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Reflections on Knitting, 2009

I know it’s Tuesday but it’s also time for me to summarize my knitting stats from last year and state my knitting goals for the upcoming year. That trumps Ten on Tuesday this week.

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Stats from 2009:

19 pairs of socks
5 sweaters/1 vest
5 pairs of mitts/mittens
3 scarves
2 hats
4 shawls
2 afghans

That adds up to a grand total 50 items, 3 more than last year.

Now let’s look at my knitting goals for 2009 and see how I did.

Goals for 2009:
1. Keep doing what I’m doing. Sweaters, mittens, hats, scarves – I will knit whatever strikes my fancy. I’m really good at knitting what pleases me so this goal is accomplished.
2. Knit at least 18 pairs of socks. I think I need to set a sock number goal to keep my production high on this so that’s why I’m doing. And it’s hardly a chore since socks are my favorite thing to knit. I actually finished 19 pairs of socks this year so I’m up one from my goal.
3. Try intarsia. I have no particular pattern in mind but now that I’m reasonably comfortable with stranded knitting I think it’s time to learn this skill. Okay, I haven’t tried this yet but I’ve got a pattern and yarn ready to go so I’m hoping to accomplish this goal in 2010.
4. Learn to crochet enough to add crochet edgings to my knit pieces. I’d really like to knit Thorpe but I’m intimidated by that crochet edge. I learned to crochet last January thanks to Maryse. I didn’t actually knit Thorpe, and I certainly need to improve my skills but I did learn enough to do some simple crochet and that makes me happy.

Goals for 2010

1. Knit 18 pairs of socks.

2. Publish my picot edge sock pattern.

3. Learn to crochet in the round.

4. Knit a sweater for me, a sweater for Dale, a sweater for Jessica, and a sweater for Hannah.

Those are my stats, those are my goals, this is my knitting life and it’s all good.

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  1. I think you did a great job with your knitting projects in 2009!
    Not sure how you knit so many items, keep up with your blog,
    cooking, working and family. You must be a fast knitter!
    Great job.

  2. WELL done! How you find time to crank out all of those socks AND still get sweaters knit is absolutely amazing to me!

  3. Do you “crank” all those socks? Or do them on double-points? Would love to knit that many pairs of socks!!!!

  4. Beautiful socks!

    I hope you accomplish goal #2. I’ve never done a picot on a sock and would love to try it.

  5. Yowza, yowza, yowza! Nineteen pairs of socks?? Five sweaters? AND bake pies? You DO amaze and inspire. Job very well done, indeed, Carole! (oh, and I am now knitting my first picot sock, whee!)

  6. Very impressive! I predict that you will find crochet in the round a piece of cake. (I learned to knit when I was 5 or 6 and to crochet when I was 22, and I went through a fairly long crochet phase that involved at least four afghans. These days I mostly knit, but I do not scorn the hook.)

  7. I’d say you put in a good year’s work in 2009. And I vote you try to scratch that #2 thing on the 2010 list off very soon. (hint, hint) Most important goal: Enjoy my time knitting. Where was that one?

  8. Wow! You got even more done than I thought you did! I really like your #2 goal for 2010. I was wondering just the other day if you’d written a pattern for your socks.

  9. I hate to be the downer, but I think the number of pieces for 2009 adds up to 40, not 50. That’s still an INCREDIBLE year and I applaud you for setting goals and working to meet them. I so enjoy knitting but don’t come close to that number of pieces in a year!

  10. Those are really nice socks. I love seeing them in a mosaic. I think that your list sounds very realistic and I wish you luck with it. I’m doing my best to help with #2.

  11. That is indeed some impressive production in 2009. I am especially fond of your goal #1 — that’s what it is all about, really.

  12. Wow, that’s an impressive list. My output was woefully low, but I blame all the time I spent on my 365 for that 🙂 I don’t have any specific goals for this year…we’ll see how it unfolds!

  13. wow. (fans self in awe) We bow to your knitterly greatness! You are certainly the rock star of knitting accomplishment! That’s a whole lot of FO’s!! Go Carole!

  14. Wow! You are so prolific! I am duly impressed by your beautiful projects. Congrats on hitting so many of your goals.

  15. Oh, I’m so excited that you’re going to publish your sock pattern! I have some sensory integration “issues” with socks, but I love the look of yours and I know I’d love to try them! I’m working on my first pair of socks now, and I’m so excited. 🙂 Good luck with your goals!

  16. Amazing. I think I’m going to do this, too, but my collage will be much smaller and less impressive. 🙂

    But as you say, it’s all good.

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