The Knitting Doctor's 2014 Knitting Resolutions
Whew! The holidays are nearly over and now I have a little time to reflect on 2013. Let me tell you upfront that I came screeching to the finish line this year knitting my holiday gifts. I think I missed the boat on what holiday knitting is all about. I spent so much time racing to "The Day" that I didn't have time to enjoy getting there.
A Bit About Me
I’m a wife, daughter, aunt, step-mother and grandmother, knitting instructor, pattern writer and the NobleKnits Knitting Doctor. I have a bumper sticker on my car that reads “One cat short of the crazy cat lady” my life is full and my proverbial cup runneth over and occasionally sloshes to the floor. With that said, I need a plan, so here it is:
The Knitting Doctor’s 2014 Knitter Resolutions
I will (or adequately try to):
- Gather my kitting tools from wherever they may be hiding and organize my studio. That also means stash, books, magazines, the whole shebang. Thinking goes much better in an organized space. I’ll also try to make it pretty. Restful is too much of a stretch...I need to be a little realistic.
- Create a vision board. I’ll do some magazine clippings of silhouettes, stitch patterns and colors I like. I’ll also check out Pinterest to see what I want to print. I’ll make sure to put something on the board that I’ve never tried and want to master.
- Remove the phrases “I can’t...I don’t know how” from my vocabulary. I’ll ask for help. No one knows everything, even the Knitting Doctor.
- Create a little list of everyone’s sizes and favorite colors and if I can wheedle them into letting me take measurements, all the better. Maybe if I tell them it’s once and done and they will get years of fabulous gifts that will do the trick or I may need to consider bribery.
- Start picking my Holiday gift projects in June, find the perfect fiber and start to knit in July (I’m such a procrastinator, so this should help. Somehow I still can’t rid myself of the conviction that my UFOs will be finished by Elves and on time).
- Be gentle to my hands, they serve me well. Try some hand exercises for knitters, remember to wear those gloves and mitts, use some hand cream.
- Commit to mastering or doing a refresher on at least one new knitting technique
- Be part of knit-a-longs, there is so much to learn and share.
- Learn at least one new stitch pattern a month. Perhaps I'll star here: Knitting Stitchionary
- I will block my completed knitting projects (no cheating)! I will use a good wool wash...I like Soak Wash. And I will wait until my project is “really dry” not “almost dry”.
- Challenge myself to be more, know more and share more than I did last year.
- Last but not least...remember to be present...enjoy the journey and be thankful for the gift!
So, that’s the start of my list, what is on your Knitting Resolutions List?
Thank you to all of our customers, old and new, and best wishes for a Happy KNIT Year!