Improving Your Skillset
How far down the road to learning your craft do you believe yourself to be? Are you comfortable with what you know or are you always striving to learn new skills and add to your knowledge base? Take a look at a few knitting or crochet books and have a look at some of the skills mentioned in the patterns. Can you start your amigurumi pieces with a magic circle, have you ever tried double knitting, how's your intarsia? If you are feeling brave, make a list of some of the skills which you have not yet tried but would like to have a go at, and perhaps even set yourself a deadline of when you'd like to have tried them by.
I've been knitting for 5 or 6 years seriously. I've been happy to do simple projects because I am a process knitter. The FO is important to me but the process is what really makes me happy, so I'm happy chugging along doing miles of garter stitch or stockinette. However, I'm realising that some of these simple projects are a bit uninspiring and I recently had a clearout and donated some FOs to charity.
Perhaps I am slowly becoming a product knitter....
This year I would like to learn cables and socks. Both seem like a mystery to me at the moment but like other techniques I've tried; it should all become clear after a few stitches. You just have to jump in and try! As a champion procrastinator, this is the hardest part for me. I'd really like to learn colourwork but all those floats scare the beejesus out of me, I get crazy-tangled just doing stripes!
I think my first cable project should be a small one. I currently have Salty Dog Mittens in my queue. Bella's Mittens are also a possibility...
For socks, I plan to follow Silver's Sock Class which has been in my queue for over a year. A YEAR! See? Procrastinating again :)
I'm hoping the Ravelympics will give me a kick to get started on one of those projects! Go Team Sasquatch!