Thursday, 1 January 2015

Knitting Resolutions 2015. . .

Here we go again.  Looking back one year ago, I had decided just five resolutions were enough. But did I keep to them?  Alas, no, but I'm not going to beat myself up, because I had a lot of fun with my knitting last year and am proud of what I did accomplish.

My worst resolution failure was trying not to buy any yarn, though I did hold out until July.  And then went absolutely crazy. I did knit a lot from my stash though I'm still fairly sure I've ended up with twice as much yarn at the end of the year than what I began with.  I did finish three blankets though, including the huge Martin Storey knit-a-long which is my own personal knit of the year.  And it let me practice intarsia which was a new skill for me - I'm certainly not perfect at it, but it doesn't scare me anymore. 

I still have four cardigan WIPs, but did finish three garments that I'm very pleased with. In particular, I'm chuffed that I had the confidence to make some modifications from the pattern and they worked out.

And my other big accomplishment was to learn how to crochet!  It's such a useful and fun skill that has really added to my knitting, especially with seaming.

Edited to add:  Yikes - how could I forget about my Latvian mittens that took ages! (thanks for the reminder Sallyann)

So just for fun, and with all the optimism of a brand new year, here are five more knitting resolutions for 2015.

1. Knit from stash only.  I MEAN it this year.  I have some fabulous stuff in my stash and I need to save money this year, so I'm putting myself on a strict yarn diet.  With one exception:  Every time I get a two pound coin in my change, I pop it in my Herdy money box.  This is my budget for any yarn shows. I am planning on going to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival in March and would love to go to Brighton for Unwind if it's held again this summer.  I will allow myself a souvenir skein or two at shows, but I will only spend what is in the yarn bank.

2. To help knit from stash, I've joined a group on ravelry that is challenging knitters to knit 12 sweaters in 12 months (wips count!).  I doubt I'll get to 12 but if I can finish those 4 wips I've had hanging around for years now, I'll be happy.

3. I really want to improve my crochet skills. I've just bought a masterclass at Craftsy which I'm looking forward to, and I've had a go at tunsian crochet which is a lot of fun to do. I really want to learn how to better read a crochet chart and maybe have a go at crocheting a garment.

4. Steeking.  Time to get over my fears and try it.

5. I would like to try some other woolly skills.  I still haven't touched my hand spinning kit from last year, and I've added a needle felting kit to it.

Happy New Year to all - it does feel wonderful to start planning for new projects again.


Sallyann said...

Don't forget you perfected the art of Latvian knitting too those mittens are a work of art.
Great resolutions. Look forward to seeing all your new projects

Alli said...

You can do it! I'm cold sheeping this year too - and going to EYF! We should meet!

Blithe Spirit said...

Thanks Sallyann - how could I forget about those? Maybe I've been trying to put all those endless hours out of my mind.

Blithe Spirit said...

Alli - I tried so hard last year and then got completely out of control. But I have a more balanced plan of knitting this year so with any luck, the stash will go down, the garments will go up and we can start fresh in 2016. Yes, I'd definitely like to meet up at EYF! I'll message you on ravelry closer to the time. Very excited about the show -it's been 20 years since I was last in Edinburgh.

Irene said...

Is there a knitter who hasn't resolved every January 1st NOT to buy any yarn that year?

Blithe Spirit said...

Nope - we live in hope that our self control will kick in. I'm hoping that the key this year will be to really assign my stash to particular patterns and focus on knitting those up.