> To Knit is Divine: My New Years (sort of) Resolution

Monday, January 01, 2007

My New Years (sort of) Resolution

Happy New Year! I've never been one for making New Years Resolutions, but there are a few knitting-related things I would like to accomplish over the coming year. I won't bore you with all of them, but I would like to state one for the record. I would like to make a sweater for myself that fits and is flattering. Although I knit obsessively, I don't actually own a hand-knit sweater. That has got to change.

I've knit off and on in spurts throughout my life. When I was a teenager, I knit two yoked sweaters - a pullover and a cardigan. To the best of my recollection (the teenage years were a little while ago, after all!), the pullover was too small and the cardigan was too baggy around the shoulders (and both were in colours that I certainly would not wear now - I don't know if they were flattering on me at the time). Then in the mid-90s, I made a sweater from Vogue Knitting. It was tunic-length with drop shoulders - not the most flattering shape for me, for sure. It was heavily cabled - and I was completely in love with cables. And I decided that instead of making it in wool, I would make it out of cotton. Aran-weight cotton at that. See where I'm going with this? It was so heavy it was like putting on a suit of armour. And it grew. And grew. But it was beautiful. I wore it a few times and then it stayed on a shelf in a closet for years. Earlier this year (before I started blogging) I finally ripped the whole thing out and I plan to make a bath mat or something practical out of the yarn. Lesson learned.

This past year, after I got back into knitting with a vengeance, I decided to try my hand at another sweater. I purchased this pattern, bought some DK weight cotton yarn in orange (a colour I know suits me well) and started knitting. It is still sitting, months later, unfinished in my basket, with one sleeve sewn in and the other not. The shoulders are too wide. The body is too short. The sleeve doesn't fit properly in the armhole. The knitting is uneven. I still think it's a style and colour that will suit me, so I do plan to frog it and try again - after taking proper measurements and working out the math I need to do to make it fit. Before next summer. But meanwhile, I would like to make something wintery, before winter's over.

So, this is my (sort of) resolution. I will make a sweater that fits. I know how to, I've just never done it. I've learned a lot from reading books like Big Girl Knits and Sweater Design in Plain English (which I borrowed from the guild library, and will definitely be purchasing), and from reading the Ample Knitters list. I know that whether I use a pattern or create something on my own, I will need to make adjustments so that it fits (and suits) my body. It will fit. It will be gorgeous. I will love wearing it.

Of course, I will also do lots of other projects - some of which I have in mind now, others that I will do spontaneously. I will continue to knit Dulaan items. I will make some mittens and hats and scarves. I will make dishcloths. I will make some stuffed toys. I will make some more shawls. I will push myself and learn new techniques and try new yarns.

And speaking of things I want to make, my SP9 Secret Pal has asked me for suggestions for things to include in my final care package. Now, she's done such a fabulous job selecting things for me so far, I'm sure she'd do just fine without any input from me, but I have thought of a few possible things.

- A pattern and yarn for a rolled-brim, felted hat
- The pattern and yarn to make Eunny's Anemoi Mittens. (Have I mentioned yet that I am in total awe of Eunny. She's brilliant)
- A Knitters Without Borders totebag.
- supplies (and instructions) to learn to dye

I hope that helps! Of course, feel free to ignore this completely and go with whatever strikes you!

I still have a few things on my "to blog about" list. Although I didn't get to them all by yesterday as planned, I'll get to them eventually :-). Plus, I will have an update soon on the saga of the curling scarf. Besides writing about it here, I also asked on the Knitlist and got some helpful suggestions. More on this later (or tomorrow, or sometime!)

3 Comments:

Blogger stitch-dom said...

I understand not having a sweater for yourself...I'm also more ample than most and find the thought of knitting myself a sweater extremely daunting with all the dos and donts! So go forth and knit! And I suspect you'll see me on the ample knitters list which I didn't know about!

4:53 PM  
Blogger dephal said...

I made a sweater from Big Girl Knits and was (for once!) very happy with the fit.

10:56 PM  
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