On New Year’s Eve, I like to evaluate my knitting needs and goals and figure out what I want to accomplish for the following year. Some years are more productive than others, but progress is the most important. Below are my knitting goals for 2018…
Goal 1: Yarn Diet & Purposeful Yarn Purchases
At the beginning of 2017, I started a yarn diet because I have more than enough yarn to last me years. The yarn diet ended up being very unsuccessful because I have little to no self-control and I am very prone to “Ooohhhh shiny!” moments.
In re-evaluating that goal for this year. I decided my yarn diet won’t specifically be no yarn, but more purposeful yarn purchases. I do have a lot of yarn, most of which I love along with yarn that was gifts from fiber friends or swap packages. For my future yarn purchases, I will find a pattern I love on Ravelry (or in my Ravelry pattern library), determine the yarn I would love to knit that project with, then purchase the yarn and knit the project as soon as it arrives. With this method, I will knit projects that I love with new and shiny yarn and not worry about being a monogamous knitter. I hope to eventually become something of a minimalist stasher, with only skeins of sock yarn in my stash and maybe yarn for the next project I will cast on.
Goal 2: Finish My Current WIPS
As previously mentioned I am the farthest thing from a monogamous knitter. At any given time, I have a few sock projects, multiple shawls, and at least one or two partial sweaters on the needles. Project bags are definitely my friend! It would be nice to finish up some long-term WIPs that I’ve had on the needles. Nothing quite compares to the feeling of binding off a project and casting on a new project.
Goal 3: Learn Continental Knitting
I have been a “thrower” ever since I began knitting. I’ve heard from many people that continental knitting, or “picking,” is so much more speedy than throwing and I’ve always wanted to give it a try. I know when I learn this style of knitting that I will need an easy project like a simple scarf or maybe washcloth until my hands can get used to the motions.
Goal 4: Improve Colorwork Skills
Colorwork knitting is breathtaking to me. The way that a knitter can manipulate color through knitting designs takes my breath away. I have only knit a few colorwork projects, but I would love to continue to practice these skills and get comfortable to knit beautiful and colorful yoked sweaters (such as Lopi sweaters). One of my favorite sweater designers is Jennifer Steingass with designs like Telja and Arboreal (patterns on Ravelry).
Goal 5: Improve Brioche Skills
I first learned brioche during a beginner class at my LYS in March of 2017. It was so much fun to see how the stitches and colors interacted with each other and created the most squishy fabric I’ve ever felt. I know the basics, but am by no means a brioche expert. In 2018, I would love to improve my brioche skills and knit more brioche projects, such as the Sizzle Pop shawl by Lesley Anne Robinson.
Goal 6: Knit Sweaters
I am very much a process knitter as opposed to a product knitter. I adore knitting something, but never get around to wearing it once I am finished. I have a huge bin of knitwear in my closet that never gets any love. I have no idea why I don’t wear these items. I have decided that in 2018 I am going to knit alllll the sweaters. This way I will be able to wear my knits all the time and not feel guilty for having them stuffed in a bin in my closet. My first sweater of the year is the Rosemont cardigan by Hannah Fettig out of Quince & Co. Lark in the Peacoat colorway, a gorgeous navy color. I know once I finish this cardigan, I will never take it off.
Goal 7: Knit 6 Pairs of Socks
I can’t even tell you how many single skeins of sock yarn I have in my stash. While shopping, I find all of these beautiful skeins of yarn and tell myself I will knit alllll the sock with them, but never get around to actually knitting the socks. Socks are perfect travel knitting because they are small and if you are knitting a plain vanilla sock, super easy to memorize! I know many knitters on Instagram participate in KALs like the Box of Socks KAL, where people knit at least one pair of socks each month for the year. I definitely don’t want to rush myself into completing that many pairs of socks, so I thought knitting six pairs of socks in twelve months is a nice goal to have.
Do you have any knitting goals for 2018? Is there anything you plan to change about your knitting style from 2017? Or maybe there is a new knitting skill you’d like to learn in the next twelve months? I’d absolutely love to hear about any of your 2018 knitting goals in the comments below!