Is there a pattern or skill that you don’t yet feel ready to tackle but which you hope to (or think you can only dream of) tackling in the future, near or distant? Is there a skill or project that makes your mind boggle at the sheer time, dedication and mastery of the craft? Maybe the skill or pattern is one that you don’t even personally want to make but can stand back and admire those that do. Maybe it is something you think you will never be bothered to actually make but can admire the result of those that have.
"If you're looking for a standard to which you can aspire then baby, look at me!" - Janet Majors (Shock Treatment)
First of all, I want to learn to knit Continental Style. For no other reason than because I can. Its a skill, I want to learn it. Plus I hear its a good thing to learn for the next skill I want to learn.
Colourwork. I want to knit Fair Isle. I want to knit the Toxic Socks from Knit Picks, because lets face it, I'm still pretty Goth at heart :P But they are very cool, and they are socks, and it will involve learning a new skill.
Entrelac. Again, as a pair of socks. Socks are fab for learning stuff on right? They are so small!
As for socks, I want to learn different construction techniques. I've done cuff-down (my personal preferance), toe-up, heel flap with gussett, short-row heel. I've done different types of heel flaps, and two different short-row heels. I learnt to Kitchener stitch from socks, and stretchy ways to cast off (I prefer the EZ sewn bind off).
But I want to take my socks further. I want to knit them starting with the heel, like the Hat-Heel Socks from Knitty. Learn how to do an after thought heel, supposed to be good for keeping self-striping yarn in its place. Maybe, if you were to twist my arm, Sideways Socks, although personally I don't like the way they look!
And of course, there is my spinning. I want to improve my spinning. I want to spin laceweight, I want to spin thicker than a DK weight. I want to try all different fibres, I want to spin my Qiviut!
You know what I aspire to most of all though?
To still be doing this in 5, 10, 20, 30 years. To still be having fun. To still be learning different things.
To still be a knitter and a spinner!
xxx Elle xxx