A look back & a look forward

Hello 2017!

I hope you all had a great start into the new year. We had a quiet evening, just the two of us, boardgames, homebrew wine from my FIL and our little traditions.

The latter half of 2016 was a busy one: Mr Charming had finished his teaching internship and looked for a new place. He found one only to get a better one starting two months later. This meant having two small and one big move within a few months. I’m not going to move for some time again, thank you very much.

In knitting terms, I was moderately successful. I knit 6 gifts, 1 shawl, 1 cowl, 1 pair of mittens, and half a cardigan. I also started fingerless mittens.
More selfish knitting this year, I guess? Or less procreating coworkers, because half of the gifts were for adorable coworker sprogs. The other half went to my Mum 🙂

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Okay, so what’s in store for 2017?

First off, now that we’ve settled into our new life with me commuting, I want to tweak some things. I still buy too much food in my lunch break, which often leads to unhealthy stuff. So I want to bring more healthy lunches to work or at least avoid the ready-made meals when shopping for food. I also eat too many carbs in general – the main station bakery is too tempting. Alternatives could be prepared snacks that I munch on the train ride home. Or a change in eating habits at work, so that I can skip that entirely.

I also want to continue my workouts. Despite me having colds the last month, we managed to keep up the weekly swimming dates. I want to introduce a second sporting thing in the week. We’ll see if that takes too much time from my evenings, which are already short.

Once the weather gets warmer, I’ll take my bike on the train and go back to riding to work. It’s only a short distance, but I have a feeling that I need the extra bit of biking up that hill. It’ll also cut time in the tram, another potential infection spot and will make me arrive faster at work. Bonus.

In knitting, I want to finish my green cardigan (preferably in January) and start another one. I also haven’t knit a single pair of socks in 2016, and they make great commute projects, so there will be socks.

My knitting group decided on a hap-KAL for our trip to Edinburgh (more on that later, but SQUEEE!!!), so the shawl will be my first portable project. Judging by how fast the last one went, getting it done before March should be easy-peasy.

That’s it for now!

Let me know – what are your plans for the fresh year? Have a great 20017!

Big Plans

Hello everyone!

As some kind of New Years Resolution I want to blog more this year. I know I have tried blooging regularly a lot, and this is the next stab at it. Let’s just hope I keep up. It would be nice.

Big plans, says the title of this post. Well, I have them for 2015. I have some for January and some for the whole year. The latter I will talk about in another post. Today, I want to talk about my knitting plans for this month.

On Ravelry, there are many, many groups one can enter. One of them is called „Lazy, Stupid, Godless“ (short LSG). Within this group there is a monthly thread which is for goals plus an added reward for making them. At the beginning of the month, you post your goals, knitting/crafting or other (though only crafting counts for the rewards). As the month goes on, you post your progress and best case make a pic of the finished object. Then out of all finished objects the mod draws some and assigns them prizes. The more FOs you have, the higher is your chance for prizes.

I love this thread. You can brag about how you did 5 rounds on 500+ stitches or whine that you had to rip half a sweater. It’s full of support, kind words and love. And it also kicks your ass.

My plans for January that I posted there were:

  • Cast on & start (& maybe finish?) an actual item of clothing for me (either Make a Wish or Stripes gone crazy or Old Romance or Boxy)
  • Start a pair of socks
  • Knit a Milo for HAJ, coworker’s baby
  • Start Fallow Mittens optional
  • Continue spinning practise, when the current training braid is done, dye it with Kool Aid and make something out of it (shawlette, probably)

I’ll keep you updated.

Update 1: I cast on a Boxy yesterday. By now, it looks like this:

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It’s made of lace yarn held double because the pattern calls for fingering. I want to make it striped: bigger stripes of the white (I have about 2000 m of it!) and the blue stripes are half the width of the white ones. So far I’m digging it. Plus the stripes will hopefully make an acre of stockinette less boring.

The next pair of socks will be cast on soon. As soon as I get bored with the Boxy, I think. The actual pattern has not been decided yet, but I’ll just make some toes and then make my mind up. The yarn is already sitting in the sock project bag.

Okay, that’s it for today. What are your plans for January? Share them with me. I’m curious!