New Year’s Knitting Resolutions and Reflections

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Some of the things that I knit or crocheted in 2016.

Now that another year has come and gone, I think it’s important to take a moment to reflect. In our reflection, we often love and hate and feel compelled to make New Year’s Resolutions. My friend Andi recently suggested that we make New Year’s Intentions instead, and I think I like that better. That way, there’s less pressure; less pressure can free your mind to think more clearly and creatively, and of course it alleviates potential disappointment and discouragement.

Whatever you call them, I’ve been thinking of my own goals for 2017. Many of them pertain to my knitting life, since knitting is my life. Even if your life doesn’t revolve around knitting, you can set knitting goals for yourself.

Some things you might consider:

  1. How about trying something new? There are always new categories of knits (sweaters, afghans, gloves, and lace shawls are a few things that many people haven’t yet tried). There are always new techniques. There are new fibers (silk, alpaca, cashmere!), new colors (go bold!), and new yarn weights (lace-weight or super-bulky!). There are also new crafts (spinning, felting or weaving!).
  2. How about knitting for yourself if you’re a compulsive knitted gift-giver, or knitting for others if you’re always knitting for yourself?
  3. How about finishing some of the projects that you’ve set aside? We all lose steam or get stuck sometimes. It might feel good to check some things off your list that have been lingering there. Alternatively, how about letting go of things that truly no longer interest you, and unraveling the yarn for a new life?
  4. How about organizing your yarn stash? I’d never criticize the size of your yarn stash, but I think clutter often inhibits motivation and de-cluttering this year might give you a renewed vigor for knitting!
  5. How about facing your fears? You probably have a knitting technique that freaks you out – for a lot of people, it’s steeking (making a vertical cut in a knit-in-the-round item, often used for colorwork blankets and cardigans). Maybe you’re afraid of dropped stitches. Well, you could always drop a stitch on purpose in order to learn how to pick up a dropped stitch confidently!
  6. How about sharing your love of knitting with friends and family? You could teach someone to knit this year, or you could connect over knitting by joining a knitting circle or forming your very own. A common interest in knitting often brings people closer.

As for myself, these are my New Year’s Intentions:

  1. I want to be more generous. Usually, I knit for the sake of knitting or I knit for myself, but this year I’d like to knit gifts for my loved ones and think of them while I knit.
  2. I want to listen better. When I listen to people, I want to be less eager to respond and more eager to understand. This is a sort of sweepingly broad goal, but I interact with a lot of people while working in a yarn shop, and I think listening better will help me help people home in on their own knitting goals.
  3. I want to think creatively. I’d like to knit more experimentally and invent new things. I don’t want to limit myself to things that I’m certain will work out. I also want to work on my photography skills in order to better show off the things I’ve made! 
  4. I also want to think concretely. But I also want to take the time to stop and write down what I’ve done so that I can write patterns and teach other people how to do what I did.
  5. I want to inspire people. I want to do the best I can to instill other people with my enthusiasm for knitting. Why isn’t everyone as hopelessly obsessed as I am? I don’t know. Clearly this is a problem that needs to be fixed.

This New Year, I’m also reflecting on my knitting achievements. Since I only started knitting just over two years ago, I feel like I’ve come a long way in the past year! 

Back in June, I wrote about learning to teach knitting because I felt a sense of gradual improvement as a result of being approached with knitting questions on a daily basis. I’m so grateful to everyone who’s walked into Over the Rainbow Yarn with a question that challenged me to learn something new, because I’ve managed to learn things I might not even have thought to learn otherwise! In November, I figured out how to knit gloves, which involved more stitches on stitch holders and fiddly components than I was used to. I also became a lot fonder of double-pointed needles. I improved my pattern-writing skills by challenging myself to write knitting and crochet patterns for 12 Weeks of Christmas this year. I learned a lot of technical bits and pieces like how needle size conversions are a bit confusing due to their being multiple sizing standards. I think my very favorite thing that I knit this year was the Vernal Equinox Shawl. For now, it’s the only lace shawl I’ve ever knit!

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Written by Lauren Chesis

Lauren Chesis

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