Thursday, December 31, 2015

5 New Years Resolutions for Knitters

As 2016 approaches, I've started putting together my list of resolutions. I will never start jogging, organize my files, or manage to make major life changes in the coming year. It is a lot easier to maintain good knitting habits and get this one little part of life in order. Here are my 5 new years resolutions that all knitters can relate to.

1. Stashdown
We all have years of accumulated yarn and supplies that we'll never use. It may sound counter intuitive, but instead of restricting your stash embrace it. Don't got on a yarn diet, you'll end up binging at the next opportunity.
Instead, shop your stash when you get a new project. Look to what you have before buying new yarn, Especially if your stash is big enough to fill a small yarn store. It's a great way to keep up to date on what you own and to make sure you never buy more than you need. I find that my stash stays more organized when I look at it often. Shopping my stash also helps me find the yarns that I really don't like anymore. These can be given to friends, swapped at your knitting group, or donated to a charity.
This is some old yarn that I overdyed and gave to a friend as a gift, it is no longer sitting in my closet taking up space.

2. Make a Difference
There are many local charities that will take hand knit goods, but there are a few international organizations doing good work right now. To get involved and knit for Syrian refugees, go to Refugee Knit (US) . This organization is not only helping the Syrian refugees stay warm, but helping to repair relations with between the US and Middle East.

If you want to get involved in your own community, most hospitals take hand knit hats and blankets for babies. Some even provide patterns.

3. Master One New Technique
It is easy to stay in your comfort zone when it comes to knitting, but there's so much excitement in learning a new technique. There are a lot of interesting historical and regional styles to explore and new trendy techniques to try out.
My personal goal is to learn to do the brioche stitch properly. Last year my goal was to learn basic shaping with stacked stitches, and that has been extremely rewarding and fun.

4. Be Social
 Are you on Ravelry? You should post all your projects. They are extremely helpful to other knitters who want to find fun projects to try or are working on the same thing and need help.

It is also a lot of fun to join in knit alongs or to participate in events such as the Tour de Fleece.

5. Shop Local
This is easy. Just try visiting your local store and you'll find something you want.
It's also a lot of fun to go to local sheep festivals. This is the best way to get high quality goods at a reasonable price while supporting the farmers. You'll also find a lot of incredible new friends at these events.

Have fun tonight, I will be knitting my way into the new year with a new project. Thank you for a great year!

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