A Knitter’s Bucket List
The idea of a Bucket List has never appealed to me very much. Mostly, I don’t want a finite list of must-do items that I could complete and be ready to die afterwards. But as a knitter, is there anything you would love to accomplish that you haven’t already?
My Knitter’s Bucket List
Over the years, there have been a few things I’ve yearned to do. Most of them, I impetuously just did.
Yes, years ago, there was a Starmore Fair Isle Cardigan design called Marina. The pattern was published in a long out-of-print booklet called The Scottish Collection. I always dreamed I’d find a copy of this at the flea market or in a used book store. But it’s not likely. I honestly don’t even like the cardigan (or any other designs in the booklet).
There was also a beautiful lace shawl that was published in a limited edition that I wanted to make. I don’t even remember the name anymore. But I feel this desire has been satisfied with all the Niebling work I did.
Finally, I was thinking that I’ve never made a Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann, so I’ve decided to remedy that.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never really thought she was a great knitwear designer, but this should be something every knitter tries at least once…no?
Which brings me to another project that has been taking up a LOT of my time the last few weeks.
Knitting Skills Competency Survey
A number of times over the years, I’ve looked for a comprehensive list of knitting skills, resources and/or accomplishments that could be used as a checklist of accomplishments. The Knitter’s Life List is the closest I’ve found. But it’s got two major flaws as far as I’m concerned. It’s not virtual (so any links or references aren’t easily clickable). And it’s organized kind of weirdly (in my opinion).
So I’ve created an online Knitting Skills Proficiency Evaluator Tool.
- The tool asks that you evaluate almost 200 different skills, resources, techniques to assess your proficiency.
- It will spit out an overall proficiency rating at the end of the survey, and give you the option of requesting a detailed analysis and skills gap report (kind of like a possible bucket list, no?)
- Once there are 100 or more responses (comparing your proficiency to some averages), I can start sending out the detail analysis reports.
Fill out the survey and get your results here: https://mensknittingretreat.com/knitting-skills-proficiency-evaluator-tool/
In addition to the Baby Surprise Jacket, I’m also working on two other WIPs. I’ve made some progress on the Scrappy Biased Scarf since I finished the See Grass Shawl last week.
It’s currently up to 30 inches, which will need to grow to at least 60 inches before I finish it.
I also started a new Knitted Cross Stitch Scarf.
I was a bit worried about the two colorways of yarn, but I’m really liking how this one is turning out.