I’m not usually much of a resolution making type of person, but I’m making a new plan this year. I’m creating a Gift Box for crafted items. It’ll be a long range planning box, inspired by the Yarn Harlot. I’d like to have that kind of magic also – prepared with a lovely handmade for any occasion. I think that’s something worth working toward. The beauty of this is that I can knit whatever inspires me throughout the year, then sort out the recipients later. Knitting for fun, inspired by yarn and patterns – for me, that’s the fun of it all.
Another aspect of this new plan involves stash. I’m going to work through mine this year. Not all the way through it, because Holey Moley, that would be impossible. But it’s long outgrown it’s original containers and is threatening to take over the place, so I’m reducing it, for sure! I’ve heard it termed going Cold Sheep. Yep. That’s what I’m doing. Cold sheeping. I’ll pick my projects based on the yarn I have and put this lovely stash I’m so lucky to own to its intended use.
Yarn clubs aren’t in the plan this year. It’s not that I don’t love the idea – it’s just that I already have far too much. Last year, the Yarn Harlot, a source of unending inspiration, described her plan of creating your own sock club from your stash - which involved spending some time picking patterns you already own and pairing them with stash yarn, then sealing them in bags for use throughout the year. A new project at your fingertips whenever you like. How’s that for brilliance? Using those things you’ve already spent good money on. Smart cookie, that Stephanie!
I’ll knit for myself too! I’d like to make a real, live grown-up cardigan. One that is larger than a breadbox. I’m starting with a bulky weight cardigan – Iced by Carol Feller. I’m doing it as part of a January/February Knitalong with the Stockinette Zombies Podcast Ravelry group, because even though I’m awfully excited about it, my first adult sized sweater knit is going to require a little hand holding.
2012 is going to be a very good year. One I can be proud of.
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Let 2012 be a spectacular one, Crafty Friends!