Hi friends, and happy new year! How’s 2017 treating you so far?
I’ve been enjoying seeing people’s New Year’s knitting resolutions pop up in the blogosphere and on Instagram. And I’ve been trying to think about what my knitting goals for 2017 might be. I could say I’m going to finish all my longstanding WIPs, or that I’m not going to buy any yarn this year, or that I’m going to knit a pair of socks every month. But knitting’s my down time, the way I unwind … and I don’t want to turn it into some sort of chore. And I really don’t want to make resolutions that I know I won’t keep.
And to be honest, I’ve never been one for hard and fast resolutions at the beginning of the year. I much prefer setting little goals as and when they seem right.
So no big resolutions around here for the New Year, but I do have a few modest, ongoing goals that I think are mangeable for me, some of which are already under way.
The first is to get my sizeable stash in hand and to make sure I’m being very intentional about new additions to it. This is something I’ve been working on since before the holidays, and I’m excited to tell you more about it as I finish it up in the next few weeks.
The second is to try to keep a pair of simple socks on the needles. From about May on of last year, I had a pair of easy socks on the go — they were perfect for times I was too tired to focus on a pattern and made great commute or travel knitting. And as much as I’ve loved knitting my Droving socks, I have missed plain jane, no-thinking-required socks of late! And I love wearing handknit socks, so this is a no brainer!
My last goal is to try to participate in Olive Knits #knittingmiles challenge. You can read all about it here. I saw it on Instagam, and I love the idea of acknoweldging and celebrating the yards, meters, miles we knit, without focusing so much on end result.
What about you? Are you a resolution maker? Setter of loose goals? I would love to hear what, if anything, you’re planning for 2017 in the comments! Also, my lovely friend Kate has a brilliant idea for setting yearly knitting themes, rather than resolutions — if you’re looking for inspiration for the new year, I definitely recommend checking out her post here.
And just to leave you with a little actual knitting … here’s a before and after of my recently begun Rail Trail. I’m worried about having enough yarn for the sweater, so opted to cast on, block it and check my gauge when I’d gotten far enough in. The first picture shows my progress from casting on Christmas evening through New Year’s Day; the second, the post-gauge check unraveling — it was too loose! So my Rail Trail’s getting a fresh start for 2017!
As always, thanks for stopping by! xo Katherine