This is a good time for knitters – this quiet period between Christmas and the new year. I’ve had time to reflect on what I’ve accomplished this year and time to look to the future. Every year I tend to focus on the same three areas: Organization, Project Planning and New Techniques. After doing an informal poll in our Ravelry group, I’ve come to believe that crafters of all kinds do this.
We begin to think of the mess we’ve left in the wake of all that last minute gift knitting. Those tangled leftover balls piled in a basket that need sorted by color, or maybe weight. Those bags full of WIPs (works in progress) begin to haunt us. We begin to ask ourselves the hard questions, like are we really ever going to finish that 8 foot knitted lace tablecloth? We might even actually frog (rip it) some of those half forgotten projects and put the yarn back into rotation.
Once we’ve made a few swipes at organization, we get to plan the next crafting year. This is the fun part. We spend hours perusing patterns, yarn and other projects to get ideas of what we might make. . “It’s time”, our stash whispers to us urgently. “Dooooo it!” That one beautiful skein buried in stash has been calling us – something just for ourselves we’ll knit. We start leisurely searching for just the right pattern. We join KALs, (knit a long’s) and stuff our project bags with yarn and needles in anticipation of the start date. I found an interesting Ravelry Group that lists all the knitalongs on the site: KAL Fanatics
We begin to think about the challenges of new techniques we’ve been meaning to try. Maybe we want to knit socks for the first time, or to create the perfect custom-fit cardigan. We want to learn to weave so we can create large drapey wraps and burn through our stash yarn. There’s most certainly a Ravelry group for whatever it is, and a Craftsy class too!
We have just a little time for musing and woolgathering before it’s time to get back to work.
Hope you’re dreaming big, Crafty Friends! Here’s to a fresh fibery start.