Friday, 4 January 2013

Plan for 2013: Knit the Queue

Last year's plan had an air of self-improvement about it - and one reason for that was knowing 2013 was going to be busy. I'm sitting here in the first few days of January, looking down the barrel of it. The main thing I need to do is The Thesis, but after that there is our wedding to plan, and moving cities, finding a job and then buying a house. Not all of this is definitely happening this year, but it's on the agenda.

How do I deal with stress? I'm pretty sure this will be stress on a whole new plane, but past form suggests knitting, baking and social things. Over the past few days, I have been making plans for the knitting. I heard about mooncalf's Knit the Queue idea weeks ago, but things have been festively hectic and I've only just found the time to sort my queue out. This was definitely a two-way process - both 'I want to knit that - what can I make it with?' and 'I have this yarn - what can I make with it?'. The result is a whopping 25 projects*:

  • 2 hats
  • 6 gloves/mittens
  • 10 pairs of socks
  • 3 cowls/shawls
  • 1 jumper
  • 1 tea cosy
  • 2 decorations (hearts and stars)
I have 6 things that need yarn - though 3 of these are acrylic DK jobs so not too much hassle. This was deliberate though - I don't want to ban myself from yarn shops for a year! - but I have to buy yarns that match to a project I want to make. 

The question now is where to start? I'm wondering if I should take January to finish up everything that's still hanging over from last year, but I don't want to start feeling behind. As I'm getting to know my knitting personality, the alternative is that I'll knit the smaller and easier things, to reduce the length of the queue as quickly as possible. The socks are going to be spaced throughout the year, as they are ideal long train ride knitting - something like gloves or a hat I would worry that I could finish during a 12-hour round trip!

My current attitude is to hell with the planning; at least for now, I'll use my queue as a Smörgåsbord of options, and pick what I'm in the mood for, and just crack on.

*according to ravelry, I did only knit 19 things last year - hmmm, I may have bitten off more than I can chew.


  1. I'm not going to beat myself up if I don't achieve my goal of knitting the queue I've listed. It's random what I've chosen, it just gives me a direction to head it that's all.

    1. Sounds like a good plan to me! Hope you enjoy your knitting :)