New year new knits

We’re two days into 2015, and while it feels (so far) pretty similar to 2014, it is very nice to have a few days of relative quiet to ease from holiday time to regular world time. I’m still pondering my own resolutions for 2015 (I can’t say that I was very diligent about any in 2014, I must admit), but a blog reader reminded me of this list of advice I posted one year ago, and I think it’s still pretty good. I daresay I need to take my own advice on that list more often than not!


My knitting year is starting off at a gentle yet promising pace. I cast on for Ossel as my Christmas Day Cast On (this is my second year planning a Christmas Cast On as a gift to myself, and I think I will keep it up in the future), and I’m about 1.5 sleeves into it. It’s going well so far and my swatch did yield the right gauge before I started, which I hope will be confirmed by the sleeves before I begin the body. I have never knitted a dress before, but have always thought it would be an extremely practical thing to do especially with Ontario winters being as they are. I’ll have to do a bit of planning and measuring to figure out how long I want the skirt of it to be (I am 5’9″ and I always assume the pattern sample is for someone shorter than me), but other than that it’s quite an approachable pattern and I hope I’ll be able to wear it later this same season.


I’ve also got some fresh new swatches in some new-to-me yarn from Julie Asselin, Leizu Worsted wool-silk blend. They’re going to become a sweater and, I daresay, my first design of 2015. I’m looking forward to seeing the swatches grow up and become the pullover they deserve to be, because the yarn is pretty great so far. (We’ll just pay no attention to the fact that it’s another purple/grey sweater. I’m going to just lean into it. Perhaps I’m just destined to be at one with this colour.)

Since I finished my Joist pullover in December, I’ve also started to turn my eye to some of the unfinished Works In Progress that are waiting patiently on the sidelines, so I’d like to get back to some of them this month too. It’s nice to have a New Year with a blank slate.

I hope your New Year is starting out well – happy knitting with your fresh calendar in front of you!


Pattern: Ossel, by Allison Green for Twist Collective
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, #8401 Silver Grey
Project Bag: Zig Zag Stitches, large “shawl size” wedge bag

Pattern: In progress, by me
Yarn: Julie Asselin Leizu Worsted, in ‘moussaillon’ grey/purple


  1. Sam Varty · ·

    I love that dress! What a great idea! I made an Owls sweater into a dress, and it’s great with tights and boots.

  2. I love that list; I think I might print it out and stick it in my knitting bag, or stash box. (Also like the idea of knitting a dress, but thereโ€™s so much I want to do before that!)

    Happy New Year.

  3. suzanne schulte · ·

    Love that dress! Wonder if my daughter would like one….

    I found you blog a year ago and have been a loyal reader since. Thank you for sharing. I hope you have a wonderfully prosperous new year.

  4. That swatch is a thing of beauty. Is it weird that I want to stroke it through my computer screen?

  5. I love your idea of a Christmas Day cast on as a gift to yourself! Next year.

    Right now I am trying to finish a cardigan that I started in February 2013 (thank you Ravelry for keeping me honest; I thought I started in 2014). When I pulled it out New Year’s Eve, I found that the body was pretty much done; I just need sleeves. Forging onward! Happy new year to you, too.

  6. Ooooh wow, Ossel is SO pretty and it looks amazingly cozy. I love your yarn choice, too!

  7. I just can’t decide, which of the two swatches I like more, they’re so pretty ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the color of this darker one.
    My year started witaj knitting a cardigan for my mum, bottom hem and sleeves left. She’s a crocheter, you know – and siฤ™ wanted a knitted sweater ๐Ÿ™‚
    All the best in the New Year!

  8. Ooooh, that dress! I am making 2015 The Year I Knit A Sweaterdress (obviously all stockinette, itty bitty needles, etc etc) as well. Exciting stuff!

  9. I think that dress will look great on you!

  10. It’s beautifull ! Happy new year !

  11. twistedsticks · ·

    That dress is gorgeous. Wish I had the body for it! Your work is so beautiful. The cables are to die for. Wish I could accomplish more knitting!

  12. Your knitting is absolutely lovely! Someday I hope to be as proficient a knitter as you, and purple grey is so beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚ keep up the great work!

  13. Love your knitting pattern choices. Very elegant! Cant’ wait to see it as you progress.

  14. If I lived in Ontario, I’d want to knit myself a dress too! At the rate I knit it would be ready to wear by 2017…

  15. Embrace the purple ๐Ÿ™‚ Christmas cast-on is a great idea, I’m going to implement that one next year for sure!

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