Vic’s Knits is 6 years old

I’ve been a knitter and writing this blog for 6 years now. Today is my blog anniversary and I usually take this opportunity to review the past year and set myself some goals for the coming year.

I’ve just looked at my projects on Ravelry and I hardly knitted anything in 2012. I’m quite shocked actually and maybe even a little bit disappointed in myself.  I did start my It’s Raining Cats and Dogs quilt though, which was an aim for 2012 and that occupied me for quite a few evenings, so I do have that excuse. I hope I will be able to finish this quilt in the next few months.

I also taught myself entrelac too, which was one of my goals as was doing some more weaving. I didn’t do a lot of weaving but I have had some fun on my inkle loom.

I hope that you had a nice Christmas. We had a very chilled one. My brother was home for a few days and it was just him, me and my parents, eating lots of good food and watching lots of films on TV. I didn’t attempt to knit any Christmas presents this year. I normally knit my brother something, but I’d done hats, gloves, scarves and socks and even a cardigan, so I thought I’d probably exhausted the list of knitted items he might wear.  I have had a pair of socks for my fiancé on the needles for ages, but I’m not sure if they are going to fit him, so I didn’t bother trying to get them finished for Christmas. I need him to try them on.

Did you get any knitting related presents? I got 3 excellent looking knitting books this year.

Firstly, Cast On, Bind Off – 54 different cast ons and cast offs. They explain the advantages and disadvantages of each one and the diagrams look to be clear. I’ve yet to try one of them, but am looking forward to expanding my repertoire and choosing the right technique for my future projects. It’s quite a small spiral bound book, so should fit in my knitting bag.

Circular Knitting Workshop is the second book I had. This looks to be very comprehensive indeed – it’s a big book! I want to do more circular knitting and am hoping this book will help me polish up my technique.

The third book is The Knitters’s Handy Book of Patterns: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges (Interweave). I hope that this book will me to come up with some of my own designs.

So as far as 2013 goes, this is the plan:

Knitting Goals:

  • Learn and use some different cast ons and cast offs.
  • Finish the UFOs in my knitting bag
  • Knit some things that are in my Ravelry queue.
  • Knit a pair of socks that aren’t just the basic pattern.

Sewing Goals:

  • Finish the Cats and Dogs Quilt.
  • Start the Farmer’s Wife or Sampler Quilt.

I’m not going to make too many goals this year as it’s going to be a busy one, both personally and professionally. Shop-wise, I’m moving to the first floor of my building, which will double the space I have, and I’m going to start selling sewing machines as soon as I can get the website upgraded and updated. Work is going to be pretty busy over the next few months!

Personally it will be busy because I’m getting married this year! My lovely man proposed at the end of November. No date set yet, but we’d like to be married by the summer if possible. In fact we’re going to look at the first possible venue this weekend. I had it in mind that I might try and make a quilt for our first home together, but not sure I’ll get it done by the time we are married. If I’ve started it though, that will be nice. I have some fabric set aside for it, so it is just a matter of working out the design.

What are your plans for 2013?

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