How far down the road to learning your craft do you believe yourself to be? Are you comfortable with what you know or are you always striving to learn new skills and add to your knowledge base? Take a look at a few knitting or crochet books and have a look at some of the skills mentioned in the patterns. Can you start your amigurumi pieces with a magic circle, have you ever tried double knitting, how's your intarsia? If you are feeling brave, make a list of some of the skills which you have not yet tried but would like to have a go at, and perhaps even set yourself a deadline of when you'd like to have tried them by.
For me, my learning is never done, there is always a new skill or technique to try to master. I often times seek out patterns that force me try something new. When I don't learn something new in
That said there are a few techniques I have shied away from, like double pointed needles. I tried them back in the old days before I discovered that there are meh needles, there are good needles and their are great needles. It may be time to try again with good needles.
Also I have tried double knitting and the colors were too close so I frogged the projects (I tried, twice, to get the colors right) and I haven't found a project again I want to do in double knit, although I may need to spend some time checking out, Extreme Double Knitting for inspiration. Same with intarsia, I have tried it, the project wasn't working, I frogged and haven't found a pattern in intarsia I have really wanted to do.
I am not averse to trying most knitting techniques but I need a reason to do so, I am not one to make a sampler to try techniques but rather I would like to have a pattern that incorporates that technique.
I did set myself some goals for the year, but I really need to read my copy of the Knitter's Life List, which I picked up a month ago. I think that will set me out some really neat and concrete goals to meet, because I don't really want my knitting to get stagnant, because that would take the joy out of it for me.