- there is usually a preemie blanket being knitted on circulars (good for in the car when we go somewhere and my husband is driving. Have you ever tried to retrieve a knitting needle from under the driver's seat while he is driving???).
- there is always a small item (usually a baby hat) in the bag I take to the scrapstore, in case we get a quiet time when I can sit behind the counter and knit or crochet.
- there is something with a fairly easy pattern that I can take to craft club on Monday nights - so much nattering goes on that I make mistakes with anything complex.
- there is often something I have started as a result of a charity appeal with an urgent need for something - the butterflies I made last year fall into this category
- then of course, there is something which has caught my eye, either a pattern or some yarn, that I must start immediately because it is the most important thing that needs to be done. It can, of course, be superseded when another must do item catches my eye, thus becoming a wip.
New year is a good time to go through the stash and the wip bags and see what is there. I found 2 boy's jumpers that I had started and put to one side - one of them I had completely forgotten about.
This jumper is one that I made for one of my sons in the 1990s. It requires a degree of concentration, plus remembering that I had started it in the first place!
This is one of my favourite go-to patterns; it is free to download from Ravelry here. I took it to craft club last night because it falls into the 'easy' category.
This one falls into the "Oh my goodness, I love this pattern and must try it out immediately" group. The pattern was one of a stack that someone donated to the scrapstore, and I loved it. You can see that the price of it was 10p, which means it probably dates from the early 1970s (why do they not date knitting patterns?) It is done in double knit and has a cable and honeycomb pattern. I had bought some Aldi yarn between Christmas and new year, so I cast on and plunged in. It will not be quick to knit, but I am enjoying it so much.
A Loving Hands member (Pat) who noted that fewer boys' garments are knitted than girls', suggested that she was going to consciously aim to knit boy's jumpers this year. Several of us are joining her, and I am hoping that I will be able to knit 12 jumpers (I have a head start after all with 3 on the go!). I also think that I can average a hat a week, so for 2016 I will aim to make 12 jumpers and 52 hats. I have set up a page on this blog to post photos of what I achieve. One hat completed to date - I wonder whether I will make it?