Crafty Goals for 2016

Crafty Goals for 2016

Happy Sunday!

knitting dress

I hope you are enjoying your weekend and getting ready for 2016! I am already setting new crafty goals for the upcoming year!

One of my crafty goals for the new year is to become more confident in my knitting machine skills and nothing can help better than practice. So, I am setting a Machine Knitting Challenge 2016 for myself! I will strive to have one machine knitting FO every month! Looking back at 3 years that I had my machine, I realize I don’t have that many projects made on it and it’s such a shame!! I guess the reason for this is that machine knitting is not that relaxing and meditative as hand knitting and I just get lazy. I definitely want to change that in 2016! Β I know that if I organize my time better, I can be much more productive.

My other crafty goal is to do as many projects as possible for my Modification Series. I always have so much fun changing the course of a pattern, it is the biggest boost for my creativity!

Goal #3 is to pay more attention to crochet. No matter how much I love knitting, I feel strangely attached to crochet and I am surprised to see just 2 crochet FOs this year. Getting ready my crochet hooks for 2016!

Goal #4 is to take more careful notes of my projects, because only this way I can write more patterns! The thing is when I sit down to experiment with my yarn, I get carried away and before I know the project is taking shape, but I didn’t take any notes πŸ™‚ Strangely enough my hands just know their way, but it’s impossible to track back the steps! So, a crafty notebook should always be on my table in 2016!

I decided I don’t want to wait until the 1st of January and start bringing some of these goals to life right now! I am starting my Machine Knitting Challenge and Modifications Series together! I have a great motivation for that. My birthday is in January and I want to treat myself to my favorite type of clothes – a dress πŸ™‚ I had one pattern in my mind for a long time, I think for a year now! It’s a tunic-dress from Vogue Knitting Winter 2012/13 Round Yoke Tunic by Hitomi Shida. The intricate stitch pattern drew me in immediately! But the problem is that A-line tops/dresses never looked good on me. The second thing that disturbed me in this look is that the dress is a little bit too heavy to my taste – the highly textured and intricate top part of the dress would look better (for ME) with simple background. I am not criticizing the pattern, I think it’s truly a piece of art, but for myself I would prefer a more simple look.

So, my modification plans.

  1. Change the A-line shape of the dress to the straight skirt with a waist shaping. I think I would go with the similar silhouette that I used in Pure dress.
  2. Make the front and back of the dress on the knitting machine (in simple stockinette stitch) up to the armholes.
  3. Put the live stitches on the knitting needles and hand knit the top using this intricate lace/textured stitch. I am not sure yet, if I stay with the yoke construction, or change it to simple boat neckline without sleeves.

I chose the yarn from my stash – beautiful skeins of 100% mercerized cotton in this green/blue shade.

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I already used this yarn in Pure dress (in beige and white colorway) and for the Violet Gift dress (in purple colorway). I love how smooth it looks in the garment and stitch definition is just perfect!

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This weekend I made the swatch on my machine and I am happy with the tension. So, this part is over.

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Next is to hand knit the swatch usingΒ the stitch pattern. I am knitting with 2 mm (US 0) needles, so it will take awhile. The stitch pattern is really intense. There are no resting rows and you always have to keep track of the chart. Yes, I love to complicate my life πŸ™‚

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I am naming the project Ocean, because of the color and because I miss Pacific so much it hurts!!! It often comes to me in my dreams πŸ™‚

I am beyond excited about this project and determined to work hard to achieve all my crafty goals for 2016!

I guess I do take my hobby way too seriously, but I just can’t help it πŸ™‚

Do you have any 2016 crafty goals?



  1. karen December 27, 2015 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    Ocean is a beautiful name for such a lovely project!!

  2. Andrea @ This Knitted Life December 27, 2015 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    All great goals Alina. Gorgeous color for the new yarn! A huge plus to machine knitting for me would be the ability to work with cotton and linen, which otherwise hurt my hands,

    • Alina December 28, 2015 at 9:14 am - Reply

      Thank you, Andrea! I love working with cotton, though I agree that it can be too stiff sometimes.

  3. Nicky December 27, 2015 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    Love your goals and absolutely love this project! I can’t wait to see what you do with it!

    • Alina December 28, 2015 at 8:39 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Nicky! I am so excited about it!!

  4. Pat December 28, 2015 at 10:45 am - Reply

    I love the color of the yarn. My biggest craft goal of 2016 will be to understand the why and how of modifying a knitted pattern. Sewing, no problem, knitting, not so much. Thankfully a good friend of mine recommended the Craftsy Fit Your Knits class, so before I start anything, I will devote the time that I need to the class. After that I will start making garments.

    • Alina December 28, 2015 at 8:41 pm - Reply

      Love your 2016 goal! And what a great recommendation to start with Fit your Knits πŸ™‚

  5. Zeta December 28, 2015 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    With your machine knitting projects,I’m sure you’re gonna make me want my own knitting machine sooner than I could afford it!!! πŸ˜›
    Keep dreaming, keep crafting, keep notes (I will definitely need them!!!!)

    • Alina December 28, 2015 at 8:42 pm - Reply

      Thank you, dear Zeta! One day you will have your own machine – I am sure about that πŸ™‚ I also spent a year saving for it and doing research. It’s a big commitment, but it is so worth it!

  6. Tahnee December 28, 2015 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Great goals for the new year! I am so in love with that green/blue yarn, looks like it’ll knit up like a dream.

    • Alina December 28, 2015 at 8:43 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Tahnee! It’s been in my stash for so long! Time to put them in action!

  7. Julie December 28, 2015 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    These are all awesome crafting goals for 2016! I’m excited to see your modified dress, and even more exciting when you can use multiple goals on the same piece- modifying and machine knitting, or adding crochet elements to a knit. I’m excited to see all your goals in action in 2016!

    • Alina December 28, 2015 at 8:44 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Julie! Oh, adding crochet elements is a great idea!

  8. Rebecca December 28, 2015 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Oh these are grand worthy plans! Alas, I have no plans as yet but you have got me thinking.

    Happy New Year!

    • Alina December 28, 2015 at 8:46 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Rebecca! Happy New Year to you and your lovely family! I am sure you will create something absolutely stunning – all your projects have so much depth and meaning. Love the story behind each of your FO!

  9. Sarah December 28, 2015 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    I love that color blue/green. What brand of yarn is it? I am considering making myself a sweater for the warmer months using cotton, but have never really used much cotton before, so I am not sure what brand I would like to try.

    Once you pick up the live stitches off of the knitting machine and hand-knit, how do you know if you will have a smooth transition from machine tension to hand-knit tension?

    I am excited to see how this project comes out, the modifications sound like they’ll look great!

    • Alina December 28, 2015 at 8:52 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Sarah! It’s the Mexican cotton – Omega brand, Armonia line. I am not sure if it is available in the States, you can check Ravelry, I am sure it is listed there. Love that you ask about tension! It is a big challenge. I’ve never managed to match the gauge 100% perfect. I tried once knitting a plain back of a sweater on the machine and the fronts by hand and the difference was really visible. In this project, it will be different, as the textured stitch pattern is so different from stockinette, so basically I am choosing the gauge judging by the quality of the fabric – if I like how it looks and feels, I’ll stay with 2 mm needle size, 2.5 mm seemed too loose. I’ll blog more about it as I get to this part in the project.

  10. Ady Grafovna December 28, 2015 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Cute project! I love that color! I plan to knit from the stash only, keep a knitting journal, and knit my first sweater in 2016.

    • Alina December 28, 2015 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Ady! Love your plans!! I am sure you will fall in love with garment knitting!

  11. Abbie December 30, 2015 at 12:03 am - Reply

    Such beautiful yarn! The swatch looks lovely. My plans are to continue improving my weaving. Cheers!

    • Alina December 30, 2015 at 11:32 am - Reply

      Thank you, Abbie! Oh, I’ve always been fascinated by weaving. I know I will include it in my hobby list someday!

  12. Renee December 30, 2015 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    I have been saving this post in my inbox to remind me to have a proper think about my crafting goals. I think the machine knitting goal is a great one! I’m in! I have a machine that I rarely use to make garments for myself and that is a shame. You have inspired my first goal of 2016 Alina! Thank you!

    • Alina December 30, 2015 at 10:28 pm - Reply

      Oh, I am so happy you are joining me in the machine knitting challenge! I would love to see your FOs! What machine do you have?

  13. Carie @ Space for the Butterflies December 30, 2015 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    Oh wow what gorgeous yarn – that colour is amazing and I love your plans for the year, I look forward to seeing them emerge during the year πŸ™‚

    • Alina December 30, 2015 at 10:31 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Carie! I am really looking forward to new projects and new knowledge!

  14. sustainablemum December 30, 2015 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful colour, I love the name of your project too. I haven’t thought about next year just yet!

    • Alina December 30, 2015 at 10:32 pm - Reply

      It is a gorgeous color! I was saving these skeins for a special project πŸ™‚

  15. Tien December 30, 2015 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    It’s going to be such fun to watch you work towards all of your goals for 2016! Absolutely love the round yoke tunic and excited to see once again how you combine machine and hand knitting to such great effect. The color you chose is gorgeous. For 2016, I want to dust off my very basic crochet skills and make something wearable like a shawl.

    • Alina December 30, 2015 at 10:35 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Tien! I am so happy to share the projects here! Crochet is my first craft love, I am really looking forward to seeing your crochet progress!

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