it. Yup, I did, finally. And my husband did not even wake up with all the steam coming out my ears!

    But, the point is, I LOVE the Old Norwegian cast on!!! And I use it for everything. It is well worth learning. Good luck!

    Jennifer, in Ottawa.

  23. Hey, the knit-along sounds great, and I hate to be a wet blanketl, but please…PLEASE don’t hyphenate the word “along”! The way you guys have it spelled out (Knit-A-Long), it implies that you’re going to knit something called “a long”! I know, it doesn’t sound the same when you call it a KA, but this is our chance to show the world that not only are knitters creative, we’re also intelligent and literate! Knit on, sisters!

  24. I share many of your resolutions, finish special ufo’s, do not buy any more yarn until I have finished all real projects, but I am allowed to buy books on colour work, intarsia, fairisle and or bohus ( I think that is the right spelling), my nest will be empty sept of this year and the next technique I want to learn is serious colour work. I am quickly perfecting fulled knitting, having finished sizing a pair of wool/mohair slippers on an old washboard just this evening.

    I really appreciate your website Sandy in Nova Scotia

  25. Some answers for you:

    Beth M: The shawl I mentioned is “Lady Eleanor” from Scarf Style.(Thanks, ReginaB!)

    Jvdh: The pattern probably won’t be available for download for several months.

    merid: To join the knit-a-long (KAL), you simply get the pattern, the yarn, your needles, and then knit along with the rest of us, posting your progress, problems, pictures, etc., on the forum that I’ll start when the KAL starts.

    Angie A: Entrelac is a technique that results in a woven-looking fabric.

    Cindi P: The KAL forum is listed in the forums area on the Knitting Daily website (it’s one of the topics that runs across the page under the Knitting Daily heading). I also list the KAL under my photo on the Knitting Daily e-newsletters.

    bdouglas53: The hoodie pattern is in the fall 2009 issue of Knitscene.

    Gail@26: My understanding is that the Norwegian cast-on is a more elastic version of the long-tail cast on.

    KathrynH: I’ll pass on your comments to the Knits staff. I agree with you!

  26. Kathleen,

    I understand from reading the email that the Norwegian cast on is a more elastic version of the long tail cast on. My question was: Where can I learn how to do the Norwegian cast on? If you can, please let me know where I can find instructions on how to do it.


  27. I love to learn something new. I saw your resolution to learn entrelac knitting and I had never heard of this. I have been knitting about two years now and am addicted. I can’t watch t.v. with out having knitting in my hands. Well!!!!! I have learned the entrelac knitting and it is fasinating. I love it. Thanks for mentioning it on the news letter. Charlotte

  28. I can’t believe it’s 2010 either. But – I had to write when I saw that you will be new to the entrelac technique! I actually made a couple of things and I LOVE IT! I made two decorative couch pillows (on one side) and used only solid color – I thought it would be more subtle than high contrast – and a scarf. The scarf was actually the first item. I think you’ll love doing it, too. It doesn’t work up very quickly it seems, but suddenly it’s done. I’ll be watching your posts to see what you think.

    Thanks for all the encouragement and down-to-earth support! A returned-to-the-needles knitter.

  29. I’m a little slow in catching up on my backlogged email but I just had to respond to this post! When learning entrelac (amazingly easy by the way!) learn how to knit backwards and this project will fly off your needles! 😀 Kathleen too

  30. I wanted to get a free copy of the magazine and only then make up my mind regarding subscription so I clicked on the link you provide. However, as I live abroad (outside of US & Canada) they only accept prepaid orders so I would have to subscribe right away. A shame, barbara