Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Focus in Knitting

I have a problem. It goes something along the lines of queuing every single pattern I come across that I stop at for more than 2 seconds on Ravelry. In fact, I have 370 patterns in my queue and it's not stopping! It's really getting (if not already) ridiculous, even from my perspective. There are probably enough patterns there to have me knitting for an entire lifetime - at the rate that I knit - and still not be finished by then. So here's the thing: I want to put some more focus on what I choose to knit.

So to start with, what do I want from my knitting? I think, for the most part, I knit because I want the finished product. I want to wear something beautiful that I've created with my own two hands. And, for the most part, I've succeeded so far. I'm pretty satisfied with the projects I churn out, especially as of late (specifically within the last 2 years or so), but when I think about what to knit next, I totally panic! Justifiably, I think, because hey! I've got 370 patterns in my queue! I look through it every so often and cut stuff out that I don't think I'd wear even if I did get to knitting it up (I actually got to 400 queued items and cut it down to 370 already).

On that note, I've been thinking that I should make some basics, sort of like an "ideal wardrobe". The most recent dress I made, the frost flowers one, fits into this category, I think. It's got its little lace details, which makes it that much better for me, since it isn't too boring, and it's long enough that it's appropriate for most things. I want more of that sort of clothing: plain, simple, and most importantly comfortable, but still special enough that I'm going to reach for it over and over again.

So to put in short, maybe wearing something handknit every day, if that's not getting too ahead of myself. I don't mean I'd only wear handknit items, but I'd like for me to be able to incorporate it into my everyday life. Some clothes I already do, some fewer than others because the fit or the style just isn't doing it for me, but for the clothes that I do wear often, I want more of that sort. So over the course of this year, I think I'm going to make some sketches of what I'd like to add to my wardrobe. I've made a few doodles (in class, of course, where else?) that I can probably link to some patterns I've been meaning to knit for well, forever. So that's another one of my little side projects I think I'm going to try to keep up this year. This is just to lay down my thoughts so I know what direction I want to go.

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