Day One - Tale of Two Yarns - choose two yarns and tell what you like or dislike about them.
Well I'm not a yarn snob so you won't be hearing about some fantastic yarn I've bought which I needed to take out a 2nd mortgage for. I like yarn that has acrylic as part of its makeup. I can hear the gasps of disapproval from here. I like to be able to throw my knitted items into the washing machine and for them to come out as they went in. Having experienced knitting with 100% wool yarn and then seeing the end result after my daughter washed in the machine, its an awful waste of time and effort. Having said that I think the nicest yarn I used was for a little cardigan for a friend daughter's christening, knitted in Sublime Yarns Baby Cashmere Merino Silk 4ply
With regards to a yarn I'm not keen on, that would have to be Paton's Smoothie, whilst the end result looks good it splits terribly
So on to Day 2 - Skill + 1Up - Look back over the year to see how you have improved knitwise.
For me this was lace knitting, I went right out of my comfort zone when I joined a KAL on the Grandmas Hand Forum its was for the Travelling Woman Shawl, I learnt that its not easy to unpick lace, I learnt about installing lifelines and making sure my stitch markers were in the right place. I was pleased with the result. I now have all the necessary blocking equipment so future lace projects will hopefully have a crisper finish.
I still need to push myself into sock knitting, its my goal for 2011