Top 5 for 2005

Ugh. I am behind on work, behind on holiday shopping and Christmas baking? Don’t. Even. Ask. I think I need an extra week to fit in holidays stuff. And now, all I can think about is January!

Last year, I set some [knitting resolutions](http://blog.sweetgeorgiayarns.com/2004/12/top-5-for-2004.html) and I managed 3/5ths of it! Finishing up the TKGA Master Knitter thing has fallen by the wayside — their Cast On magazine is a drag and just plain uninspiring. Or that could be my excuse because I just didn’t want to write a report on blocking. And knitting up the stash? Hello?

Here are my 2005 notes:

####Top Five for 2005

1. __New (to Me) Technique:__ I learned to [knit socks](http://blog.sweetgeorgiayarns.com/archives/knitting/socks/) this year. Best. Knitting. Ever. They are fun, relatively fast — almost like large pattern swatches. Almost.
2. __Favourite FO:__ Of course, it’s [Birch](http://blog.sweetgeorgiayarns.com/archives/2005/09/birch.html). I may just make another one.
3. __Favourite KAL:__ My favourite KAL is actually one that I haven’t joined. It’s the [Crossed in Translation KAL](http://www.januaryone.com/archives/2005/11/crossed_in_tran_1.php) that Cara is hosting — what a wonderful use for a KAL — actually helping each other with the translation of a gorgeous Japanese pattern. Oh dear. I just noticed that it doesn’t start until January 1st. I may just have to clear my schedule for this…
4. __Favourite Shop:__ Unabashedly [my own](http://sweetgeorgia.etsy.com/), of course! Last year at this time, a shop of my own hadn’t even crossed my mind. Life is crazy I tell you. But if I were to pick anything else, I’d say [Lettuce Knit](http://www.lettuceknit.com/). I can’t get this little shop out of my mind. It is the most adorable half-lot in Kensington Market in Toronto. It’s painted bright green and the whole shop is only a little bigger than my bathroom. I didn’t actually buy anything when I was there last Fall, but this year my brother visited the shop and brought me back a [bag full of Fleece Artist roving](http://blog.sweetgeorgiayarns.com/archives/2005/09/tis_freaking_do.html). And now, they carry spinning wheels and other accoutrements. Plus, [Cosmic Pluto](http://www.cosmicpluto.com/blog/?p=429) is even dyeing silk hankies for sale in store.
5. __Favourite Tool:__ [Schacht Dizzy Yarn Gauge](http://www.schachtspindle.com/Products/Spinning/spinning_accessories.htm). It’s a diz. It’s a wraps-per-inch tool. It matches my wheel. I love it.

####Knitting & Spinning Resolutions for 2006

1. __Starmore.__ I’m looking forward to finishing my first Alice Starmore design, [St. Brigid](http://blog.sweetgeorgiayarns.com/archives/knitting/knit_st_brigid/), next year. Beautiful purple yarn, beautiful cables. Should be enough to keep me interested.
2. __Big time handspun project.__ I bought 8 oz. of [Ashland Bay Merino](http://blog.sweetgeorgiayarns.com/archives/2005/05/roving_roving_r.html) in May that I have been spinning finely ever since. I just plied up the last of it last night, so I’m looking forward to knitting this up into one of my first _feature-length_ projects. This may become a shawl…
3. __Spinning low-twist singles.__ The more I spin, the finer I get. I want to develop a full range of ability to spin whatever I want, whenever I want… starting with worsted-weight low-twist singles.
4. __More Steeking!__ Yeah, I loved that [Baby Norgi](http://blog.sweetgeorgiayarns.com/archives/knitting/knit_baby_norgi/) project. It gave me confidence to cut my knitting however I liked. _Empowered, am I._ I have a beautiful [Meg Swansen Fair Isle Cardigan](http://blog.sweetgeorgiayarns.com/archives/knitting/knit_fair_isle_cardigan/) on the needles right now — and it’s waiting for me to switch to my new [Holz & Stein Ebony circs](http://www.dasstrickforum.de/)… Can’t wait to have some time to spend with this lovely sweater.
5. __Design by me, for me.__ Ok, again with the knitting up the stash. I’ve bought several packs of Filatura di Crosa Zara that stress me out. They literally stress me out. I’ve spent a year looking for a nice, interesting DK-weight pattern that I can knit using these yarns and just haven’t found anything I like. So this will be a meditative, relaxing activity, no?

  • http://www.twosheep.com/blog June

    Can’t agree with you more about Cast On. It’s so blah! Look forward to seeing your project unfold in the new year!

  • http://www.twosheep.com/blog June

    Can’t agree with you more about Cast On. It’s so blah! Look forward to seeing your project unfold in the new year!

  • http://andreatung.blogspot.com andrea

    Lettuce Knit is my fave shop too. It’s just so damm cute! ALso Purl in NY is really pretty.

  • http://andreatung.blogspot.com andrea

    Lettuce Knit is my fave shop too. It’s just so damm cute! ALso Purl in NY is really pretty.

  • http://www.unwindknitting.net Stephanie

    What a great post. I’m going to put some thought into my goals and write them down (so I can keep track of them). I’m with you on the extra week before the holidays. How did they get here so quickly? Seems like it was just summer.

  • http://www.unwindknitting.net Stephanie

    What a great post. I’m going to put some thought into my goals and write them down (so I can keep track of them). I’m with you on the extra week before the holidays. How did they get here so quickly? Seems like it was just summer.

  • Therese

    I love your yarn! When you say “low twist”, do you mean like Fun with Yarn? Or, Paula Simmons’ Spinning for Softness and Speed?

  • Therese

    I love your yarn! When you say “low twist”, do you mean like Fun with Yarn? Or, Paula Simmons’ Spinning for Softness and Speed?

  • http://margauxelena.typepad.com margaux

    i agree, great post! i’m a new blogger and semi-new knitter. i just got the birch pattern and started to cast on with size 8 needles, but seeing yours and the others you linked to i might use 7s instead. you have gorgeous yarns and knits! i’m glad to have found your blog :-)

  • http://margauxelena.typepad.com margaux

    i agree, great post! i’m a new blogger and semi-new knitter. i just got the birch pattern and started to cast on with size 8 needles, but seeing yours and the others you linked to i might use 7s instead. you have gorgeous yarns and knits! i’m glad to have found your blog :-)

  • http://marirob.blogspot.com marichan

    Nice list! My favorite new technique is knitting socks too. Here’s hoping you meet at least 3/5 of your knitting resolutions for next year too!

  • http://marirob.blogspot.com marichan

    Nice list! My favorite new technique is knitting socks too. Here’s hoping you meet at least 3/5 of your knitting resolutions for next year too!

  • http://www.gleek.net gleek

    there’s a beautiful pattern at the back of the latest winter IK that uses zara. i’m actually going to attempt it with some sport weight merino that i bought in japan!

  • http://www.gleek.net gleek

    there’s a beautiful pattern at the back of the latest winter IK that uses zara. i’m actually going to attempt it with some sport weight merino that i bought in japan!

  • Julie

    Have you seen the Zara and Zara Plus booklet that came out last fall? I quite like it–lots of tailored, fitted and feminine styles with cablework. I think they’re quite you. Interesting and esteemed designers are represented. I haven’t seen it in a lot of stores, though, and bought it at the one store where I did see it. Here’s a link for it I found online:

    http://www.stringyarns.com/product54.html

  • Pioggia

    Oh, how I admire people who are able to carry out all their resolutions. Why can’t I? I’ve decided not to make any lists this year, lest I disappoint myself once more.

  • Julie

    Have you seen the Zara and Zara Plus booklet that came out last fall? I quite like it–lots of tailored, fitted and feminine styles with cablework. I think they’re quite you. Interesting and esteemed designers are represented. I haven’t seen it in a lot of stores, though, and bought it at the one store where I did see it. Here’s a link for it I found online:

    http://www.stringyarns.com/product54.html

  • Pioggia

    Oh, how I admire people who are able to carry out all their resolutions. Why can’t I? I’ve decided not to make any lists this year, lest I disappoint myself once more.

  • http://www.neoknits.blogspot.com Melissa

    that’s quite a list of resolutions! i think knitting/spinning resolutions will be easier to follow than other types! the only thing that can hold you back is time. where does the time go?!

  • http://www.neoknits.blogspot.com Melissa

    that’s quite a list of resolutions! i think knitting/spinning resolutions will be easier to follow than other types! the only thing that can hold you back is time. where does the time go?!

  • http://margauxelena.typepad.com margaux

    great post and i love your blog! i stopped by your site via the jaywalker kal. Love all your work! I’m trying to cast on for Birch too so I was excited to see that you’ve knit it too! This will be my first lace project… I’ve already casted on twice and fudged up – fingers crossed for the 3rd time around!

  • http://margauxelena.typepad.com margaux

    great post and i love your blog! i stopped by your site via the jaywalker kal. Love all your work! I’m trying to cast on for Birch too so I was excited to see that you’ve knit it too! This will be my first lace project… I’ve already casted on twice and fudged up – fingers crossed for the 3rd time around!

  • http://knittingunderway.blogspot.com Theresa

    On that Master Knitting thing . . . I finished Level 1 last year, and from the comments I received back, got the distinct impression that if you can write a complete sentence in English, they will love your blocking report. Since you can clearly write several sentences strung together, it only takes a few minutes . . . They speak of references, but I relied merely on my own brilliance ;)

  • http://knittingunderway.blogspot.com Theresa

    On that Master Knitting thing . . . I finished Level 1 last year, and from the comments I received back, got the distinct impression that if you can write a complete sentence in English, they will love your blocking report. Since you can clearly write several sentences strung together, it only takes a few minutes . . . They speak of references, but I relied merely on my own brilliance ;)

  • Sue

    Great Lists. But I’m hoping to see how your Animal Cracker Hat is coming along ! (maybe after the holidays….)

  • Sue

    Great Lists. But I’m hoping to see how your Animal Cracker Hat is coming along ! (maybe after the holidays….)

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