Happy New Year! 

Each year after breakfast on the morning of January 1st, our family gathers for a tradition in our family.  We write five resolutions. 

“So big deal,” you say, but the big deal part of this is that we keep all our resolutions stapled together from the previous years.  We have been doing this since my littlest one could write.  He’s in 7th grade now, so I’d say it’s been about 8 years.  It’s fun for everyone to look back and see what we thought was important throughout the years (and especially for the kids to see how their writing has improved too).  One person picks out of a hat and reads the resolutions of another (just to keep us all honest), but we are sworn to secrecy. 

I am always slightly upset to see how many of my resolutions recur year after year.  Does this mean that I am a complete failure or that I am perseverant, I wonder? 

This year, there was a 6th resolution for me – to finish some of my unfinished objects languishing in my bedroom because I ran into a design problem or I got bored or frustrated or I ran short of yarn (another resolution I should probably make is buy more than yarn than I think I need).  So far, in the 8 days of the New Year I have finished 2 of the 6 that I have.  I love to start new projects, and I am going to VK Live NYC next weekend, so this has been VERY difficult for me to do.

The first of these was finished last Sunday.  I wet-blocked it and it just finished drying.  You are well-familiar with this one:







This is Compass Rose.  It is a sweater with a saga, mostly of the yarn variety.  I liked it when I finished it and I like it very much more post-blocking.  Although I don’t think I’ll ever publish it, it is a nice warm knit and I love the color combination (thanks to Sima for that one).  I just wrote to Fairmont Fibers in the hope that they will make good on the one skein that caused all the problems.  I’ll keep you updated.

The second is a shawl I’m calling Tangled.  This is a design I’d like to publish, but I’m still trying to decide where.   I’ve given myself a month to decide.  This shawl went through a first prototype, which I like, but didn’t quite work, so I tried the center-panel a different way.  It’s made in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, with which I am in l-o-o-o-v-e!!!!  I could knit with this night and day and never get bored or sick of it.

I hope to have one more finished by the end of the week — the knitting should be finished tonight, but it will take some time to do the finishing on this and block it properly.

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Joan Forgione

Juggler: mother, knitwear designer, teacher

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