I'm happy to say that I'm starting the year with knitting MY way and I'm feeling very happy with myself about it. I'll explain by saying that I was in a 12-month knit-along last year wherein I had to knit a complete project every month of the year. Each project had to use at least 300 yards of yarn and had to be started and completed within the month. I thought it would be a lark, but it turned into a tyranny of one smallish completed project every month. (In hindsight I suppose that should have been obvious.)
Knitting a project of at least 300 yards in one month is a snap. However, I didn't consider that I'd have to come up with something new every month, couldn't commit myself to any larger or more complicated projects on the chance that I might not finish in time, and ended up doing a lot of things I wouldn't have undertaken otherwise.
It was a good exercise in goal-setting, but I'm not very goal-oriented and I didn't really see the point of the whole thing except to win a big prize (of good-quality yarn, what else?) at the end. There were also other opportunities to win throughout the year. Big surprise...I didn't win anything!
Like I always say...live and learn. At least now I can dig my teeth into some more challenging projects without worrying about screwing it up and having to rip it all out (been doing a lot of that lately), nor do any of these projects need to be finished along with the month.
I recently bought a pattern book produced by Burda for socks from around the world. The first pair I'd like to try are a 2-toned Turkish design. This will be a challenge since the pattern's in Italian, the socks are colorwork--never done colorwork socks--and they're toe-up with an unfamiliar to me cast-on and an after-thought heel. Perhaps I'll blog further on these when I get around to making them.
Happy new year and happy knitting to all !!!