Today is July 1st, the official start of the new Year of Projects 2021 – 2022. I already made and published THE LIST a few days ago (okay, who am I kidding? I did it a week or so ago because I’m impatient like that, and couldn’t wait to get started), and have since resisted the urge to knit up a storm (and thus finish projects I want to count for the new YoP) and / or start a gazillion new projects. So instead, I’m going to show you some of my long-term WIPs that I really really REALLY want to work on, and probably finish, some time this year.
This is my candy coloured Fox Paws shawl, knit in BC Alba Fino cotton yarn. I just love the colours, they are so fresh and summer-y. Actually, this is not the kind of yarn the designer recommends for the pattern. Stacked stitches tend to produce a number of tiny holes so a wool yarn with some bounce would be better because the holes wouldn’t be so obvious. Cotton is rather stiff so the holes tend to show more – but to be honest, I kind of like it. These are my „to wear in summer“ colours anyway, so I’m calling this my lace version Fox Paws.
The next WIP I really want to work on this coming year is my 30 Blanket, named after its starting date. I started it on our 30th wedding anniversary, and the original plan was to make 360 grannies – one for each month of our marriage – and finish it in time for our 31st anniversary, to cuddle under while we watch one of our favourite films. Unfortunately, I soon found out that 360 grannies wouldn’t be enough to get the size I wanted, and realized there was not even the slightest chance I could finish it in time. So I stuffed it into its project bag and shoved it out of sight. It’s such a lovely project, though, so I really don’t want to give it up for good. I love all those many colours and the seemingly endless ways to combine them and make every granny special and different from the others.
These are my two long-term WIPs. Other than that, I have a bunch of WIPs that are going to be frogged and restarted just slightly different. Like the yoke sweater I had been working on, and then decided to frog because the colours make it look cold and dated. Or the stranded sweater that I still love but want to restart as a yoke sweater because I don’t feel like steeking. And some WIPs – well, I have been working on them but haven’t even taken a photo yet so I’m going to show them later on.