Six in Sixteen

I have been trying to write this post for like a week. Gah.

Shockingly, I’m not doing a big lesson reflection this week. I rode on Sunday (what was it, the…10th?), and it was fine. My upper body is improving when I post, and it seems like all that rein-less balance work I did with Suzie on the lunge has helped tremendously. My biggest focuses coming up are going to be diagonals (effing diagonals. I know them, but I can’t make my body cooperate on time) and riding a little more assertively. No major epiphanies this week, which is simultaneously refreshing and disappointing.

Today, I want to focus on my knitting goals a bit more. I’ve been doing a ton of knitting lately, but the progress seems minimal because I’m pretty sure my wedding shawl is just eating yarn. It is quite large, though! I’ve got one repeat left on the body and I’m planning to start the border this weekend.

Making such good progress on such a big project is really empowering for me. I’ve spent my life as a chronic un-finisher, because I swear I have some sort of crafty ADHD. In the last year, I did manage to finish a snood, which for me was a large project, particularly because it took me a solid year to actually complete. And if I can manage to finish the shawl this month, that means it will have taken me two months, when you factor out the three months I couldn’t knit because of my broken elbow. For me, that’s, like, warp-speed.

That success has spurred me on to think about what I’d like to finish in the next eight months. My first reaction was, “MAKE ALL THE THINGS!” but that’s just not even realistic. I managed to narrow it down to six projects. Honestly, given the scope of the six, I think I might not make it, but I’d like to attempt. I’m hoping my next six in ‘Sixteen will be:

Reverse Psychology – I had originally wanted to knit this for myself, but my friend K and I are doing a knit-along. She’s going to knit one for me and I’m going to knit one for her. I’ve bought the pattern and I wound the yarn, but I’m waiting to cast on until I finish the wedding shawl.

Itineris – I am having a torrid love affair with this shawl. Torrid. And I don’t know why because it’s going to be miles of straight knitting, much like my wedding shawl, but I have been in love with this since before Rhinebeck in October. I bought a lovely tonal gray from Holiday Yarns at Rhinebeck, and I think I’m going to have enough of the blue left over from my wedding shawl to make this. The construction looks interesting, and the stripes! I can’t. This will be awesome TV knitting when Orange Is The New Black returns in June.

Synesthesia socks – Since starting to watch ALL THE PODCASTS!, I’ve gotten a sock itch. I have one pair on the needles that I’m hopefully going to finish soon, and I have some one-of-a-kind Skinny Bugga! left over from her closeout sale, given to me by my best friend Liz in a gorgeous blue. I’ve had these in my queue for a long time, and since I have synesthesia, these are perfect for me.

Marco Polo – I’ve never knit an adult-sized sweater, but Mina from The Knitting Expat podcast has knit one of these in just the sort of the colors I would use (gray, turquoise, and bright violet) and I LOVE IT. This is going to be the one project I buy new yarn for, and I don’t even care because it’s so cute and I would wear it with everything. I’d knit it larger so it’d be like a boyfriend sweater and I would wear it to work all the flippin’ time. Sold.

Le Moelleux – That Mina. She’s rapidly become one of my favorite podcasters, and she also designs some pretty badass stuff, including this shawl. I’ve never done brioche and I think it would be fun to learn. Mina has published an excellent video tutorial to show you how it works. I think I’m going to make the asymmetrical version of this shawl with the Piggy Toes I was using for my ill-fated Hitchhiker and some KnitPicks Essential Kettle Dyed in a great tonal mustard color that I’ve had in my stash for literally ten years. I’d like to be able to give it to my mom for her birthday or Christmas.

Swedish Fish Mittens – I started these last year, but I only knit the cuff on one mitt and then got distracted. (Let’s blame my dissertation. I can still blame things on that, right? It’s only been a year.) They’re adorable and rainbow-y and just so much fun. I need to finish them.

(Side note: you can totally track my mental health by the number of projects I finished in a year. My 2012 and 2013 tabs have maybe two projects apiece, and technically the only thing I finished in 2013 was a washcloth. Those two years were the height of my depression and the greatest period of suck in grad school, but then in 2014 and 2015, things steadily improved. Interesting and not at all surprising.)

I don’t know how many of those I will actually finish, but it’s nice to have goals. Three shawls and a sweater are on that list, which is…pretty ambitious. But then again, so am I.