Admit it: even if you are not actively celebrating the New Year holiday, you will do some reflecting on the past year and resolving to change a few parts of your life in the coming twelve months. Yarn crafters resolve specific goals regarding their craft, and some readers have been generous enough to share their resolutions to not only put themselves on notice, but to show other knitters and crocheters that everyone has room for improvement.
Beginning with blogger Elizabeth Bagwell, her blog post titled “Knit Year Resolutions” got the ball rolling for yarnies to share their goals of the coming year. Many knitters want to improve a skill, tackle a new project, and some just want to hone their craft in a more general sense. (Ed. note: the author would like to finish all of the unfinished projects in the basket next to her bed in the coming year).
Kanella Diakoumis, a longtime yarn crafter in the Chicago area, has a goal of using all of the yarn in her stash during the coming year. The project, as it turns out, does not always matter. Oxford, England resident Kate Ryan has the same lofty dream, although she just states she will use “more” of her stash, and not rule out purchasing more yarn.
Wisconsonite and avid crocheter Anne Fabish has an equally ambitious goal in mind: she would like to tackle the craft of knitting in 2015. Sew N Save, offers knitting lessons in addition to crochet and quilting.
Andy Lane Chapman, a reader from Erie, Pennsylvania wants to finish a sweater for herself. Gretchen Barr of San Antonio, Texas has the same goal, in terms of making a sweater not just for anyone, but herself. Making a sweater is a big next-step for newer knitters, or knitters who enjoy passing the time with only one or two different projects.
Liz Abbott Bobis, a resident of Neenah, Wisconsin has a similar dream in the sense that she would like to complete a project for herself. Her resolutions do not stop there, however; Bobis also wants to start a “Mommy crochet and knitting play-date group” in her area, and she also wants to pay it forward by teaching someone else a yarn craft.
Amanda Beck of Island Lake was happy about UnRaveled, a new yarn shop, opening in Wauconda this year. Her goal for 2015 is to learn how to knit socks for her grandfather. “Used to crocheting amigurumis, so this is kind of a big step for me,” says Beck.
Even employees at your local yarn shop set their own goals, despite being surrounded by yarn for a living. Knot Just Knits in Oak Park is home to the ambitious Meghan Rock, who lives in Forest Park. Her goal this year is to stick to her queue on Ravelry, and to try using up some of the yarn in her stash in the process. Resolving to organize and have better structure is not just limited to household chores.
No matter what goal or resolution is set, 2015 is the mark of a new beginning, with the clock re-starting every first of January. Have a happy and safe New Year, and continue to pick up those yarn balls, hooks, and needles.