I really didn’t mean to go silent for a month. I’ve been having some much-needed relaxation time over the holidays and now I’m starting 2016 charged up and ready to go.
The first thing that I want to do on the blog is a review of my work in 2015. This was a busy year for me. After 2 years of planning & design, I gradually released Canadian Art Deco Knits, one pattern every month.
I also ran my annual Tour de France KAL in July and this year it was the Labrouste pattern. It was one of those happy times that yarn I had bought years earlier turned out to be the perfect colour and amount.
I did manage to come out with a few other pattern releases. In most cases, I’d done the work before 2015 started. This was true for Lucy the Valiant (a club pattern for Wooly Wonka Fibers), Suzanne (a present for my mother-in-law), Desdemona’s Handkerchief (in the Defarge Does Shakespeare book), and the Butterfly Ship Shawl (in Dreams, Fickle Knitter Design vol. 2). Corin is a scarf that happened as a result of me fooling around with garter stitch and colours for a pattern submission.
blanket picture (c) Caro Sheridan, Butterfly Ship Shawl (purple & gold) (c) Michelle Miller
And then there’s Nalina. I’m so happy to have had a pattern accepted to Twist Collective, and this one was another Art Deco inspired design.
(c) Crissy Jarvia
2015 was a very busy design year for me! So what does 2016 look like for me and my knitting design?
I’ve got a few plans, but after all the deadlines of last year I’m going to take it a little easier on myself. In the first quarter of the year I’m focusing on turning Canadian Art Deco Knits into a physical book, which is an interesting so far. I’m also working on a smallish lace collection and I’ve got yarn and sketches ready for another shawl collection. I’ve also got some sketches done for my Tour de France KAL. Hopefully that works out as I’ve imagined, because I love the amazing Neolithic inspiration and I’m looking forward to sharing more about it.
I’m not sure that that really sounds like I’m taking it easier. I’ve also currently got a shawl, a hat and mitten set, another shawl, and a scarf in various stages of knitting/design. There will be lots of knitting this year!
Personally, I also want to make at least 1 garment for me from someone else’s pattern. I’m currently planning on a sweater in the beautiful Fourth of July I bought from Briar Rose on my first trip to Rhinebeck. And I want to complete at least a few of my Craftsy classes and learn some new things.
What are your knitting goals for 2016?