I started a new knitting project last month. I'm making yet another scarf, in a really pretty color. For me, a good deal of the fun is in daydreaming about what color and what type of yarn to use. Once I'm in the knitting shop though, the choices are overwhelming.
On this particular visit, my goal was to buy an earth-toned yarn, maybe in a shade of brown or rust. I left with something very different: this rich raspberry-colored yarn in a merino-silk blend. I'm using size 5 needles. I enjoy working with smaller needles and a finer yarn. The final product has a tighter weave. One day I'd love to be able to knit a baby's sweater or pair of booties with these needles. I just adore hand-knitted baby's clothes, and have pinned several sweet photos to my Knitting board on Pinterest.
Our local knitting shop offers classes, and I've signed up for a course that starts next week. I hope the classes will help me advance my knitting skills so I can finally make something other than scarves, such as a pair of socks, some fingerless gloves or a cap for my husband. I know how to cast on and bind off and the knit stitch, but I need to master the purl stitch (I taught myself once using an online video, but quickly forgot), and learn how to follow a pattern.
So there it is. My first goal for 2014 is to advance my knitting skills and make something other than a scarf. What goals do you have for the New Year?