Welcome to 2015 on the Knitting Sarah blog! This will be my fifth year blogging here. It seems hard to believe and yet also as though it’s been much longer that I’ve been posting my thoughts and photos here. I’ve settled in to such a wonderful space here with such marvelous friends in all of you that even in the low moments when I question if I have the time and drive to keep going, I sit down and I write. It’s become a real part of who I am and I’m so glad you’re a part of this voyage in knitting, in spinning, and in life in general.
I’ve come a long way creatively, technically, and just in my expectations, perspective, and outlook since the launch of this blog. The last two years I’ve hosted year-long KALs — the Merry KAL and then Socks with Sarah — both of which were successful beyond my wildest dreams and opened a lot of unexpected doors both creatively and in the way of contacts and opportunities. It was around August of this year that I started to answer questions about what I had planned for 2015, or more accurately I started to not answer questions about my plans for 2015. Of course, I’ve been contemplating that very thing since June, but there was just nothing that was it. At long last I came to the conclusion that after two years of very fun and rewarding year-long knitalongs that I think it’s time to shake it up with something a little different. For me and for all of you.
First, I’d like to officially announce that based on requests from participants I will be officially changing status of the Socks with Sarah KAL from a year-long KAL to an open-ended knitting group. I will continue to maintain the main group Ravelry thread as well as the FO Catalog thread where I hope we can all continue to share ideas & inspiration as well as carry on as a wonderful resource for new and seasoned sock knitters alike. It really is a wonderful group there and if you haven’t joined already, I would encourage you to drop in when you have a chance and partake in the conversation. For those who’ve participated and even newbies to the group, as promised there will be one more giveaway with the close of the official KAL on January 14th and I’ll be posting more about that in the next week or so.
Beyond Socks with Sarah, I’ve been thinking about you, my dear readers, and I’ve been reflecting on the comments I hear most. I read so many notes that express enjoyment in the story of each project, from start to finish. This led me to examine how I consider each project as a little journey, an expedition. Some are like the day trips I take with my family; easy, light, and fun, without a ton of challenges and they are always over too soon. Some are more akin to longer treks that we take farther afield in the world that involve some bumps and bruises and a slightly steeper learning curve. Some are nothing but comfort knitting, snuggled in my warmest woolies at home on the couch. For 2015, my knitting and spinning will be all about the story of each project. These journeys. Day by day, project by project, big and small, and about seeing where these adventures take me.
By nature, I am very much what we call at our house a ‘box checker.’ I really am at my best taking care of my day-to-day tasks. And that’s just the crux of being productive with knitting and spinning projects, the little daily snippets that add up over time. The story of the project is the finished object, but it’s also about the voyage through time and space to create it. In this spirit, I am aiming in 2015 to post daily a snapshot of my work in my already established, “Today on my needles…” or “Today at my wheel…” categories. These daily photographs will serve two purposes. First, they build the visual journey of each project. Second, they allow me to log my own progress which actually really, really helps encourage me to finish projects.
Want to join in? That. Would. Be. Awesome. You know I love company in these crazy endeavors. There are a couple different ways you can join me. Here are a few…
1. If you have a blog, start your own ‘Today on my needles…’ and/or ‘Today at my wheel…’ category. Take a snapshot of your work daily (or as often as it works for you) and post it up.
2. Snap a photo of your work on Instagram and tag it accordingly with #todayonmyneedles or #todayatmywheel
4. Take note of your knitting and spinning journeys in the way the suits you best. Feel free to share on the above threads in words instead of pictures if it suits you better. Or do it just for you. That’s cool, too.
Take it from me, at the end of a project it’s pretty fun to flip through those photos and see how far you’ve come. It’s also a pretty cool little walk through a year’s work at the end of the year! If you have any questions about participation, please just let me know!
I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited to start knitting away on 2015. Today on my needles…
My Bootstrap Socks in Spun Right Round Superwash Sock 80/20.
And today at my wheel…
What’s on your needles? What’s happening at your wheel?