Is there a pattern or skill that you don’t yet feel ready to tackle but which you hope to (or think you can only dream of) tackling in the future, near or distant? Is there a skill or project that makes your mind boggle at the sheer time, dedication and mastery of the craft? Maybe the skill or pattern is one that you don’t even personally want to make but can stand back and admire those that do. Maybe it is something you think you will never be bothered to actually make but can admire the result of those that have.
For me the aspiration is to create something from start to finish with my own hands and creativity. I was inspired by reading the Fiber to Yarn to FO thread in the Phat Fiber group on Ravelry where fiber artists show off the projects they have spun and knit. Around the same time I was reading in the Ennea Collective about the International Back to Back Wool Challenge that calls for a group of seven to complete the entire process, from shearing to spinning to knitting, of turning a sheep into sweater in a single sitting. While I don’t want to do this process in a single sitting, I am interested in acquiring fleece, cleaning it, carding or combing it, dying it, spinning it, designing a pattern for it and knitting it, so that I can have something that I have created in its entirety, something I can look on with pride.
I know I am many years away from this project as I have never washed fleece, never carded or combed wool, never dyed wool, nor have I knit my own handspun, never mind that I have never written a pattern or even knitted without a pattern.
It is the notion of making all the decisions myself that appeals to me. I am a wilderness traveller at heart (canoeing and sea kayaking) and I enjoying having the ability to just take my gear and go and be on my own, making my own decisions and making my own mistakes. Allowing myself to get up with the sunrise, to go to sleep with the sunset or stay up and watch the stars. That or I am just a gigantic control freak.
Maybe it is to create something tangible in a world of communication without contact and touchless “pokes”.