2015, On My Needles and At My Wheel

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

3. Share a photo on the Friends of Knitting Sarah Ravelry thread. You can find ‘Today on *your* needles…‘ and ‘Today at *your* wheel…‘ by following the embedded links.

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…

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My Bootstrap Socks in Spun Right Round Superwash Sock 80/20.

And today at my wheel…

IMG_7584This goodie I shared yesterday — my polwarth + silk in Cloudlover’s ‘Spice Cake.’

What’s on your needles? What’s happening at your wheel?

15 responses to “2015, On My Needles and At My Wheel

  1. Oooh! This sounds fun. I’m already feeling bad for my blog readers though. I’m stuck on a project I’m not enjoying & can only seem to force myself to knit a few stitches a day. Maybe this KAL will motivate me to press onwards. Happy New Year!

    • You know, I always include my ‘Today on my needles…” as a very short installment. Just a photo and a sentence or two. Almost like instagram on my blog. I find if I am sharing that snail’s pace project, it can be beneficial to the process to say something good about each day of progress, too. And you never know, you may acquire some cheerleaders to the process, too!

  2. I wish I was more of a “box checker.” I seem to go about things in an almost-random fashion. But somehow it all works out. I am awed by your productivity and creativity!

    • I think there are some things that are pretty random about how I do them, but I am terrific in a routine. It certainly helps to foster project progress, that’s for sure!

  3. Hi Sarah! I’m so happy you are opening this up!! I’ve been doing some thinking about my own blog and what sort of things I wanted to add and when I come across your “today on my needles” posts, I’m always so inspired. I’m looking forward to joining you on this fun journey!
    Jenna 🙂

    • Awesome! I can’t wait, too! I’ve been doing this serial since I started my blog 4years ago as a way to post daily without having to invest of a ton of time (with two young kids, that was important!) and I still love it, just for the days that are busier or when I might not otherwise have a chance to write. It keeps me engaged and it helps me see how projects progress. I hope you enjoy it, too!

    • Isn’t Instagram awesome for that?! Since I have a fair number of readers who aren’t also on Instagram, there is a fair bit of overlap there for me, but so far I think that works best for everyone. Can’t wait to see your posts!

      And three-cheers for that extra-fibery 2015! Whew-hoo!

  4. I am in! Sometimes I am working on projects that go slowly (currently that is an Estonian Lace shawl) that I don’t post photos because they seem the same. But then suddenly, progress has been made and is undocumented. This will help to motivate me to take the photos.

    I looked over my Ravelry page recently, and oh my, it is full of socks this year! Thank you so much for the motivating and inspiring KAL. Knitting a bit each day really does make one productive.

    I really appreciate all you have done to pull this together for us all, and I will keep on making socks (but maybe not quite so intensely) and checking out the Ravelry thread.

    • I have to say, sometimes knowing that I’m going to share photos of my progress is an excellent motivator in itself.

      I’m so glad you enjoyed Socks with Sarah! I did, too! Keep your eyes peeled for one more ‘end of the KAL’ giveaway coming soon!

  5. I’m glad you are carrying on with the socks. I started another pair Christmas Eve I think. Hope I can remember the hash tags ; )

    • LOL! Sometimes even I forget the hashtags. It’s pretty embarrassing, but it happens! I have to catch up with a couple pairs of finished socks here soon (and on the FO thread, too) and I can’t wait to share the ones I’m working on now — the yarn is super fun!

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