Firstly, and rather easily, I'd like to get this sweater finished! I'm on to the collar now which will take a while as it's quite big and needs some short row shaping. After that it's just pocket linings and sewing in the ends. Should be straight forward...
Just before Christmas the lovely Chrisknits sent me a pattern on ravelry. It's the gorgeous cabled cardigan Jurisfiction. I've decided to include this as one of my New Year goals because it's seamed. I've never knitted a seamed garment before as I'm not really a fan of sewing. The thing is though this limits the patterns I look at and I've also read that having seams can help support the garment so it hangs nicely when you wear it. Hopefully setting this out on here will be the motivation I need ;)
The third project I want to tackle is a colourwork sweater for me. It might be My Kind of Sweater which I've had in my queue for a while or it might be something different. I haven't done much colourwork at all and I want to have a go at it again.
The very "knit-worthy" Mr Soaring Sheep loves his knitted sweaters so I'd like to make another for him at some point. He really likes the Jones pattern and would love one in the same purpley pink yarn as on the ravelry page. But if I'm making a Jurisfiction for me then maybe I'll be a bit fed up of cables? The other pattern I like is Adam which has contiguous sleeves and is a bit plainer. It's bottom up construction though which I'm not the biggest fan of. Hmmm....
Lastly I have the traditional yarn stash related goal. I'm not too worried about using up my stash this year or not buying yarn for a certain amount of time like I've done before but I would like to be more mindful of my yarn buying. So instead I'm going to try to be "Stash Neutral" this year. I'm allowed to buy yarn but I'm not allowed to buy more yardage than I've knitted up through the year. I'm not sure if I'm going to try to earn the yardage by knitting it up first before buying new or whether I'll just keep a record all the way through and see how on track I am. I've had a couple of ideas for some old stash that I'd like to get knitted up so hopefully I'll have had a good turn over of yarns by the end of the year.
So that's my short list of goals for 2016. There are of course lots of other things I'd like to knit, more socks for example, but hopefully this will be a good starting point to get me challenging myself a bit more.
Does anyone else have some craft related resolutions or goals for this year? If you've blogged about them I'd love to have a read if you can share the link below