Sunday, 26 December 2010

Plans for the year

Wow! It's been a long time since I updated this blog! I have been very busy though - there's been quite a few acting jobs, many many hours spent on trains travelling all over the country, and a lot of knitting. Now it's that time of the year again where I'm looking at what's happened over the past twelve months, and starting to re-evaluate things for the next twelve.

I'm going to have a lot of changes and developments to deal with in my personal life over the coming year, especially since I now have two walking, talking bundles of fun causing havoc on a daily basis! However, on a craft front, I want to try and get as organised and goal orientated as possible.

The past year was a major FAIL for my goals. On the surface the figures look great, but I think I have more yarn than I started with in January!
In 2010 I wanted to use 100 balls, and keep track of my overall metres knitted. I used around 120 balls, though I didn’t keep an exact count, and I knitted approximately 15,234 metres, or 9.5 miles! That sounds like I should have a big dent in my stash, but unfortunately I never stuck to my first goal, which was “knit only from stash”.
So, my goals for the New Year -
1) Catalogue ALL my stash into the Ewe Stash app on my phone, since there’s only about half of it on Ravelry just now, and having it on the phone means I can have it with me to remind me what I’ve already got, if I get the urge to supplement the stash.
2) Complete all projects currently on the needles. Except perhaps the very big 4ply cardigan, which isn’t quite working out.
3) Knit all projects that I have yarn stashed away for - so that will be Sunlit, Sage, and one other Kim Hargreaves project that I have a ton of All Seasons Cotton for, but I can’t remember what it is.
4) Look at the John Lewis clearance sale and try not to be tempted, but I will allow myself one purchase of something Rowan and woolly if it’s an absolute bargain, as it’s something I will definitely use.
5) Write patterns for and knit all the designs in my notebook.
That’ll do to be going on with! Wish me luck :D

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Cuthbert

Cuthbert is a very unimpressed owl, who regards the world with a baleful stare. Nothing really interests him nowadays, so he spends his time imagining how much more exciting life would be if he were an emperor penguin. He has a habit of standing as tall as he can and wrapping his wings around him, to try and get the proper regal look.



















Scottish weather suits Cuthbert, as he likes the cold, but he can cope with sunshine as long as he doesn't have to sit directly in it all day. He does not tolerate baths, although he is surprisingly fond of children.

Cuthbert is currently looking for a new home, and you can find him in my Folksy shop at the link on the right.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

For Sale!

After a lot of work, my Folksy shop is now re-opened! It takes so long to photograph and list things with two toddlers helping, but I've finally got it all done. Take a look at this link if you want to see what's currently up for sale. :)

Friday, 25 June 2010

Folksy Shop Re-Opening

It's been a long time since I've updated this blog, and even longer since I've done any serious crafting. However, all that is about to change! My tour is nearly finished, so I'll have free time again. I'll be updating my Folksy shop with my stockpile of bags and accessories, and releasing a new knitting pattern for a baby hat, just in time for autumn/winter gifts.

Hopefully, I'll soon be back to blogging more regularly and catching up on everyone else's blogs as well!

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Funky monkey

A few months ago, I decided that I was going to try and get rid of some of my yarn stash. Now, I've been getting on quite well with this, but things don't always go to plan. I had loads of Rowan Handknit Cotton lying about, and started using it up by knitting a wee stripy tank-top for my son. However, I quickly discovered that I would need a few more colours, and ended up having to buy another three balls. Of course, I now have lots of half balls lying about, which still need using up, so I'm really back to square one again. Never mind, at least I'm happy with the tank top! Here it is, modelled by the little monkey.



















It's a great pattern, from Zoe Mellor's book "Adorable Knits for Tiny Tots". The only problem is that the neckline is quite tight, so I had to adjust it slightly by starting the decreases for the front neck a few rows earlier. My wee boy loves it, and I can see it being well used this summer.

I've had a bit of a break from knitting recently, after my wrists started to protest at the long hours they were being subjected to. Work has been pretty mental as well, with twelve hour days on tour to get through. However, I'm starting to work through the backlog of unfinished projects and design ideas, and I'll be releasing the pattern for a cute little fair-isle baby hat soon.

Friday, 21 May 2010

May

This month, and indeed the year, is flying by. I can't believe we're in May already! I'm so busy with work at the moment, having just done a week long run of a play at the same time as touring with another show. As a result, I have been rubbish at crafting and keeping up with my blog. However, I do have a few pictures that kind of sum up my month so far.

This is a little cabled swing cardigan that I made for one of my son's friends. It's a size 4-5 but fits him, and he's just turned 3. You can't see the detail too clearly in this picture as it's such a light coloured pink yarn, but it's a very pretty cabled design. The yarn is Sirdar Baby Bamboo, and the pattern was in Knitting Magazine last November.



















This next picture shows my current long term craft project. It's an old dollshouse that I had as a child, which I'm currently revamping for my son to play with. It's been stored in a shed for a while, so it needed a good clean. In the process of cleaning the inside, I remembered that I'd done all the decoration with water-based paints - you can imagine the mess! It's going to take a lot of scrubbing to get all the old paint off before I start redecorating it again. This will be a fun project to do over the summer.














Finally, here's a wee pic from my tour. We were up north in Fort William, and passed through the beautiful area of Glencoe. This kind of scenery makes me happy - and having lunch on the beach in Caol under the shadow of Ben Nevis made work so much fun!

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Vintage style




















Here's my not-so-wee baby modelling my latest knit, which I finished off a few days ago.
It's a vintage style baby cardigan by Sirdar, which was printed in Knitting magazine as well. The yarn is Rowan Purelife Organic Cotton 4ply, part of a bargain bag from Kemps Wool Shop. I paid a fiver and got four balls of this, and six balls of the DK version in grey.














The cardigan was a very easy make, and only took two and half balls of yarn. The moss stitch texture looks and feels lovely in cotton, although the original pattern called for acrylic. It's a great pattern, and I'd highly recommend it as a quick and cute baby gift.

Friday, 30 April 2010

Spring has sprung

I picked these in the garden today -














and then found this little sunflower sitting out on my doorstep!



















I knitted the dress in stash yarns - Sirdar Calico for the main colour, and James C Brett Kool Kotton for the contrast. I try to avoid excessive pink, especially as she's such a little gingernut, and this dress can be worn with her big brother's old khaki t-shirts. As you can probably tell, she loves it!

I've not had much spare time recently as I'm still on tour with Hopscotch Theatre Company, and I've just got a part in a play at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow. However, I'm working on a number of small projects whenever I get a minute to myself. Next up is a burgundy cotton summer dress, again to use stash, and Kate Davies' Manu cardigan for myself.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Meet Lucy

I dug out my copy of Jean Greenhowe's "Knitted Toys" last week, and as soon as I saw this little doll, I just knew I had to make it for my daughter. I say little, but the doll is slightly over 18 inches tall! She's a proper cutie, with blonde plaits and a full wardrobe of dressing up clothes. I'm going to call her Lucy.













This was a great project to use up some of my scraps of acrylic yarn, so I made Lucy a purple frilly pinafore dress and a traditional button-up cardigan in pink. The pattern includes instructions to make a hat, scarf, mittens, jumpsuit, dungarees, trousers, waistcoat and another dress, so I'll probably knit up some more outfits in the future.

Saturday, 27 March 2010

New bag designs

My stash of fabric still seems to be expanding - I think perhaps it breeds when I'm not looking! So, in an attempt to decrease the pile, I made some more bags to sell at the Make Room where I display my work.

First up, is a denim purse made from a recycled pair of jeans. I added a leopard print felt heart, edged in blanket stitch, and bright red textured buttons.


























Next, I used the rest of the denim to make another purse, this time with a heart and star detail on the back, and metal jeans buttons on the front.


























Finally, I used a felted scarf to make a fringed wool bag with an embroidered flower detail. I added a braided handle made from Icelandic Lopi wool that's too scratchy to knit clothes with.













Here's a wee close up of the embroidery - I did it freehand so the proportions of the flower aren't quite perfect. This is something I'd like to do more of, as I'm only confident with a basic chain and satin stitch.













I'm very busy at the moment with various knitting projects and commissions, but I have lots more bag ideas in the pipeline too.

Monday, 22 March 2010

Thomas the Tank Engine

I'm totally bogged down in work just now, with two designs on the needles, a full-time tour to do, and the normal business of housework and childcare. Because of all that, this sweater took much longer to knit than it should have done, and there were lots of mistakes - such as the fact that the sleeves should have been set in. Oh well, my son loves it all the same!

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Parliament of Owls

I have to admit, I've become a little obsessed with the Owls sweater. I've now knitted one for each of the kids, as well as a tiny little version with a matching hat, to use as a baby gift.
Here's my mini parliament of owls!



















































Note to self - try not to become obsessed with a pattern that requires you to sew on tons of tiny buttons!

Friday, 5 March 2010

Eco Rabbit Bag

As I said in my post about Fairtrade Fortnight, I decided to design a bag using fairly traded yarn. This bag was crocheted in Patons Eco Cotton, a yarn produced with BioRe cotton, which is ethically sourced and organic. I used a natural colour palette, but it would work just as well in muted pastels or even bright shades.



















It's the perfect size for everyday use, with plenty of room for your essentials. The handles are reinforced, and the bag is fully lined with a stiff cardboard base. If you want your bag to be washable, you could use plastic canvas instead of cardboard to finish if off.













The pattern is available to buy now on Ravelry for £1.50, or by following the link on the right hand side of my blog.

Baby Owl

I made the Owls sweater for myself a few weeks ago, and just had to make the baby version, Owlet, for my little girl. This is a fantastic sweater to make for gifts, as it took only two days to knit, and used just one and a quarter balls of Sirdar Supersoft Toddler Aran. The only downside is that it's quite a fitted sweater, so you have to be careful to choose the right size. I knitted the 18-24mths size, and it fits her now at just 8mths. I think she looks adorable in it!

Sunday, 28 February 2010

Fairtrade Fortnight

I've been working with Hopscotch Theatre Company for the past month, performing in a show called "Brand New Andrew and Fair Trade Fred". It's a production which is touring to schools throughout Scotland, spreading the message about fair trade and ethical consumerism. Many young people pester their parents for designer brands, but few of them know that these clothes may have a hidden human cost, often involving exploitation of children the same age as them. It's a really interesting and fun show to perform, as it encourages the audience to rethink their attitudes while also providing an hour of music, comedy and all-round entertainment.

Well, as it's currently Fair Trade Fortnight, there are plenty of events going on around the country. One such event is the Fair Trade Experience, which just took place this weekend in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. We were asked to perform our show there on Friday night to an invited audience of Co-op members and guests, and then did four excerpts over the course of the weekend. It was a fantastic event to be part of, with stalls, activities and displays to entertain people of all ages. I spent a while going round the stalls, and picked up some lovely Mothers' Day presents for my mum, as well as a jar of gooseberry jam from Swaziland for my dad. My mum's presents came mainly from a stall run by Rainbow Turtle, a stockist of fairly traded goods in Paisley. They run a charity which aims to enhance the profile of fair trade by campaigning and educating with different groups and organisations, as well as directly supporting producers in developing countries financially, and stocking their goods in both Paisley and Linlithgow. The stall had all kinds of little gifts - carved wooden tulips, pencils and pens with animal heads, felted purses, bracelets and other jewellery, little bugs made from nutshells and wooden whistles among other things.














There were so many other stalls to choose from though, and so many things which showed true crafting ingenuity. I especially liked some little wire lizards which were made from recycled soft drink cans, and shopping bags created from old remnants of plastics. I was also intrigued by a stall run by Ethics Girls, a group which aims to make it easy for us to choose ethical products. They run an on-line shop, magazine and forum, and are also becoming a co-operative. I've always assumed that fair trade fashion would be really expensive, but I was pleasantly surprised by some of the prices displayed. They couldn't compete with Primark, but I think that's a good thing. Surely it's better to buy fewer, more expensive and better quality pieces of clothing than lots of throwaway fashion that harms the environment and decreases the quality of life for the people who create it.

This is something I've been thinking about a lot recently. I'm a lover of cheap fashion and bargains as much as anyone else, but the guilt factor has been starting to creep in. I was very affected by the BBC Three series "Blood, Sweat and T-shirts", which exposed the conditions in sweat shops overseas. It was shocking to see women separated from their children and men who were unable to live with their families, as they were working such long hours for a wage that gave them no quality of life. This sort of exploitation doesn't just occur in the world of fashion though - the BBC recently screened "Blood, Sweat and Takeaways" which showed similarly appalling conditions for workers in the food manufacturing process. I've been trying to think of ways in which I can become a more ethical consumer, starting with the theme of this year's Fair Trade Fortnight, the Big Swap.

Of course, being an avid crafter, I also started thinking about the materials that I use in my work. The fair trade movement has really started to have an effect in the world of craft, with fair trade yarns becoming more and more popular. Debbie Bliss Eco, Manos del Uruguay, Mirasol, Artesano - these are just some of the yarns that benefit both rural communities and the environment. However, as we say in our show, fair trade things don't just have to come from overseas. Buying from local farmers and shops can be fair trade too, and there are many yarns made by small scale producers and cottage industries in the UK, and a huge number of crafters who sell hand-made gifts and clothing that has a more personal touch.

Personally, I think that the resurgence in handicrafts and self-sufficiency is a great thing. Sometimes it feels like the world, and our local high streets, are being taken over by giant businesses which annihilate the competition. I would love to return to the high streets of my childhood, where you could visit a greengrocer or farm shop and get fresh local produce. Now it's all too easy to go to one supermarket and get your weekly shop there, especially as we all lead such busy lives nowadays. By making and growing our own things, we can reclaim a bit of individuality. Handmade things will often be one-of-a-kind, and are so much more personal than mass-produced items in shops.

It can be hard to choose fairly traded and ecologically friendly things sometimes, especially if you're on a budget. However, crafting can be a way to avoid adding to the profits of big businesses, if you can't afford to buy the more expensive fair trade alternatives. For example, I buy most of my clothes in charity shops, as well as sourcing many of my fabrics and yarns from there. Freecycle can also be great for finding things you need, and offloading unwanted items which would otherwise go to landfill. Recycling and repurposing will help the environment, and perhaps save a little money which could then be spent on fairly traded, organic and eco-friendly goods when you do decide to buy new.

As you can probably tell, I've been quite inspired by my involvement in the Fair Trade Experience. I'm currently developing a pattern for a bag using fairly traded organic cotton sourced by bioRe. I've also put together a list of my favourite fair trade stockists, and crafters who use recycled and repurposed materials. If you can, please consider supporting some of them!

East, People Tree, Monsoon Fair Trade, Traidcraft
Nic's Eco Knits, Maximum Rabbit Designs, Swirlyarts, Lili Draws Pictures, Fizzy Popov

Friday, 12 February 2010

Cheerful orange

I was commissioned to make an orange bag for the Make Room where I'm selling my designs, and I've been struggling to find the time to do it. I did the required charity shop trawl to get fabric a fortnight ago, but my evenings have been filled with housework and exhausted napping on the sofa. Finally, I got a few hours spare to create the bag, and this is the result.


















I used an old wool coat to make the main section of the bag, and felted it slightly in the washing machine to make it extra soft and less likely to fray. Then I stitched on the embroidery border from a cotton smock top, and created a flower with a beautiful dip-dyed scarf and a yo-yo in deep orange. I added a polyester satin orange lining, and bamboo handles. I loved the buttons from the coat, so I sewed one of them into the centre of the flower.


















It looks like a really easy make, but as I do everything by hand, it actually took a good few frustrating hours. The first lot of handles didn't work, so I had to take them off and add wider ones so that the bag didn't sag. However, I'm very pleased with the result, and hope the recipient will be happy!

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Owls

I just finished the most fantastic sweater EVER! I have found my new favourite pattern, and will probably make it again many times. The sweater is Owls by Kate Davies, and has currently been knitted by nearly 2500 Ravelry users. You can't argue with that sort of popularity!

The sweater is knitted from the bottom up, with a fitted look created by waist shaping at the back. Many of those who had already knitted the sweater found the shaping a bit problematic, with a sort of baggy effect forming at the top of the back. I tried to eliminate this by trying the sweater on regularly while I was making it, and adapting the shaping to fit my own measurements. I started off by making the 36" size, and then did less increasing after the waist shaping than recommended in the pattern. I made the body very long, added the sleeves, and then knitted the yoke in the 34" size for a close-fitting look. I can't decide whether or not to add button eyes, so I'm leaving the sweater plain for the moment to see how I feel.

















The whole thing took only 4 days to make, but the sleeves knitted up in 2.5 hours each - such a quick project. I used Sirdar Peru, which is a lovely soft blend of wool, acrylic and alpaca - the only downside being that you can't machine wash it. I'm so happy with this project, and I'm just about to start making the child version for the kids!

The Owlet sweaters will have to wait a bit though, as first I have to finish the fair isle 1940's style sweater that I'm working on just now. Here's a sneak peek of some of the patterning...

Friday, 29 January 2010

Overdose of Purple

Remember this post a few weeks ago, when I talked about my plans to make a sweater dress with some appallingly bright and sparkly purple yarn? Well, I'm currently wearing the finished result!

I used the Grouch pattern by Elspeth Kursh as inspiration, casting on the same number of stitches and working the decreases in the same way. Then I just went off on a tangent, and made the pattern up as I went along. I shaped the dress up to the armholes, then divided to knit front and back separately. I knitted the bodice with wide straps and added set-in sleeves, edging the whole lot with several rows of double crochet. This is the finished dress - apologies for the terrible picture!



















The pattern is now available in my Ravelry store - here.

Some more bags

Here are a couple of bags that I was commissioned to make for the gallery where I'm selling my designs. I was asked for something green, with a star theme, so made these two bags.

The first one is created from a Ted Baker scarf and a man's jumper, plus an old bed sheet. I made a sort of star-like corsage with the felted fringing from the end of the scarf, and finished it off with a big wooden button.



















This is a bag for people who have a lot to carry - students, mums or business people perhaps. It comfortably holds books, files and papers, or even a large craft project. The handle is lined so that it will take quite a lot of weight without stretching.













The second bag started life as a tweed skirt, felted and transformed into a cute little handbag. I made a yo-yo corsage and finished it off with a mock leather green button and a felt circle.













The bag is fully lined in green, and has a star detail on the front. I added rolled felt handles to make it extra sturdy.













Apologies for the appalling pictures, I'm in rehearsals full time at the moment so I'm never home in daylight!

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

I'm so excited!

I was trying to come up with a sensible, professional title to this post, but just couldn't think of anything. I'm so excited - says it all! There's a new gallery opened up in my local town centre, called the Make Room. It's a community project, bringing together artists of all mediums from across the county. I was tempted to go in for a look about after I spotted a display of knitting in the window, and discovered that there was a possibility that I could show my work there also.

Well, I took down a whole selection of things that I'd made, and they're now proudly displayed in the gallery! Better still, the Make Room will sell the items for me, and take no commission. It's such a fantastic opportunity to promote my work and really develop my business, and I'm really quite chuffed about it. Selling on Etsy and Folksy seems to be such a long, slow process, as it's hard to be noticed with so much competition. At this gallery I have my work displayed in a window on the main street, where I can reach a much wider audience.

The Make Room isn't just a great thing for artists selling their work though. I think it's going to have huge benefits for the local community, introducing people to a wide range of arts and crafts. They are running taster sessions and workshops in everything from glass to ceramics, textiles, photography and art. There are also opportunities to network with other artists and craftspeople, and find out about groups and classes in the local area. Everything is free, although some classes need to be booked to keep numbers manageable. Unfortunately, the project is only planned to run until June at the moment, although I'm hoping that it will be successful enough to be extended.

I went along to one of the workshops today, run by Nic from Nic's Eco Knits. Her philosophy is very similar to mine with regard to crafts, with an emphasis on using recycled materials, trawling the charity shops, and reusing everything possible. A group of us were let loose on bags of felted sweaters, fabric scraps and buttons, to make whatever we wanted during the two hour session. Nic demonstrated the technique for making a flower corsage and some yo-yos, and then we got to work. I decided to make a bag, and this was the result:













It's made with a gorgeous heathery purple felted sweater and some grey tweedy fabric, with a purple cloth lining and plaited handle. I enjoyed learning the yo yo technique, and I can see that they could be very addictive - I'm tempted to add them to everything!













I was inspired to make the bag by a larger version that I sewed yesterday, when I was getting together some stock for the gallery. This one was made with felted scarves that were hand woven in Ireland, found in one of my local charity shops.



















I decorated it with a bit of the felted fringing from the scarf, with a lovely purple button as a centrepiece.

Monday, 18 January 2010

Let's go retro...

I would like a 70's or 80's dress that I can wear with a big chunky patent belt, tights and boots.
This idea -



















This yarn -













This pattern?

I think I will adapt it so that I knit in the round to the armholes, then divide for front and back, making a wide strapped bodice. Then crochet edging in a contrasting purple, perhaps adding sleeves in the purple as well. I do love to experiment. Watch this space!

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Busy weekend

It's lovely to have a quiet weekend when you can get things done, and don't have to rush around anywhere. They're few and far between for me, so I like to make the most of them.

First off, I made some little boots for H from a Sublime pattern in Knitting magazine, using some lovely soft cotton mix Sirdar Calico. They are baby Ugg style boots with a thick lined cuff, to keep little feet cosy. I made them in size 1-2 years, so will add a sole to stop her slipping on the floor as she'll be walking by the time she wears them.













Next, I continued working through my stash by using up some scraps of Sirdar Snowflake Chunky. I made these slippers for my mum, adding a little snowflake embroidery on the fronts, and contrasting buttons.













Finally, I went through my collection of sweaters and scarves to felt. I threw the whole lot in the washing machine on a 60 degree cycle, and these are the results.













They will be become bags and accessories in my Folksy shop very soon! I also salvaged these beautiful clasps off a vintage Fair Isle cardigan, which I plan to reuse on one of my current knitting projects.













A very productive weekend I think - off to watch Dancing on Ice and do some knitting now!

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Winter warmers

My mother in law gave me a fantastic gift for Christmas - money for yarn! So I allowed myself one treat in the New Year, even though I'm not supposed to be buying anything craft related. Since I was treating myself, I went to John Lewis and got some yarn that would normally be way out of my budget - Rowan Silky Tweed and two balls of Rowan Felted Tweed DK, both in a lovely heathery purple.













I made a Slouchy Copy Cat Hat with the silky tweed, which I've worn non-stop ever since. It's a great easy pattern, knitted up in an evening, and the yarn is so warm and lovely, although it doesn't have a lot of elasticity.













Then I made a pair of gloves from a Louisa Harding accessories book, using one ball of the felted tweed. I still have a ball of this left to use in the future, so I might make another beret or something, haven't decided yet. I really needed some warm things for the winter, so I'm very happy with my new hand-knits!

Saturday, 9 January 2010

First makes of the New Year

I've been knitting away busily since 2010 started, finishing off some of those WIPs that have been lingering in my living room. First up was a little bamboo cardigan for H, which I cast on months ago! The pattern called for a knitted edging and ties, but I couldn't be bothered knitting five stitches for ages. Instead, I edged the cardigan with several rows of double crochet, and added ties of ivory satin ribbon. Then I sewed on a little teddy bear patch to finish it off.













The second thing I finished was a postman hedgehog for F. He is obsessed with Camberwick Green, thanks to his grandad's vintage DVD collection! His favourite character is Peter the Postman, so I made a little Jean Greenhowe postman for him to play with. This was so easy to knit, but the finishing took a long time and was rather fiddly.



















My pile of WIPs isn't any smaller though. I cast on for a lovely red cabled coat from The Knitter magazine, made two pairs of fluffy slipper socks for my sister, and knitted myself a cosy hat and gloves with some wool I got with Christmas money. Will I ever get through the to-do pile? At least I've used 10 balls of yarn towards my yearly target of 100. Back to the knitting now!

Saturday, 2 January 2010

New Year

Well, it's 2010 already! Time for me to make some New Year's resolutions. Here's what I've decided to do in the upcoming year.

1) Knit from stash
There is far too much yarn in my loft, and I have a terrible habit of being unable to resist a bargain. This year, I'm going to try and knit from stash as much as possible, only buying new yarn when absolutely necessary if it's for a gift.

2) Use 100 balls in 2010
This will help with the stash burning. I'm going to try and get through at least a hundred balls by the end of the year, but more if possible.

3) Make time for a new craft
My aunt gave me some felting stuff ages ago, and I haven't had a chance to use it yet. I'm definitely going to experiment with at least one new craft this year, and hopefully develop skills that I can combine with my knitting.

To help with the stash burning, I've compiled a list of things I want to knit this year. I do still have a lot of WIPs on the go, but I've been working through them and trying to finish some off recently.

WIPs

Denim sweater for my brother
Vintage nautical sweater for me
Long line 4ply coat for me

Things to make

Owls sweater
Glacier cabled coat
Ribbed sweater
Tapestry sweater

That'll do for the moment, I'm sure there will be plenty more things to add to this list as the year goes on!