Post Christmas is always a great time of year to re-evaluate our lives and think about the things we want to achieve in the coming year . One of the amazing things about knitting is that there is always something new to learn and the start of a new year is the perfect time to identify some of those skills and set some goals to move towards achieving them.
To celebrate the new year thought we’d ask the YAK team exactly what they would like to learn or challenge themselves on this year in regards to their knitting. So without further ado, here are our knitting resolutions for 2022!
I gave birth in January to a lovely baby boy so as you might imagine 2021 was a slow knitting year for me. It doesn’t feel like I knitted anything but I know I did knit a few things. In the blur of life I have completely forgotten what. I can of course blame lack of sleep for my forgetfulness but I think this coming year I would like to try and keep a better account of what I’ve knitted with the hope that I’ll actually be quite surprised at how much I get done even with my new time stealer.
Ravelry would be the obvious place to keep track so I will start there. I’m not however sure exactly what I can do to trigger the habit. Deciding that I have to create the project page before I’m allowed to cast on? Take notes on my phone as I go? Is anyone out there really good at keeping track of their projects? How do you make sure it happens?
Here is my Ravelry page so you can check in on how it’s going.
2021 has been an odd knitting year for me. I spent most of it wrestling a stranded cardigan which I had to frog multiple times in order to get the proportions right. This resulted in my first steeked project (more about this on the blog very soon!). As I didn’t want to start another jumper before finishing this one, I ended up mostly making small size projects instead.
Now I’ve got a bunch of design ideas for jumpers which hopefully will materialise throughout 2022! I also got a couple more patterns from 2021 that need writing down – including the stranded cardi. So I guess my main resolution would be to become quicker at writing and publishing patterns. Set myself deadlines and actually sticking to them. Once I am sat at my desk the writing process goes fairly quick, I am just terrible at allocating time in my week for it. I also really want to experiment with intarsia! I love colourwork so much it seems crazy I haven’t tried this technique yet.
I’ve had a lot of hand knitting firsts in 2021 including my first pair of knitted socks, my first lace project and my first stranded knit and I’m ending the year by casting on my first cabled knit project, Claret by Thea Colman in Soft Donegal’s Deep Red colour way. In 2022 I want to carry on with my habit of trying new techniques by also trying brioche in both one and two colours.
I also want to experiment with hand dyeing yarns – something I dabbled with in during my degree but haven’t played around with since. I have lots of leftover acid dyes laying around my house and I would really like to create some of my own colour ways for a show stopping jumper. My goal for 2022 is to have completed a jumper with yarns that I have dyed myself, (and possibly of my own design) by the end of the year. Wish me luck!
Are you making any New Year’s resolutions for your knitting? Let us know, we’d love to hear them!
Until Next Time… Happy Knitting!