I'm sorry to say that this post will not contain any pictures, but I will try to add links when possible so it is not completely boring.
Goal Number One: Colorwork
Yes, I have done stripes, but that is about the extent of my colorwork experience. I have a few patterns picked out that I would love to make (when I have to yarn) and I think they will get me well on my way to perfecting the art of using multiple colors while knitting.
- The first pattern is a great sweater from the book Men Who Knit and the Dogs Who Love Them. Sadly I can't find a picture of this sweater on the internet, but it is wonderful. For those of you who own the book, I am looking at the Shades of Gray sweater on p. 47.
- Yes, I am aware that knitting an entire sweater as my first Fair Isle project is crazy, but I can dream can't I? Lucky for me, I also have my eye on one of the Argyle Scarves (can be seen on the cover) from Son of Stitch 'N Bitch. Not only would I learn how to do colorwork, but this project would also require me to use the double knitting technique to make the scarf reversible.
- If this project proves to be too much for me to handle (which I am not anticipating) I may try my luck with a pair of socks using a Fair Isle or Mosaic pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks. I am guessing however that a pair of socks would be harder to knit using multiple colors than a scarf would.
Goal Number Two: Right handed knitting
This goal goes along with fair-isle knitting as I think it would make the colorwork much easier. I have never tried to knit with my other hand, but learning would be a fun challenge and it would be a very practical skill to have.
Goal Number Three: Knitting socks using the magic loop method
This goal is for no other reason than to say that I can do it. I have no problem knitting socks using DPNs and although I understand the benefits of knitting two socks at once, I think I would still only knit one at a time using the magic loop method.
Goal Number Four: Cables
Again, I have done cables before, but only in socks and I think it is time for me to step it up. I have a selection of sweaters (and socks) that look like they have potential - the trouble is choosing which one to use. Here they are, in no particular order:
- The Cable Guy Sweater from Son of Stitch 'N Bitch. I like the way this sweater uses a plain stockinette fabric and adds texture with the cables. I think if I made this, I would have to do something about the bottom to make it look less ragged.
- The Pub Crawler Sweater, also from Son of Stitch 'N Bitch. I'm not sure how fond I am of the large collar, but no worries, that can be fixed. I really like the detail on the arm, and the cable pattern looks simple enough to work without needing much concentration. Excellent.
- And then there is the ultimate in cabled sweaters. This is the sweater of my dreams and I am determined to make it eventually, no matter how long it takes. I will own this sweater.
I think these goals should keep me plenty busy throughout the year. I already have four projects in the works: the hideously ugly socks, my blue stripey socks (formerly my road trip socks that did not get finished on the road), the baby duffle coat, and a lace shawl that I started this summer. I also have four other projects waiting to be started (which I'm sure will take me much longer than anticipated) and then I am hoping to be able to embark on a yarn filled journey discovering the unexpected difficulties and exciting successes of knitting with cables and colors.