Hello New Year
I have given myself a month to sit on it and I think this year is going to be a good one. That is what I am putting out into the universe! 2022, you and I are going to do some wonderful things.
I took some time in January to really think about what I want my knitting and crochet to be like this year. What are the goals I am working toward? What excites me? -color, texture, construction? Most of all though how to manage my time/anxieties with self imposed deadlines.
To begin here are some of my loose goals for 2022
1. Knit up STASH
I have a few project ideas to use up my stash. The stash I am mostly thinking about are partial used skeins or ends of projects that are just a few yards, but I kept anyway. The first project I would like to make is a stripey, scrappy sweater with a neutral color as the main color and the stripes will just be random ends that I have.
Another project idea I have is to finish (and maybe make another) scrappy granny square pillow I have done. The first pillow is a WIP that has been in hibernation for about 5 years now. I would really like to finish it to add to my office.
2. Design More
I have a few designs I have in shop, but I would like to make more. I am already starting on this goal. I have designs a new sock pattern called the Vanilla Ridge Sock. It is in testing right now, but will make its debut on February 16th!
I do have a couple more ideas in mind for design projects I can work on the rest of the year, but I am not pushing myself in case I cannot follow through with them. They are ideas and I want the process to be fun. So, I will slowly dip my toes into designing again. If I only manage to get this one pattern out this year, YAY!
3. Knit for Me
I tend to knit a lot for others. I make things for my family and friends, especially little ones. I have been doing more self knitting this the past year, but would like to do more. I completed a sweater for myself this fall and have one as a WIP currently. I also made myself a couple pairs of thick slipper socks and 5 pairs of fingering weight socks.
I am not sure what projects I will choose for myself other than the ones on my needles and the stash using concept. What patterns do you love that might make a nice self knit for me or others reading this?
4. Use More Natural Fibers
While I am certainly okay with using acrylics (don't come for me), I want to venture into using more wools and wools form different sheep if possible. Maybe some plant fibers, silk, and mohair as well.
Unfortunately, the one animal fiber I cannot use is Alpaca. I bought some beautiful green baby alpaca yarn ages ago and finally decided to try to knit something with it last winter. As I knit and snuggled the soft yarn my body decided to let me know that was a no, no. My face broke out into a rash the next day and I noticed as I tried on the garment my skin would feel hot. I frogged the project and the yarn now just mocks me as it sits on my shelf, unused.
Four seems to be a good round number. I think I will stop there. I am excited to see how the year goes and what goals I may meet!
Do you have any knitting/crochet goals this year?
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My name is Annissa, owner of MissNissDesigns. I am a knitter, crocheter, sewer, and all around crafty lady.