My one little word for 2019 was intention . . . and I decided early on in the process to bring intention to my knitting. (You can read more about that here, if you're interested in the nitty-gritty.) Basically, I decided to:
- Only knit what I would actually wear or use.
- Stick with using yarn I already had.
- In colors I love.
- And styles that suit me.
- No KALs. No mysteries.
I wanted to avoid jumping on any knitting-bandwagons that weren't right for me . . . or committing to doing something in a given time limit . . . or chasing a shiny object that wouldn't work for me or my closet.
I still wanted to have some fun with my knitting, though, should something unexpected and perfect show up. I didn't want to set myself up to feel like I'd failed if some new yarn made its way into my stash. I wanted to be intentional about my knitting -- but I also wanted to be flexible enough to be inspired!
Now, as I look back on my knitting in 2019, I declare it a success! When I look back over my Ravelry projects for 2019, I see . . . no clunkers! I see 6 sweaters that I love and wear (none of them ended up in the Goodwill pile, which is a big win for me). I see a stack of dishcloths we use all the time. I see gifts for babies and kids and curlers and dads. And I see only 2 shawls (because, really, I have plenty of shawls and was trying to Look Away From the Shawls in 2019) -- but I use them both. Not a dud in the bunch! I call that a great knitting year!
(And, yeah. I know. There is no gray cardigan in there. But I don't see that as a failure. I see it as a casualty of my being "flexible enough to be inspired.")
What were my favorite knits of 2019?
My hands-down, #1 favorite project of the year was my Night Shift shawl.
I used gorgeous yarn from Briar Rose -- and I had so much fun shifting those beautiful colors. (I didn't use color-changing yarn, so all those shifts you see? They're my doing! My favorite projects are always the ones where I get to play with color.) If you've been thinking about trying one of Andrea Mowry's "shifty" projects, I highly recommend you do it. Fun. (Like . . . really fun!) Great instructions. And a pretty fabulous result.
Next up, my Felix Pullover.
There is a good reason so many people have knit this great sweater (or the companion Felix Cardigan). It's quick to knit (once you get the eyelet increases straight), fits great, and works with everything in your closet. I knit mine from (stashed) Brooklyn Tweed Shelter -- which makes it light AND warm.
And then, my Alanis sweater.
This layering piece is so perfectly "my style" that I wear it constantly. It's a quick knit from a well-written pattern by Elizabeth Smith. I knit mine in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (again, from stash). And . . . it has a sweet little pocket, too.
What to look for from me (knitting-wise) in 2020?
Well. First up, you'll finally see that gray cardigan. But other than that? Who knows! My knitting plan for 2020 . . . is to have no knitting plan. There are a few things I'm thinking about knitting this year (each of those highlighted words is a separate link, by the way), but I don't do well when I box myself into any kind of "queue" or "make nine" kind of structure. For me, knitting is about inspiration coupled with the whims of my moods. I'll keep my "intention" goals (top of this post) at the forefront of my project decisions (because that worked well for me), but beyond that, I commit to nothing.
I just know . . . there will be knitting in 2020. And that's enough for me right now.
How about YOU? Do you like to organize your knitting plans in a structured way . . . or do your prefer to just let inspiration guide you? What would you love to knit in 2020?