I love making New Year’s resolutions. I love fresh starts—a new school year, a new job, a blank journal—so I love using the New Year as a time to wipe away whatever happened the previous year and to start fresh with renewed purpose. A fresh start means you haven’t failed at anything yet, and the future is yours to make whatever you want of it.
photo by BazaarBizarreSF
Every year I make a few personal resolutions and a few knitting resolutions. In 2013 I only had one: To knit 10 projects from stash. I love my stash, but I felt like I was buying lovely yarn and then just letting it sit there, so I really wanted to get it out and use it. I define “stash” as anything I’ve owned for more than a year. And I met my resolution: I knit 11 projects from stash, which you can see here. I think my favorites were the Happypotamus, the Feather In My Cap hat (which I’ve wanted to make for ages), and this hat for my husband.
This year I have a few more resolutions:
- Knit 10 projects from stash. It worked so well last year…
- Finish 3 sweaters.
- Fix 2 projects that I’m unhappy with.
I have a few projects—mostly sweaters—that have a small detail out of place, like the collar or the button band. It bugs me every time I wear them, so I want to finally bite the bullet and re-knit these sections.
- Enter something in a county or state fair.
Who enters stuff in fairs? Have you ever entered something in a fair? It never occurred to me to do so, but I think I knit just as well as those grandmothers (or whoever these county-fair-submitters are). I’d like to see what the whole process is like, and see how my projects match up against others’.
What are your resolutions for 2014?