Knitting Plans for 2019
Hello lovelies, and happy new year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season with lots of relaxed knitting time. I know I dropped the ball on blogging at the end of last year when everything got insanely busy, but for 2019, I aim to write at least one post a week in this space, if not more. I love sharing big and little thoughts about knitting with you, and I hope that you will enjoy reading them.
Last year, I got back into blog reading again, and I realized that there are surprisingly little knitting blogs out there that I’m aware of, so I do think there’s space for more voices out there, and my aim is to be one of them.
Before we dive into the main part of this post, I want to say a word about the discussion we’re having in the knitting community about race and white supremacy, as I don’t want to just gloss over to get to the knitting when it is something that is so incredibly important. The piece that was the first trigger of the discussion was a deeply problematic blog post by Karen Templer about her year of color and going to India. I’m not going to link it here as I don’t want to drive more traffic to Fringe Association right now; if you haven’t read it though you can still find it in its original state on the blog.
After the post went live, a few BIPOC did some incredible, hard work and spoke up against the post online, especially on Instagram. A huge thank you to Korina (@thecolormustard), Sukrita (@su.krita), Grace (@astitchtowear) and Ocean (@ocean_bythesea), who, among many others, have shouldered the burden of having to explain to us white people the problems and issues of said blog post and of race in the making community at large. It’s work that they shouldn’t have to do, but that’s on us, and I’m deeply grateful that they chose to put in the time and energy they did. This work deserves to be paid, and I’m glad that all of them have set up a Ko-Fi page now where you can buy them a coffee for the emotional labor they’ve done. You can find their Ko-Fi pages in their Instagram profiles or simply go to ko-fi.com and search for their user names.
This, however, can only be the starting point for us as a community. We need to ask ourselves hard questions, check our privilege, do the work to understand how we’re consciously (hopefully no one who’s reading this) and unconsciously being racist, and what we can do to help dismantle white supremacy. It’s uncomfortable working through these questions, but if you feel yourself wanting to walk away from it, check in with yourself and ask yourself whether the fact that you can walk away doesn’t scream privilege in itself left, right and center. One resource that I’ve started to work through is Layla F. Saad’s “Me and White Supremacy” workbook, which seems to be a good starting point if you’ve never confronted yourself with these questions at all.
I’ve been deeply shocked and disheartened by the initial silence of so many knitters and fellow business owners in this community, so I hope that this will be an ongoing conversation that leads us through this year.
Knitting is what brought us together in our community and the threads we entangle and untangle together are what keeps us engaged, so I’d still like to talk about knitting in this post, especially about a few of my knitting plans for 2019.
I thought it’d be fun to do a little knitting plan check every month or so, starting today with what’s currently on my needles and which projects are on my “to knit” list.
Shortly after the new year, I had the urge to cast on a shawl. (WHAT? I know!) I pulled out the two skeins of indigo-dyed Flock I picked up in the spring at A Verb For Keeping Warm in Oakland, and quickly settled on a pattern, mainly inspired by my friend Emma’s beautiful version: Melody Hoffmann’s Plume Shawl. (Which, coincidentally, was designed for another of AVFKW’s yarns!)
It’s an interesting construction, one that I haven’t done in a shawl before, which I absolutely adore. Plus, the pattern switches between rows of garter and an easy-to-memorize lace pattern, so that’s just right up my alley!
These are my first colorwork socks, and it’s been so fun getting back into knitting with more than one color! The pattern is by my friend Maria Muscarella, and I picked up a random assortment of sock-weight yarns from my stash (all without nylon and non-superwash!) that I liked together, and I love how they look knit up.
I really have to concentrate on the rows with three colors though, so it’s not one of the projects I can knit while watching tons of winter sports on TV. I can’t wait to have them done, though, and see what blocking does to even out the stitches!
Have I ever said that I really dislike the term “queue”? Something about it makes knitting feel like a chore, so I’d much rather talk about my knitting outlook than my knitting queue.
I gave my sister, mom and dad teeny tiny knitted vouchers for Christmas: For my sister a sweater, my mom a poncho, and my dad a pair of skiing / hiking socks.
They’ve selected their patterns, and almost all have chosen their yarns as well, so now it’s only a a matter of finishing the other two projects, and then I can get back to knitting for loved ones - one of my absolutely favorite things to do.
Here’s what they picked:
My mom decided, after a bit of deliberation, that she’d rather have a shawl instead of a poncho, which I can completely understand! She chose Baubles by Andrea Mowry, and I’m currently looking for non-superwash single-ply yarns in similar colorways.
My dad wants a pair of sturdy hiking / skiing socks, and I had just the right pattern bookmarked for that: Andrea Rangel’s Okanogan socks. I’m super excited to be knitting these and supporting her work (it’s going to be my first pattern of hers!), and we settled on Retrosaria’s Mondim, one of my favorite non-superwash sock yarns of all times.
Seeing these lined up here has me extra stoked for all the knitting that’s about to come! How about you, do you have any special knitting plans for this year?