10 New Year’s Knitting Resolutions for 2010

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To the 2010 Knitting Life - Needles of the Trade

Happy New Year. May your  year be filled with love, health and lots of wonderful knitting!

Last year, I made some very ambitious knitting resolutions among were joining Ravelry’s National-Knit-a-Sweater-a-Month. I thought that these knitting goals would help me to up my knitting game. Instead, I felt pressured to knit which hindered the joy that my hobby brought me. That said, I am proud of some of my pieces, in particular, the Hemlock Ring Blankie which was my first major circular lace piece, the Fuschia Nightsong Shawl which was my first beaded piece, and the Klimt Wedding Sweater, which is a wonderful piece of one color patterned knitting.

For 2010, I have promised myself to keep my goals more reasonable and accomplishable.

  • One circular lace shawl for me. I am thinking of using the Spirit Trail Fiberworks yellow and brown alpaca laceweight or the brick red cashmere and merino blend.
  • Four sweaters for me – Two long sleeve winter sweaters and two summer sweaters. Since I like the way that my sweaters fit, I have stopped buying machine made sweaters and knit tops. It’s important to keep replacing the ones that I have since they wear out.
  • One pair of socks – Mr. Husband has been patiently waiting for another pair of socks. He loves the way that they feel. For me, socks are in a category with long rectangular scarves, I find them boring. I think that I need to get over this block this year. My friend Amanda has pushed me to add this hurdle to the list.
  • One dressy sweater for my mother. My mother can be very difficult to buy for. Fortunately, she dropped a not-so-subtle hint that she would like another sweater this year.
  • Reduce stash. While for some of you, this may mean no yarn purchasing. For me, this means being careful in what I add to my stash and to work to reduce the overall stash through the creation of wonderful objects.
  • Attend Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and New York State Sheep and Wool Festival. These events have become fun annual events that I participate in.
  • Make one project that has cables. I still need to get over this block (may be if I don’t call it a fear, I can conquer it!)
  • Reduce UFOs. Unfortunately, as one project nears its completion, I am poised to cast on three in its place. The goal is to eliminate UFOs since they take up brain space.
  • Enjoy the knitting process and continue to share knowledge and friendship both online and in person.

What are your resolutions? Are you pushing yourself to complete more projects or learn new skills?

Submitted by Knitted Yarns Editor-in-Chief

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