Knitting

The Year of the Almanac

I have been a knitter for over twenty years. I learned how to knit from my mother-in-law back when my husband was my brand-new boyfriend. I discovered Elizabeth Zimmermann practically instantly after learning how to knit. My future MIL could not, rightly so, be counted on to hold my hand through every step and misstep that my knitting took me on. She had a life, a family, her own projects, etc. But, thankfully for me, I stumbled upon EZ within the first year of learning how to knit and purl. (I taught myself to cast on from a book and pretty much anything else – I’m an impatient learner, I guess) Oh, FYI, that book was Vogue Knitting.

For at least fifteen of those twenty years I have wanted to follow along with EZ’s Knitter’s Almanac*. For the uninitiated, this book has a journal style entry and project for every month of the year. (Examples are aran sweater for January, a shawl for July, and moccasin socks for November) At the end of January I wrapped up a blanket project that had been on my needles since July 2018. I started casting about for another big project. But, then I decided, why not this year, why not make 2020 the year of the Almanac?

I planned to begin in February, because January had pretty much passed me by when I decided to go ahead with my plan. Rather than start behind, I would start ahead. There are several babies in my life right now and I could chose a couple of them to make the projects for. I set up some rules for myself and I am planning to forge ahead.

Rule Number One: I don’t need to make ALL of the projects for each month. One will suffice. For instance, February has you knitting a double knit blanket, a lace blanket, a cardigan, a bonnet, and some leggings. I’ll probably try my hand at a double knit potholder (totally EZ approved to get gauge), a blanket, and the bonnet. I’ve made the cardigan before and it’s lovely, but making full on clothes for someone else’s baby usually strikes me as an exercise in futility.

Rule Number Two: This is fun, not stressful. EZ would want me to enjoy and have fun and that’s what I’m going to do.

Rule Number Three: If you absolutely don’t want to make the project, I’m looking at you blanket from April, just don’t. Pick another similar EZ project (or any EZ project) and forge ahead.

So, that’s what I’ve set out to do. I’ll keep you updated on my progress.

*is it bad that I now want to go purchase the new hardcover commemorative version?

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