New Year, New Skill, New Yarn, New Swift

Swish DK, Coal
When I first started knitting -- back in 2005, maybe? -- I did it as a new year's resolution.  I wanted to try to learn something new.  So I did.  The next year, I made a resolution to knit a pair of socks, and I did.

This year, I think I want to try to improve (or create) some knitting with color skills -- maybe fair isle?  I've purchased two books:  Color Knitting the Easy Way (Melissa Leapman) and Mastering Color Knitting (also by Melissa Leapman).  I think these will make a good start.

In order to try some practice knitting, I picked up a couple of skeins of Knitpicks Swish DK in Coal and Dove Heather. 

Swish DK, Dove Heather
While I was placing a Knitpicks order, I took advantage of a sale on their yarn swift as well as replacing my ball winder.  This has made winding yarn incredibly easy, and much faster.  Great!