Saturday, April 2, 2011

Aspirations and Whatnot

Part of me wishes that Ravelry had never come into existence...

*collective gasp*

Ok, I'll take that back, because Ravelry is pretty much the greatest thing that has happened to knitting/crocheting in a long time, if not ever. But, at the same time, my productively always takes a nosedive when Ravelry is involved and I feel like I could get so much more done if Ravelry would just crash every once in awhile.

Ok, I take that back as well. Please, please don't crash, Ravelry! *Shudders* I remember that one time that livejournal was down for a few days back in 05 or 06. That was a nightmare.

All it takes is a troll(olol) through my queue or favorites to see that I like a lot of shit. I favorite everything that I like on Ravelry, but I don't have too many things in my queue. I try not to "aspire" as much as I try to do. Because I find, with me at least, that when I make goals or to-do lists that I am much, much, much less successful than I would be if I just acted. Instead, I just favorite thousands of things and hope that someday I will get it done.

I'm not afraid to try new things with knitting. One of my biggest pet peeves, one that has intensified so fiercely since I started working at Wool & Company, is when a knitter is content to just knit garter stitch/ribbed scarves. Cables and lace may scare some people and may hold people back, but one of the biggest (and stupidest) things that stands in the way of some of the things I want to accomplish is my own self-esteem issues. Yes, we all have them and it's often hard to overcome them, but I feel like that is one of the biggest things I need to work on this year. I LOVE knitting cables more than anything else, but I hate the way cabled garments look on me. And I feel the same way about knit tanks, dresses, skirts, etc. Clearing up those issues is a constant aspiration that I have.

In the meantime, the one "resolution" I made at the beginning of the year was to try something new, no matter what size, each month this year. So far it's been going great (I'm 2 for 3!) and I think this month, or maybe in May, I may try socks. Two at a time! Because I like the challenge :)

Now, with that out of the way, here are some more tangible aspirations from my queue.

"Wish Leaf Socks"
Idlewood by Cecily (Hell, I'd love to make anything by her)
Truffle Cardigan Tutorial by Megan Rogers

Sylvi by Mari Muinonen
Hooray Cardigan (and everything else) by Veera Valimaki
If that truffle cardigan doesn't inspire me to run I don't know what will.


  1. Oh, wow. I haven't seen the Hooray Cardigan before. Gorgeous and a little daunting.

  2. I know what you mean about Ravelry. Don't tell anyone I said so. :D