I know, I’m a little late with a 2017 reflection post. It’s hard to believe its March! I do have a perfectly good excuse for not writing for the past 4 months. Are you ready? My little family will grow by one this year – I’m expecting a new baby! I have felt absolutely terrible since December. For me, the first trimester feels like a hangover that I just can’t shake. I actually took some time off of knitting even. Luckily I’m feeling better now and I’m enjoying the second trimester energy boost which means I’m back in the swing of things. Sweet little baby is due at the end of August!
While on a short knitting hiatus, I had plenty of time to think about all the knitting projects I completed last year. I really accomplished quite a bit and I’m happy that I’ve maintained the drive and the interest in knitting. I feel proud that I’ve drafted my first design and pattern and completed the project! And what’s better – the recipient loved it! I have certainly spent plenty of time ripping back more than a few mistakes but I’ve finished plenty of projects that I’m really happy with. I also made some really great new knitting friends.
In 2017, I really pushed myself to try new things and to be open minded about attempting patterns I never would have tried before because I was too intimidated by how complicated it looked. I surprised myself by just pushing past the fear of failure and casting on. I want to keep that momentum going!
I spent time knitting everyday for a year, and I can say with certainty that it has changed my life for the better. I have found a hobby that I’m passionate about and it is one that keeps me interested. I have taught myself a life skill and a trade. The act of knitting has a calming effect and it instantly puts me in a good mood. I have spent quality time with my husband talking and enjoying his company while knitting. I have a new found love of knitting blogs, knitting podcasts, and Ravelry. The most incredible thing of all is that the projects I have knit so far, with the exception of one, have been gifts for others. I have literally given it all away and it has made me so happy. I have truly opened my arms wide to knitting and I have embraced it with the biggest hug I can possibly manage. I am thankful that it has brought me so much joy.
What would be a year review without setting goals for the next year? A short list will help me stay on track because I tend to wander so I have come up with five solid goals. In no particular order, this year I plan to:
- Learn new techniques and practice with swatches. I collected some pretty incredible stitch dictionaries last year and I’m so excited to try some of the stitches. My goal is to swatch one new stitch combo a week until the end of the year and post on Instagram. That shouldn’t be too hard, right?!
- Use Ravelry more. I know I’m not using it to the fullest of its capability and I’m missing the opportunity to use it as an organizational tool. I would like to load my yarn stash so that I can accomplish goal #3!
- Organize & knit through my stash. I’ve accumulated quite a pile of yarn lately and I would really like to use it up to keep my stash to a minimum. I need to use what I have first before buying more. I think that Raverly can help me find projects to knit with the stash that I have.
- Teach. One of my dear friends owns a sewing shop where she teaches a variety of sewing classes. We have talked about creating a beginner knitting class and I would love to get my feet wet with teaching a basic class.
- Encourage others to knit. When people learn that I knit, they always say “Oh I would love to learn!” and then they laugh a little. I love this craft so much that I am willing to carry extra yarn and needles for just the random occasion that someone would actually take me up on the offer to teach them. For me, the excitement started when I discovered that a few of my co-workers liked to knit or crochet and soon a lunchtime knitting group formed. I would love to expand on that and encourage others to give it a try.
These five goals are all connected which is why I chose them. I can’t exactly encourage others to knit if I don’t know how to teach and I can’t teach others to knit if I haven’t practiced and learned new techniques. Learning new techniques with swatches would be a great way to use up my stash!
I’m excited to get started on these goals and I’ll keep you posted on the progress. Stay tuned for updates!