New Year, plans!

happy-knitting-in-2017Well a new year appears to have started. The beginning of every year is equal parts relaxing and chaotic in our house. The lack of routines makes life much easier as the daily rush is gone. However having so many people around the house (with teens that won’t get up before noon) as well as guests floating in and out adds more than a little chaos!
I think now at this point my head is ready to start planning for the new year. I’ve downloaded all of my year end bank and paypal statements. I’ve added all receipts to the spreadsheet and  I’m ready to tidy up last year and put it away in it’s little box. Once that’s finished my head is ready to indulge in new year planning.

Last Year


The last 12 months have been busy. I often don’t acknowledge quite how busy unless I go back and review. It looks like I released 37 pattern in total in 2016 (you can take a look at them easily on ravelry here). These included the Irish Yarn Club 2016, a new book (Knitting With Rainbows), 7 patterns with books and magazines, a kit with Craftsy and of course a yarn collaboration with Love Knitting!

ridgeback-hat-and-cowl-kit-1On top of that I had quite a few teaching trips in Ireland and abroad. So it was a busy year for my business but also on a personal level my oldest headed off to college this year as well. Fortunately he was very ready to go and Ireland is small enough that he can visit whenever he needs to!


I don’ t think 2017 will be any quieter than 2016. I’ve already booked tickets for Birmingham, Edinburgh, Cologne and Columbus over the next 5 months so I’ll have lots of fun traveling for work to start the year out. I’ve got a stack of knitting that’s ready for photography that I can share with you in the next few months. Irish Yarn Club 2017 is underway with the patterns already started. I have a HUGE surprise that I can reveal by the end of February. I’m terrible at keeping surprises though so I might leave a few hints sneak out before then!  And of course no year is complete without some fun KALs along the way!

At the end of 2016 I did a series of cable tutorials and a blog post on the topic here. In the coming months I wanted to do a set of tutorials on seamless knitting. There are lots of tips and tricks that make seamless knitting much easier that you usually have to learn the hard way so hopefully I can make the learning process a little faster.

What would you like to see?

So I’ve told you as much as I can of 2017 plans. What would you like to see? Is there any special tutorials you’d like covered? Pattern type you’d just love to see? Leave me a comment and let me know what you’re thinking! Happy 2017 to you all!!


18 thoughts on “New Year, plans!

  1. I would love to see a tutorial on knitting short rows in pattern stitches (while maintaining the integrity of the pattern). That seems to be one concept which has escaped my grasp!

  2. I would love tutorials on past and future KALS. I’m such a visual learner and some times with the language barrier and my knitting knowledge and lack of experience, I have a difficult time interpreting pattern instructions even with clarification from you and other KAL members.

  3. I capped New Years Eve by wearing “Adrift” knit in Malabrigo Lace, Sealing Wax color. That piece is fabulous and everybody raved over it. The patterns that you’ve written and that I’ve knit have all been wonderful. To start 2017 I’m knitting Killybegs with a Harrisville Worsted Weight. I can’t wait for the posts on seamless knitting. Your techniques have helped me tremendously. Thank You!

  4. I’d like to see how to make my hand knits look a bit more polished…more artisan and less nanna! I love your work Carol and have really enjoyed your short row book. Happy New Year!

  5. I love your work, Carol and I look forward to seeing your creations for 2017. My suggestion for what I would like to see would be a top down seamless sweater for men do I can knit with ease for my son and husband, knowing how it will fit as the process unfolds. Happy New Year to you as well.

  6. I love the idea of seamless knitting. I’m knitting a sweater for my husband using the seamless top-down method just now (Didn’t finish in time for Christmas). I seem to be on a kick to knit everything in the opposite way to what I’ve been knitting all my life ie. top-down, toe-up etc.

  7. Your Short Row Book has been wonderful for me. I have made the hand bag and now I’m knitting the short row cable hat. The women at the knitting store here in Seattle are very curious about this style. I’m have fun.

  8. I really enjoy your KALs. I am currently working on a few interesting knitting projects. I want to make sure that I am ready to join in with whatever you have planned. Do you have a rough estimate of when your first KAL for 2017 might be announced?

    I also really appreciate your tutorials. I recently watched the one on weaving in ends while knitting and it worked out wonderfully. Thank you!

  9. That sounds perfect! That will give me plenty of time to finish up and enjoy all of my current projects!

  10. Hi Carol, happy new year! Love quite a few of your patterns. And your class on short rows explain’s the topic so well. I would love a pattern on a nice vest; one that doesn’t look like you’re wearing your grandparents clothes. I work in an office and most knitted jackets and pullovers are just too warm. Looking forward to 2017; best wishes from Germany, Barbara

  11. I’d love to see your class schedule posted somewhere. Right now I’m particularly interested to know when you’ll be in Cologne and/or if you will be offering any classes in June? I’d love to attend one!

  12. Both of those trips are for wholesale business rather than teaching I’m afraid! The classes I’m doing over the coming year are in Ireland, mainly on tours and retreats.

  13. I really like your patterns and tutorials. I would like more tutorials on any subject matter and any pattern with cables in it. Also, I enjoy smaller projects like gloves, scarves, shawls, shrugs, and cowls which can be finished quickly.

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