The second prompt for Knitting and Crochet Blog Week is: Look back over your last year of projects and compare where you are in terms of skill and knowledge of your craft to this time last year.
This one's kind of a head-scratcher for me. I've been knitting since I was a kid and would call myself an "expert knitter" (if there is such a thing), by which I mean that I've tried just about everything and have gotten to the point that I rarely think "oh this is hard" about any knitting or crochet project. I might think it's annoying, or tedious, or not fun to physically do (two-color brioche comes to mind and entrelac are in that category for sure) . . . but that's not really the same thing.
Looking back on the previous year's worth of projects in Ravelry, I would say that if there's one change it's that I've mostly gotten over my loathing of weaving in ends. I still don't enjoy it, but in the past I would avoid projects that had too many ends to weave in, no matter how much I liked the idea of the project . . . and I no longer do that. Evidence?
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="HUNDREDS of ends to weave in on Babette"][/caption]
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Dozens of ends of Koigu to weave in"][/caption]
Now, mind you that I'm not saying I've actually woven in those ends yet . . . the progress is more mental that skill-based. I still hate weaving in ends and will procrastinate on that step in a project for WAY WAY WAY too long. I really like the seaming part of finishing and am quite good at it, but the weaving? Blech.
Speaking of which: If you're a NYC knitter and want to trade seaming for weaving in ends, drop me a line. It could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship!