I've come up with an idea that is quite simple in its basis, but which I am hoping will help keep me optimistic as I begin the journey into this year.
I intend to knit at least one olive every week this year. Why olives? Well, olive trees/branches/fruit symbolize peace, prosperity and love ("olive you"). By the end of the year I should have a jar full goodness. Ok, ok. So I also need to use up some yarn, but with each olive I knit I'll be reminded of the things I wish for myself and the people I care about.
The small olives are knit from the pattern from Mary Jane, Midge & Mink, with a couple of minor changes to suit the worsted weight yarn I'm using (knit on sz. 5s and adding an extra knit round before decreasing). I reworked the pattern to make the gigantor olives. I'll write up the instructions if any interest is expressed (pattern now available).
I think some black olives will be knit to represent naughty and mischievous wishes. The giant olives will be for the most important and biggest wishes. I'm curious to see how full the big jar (which once held real olives) will get by the end of this year.
(Originally posted on January 5, 2008)