2008: The Year of Knitting Fearlessly

At the end of one of last year's posts, I added one of my favorite sayings: "Be a fearless knitter." That one little sentence prompted many of you to write in about the ways in which Knitting Daily had given you the courage to try new things, to try scary things, or even just to rip the same old thing in order to try to make it better the second time around.

Those letters got me to thinking. What if we looked back over the knitting we did last year, and then we each asked ourselves: Was the knitting I did the kind of knitting I REALLY wanted to do? Was I happy with the finished projects? Did the knitting end up looking as good as I'd hoped it would?

Did I, in fact, Knit Fearlessly?

Here's how I answered that question for myself: I tried cables, and found out I liked them. I started getting serious about knitting sweaters for myself, sweaters that were attractive and fit my real body instead of the body I imagined I had. I got brave enough to share my failures as well as my successes with you folks, and I learned more from doing that than I ever would have imagined. So, I guess I did OK…but I can also think of so many things I'd like to work on in my knitting. I'd like to do more designing. I'd like to do a challenging lace project. I'd like to experiment more with customizing sweaters for different body types.

So: That's me.

How about you? Did you Knit Fearlessly? What would you knit in 2008 if you were really the knitter you've always dreamed of being?

Here's some things to think about:

    • Is there something you haven't tried because it seems Too Scary?
    • Is there a technique you want to learn, or learn to do more skillfully?
    • Is there something that stumps you?
    • Is there something that you are dying to try, in your secret knitter's heart, but haven't dared because you think you're not a good enough knitter?
    • Are you always knitting The Same Old Things, and you'd like to try something new?
    • Do you always knit for others, and never for yourself? Or perhaps you only knit yourself accessories, but never a lovely cardigan or pullover to wear?

The magic of Knitting Daily is that we are all in this together, and if you have knitting dreams, maybe Knitting Daily can be a part of making htose come true. Let me know what your knitting hopes and schemes and wishes for 2008 are, and together we can make 2008 the best knitting year ever.

Free Pattern! The Cecily Beanie

A Cute, Quick, (and Free!) New Year's Project!

I've started my spring cleaning a bit early this year, and over the holidays I re-discovered a box of my grandmother's vintage buttons—all sizes, all shapes, all colors. There's aren't many that match, so I've always wondered what I might do with them. When I saw the pattern for the Cecily Beanie in Knitting Little Luxuries, I was delighted to find such a clever melding of the old and the new…a perfect way to bring the best of the past forward into the new year! Cecily Beanie is our very first featured free pattern of 2008, with all our wishes for a great knitting year ahead.

Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.

What's on Sandi's needles? I'm almost done with the cable on the front of the Gathered Pullover. I did not finish my husband's pullover in time for Christmas (oh well), but I did finish the hood and am halfway done with the sleeves.

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