I sure do love a knitalong.

I have underestimated the difficulty in taking nice pictures of my making on a daily basis. We have instituted a new morning schedule in our house, which means I leave before the sun is truly up and shining bright. And since it’s winter here in Maryland, I am also not really home before dark.

This is a temporary and small problem. But it has been a stumbling block to my drive to post this week. And so, in lieu of WIP pictures today, I thought I’d take a look back at a couple of fun knitalongs that I participated in last year and plan to do again.

Box O’ Sox KAL

I had hoped in 2015 to knit a dozen pair of socks and made it to 7. That was up from 1 pair in 2014, so I was happy with that progress. Last January, Kristen of the Yarngasm Podcast hosted a Box O’ Sox knitalong. The goal was to knit a dozen pairs and put them in a box. I finished my box in October, much to my great surprise and excitement.

I knit another 2 pairs after that, one for my mom and one for my Christmas Eve cast on. 14 total pairs of socks! I learned so much about fit and what I like in a sock. I am definitely going to knit another box o’ sox this year!

Note: if you hover over and/or click on the images you can see captions detailing the yarn colorway and dyer. I did manage to snap a few pictures of my first two pairs of socks for the year:

They were tiny starts this weekend, but hey, cuffs are my least favorite part.

Rainbowalong

When she was little(r), my partner’s daughter used to say that her favorite color was rainbow. I have always agreed with her that rainbow is one of the more superior colors out there. To brighten the dreary winter, Dianne of the Suburban Stitcher Podcast hosts an annual knitalong in February, called the Rainbowalong. The only requirement is to knit something rainbow. Last year I knit rainbow socks, or rather, martian rainbow socks:

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Martian Rainbow, Must Stash Yarns

This year I have 2 pairs of socks planned… I do love to knit a rainbow.


YoM day 6: Cast on two-at-a-time socks

YoM day 7: Cast on new socks and hat progress

YoM day 8: Hat progress

YoM day 9: Ripped back and fixed days 7 and 8’s hat progress

YoM day 10: Finished Kevin’s hat!

YoM day 11: Sock knitting


Happy making!

Year of Making

A Year of Making

 

Last year around this time, I was inspired to choose a word to encapsulate a goal for myself for 2016. After a great deal of thought, I chose “make.” I chose make because that was what I wanted to do, I wanted to become more of a maker: to produce, to create. I feel that I achieved the goal I had in mind at the time. I finally knit 12 pairs of socks in a year, I canned something other than jam, and I made Christmas gifts for my siblings.

As 2016 draws to a close, I’ve been thinking about how to proceed. Whether to choose a new word or to continue with my word in a new way. I stumbled across an Instagram post tagged “yearofmaking” and that got me thinking. What would a year of making look like for me? I know that I would not be able to make something everyday, unless we start counting messes and spaghetti dinners. But can I work on a making project every day? I think so. I hope so.

Sweaters and shawls, quilts, canned goods, preserved goods, perhaps even bread. My goal is to put energy into a making project every day. Some days that will amount to a few rows on a sock, and that is ok. I plan to chronicle my progress here. I often see the sentiment that a year from now, you will wish you had started today. And so today, I will post this first post and knit on my sock and look forward to the promise of a new year.

2017 will be my year of making.