Ho Ho Ho, a belated Merry Christmas to you both and especially, a Happy New Year!

new year

I took an inadvertent holiday break last week, because the post I had slaved over all day Tuesday turned out to have — issues.

It was going to be a doozy, too, with a video and everything.  But for reasons I still have not fathomed, after all that filming and editing and uploading — once it was published here on the blog, my video ended abruptly just moments before the grand finale.  Eventually I'll get it figured out — but in the days right before Christmas, it apparently was not to be.

This week, though, I'm all over New Year's.  I prefer New Year's to Christmas, actually — partly because the whole mess and stress of choosing, buying, spending, wrapping and mailing is over — and partly because of the lure of the idea of a WHOLE SHINY NEW YEAR ahead.  A year with all kinds of knitting possibilities.

And with the end of my ongoing finish-all-the-UFO's quest finally in sight, I'm thinking about this:

What do I want to knit next year?

That's an interesting question, isn't it?

For a lot of knitters, I suspect they start most projects kind of impulsively (*coff* *coff* Sheryl).  This is, of course, fine — nothing wrong with it, if (a) you aren't terribly picky about what knitted item you end up with, or (b) you simply enjoy knitting what everyone else is knitting on Ravelry or in your local knitting group.

Both of those motivations are more about the "process" versus the "product".  But for a dedicated "product" knitter like myself, the impulse method of project selection just doesn't cut it.  Well, I blame it on being a product knitter, but that's not the whole reason…

The sad truth of it is, most of the items that are traditionally knitted are not ones I wear or use.

Know thyself, it is said — and by now I know that, for example, I'm probably more likely to go outside naked than wear a hat (unless I'm skiing).  Same goes for wraps, shawls and ponchos — I have a few of those around here that simply don't get worn.  Socks are perfect for DH, but not for me.  (I have plenty and have not worn one out yet; DH's socks get repaired on a regular basis.)

OK, I admit I'm surprised how much I wear my one pair of mitts, but not to the point where I'm going to knit a bunch more of them.

So… what's left for me to knit?  Sweaters, of course!  For me, it's always been about sweaters.  But those are not items one knits on impulse.  At least, not if one wants them to fit properly, and look good, and picky stuff like that.

So this year, I think I am going to go back through some old Vogue Knitting mags, dig through my pile of earmarked items, and knit some of the things sweaters I've always wanted to knit, but have simply never actively made the decision to do so.  I expect you'll be hearing a lot more about this in weeks to come.

But enough about me.  What about you?

Are you an otherwise confident knitter who has always wanted to make or design a sweater, but… [insert roadblock here]?

I'm asking for a reason.  I've been scheduling classes lately as far out as the summer, and I have an opportunity to schedule a sweater design knit-along class for the summer term at the Garden Home Rec Center.

Before I actually schedule and commit to it, though, I would like to get an idea of how much interest there would be.  So if you think you might be interested, read on.
 
Here’s what I am working with:
 
Location:  Garden Home Rec Center, 7475 SW Oleson Rd.  (This rec center is part of the THPRD system.)
 
Description:  Knitters would swatch, measure, calculate and knit a top-down style sweater, using any yarn they wish — although the gauge will probably have to be 4 sts or fewer per inch (i.e. bigger sts) to ensure keeping up with the class schedule.  Probably a set-in sleeve style rather than a raglan, because I’ve done a couple of those now and I think overall, they are classier — they seem to take less yarn, fit better, and are in some ways easier to do.
 
Times/Dates:  This would be an 8 to 10 week class, meeting once per week, during the summer term.  (I know summer is not ideal for knitters, but it’s what I have to work with.)  The last sweater knitalong I did went about 8 sessions.  I’d probably schedule an extra session for catching up, what with summer vacations and things, plus another additional one if we did a cardigan requiring buttonholes.
 
Cost:  I am not sure how THPRD calculates class costs, but for now I assume it would be comparable to the rates for my group knitting classes.  Going by that, I’d estimate for In-District knitters, the price would be around $110 for 10 sessions — a bit less if we have fewer sessions.
 
Call to Action:  If you think you might be interested in this class, please leave something in the comments — just a simple "yes" will do.  If you enter a valid email address when you comment, I will probably use it to let you know if & when the class is actually scheduled.  If you want to send me more detailed info about what times & days will, or will not, work for you, so that I can try to take it into account when I do the scheduling, please do so by clicking here to send me an email.
 
I need to have this put to bed by January 7th, so please don't delay in adding your input.  (If you've already replied to my recent email, though, you don't have to do so again.)
 
Finally, if you want to read through some of the blog posts regarding the previous knitalong that I did at the Farmhouse Knit Shop, please click here.  And maybe we'll all knit a sweater this New Year!