Also not pictured: the Ysolda mystery KAL starting in February and Barndom... I'm not entirely committed to these things, but I'm not ruling them out, either. And socks are explained in #7. I need a lot of wiggle room.
- Mom's Kathmandu Raglan (top-down, past the sleeve split)
- Puffs (never-ending... I think I'm at 65 out of a million)
- Magnaminity Cardi (needs a sleeve, buttons, and the ends woven in)
- Devin's Blue Seamed Sweater (it's just the back hem at this point)
- Chuppa (I'm on the last half of the last chart, and I think I'm short beads-- which were a one-off according to the store)
- Stripey Socks for Dad (two at a time toe-up, I have about half the foot (feet) done)
- Stand-in Socks (this one skein actually represents Rampant (SKA Feb 13), Feminine Lace (SKA Jan 14), a MOCK (SKA May 14), and Treebeard (SKA July 14)... and possibly other socks. Socks are kind of like handspun, in that I plan on using them as a loop hole)
- Devin's Blue Socks (it's a single toe)
- Welted Cowl (yes, that's an unwound skein of yarn)
- Thrumbelinas for Mom (look-- another unwound skein of yarn, this one accompanied by a pile of roving)
- Alpaca Hap Blanket (I've got two rows of mitered squares for the center, and a sneaking suspicion that I've bit off more than I bargained for)
- Doubloon (I'm not starting this until I finish the Chuppa; I can only handle one Pi shawl at a time...)
- Straboy for Dad (that skein is representative. I've got wound ones and a swatch elsewhere-- and there's a whole rant on the yarn, too)
- Custom Fit Acorn Trail (also representative-- the swatch and I are going to a CF tutorial Thursday...)
- Dad's Alpaca Scarf (I think the solution to the laceweight alpaca dilemma I have is weaving; stay tuned)
Going into 2014, I'd like to work through this pile of WIPs... even the ones that aren't actually on needles are taking up space in my brain-- every time I think "Oh, I'd like to knit a cowl" or "Wow, that's a gorgeous hat pattern" these WIPs sneak in, and instead I think, "I should finish X first" or "But those needles are being used for Y" or even "I promised [someone] I would knit [something]."
All of this is very silly-- we're talking about my hobby here, after all-- and I do like the projects that are piled on the table. It's just that at various times in the year my knitting eyes were bigger than my knitting stomach, and I was overly ambitious, easily distracted, and also stressed out and looking for a magic bullet that would make everything neat, orderly, tidy, and feel like less of a mountain I was being asked to move.
So, this coming year, I'd like to spend my time cleaning up after 2013-- which has been a year of big changes, and matching disorganization. I still have places to be spontaneous in knitting, which is important, and I still have my spinning, and my overall desire to use the beautiful stash I've accumulated. I'm looking forward to learning how to weave (!), and I'm looking forward to a time in the not-too-distant future when I can see my kitchen table under all the yarn (metaphorically. That pile actually went back into its closet/shelf after the picture. Devin is patient with my wool habit, but I try not to test the limits of that patience). My YOP list will be revised to reflect my New Year's Goals when I get back from vacation... but for now I'm going to work on one thing at a time.
I think today I'll start with picking up stitches for the second sleeve of the sweater I started last January.