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eldergirl
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Posted - 01/01/2009 :  6:40:00 PM  Show Profile Send eldergirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I would like to get back to Kim's original post on the resolution thing: what challenges in knitting would we like to "resolve" to have a go at?

Mine would be:

* Entrelac- I will try a Knee Rug from some Noro Kochoran in my stash.

* The Forest Path Stole (fear and trembling) from stash yarn bought for it.

* Mittens with a lining of Kidsilk Haze (my own design)

* Kitchener Stitch: over on "Knitting Daily" Sandi posted an alternative way using knitting, not sewing, and I just might remember how to do it with that method.

* The hardest one: knitting a sweater for myself. I was a dressmaker previously, and fitting was one of my specialties. I am a difficult body to fit, and have avoided knitting for myself, despite loads of yarn in my stash for my own sweaters!

* Purling Continental style with my left thumb carrying the yarn to loop over.

What challenges are you all thinking of, like Kim's steek challenge, and mine above?

Anna

noallatin
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Posted - 01/01/2009 :  6:52:38 PM  Show Profile Send noallatin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I want to finish the sweater I started.

I want to finish the lace scarf I started.

I want to learn how to do wrap and turn short row heels.

Intarsia

I think that's enough for the time being.
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Sticks and String
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Posted - 01/02/2009 :  08:35:03 AM  Show Profile  Visit Sticks and String's Homepage Send Sticks and String a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I want to knit myself an actual sweater. A sweater, not a shrug. That will fit. That I will wear. With buttons, too. A cardigan. For me. Yup, this is what I want to do.

I may revisit Continental style knittng this year. I do use two hands when I knit Fair Isle but still purl with the throw. I'm not worried about speed. I knit fast enough that when I say "...and it works/ed up really fast!" I'm seeing people roll their eyes at me...lol. (I apparently have to stop saying "It's dead easy." and "Anyone can do it." because people just aren't believing me!) I would like an alternate hand position for when my hands get stressed with knitting by throwing. So maybe more practice with Continental...?


Jo
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gwtreece
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Posted - 01/02/2009 :  10:15:53 AM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This is year to knit from my stash so I will be doing lots of socks. I have yarn to several stoles, a couple of sweaters, and lots of socks.

Wanda
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amazing grace
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107 Posts

Posted - 01/02/2009 :  1:08:37 PM  Show Profile Send amazing grace a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Learn to knit continental

Learn Fair Isle style knitting

Knit a pair of socks

Finish my Tiger's Eye Shawl


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nwilson02
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USA
214 Posts

Posted - 01/02/2009 :  1:33:19 PM  Show Profile Send nwilson02 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
More Cables.

I did my first cable project in December (still working on it) and really like doing cables. I'd like to learn the more complicated patterns this year if I can find a pattern I like that will fit my body. LOL
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abt1950
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Posted - 01/02/2009 :  4:46:19 PM  Show Profile Send abt1950 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Finishing my UFOs--or at least cutting the number by half.

Fair Isle--I did my first project a week ago & I need to keep the momentum

Knitting down the stash, which is close to STABLE.

Doing the works already in my queue that I have the patterns and yarn for.

Learn some other skill--entrelac might be nice, continental purling (for back and forth fair isle), designing in the round, whatever--something I haven't done before.

Anne in NJ

Knit long and prosper
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Catlover
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Posted - 01/02/2009 :  4:52:04 PM  Show Profile Send Catlover a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Finishing at least a UFO a month and working on my queue of already purchased yarn and patterns. That's enough to last more than a year!
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yarnlover
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Posted - 01/03/2009 :  06:50:33 AM  Show Profile Send yarnlover a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Beside the usual - stash use, wips done - I want to actually put together a lot of the bits of info/techniques into some form that I can easily use as a reference. When I start a new project, I have to hunt everywhere for these tips to remind myself. There are so many tips on techniques here in KR and other places that I read, maybe bookmark, then forget about. Gathering information in one place is a goal, and then, I would like to make some samplers of various techniques, also to be used as reference. I think this will save me some time, but maybe more importantly improve my knitting skills as things I want to try would be at hand, not forgotten somewhere.

A few years ago, I organized patterns and such into binders and once I did that, I found it so much easier to find things. That experience gives me a bit of incentive to do this.



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fiddlerbird555
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Posted - 01/03/2009 :  07:41:03 AM  Show Profile Send fiddlerbird555 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I mentioned it on that thread. Norwegian-style mittens for DH, with distinctly non-Norwegian motifs.

Beyond that, some nice fingerless mitts for myself. If I really feel like a challenge, I'll make a subsequent pair as gloves (i.e. with individual fingers)

Low on the list, try to find a nice soft yarn, and make socks for DD that she will wear. She likes the show-off aspect of "Mommy made these" but doesn't like the way what I've made (so far) feels on her feet. Step one -- invert the stockinette stitch on the sole.

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lella
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Posted - 01/03/2009 :  07:48:20 AM  Show Profile Send lella a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My only resolution is to learn to make the mittens that RachelKnitter used to make, or maybe still does. I love those things.

The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.
Zippiknits
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Marg in Mirror
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Posted - 01/03/2009 :  11:13:29 AM  Show Profile  Visit Marg in Mirror's Homepage  Send Marg in Mirror a Yahoo! Message Send Marg in Mirror a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hmmm...I hadn't thought about 2009 knitting in this way, but yes, there are definitely a few challenges I want to pose myself:
  • entrelac - I have a washcloth pattern to experiment with;
  • get back to Fair Isle, as it's been too long since I've practiced it, and I have a vest I want to do up from "Folk Vests";
  • make something with a steek -- eek! ; and
  • get better at spinning and plying (I began just this past fall)
  • .


TLWKOTB
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jtamsn
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Posted - 01/03/2009 :  3:41:56 PM  Show Profile Send jtamsn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Some of the challenges that I would like to tackle would be .....
finish the Great American Aran Afghan, fair isle knitting and to do some more lace.
judy
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beltempest
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USA
31 Posts

Posted - 01/04/2009 :  12:15:27 PM  Show Profile Send beltempest a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I want to try my hand at double knitting this year.
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fiddlerbird555
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Posted - 01/04/2009 :  1:37:26 PM  Show Profile Send fiddlerbird555 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by beltempest

I want to try my hand at double knitting this year.



Double-knitting is fun! You've got complete freedom over a two-color pattern -- no limits on how many stitches or rows of the same color to do.



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Gelliott
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USA
911 Posts

Posted - 01/04/2009 :  4:24:27 PM  Show Profile Send Gelliott a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am hoping that 2009 will be the year I cut my first steek!


Gelliott
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sooterl@msn.com
Warming Up

63 Posts

Posted - 01/04/2009 :  10:21:28 PM  Show Profile Send sooterl@msn.com a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Improving my Fair Isle technique. My gauge is tighter when I throw than when I pick. I need to even that out. Once that is done, I will be ready to conquer a steek.
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dschmidt
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Posted - 01/05/2009 :  05:49:12 AM  Show Profile Send dschmidt a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm going to steek also.

Donna in VA

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minh
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Posted - 01/05/2009 :  3:36:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit minh's Homepage Send minh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Fair Isle
More sweater knitting
More knitting!!(I spend more time thinking and reading about knitting than actually knitting...)
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busygirl
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Posted - 01/06/2009 :  12:19:54 PM  Show Profile Send busygirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote

I didn't do as much knitting as I would have liked during 2008,so am hoping to complete more projects this year.
At the moment I am busy knitting socks - I have finished the first sock of the pair I am making and am now busy with the second one,so my 'challenge' is to get my first pair of socks of 2009 finished.

Leslie

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Wen
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Posted - 01/06/2009 :  4:56:41 PM  Show Profile  Visit Wen's Homepage Send Wen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
finish finish finish. I have so many WIPs I want to wear!

My main challenge for this year is to modify patterns to get a good fit as I'm now a DD!

Wen

2009 stats: 1 FO, 8 WIP, 0 frogpond.
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