Dreaming about 2011

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I am a list maker. I love making lists. This time of the year I carry a little notebook and dream of all of things I might do in the next 365 days or so.

Occasionally, I look back at the last year and take stock of what I learned.

In my spinning life in 2010 the biggies for me were:

  • Learning to spin fat yarn
  • Learning to spin art yarn
  • And it really, finally, hit home for me about how important and varied sheep breeds are, and how lucky we are to have so many to spin with.

For 2011 my big three (so far) are:

  • Knitting with handspun. I find handspun yarn so different than millspun yarn — it has a liveliness and feistiness that I adore. How do you knit it to its best advantage? What about the stitches used? What about the different breeds?
  • Travel for spinning. Gotta go this year and I want it to be a big one. Maybe SOAR, or Rhinebeck or Taos.
  • Color. I want color to click in my brain this year, and my brain likes to fight this one. Good thing The Spinning Loft is bringing Deb Menz to town.

What are on your lists? What did you accomplish in 2010? What are you dreaming about for 2011?

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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com

27 thoughts on “Dreaming about 2011

  1. Seanna Lea

    I’m with Nicole. In 2011 I would like to finish more things than I start. I currently have over 20 unfinished projects on my Ravelry project page, not including the items I haven’t added yet.

  2. Robin F.

    I want to become friends with my spindle so I can convert my rovings into yarn. I want to make a dent in my stash.This past year I completed my first few lace projects and now I’m hooked.

  3. Sasha

    This year I want to learn how to knit sweaters that fit me, spin singles yarns I like, and, like you, knit with more of my handspun.

  4. Maryann

    I want to get my Ravelry queue down and try not to add too much more to it! And I want to learn to spin from a drop spindle.

    Happy 2011 everyone!

  5. Elaine

    This year I want to make a gansey sweater. Also,I want to learn to knit an Estonian shawl and make something using intarsia technique. I will do some simpler charity knitting, too. Over ambitious perhaps?

  6. Anne

    I want to actually take notes on and pictures of the stuff I knit.
    I want to try more challenging knits, and do some more charity knits as well.
    I need to go on a yarn diet…
    I want to try and actually sell some knitted stuff.
    And… I want to start the Master Knitter program sometime in 2011.

    Wish me luck making some of this a reality…

  7. Mummu

    I think I’m gonna continue with socks – I’ve just discovered that with right needles and patterns and yarn knitting socks can actually be fun!

  8. Helen

    For 2011 –
    1. color, color, color. Understand more about it so I can do more and better color combos. Maybe even start dying some of my own.
    2. Learn about and knit up more different kinds of wool. Get off the merino bandwagon. (I don’t spin, just knit).
    3. Make sweaters fit better or I’ll be making kimono shaped objects forever (not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

  9. Wendy Janett

    Become a proficient spinner. I just learned how to spin and bought a wheel, and I hope to get to the point of being able to spin more or less what I want to, using a wide variety of fibers with different characteristics. Oh yeah, and make a dent in my yarn stash, too!

  10. Cyndy W

    I knit during the 2010 Olympics – starting at the opening ceremonies, and actually finishing my project by the end! Would like to knit a long, above the knee sweater. We’ll see…….!

  11. kathy b

    I knit more socks than anything else in 2010. I look forward to knitting with an understanding of how to do reverse shaping in 2011. THis has been a goal of mine for several years now and I’ve yet to tackle it. I wish patterns wrote out both sides of a front instead of just saying to reverse the shaping. I just cant get my knit head around that concept!

  12. Dianne

    In 2011 I want to learn how to rest, how to come home and do nothing for 2 days.

    I also what to do knitted at least one stranded color work mittens

  13. Kerri5280

    I want to work on some patterns that use techniques that can be used as building blocks for more complicated patterns. I seem to just jump right to difficult and spend half the pattern hating life.

    I also want to spend more time on my knitting blog (www.kerri5280.blogspot.com), which means actually taking pictures and notes as I work through my projects!

  14. kim s.

    I too love to make lists. In fact I have filled a few notebooks of ideas. I want to actually follow through on some of those ideas, use as much of my stash as possible, and begin to create my own patterns.

  15. Tiffany Powell

    A few of us are going to do a knit project a month challenge at our LYS(the Crooked stitch quilts and knits)I hope to be able to keep up with that at least. And to whittle down my little stash. (sock yarn does not count right?)

  16. Bunny

    For 2011 – I want to get better at making socks. Learn to do fair isle and intarsia knitting. Figure out how Ravelry works and how to add to my stash etc.

    Got back into knitting in 2010 and am rediscovering how much relaxation I get from it.

  17. Laurie

    I really need to list all my projects (including quilting and sewing) and start to tackle them all before I start something new.

  18. Leah

    In 2010, I tried cables for the first time and also knitted my first pair of socks!
    For 2011, I’d like to learn toe up socks and fair isle techniques.
    My birthday is the first day of the year and a great way to get started with my goals!

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