(This says: Sunday Spots of Rain; Monday Occassional Showers; Tuesday Areas of Showers; Wednesday More Showers; Thursday Less Rain; Friday Sun with Showers)
What did you expect? This is Seattle, heading into January. We know a lot of ways to talk about rain.
But I just love making plans for a new year, and rain allows for indoor pursuits. Like knitting. So I will forego making resolutions--you know what they are, they haven't changed since 2005--and list some of the knitting I'd like to accomplish in 2007.
1. Finish the Acorn Sweater, which is one third done. It survived the surgery and I've added 1 inch so far.
2. A basic cardigan, Shetland yarn, yoke pattern. Base color purple. Stranded design with, perhaps, some texture. I haven't come up with a name for this yet.
3. Denim raglan pullover from the swatch I made earlier this month.
4. Raven Hat as a class sample for Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat. Shetland yarn, shades of black, purple, teal, blue green; chart from Anatolian Knitting Designs by Betsy Harrell. (This excellent book is out of print--if you are even VAGUELY interested in designing your own Fair Isle-type garments some day, buy this book before it disappears. Schoolhouse Press still has copies.)
5. Cascade December Hat, ditto. Shetland yarn, colors inspired by our Christmas drive through Snoqualmie pass: green, white, orange, red, brown; pattern from Sheila MacGregor's Traditional Fair Isle Knitting. Since the retreat is in 3 weeks, this will be a challenge.
6. Complete at least 5 items for Dulaan. Aim for more!
7. Finish spinning the Jacob roving to make a New Zealand Sweater (design by Elizabeth Zimmermann, available as a $1 Spun Out from Schoolhouse Press).
8. Socks. Do I really need to say that? Come on, get real. I'm ALWAYS knitting some socks. Next.
9. Seam up the Lizard Ridge Afghan, which I finished knitting over the last two weeks! More on this later.
10. Seam up the Ribby Cardi I completed a year ago. I found the pieces when I went to California last month.... oops. Things don't look so good for the Lizard Ridge project.
11. Spin up the lovely llama fleece I've got, ply it with the Pewter merino/tussah I've spun up, and make a shawl. Yeah, just like that.
12. Man, this list is getting waaay too long. And I know, with distressing certainty, that I will--perhaps--do five of these things, max, including the socks and the Dulaan projects. Because I am a faithless knitter and I want to knit the world. At least it keeps life interesting.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy new year! I'm looking forward to 2007, whatever it brings.