I don’t normally do resolutions this time of year, but since I also can’t do photo recaps of all my glorious knitting accomplishments I’d better at least start the year with good intentions, right?
Ok, here we go. I already joined a 2014 Stashdown project with my Ravelry/Goodreads group, so I’ll be doubly encouraged by repeating it here.
1. Keep track of my 128 skeins of yarn, bringing my stash down by half while knitting Christmas presents and a couple things for myself and my home. This mainly means using up my most unwanted yarns (super bulky and bulky wool for felting, acrylics for household items such as small rugs.)
2. Replacing those unwanted yarns with dearly loved yarn for specific projects: I want to dive into sock knitting this year, plus knit myself a hooded jacket.
3. Document all my knitting with photographs and blog posts.
4. Buy some books I’ve been holding off on until I had the money — thanks to an inheritance, this year is the year for yarn and knitting books!
5. Buy and learn to use a spinning wheel.
That’s it. Simple and doable.
Part of #1 means that almost half of my Christmas knitting for next year is completed already. How can that be? Well, my Toasty Toes felted slipper enterprise was a failure of sorts. I experimented with changing the original (perfect) pattern by knitting multicolor tops to the slippers, which for the most part made them impossible to put on. The tops felted more than the single-color bottoms. Ugh.
So I had the brilliant idea of turning them into Christmas stockings instead. I’ll fill them mostly with “Cuties”, those deliciously sweet little baby oranges that are in season in December. I’ll add toys, sachets, etc. and whatever comes out of my kitchen that time of year to top them off. I’ll need 17 of them, counting all the children and adults on my list; 8 are already made. This will use up all my bulky and super bulky yarns, plus some acrylics for the toys, sachets, and other little items.
I actually can’t wait to get started! Imagine that. Just when I’m recovering from such a hectic time of year, I’m full of energy to begin all over again.
And here’s the part of my stash that I want to use up:
Have a happy, healthy, prosperous, and productive New Year!
What’s in your stash resolutions?