Over this year I have been knitting furiously. As such, that does not distinguish this year from any other. What is different is that I’ve been knitting shawls. So many shawls. Almost only shawls. This is because sometime around the last New Year’s I somehow got the idea that taking part in the 12 Shawls in 2017 challenge over on Ravelry. I’ve finished 9 shawls all told and unfortunately, I have 6 more heading toward the finish line that are unlikely to make it all the way there. One more, maybe two are in the cards still for this year, others will need to wait.

Next year, I’m thinking that I’ve had enough shawls for now. The cupboard is overflowing and several have gone to friends and family, so it’s time to turn my eyes elsewhere. And oh hey, look. I’m in need of sweaters and cardigans. And since my Work In Progress pile is getting kind of ridiculous, I’m also turning my hands back to the sweater projects that I’ve abandoned over the years. At least for some of the time. The goal is to finish 12 sweaters in 2018, regardless of when they were started. It’s time my startitis took a back seat from actually finishing stuff.

That said, I love all these knitting challenges. I’m always knitting anyway so it gives me such joy to get stuff off the needles. And I’ve made no secret of the fact that gamification works really well for me in all areas so why not knitting, too. And with my self-imposed yarn-diet almost over, I’m really looking forward to being able to plan projects around what I want rather than the yarns in my stash. All in all, it’s been a good year for knitting and I’m looking forward to a wonderful 2018.